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 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.


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.

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.

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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.


"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!