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Many Recreation Sites are Closed

 

All developed recreation campgrounds remain closed at this time

All campgrounds will open May 22, 2020.  Rental cabins will start being available after May 15, 2020.  Please visit Recreation.gov for details on reservations for campgrounds, rental cabins and lookouts and group sites.

 

Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our offices are operating virtually until further notice. This means most employees are teleworking, and we are no longer doing any business in-person. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling face-to-face meetings at our offices.

However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. Please call the office number you want to contact and leave a voicemail, and we will return your call. The voicemail inboxes will be checked regularly during business hours. Our office hours are M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: Coronavirus.govCDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common questions. Visitors are encouraged to use the “Find your Forest and Grassland” feature on the left side of this FAQ page for quick and easy access to local forest and grassland office hours and information.

 

It's All Yours. Go. Play.

As you get out to enjoy your Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, we want your experience to be memorable, fun and safe! Weather conditions can change quickly in Montana, so always plan for the worst conditions. Below are some friendly reminders to consider when planning your next adventure. 

  • Always take extra gear, clothes, food, and water! Especially in cold and snowy weather, be sure to layer up to stay warm!
  • Know the road and trail conditions before you head for the hills! Call your local Forest Service office to get the latest updates. Due to some active projects or snow conditions, different roads/trails may be temporarily closed. Give us a call.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out. Help keep the Forest a clean and fun place for everyone to enjoy by packing out your garbage!
  • Be Bear Aware. Although bears are hibernating in winter, we share our national forest with a variety of wildlife and sometimes they get curious about certain food-related smells they smell! The entire Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is covered by some type of a “Food Storage Order” and follow those rules for those areas!
  • You’re welcome to stay…for 16 days at a time. To help ensure everyone can experience a special spot, please follow the “stay limitations” on the forest. Visitors can stay in one location for up to 16 consecutive days, at which point they need to find a new place at least five miles away. Visitors should not return to their original spot within a 30-day timeframe, to allow other forest users an opportunity to enjoy the location too. If winter camping isn't your idea of fun, you should check out one of our rental cabins or lookouts! To reserve your spot, just go to www.recreation.gov.
  • You are here. We don’t have those types of maps out on the forest, so be sure to pick-up a map before you go.
  • Safety, first! We want you to enjoy your trip into the forest, and one of the best ways to do that is to be prepared! Be sure to tell someone where you plan to go, and when you plan to return!

 

Bob Marshall Wilderness Interactive Trail Conditions Map

Taking a trip to the backcountry and wondering what the trail conditions are right now? Well, wonder no longer! Thanks to the coordination by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, trail conditions reports and updates is just a click away! View the interactive map with real-time updates!

 

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