The Helena National Forest is located in the center part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?

 

Welcome to our forest!

Located in west-central Montana, the Helena National Forest surrounds Montana’s Capital City and offers close to one million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Forest is administered by District headquarters in Lincoln, Helena, and Townsend, with the Supervisor’s Office also located in Helena.

Straddling the Continental Divide, the Helena National Forest is rich with natural and cultural resources. Its diverse topography and geology provides wonderful scenery and many recreational opportunities. The Forest's mountain ranges contain a wide diversity of plant and animal life. Native cutthroat trout and other fish species populate clear mountain lakes and streams. Evidence of past human use, ranging from ancient Indian cliff paintings to historic mining ruins, is everywhere.

Get Outdoors!


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Link to camping opportunities on the Helena National Forest Link to cabin reservation information on the Helena National Forest Link to hiking recreational opportunities

Features

Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir

The Helena National Forest released an environmental assessment and decision notice/finding of no significant impact document regarding activities proposed along the Red Mountain Flume and adjacent to the Chessman Reservoir to help maintain the infrastructure, and water quality and supply to the City of Helena from its municipal (Tenmile) watershed.


Divide Travel Plan

The Helena National Forest is proposing changes to the existing motorized public access routes and prohibitions for wheeled and over-snow motorized vehicles on National Forest system lands within the Divide Travel Planning Area on the Helena Ranger District. The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized access routes, consistent with and to achieve the purposes of, Forest Service travel management regulations at 36 CFR part 212 subpart B.


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Spotlights

Outreach Announcement for Temporary Recreation Positions on the Helena NF

The Helena National Forest will soon begin filling multiple temporary seasonal positions in the recreation program for the 2014 season. 

Youth Forest Monitoring Program (YFMP)

Students in our 2013 YFMP are stars...of the Helena NF! Check out the YouTube video and find out how you can be part of YFMP in 2014! Apply Now!

 




"Like" the Elkhorns Working Group on Facebook

The Elkhorns Working Group has a new Facebook page. Check it out and "Like" their page to stay updated on what that citizen group is doing for our very special Elkhorn Mountains!

Have You Seen Me?

The Helena National Forest and Montana Discovery Foundation want to team up with YOU to help report sightings of some special wildlife and plant species while you're in the woods!