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.

Helena and 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.

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

Recent News


Features

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 (http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=30899) to go to the project documents and maps.


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

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!

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!

 




"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!


Highlights