Photo of two adults and one kid in a canoe on flatwater.

Astride the Continental Divide in southwest Montana, the 3.3-million-acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the nation's undiscovered jewel. Across the dozen or so mountain ranges that are in the forest, there's a variety of recreational opportunity.

Here you can find the primitive experience of wilderness, the freedom of driving backcountry roads and trails, fishing high-mountain lakes and streams and the serenity of small campgrounds, where dinner tastes extra good because it was made over an open fire!

Explore with us the many aspects and elevations of recreation in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

2014 Fee Free Days

Several days throughout the year federal agencies waive fees, for areas that typically charge fees, to encourage everyone to enjoy their public lands.
Promoting the use of public lands supports the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside initiative that encourages children and families to get out and get active.

Here are the 2014 fee-free days for camping on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest:

• June 14, National Get Outdoors Day
• September 27, National Public Lands Day
• November 8-11, Veterans Day Weekend


The Recreation Fee Site Accomplishment Reports highlight recreation accomplishment provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects for the Forests and Grasslands in the Northern Region. Your fee dollars continue to do amazing things - thank you for your support! See how funds are used from the Recreation Fee Sites across Region 1.

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