My Forty Years Scribblin's

Allen on Rattler in his favorite place—in the lead. This picture was taken in the 1950s.Allen and Mildred Chaffin ran the Bar UC Outfitters in the South Fork of the Flathead—The Bob Marshall Wilderness—from 1945 until 1967.

Although the Bar UC Outfitters always had their hunting camps on Otter Creek in The Bob, they had base camps at various locations.

"The point of beginning was always Seeley Lake. While we operated from our home at Arlee we needed a base camp where clients could park their vehicles for the duration of the ten day trips. It consisted of tent accommodations for the guests and workers, and a big corral to hold the horses for one, two, or three nights."

"For the first two years the camp was located on Morrell Creek, a twenty-four mile ride and pack trip. After a road was built we moved the base camp to Trail Creek, making it six miles less to ride to the main camp on Otter Creek in The Bob. Our move from Arlee to Seeley in 1953 eliminated the need for this 'outside' camp. Clients parked their vehicles and stayed overnight at the home place."

"Having lived these stories to the utmost, I present them as a small contribution to the history of outfitting in the Bob Marshall Wilderness."