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


Welcome to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest!

In December 2015, the Helena and the Lewis and Clark National Forests consolidated, and are now known as one combined forest: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. To help be more efficient and minimize confusion, we are consolidating our forest websites.


For more information visit the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest migration page.

Helena National Forest Projects

Need some help finding the Forest's "Projects" page? Current forest project documents and maps can be found on the Projects page. To get there, click on the "Land and Resource Management" link in the left-hand column, then click on "Projects" and then find and click on the specific project in that list. 

Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forests Plan Revision

Scapegoat WildernessThe Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests have begun revising their Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. Visit the Forest Plan Revision page.

Every Kid in a ParkEvery Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”) is a nationwide call to action to inspire every young person across the country to visit our national parks, forests, public lands and waters. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full school year!

Find out more about Every Kid in a Park


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Get Outdoors!


 Click on a button below to get quick access to these recreational opportunities.

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



Keep Informed


Email Updates
To sign up for updates for forest management projects or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.


After providing your email address, you can subscribe to the Forest’s project mailing lists and any categories of interest. By selecting a category, the Forest will automatically sign you up for all current AND future project mailing lists that share the same interest.

Recent News


Blackfoot Travel Plan DEIS (Non-Winter)

The Blackfoot Travel Plan (Non-Winter) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and two associated Records of Decision (draft RODs) have been prepared. These documents are now available for a pre-decisional objection period and can be reviewed at the Lincoln and Helena public libraries.

Click on this link ( to go to the project documents and maps.

Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex CECRA Facility (UBMC)

The Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex (UBMC) is a state superfund facility located about 15 miles east of Lincoln. This link will take you to the Montana DEQ website. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will lead cleanup efforts in coordination with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Montana Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) over the next few years. 

Click here to download and view 2012 Decision and Amendment to 2007 Action Memorandum


Plant Biodiversity Flickr Set

Picture of Wildflowers on the Helena National Forest: Arnica, Indian Paintbrush, and Bluebells

Visit our Flickr album featuring Helena National Forest Plant Biodiversity for beautiful photographs of wildflowers and plants across the Forest!

Mushroom Guide

Morel Mushrooms

This guide explains the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest’s mushroom policy and gives some general information about mushrooms.


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!