Cabin and Lookout Rentals on the Lewis and Clark National Forest
Are you ready for an adventure?
No matter the season, or where you wish to explore, you can find a rental cabin on the Lewis and Clark National Forest, which offers nine cabins across five Ranger Districts and three mountain ranges - the Rocky Mountains, the Little Belts, and the Big Snowy Mountains. All rentals must be reserved through Recreation.gov, and are available on a first come-first serve basis. Rentals range from the rustic Kenck Cabin, a 45-minute walk from a trailhead to the fully renovated Judith Guard Station, which features a piano and propane heat, or to Monument Peak Lookout, on a high summit over the Tenderfoot valley. Most of the rental cabins on the Forest are historic (over 50-years old), and represent the past of Forest Service administration and recreation cabins. Several, including Kings Hill, Judith Station, Kenck Cabin, and Monument Peak have had significant restoration and renovation in the recent past. Please enjoy your time on the Forest and leave the cabins clean and ready for the next visitors!
Our Rental Cabins and Lookouts (Scroll down for descriptions)
Calf Creek Cabin sits in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. It was recently renovated and offers a prime location for fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Running water is not included, but the nearby creek provides fresh water. A hitching rack is also available for horses. Nearby hunting, fishing and off-road vehicle riding trails are abundant. Horseback riders and hikers horses enjoy the climb north along East Fork Calf Creek to Bubbling Springs in the Tenderfoot Experimental Forest. Calf Creek tempts anglers with mountain whitefish, cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout. Winter recreation includes cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling.
Access from December 1 to May 15 is via snowmobile, snowshoes or skis on a groomed 7 mile trail.
The cabin fits six guests and provides propane lights and a propane cooking stove. Both the cabin and the outdoor modern vault toilet are wheelchair accessible. A wood stove for heating and firewood is included. Pots, pans, dishes and limited cleaning supplies are also on hand. Though no electricity is available, the cabin comes with electrical outlets, and guests are allowed to bring a generator to hook up to the cabin. Visitors should plan to bring water, food, toilet paper, flashlights, bedding, towels, cleaning equipment and warm clothing. (Click here for more cabin details.)
Dry Wolf Cabin
Dry Wolf Cabin is located about 20 miles southwest of Stanford, Montana, in the Little Belt Mountains. The rustic cabin is conveniently located along Dry Wolf Creek, providing a pleasant setting for anglers, wildlife watchers and hikers. When snow arrives, access on the graveled county road is by four-wheel-drive only.
Anglers seek brook and rainbow trout in Dry Wolf Creek. A variety of horseback riding and hiking trails originate at the Dry Wolf Creek Campground, about 3 miles south of the cabin. Trails for mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders are also in the area. Cross country skiing is popular in winter months.
The cabin is a one-room structure that sleeps five. Amenities include a propane cook stove, propane lights and a wood stove for heat. Firewood is provided and is located in the storage shed near the cabin. Dishes and pots and pans are available, and a vault toilet is located outside.
No water or electricity is included. Guests are expected to bring bedding, food, water, garbage bags, a cooler, flashlights, toilet paper and personal necessities. (Click here for more cabin details.) Pets are not allowed in the cabin, but can be kept outside in a kennel or on a six-foot or less leash.
Hunters Spring Cabin
Hunters Spring provides a serene wintertime escape in the mountains of central Montana. The cabin is open year-round and is secured with a combo lock and not with a key! It is a prime destination for hunting, snowmobiling and skiing enthusiasts. Access in the winter is by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes only. The road is not plowed. A variety of horseback riding and hiking trails can be found nearby, and there are many trails for mountain bikers and off-road vehicle riders in the area. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular in winter months.
The rustic two-story cabin sleeps up to eight guests in three roomy bedrooms. The kitchen is outfitted with a propane cook stove, refrigerator and a wood stove for heat. The dining room is furnished with a table and chairs. Firewood is provided for the wood stove and cooking pots and utensils are on hand in the kitchen.
No water, electricity or sewer is provided. Guests should bring plenty of water, bedding, food, warm clothing, flashlights, matches, and other basic camping items. (Click here for more cabin details.)
Judith Guard Station
Judith Guard Station is a historic ranger station dating back to the early 1900s. Designated as a National Historic Site, the cabin is decorated with historically accurate furnishings and wallpaper. It is just a stone's throw from the Middle Fork of the Judith River and a small campground with a picnic area. Hiking, hunting and mountain biking opportunities abound. Nearby hunting includes deer, moose and elk in designated areas. Snow shoeing and cross country skiing are popular in winter.
The cabin, located about 30 miles south of Stanford, may be accessed by regular passenger vehicle until snow season. The road is usually plowed within 2 miles of the station, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle can often make the trip. In times of heavy snowfall, the last half-mile to the cabin may require a snowmobile, skis or snowshoes.
The two-story frame building has a modern vault toilet outside and a porch with chairs. Furnishings include propane heating and a cook stove and beds to fit eight guests. A table and chairs plus cooking utensils are provided in the kitchen. Portable propane lanterns are available, but users must bring their own propane cylinders.
A hand well with drinking water is available outside from May to September. No water is available during the winter so guests must bring plenty. Guests are asked to bring garbage bags, flashlights, bedding, an ice chest and all personal toiletries. (Click here for more cabin details.)
The Guard Station is a historic site and is meant to be rented for use of the Guard Station itself. Due to the historic nature of this facility, campers and RVs may not be parked out front of the Station, but can be parked at the campground just down from the Guard Station. Not abiding by this historical preservation policy is grounds for eviction without refund.
Kings Hill Cabin
Kings Hill Cabin, perched on Kings Hill Pass, presents the opportunity to stay in a historic log cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The hideaway is very quiet, with minimal highway noise. Open year-round, the cabin provides access to a mix of recreation activities like birding, hiking, snowboarding and off-road vehicle riding.
Access to cabin is on an easy-to-drive paved road. However, visitors should expect to hike 100 yards from a parking area to the cabin in winter months.
Small and big game hunting are popular in the area. Hiking trails are nearby and and wildlife watching is a popular activity. In winter, snowshoes are available for loan at the Belt Creek Ranger Station, and cross country skiing is a popular activity. The cabin is across the highway from the Showdown Ski Area, providing excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding.
The two-room cabin accommodates up to six guests and provides electricity. Amenities include lights, a refrigerator and a stove. A wood stove and firewood are provided. The bedroom is furnished with three bunk beds. The kitchen has a dining table and chairs, pots, pans and dishes. A vault toilet is located outside for year-round use. No running water is available. Recommended items to bring include plenty of water for drinking, cooking and cleaning; food, bedding, towels, cleaning supplies, warm clothing and all other basic camping items. Click here for more cabin details.
Monument Peak Lookout
Monument Peak Lookout offers guests an impressive yet rustic room with a view. The lookout, built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is perched atop Monument Peak, boasting spectacular 360 degree views of the Little Belt Mountains. The lookout was once used to spot forest fires but was left unused since the 1970s. In 1999, the lookout was removed from its 50 foot pole tower, restored and placed on a short, solid foundation for public rental use. The lookout sits at 7,395 feet in elevation, offering views of Monument Ridge and Strawberry Ridge. In winter, access is by snowmobiles, cross country skis or snowshoes only. In summer, a high clearance vehicle is recommended, as the 4 miles of road leading up to the cabin are rough.
Small and big game hunting is popular in the area. Hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching can also be enjoyed. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The rustic lookout has two beds with mattresses, two propane lanterns, a table and chairs and a propane cooking stove. Pots, pans, dishes and utensils are included. A vault toilet is about 100 feet from the structure. No water, electricity or plumbing is available. Recommended items to bring include drinking water, bedding, flashlights, food, small propane canisters, firewood, matches and a cooler. Click here for more cabin details. The cabin sleeps two people, however, two additional tents are allowed at the site (accommodating another four people).
Crystal Lake Cabin
Crystal Lake Cabin provides sweeping views of Crystal Lake in the heart of the Big Snowy Mountains of Central Montana. Located about 20 miles south of Lewistown, the cabin adjoins Crystal Lake Campground, providing conveniences like a picnic area and boat ramp for non-motorized boats. Recreation opportunities abound, including floating, fishing, canoeing and hiking. Access from December 1 through June 15 is by snowshoe, snowmobile, cross country skiing or hiking for 6 miles.
The cabin sits among a stand of spruce near the shores of Crystal Lake. The beautiful lake spans 45 acres at an elevation of 5,700 feet. With a maximum depth of 15 feet, the lake seeps fresh water through a porous limestone bottom. The lake generally freezes in the winter. The Big Snowy Mountains, lush with mixed conifers, rise up from the lake, providing spectacular views. The highest peaks in the mountain range reach 8,600 feet.
The Ice Caves Trail leads hikers to the ridgetop of the Big Snowy Mountains, where it intersects with the Crystal Cascades Trail Bypass. The Lake Loop Trail trailhead, located at the north end of the Crystal Lake Campground, takes hikers to Grand View Trail Junction and additional ridgetop views. Both the Ice Caves Trail and Grand View Trail may be impacted by winter snow as late as the first part of July. The lake freezes over and ice fishing is possible if the ice is thin enough for fish to survive. In summer months, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. Kayaking and canoeing are popular.
The one-room cabin accommodates up to six guests. Beds with mattresses, a cooking stove and a wood stove for heat is included. Firewood is provided for the wood stove, and guests are asked to restock the wood box in the cabin prior to departure. A vault toilet is located outside and the cabin is furnished with cooking pots and eating utensils. Propane lights are provided but no electricity is available. Guests should plan to bring plenty of water, bedding, food, a cooler, toilet paper, garbage bags and other personal necessities. Click here for more cabin details.
Guests can stay at Kenck Cabin for a rustic getaway in the fresh mountain air. The cabin was built in 1924 by a traveling doctor who arrived in the area in 1904 and spent his entire career along the Rocky Mountain Front. In 2003 the cabin was donated to the Forest Service by the Kenck Family Trust, and it has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cabin is a fairly easy 1/2-mile hike from the road-end trailhead. In winter you may have to snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile up to 13 miles to access the cabin; snowmobiles are not allowed beyond the trailhead.
Guests can relax by the stream, watch for birds and hike the surrounding area. Photographers will particularly enjoy the views of Patrol Lookout found by the gate to the cabin.
Kenck is comprised of one room that sleeps six on a double bed, a futon that turns into a double bed and two cots. Heating and cooking is from two wood stoves, and firewood is provided. Cooking utensils and dishes are also provided. The cabin has a replica of an old monarch stove and classic wood dining chairs.
No water is available. Renters should bring their own drinking water or be prepared to filter or boil stream water. A bucket and shovel is provided. An outhouse is available directly behind the cabin. Items to bring include bedding, flashlights, food, small propane cylinders for the lanterns and a cooler. (Click here for more cabin details.)
West Fork Cabin
West Fork Cabin is a rustic Forest Service Guard Station located 39 miles northwest of Choteau, Montana, on the Rocky Mountain Front Range. The cabin is a stone’s throw from the North Fork Teton River and about 3.5 miles beyond Teton Pass Ski Resort. Open year-round, the cabin provides access to a wide range of summer and winter recreation activities such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
This rustic cabin is accessible via paved county road, then gravel Forest Service road. During the winter months when the ski area is operating, the Forest Service gravel road is plowed to the ski area. Beyond that point, guests will need to ski, showshoe or snowmobile to travel the last 3.5 miles to the cabin. The cabin is available year-round for rental, seven days a week. Contact the Ranger District for current road conditions.
Recreation opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Downhill skiing is offered at the ski resort located about 3.5 miles from the cabin. The Bob Marshall Wilderness is easily accessible from the cabin.
The single-room cabin is divided into a kitchen and dining area plus a sleeping area. It sleeps six adults with two sets of bunk beds and two folding cots. A vault toilet is located outside. The cabin is heated by propane, and a limited amount of firewood is provided for the wood stove. A propane cook stove is also included. Although a ramp leads into the cabin and outhouse, the interior is not designed to meet accessibility standards. No electricity or refrigerator is available so guests will need to bring coolers. The area is covered by a special food storage regulation from March 1 through December 15 designed to minimize bear/human conflicts. All food must be stored in bear resistant containers or inside the cabin or a hard-sided vehicle when unattended. Water is available at a hand pump outside the cabin. Recommended items to bring include sleeping bags, food, toilet paper, a lantern, towels, matches and first aid kit.