Forest Campgrounds, Rental Cabins, Day Use Sites Closing to Limit COVID-19 Spread

HELENA, Montana (March 26, 2020) - The health and safety of visitors, as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers, is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to meet the guidelines for cleaning and to promote social distance per CDC guidelines and Governor Bullock’s recent Executive Orders to help reduce the spread of the virus.  To support these efforts, effective immediately, all Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest campgrounds, day use sites and rental cabins will be temporarily closed to public entry until further notice and will be closed and unavailable to rent via Recreation.gov.  Notification to cabin renters will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety of the public is our number one priority.  This closure order will be lifted as soon as possible,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Avey.  “We did not make this decision lightly, and we appreciate people’s cooperation.”

The closures will not impact other Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest trails, trailheads or dispersed camping sites which remain open at this time.  We ask that the public recreate responsibly and please practice leave no trace principles and “pack it in-pack it out.”   

“We want the public to know that the majority of the forest is still open for public access,” said Avey.  “We want people to be able to get outside and stay active during these stressful times.   We ask that you please recreate responsibly, don’t take unnecessary risks and practice social distancing measures.”

The Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through Recreation.gov. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation.  If the sites do not open, people with reservations will be fully refunded.  We suggest that people with reservations have a back-up plan in case the sites do not open up.  In the event of delayed openings of some, part or all of the above listed recreation sites to ensure safe social distancing, you will receive a full refund for your reservation.

Keep in mind that law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to the COVID-19 issues.  High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.  

The Forest continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation.  As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing environment, health and safety is our number one priority.  We are committed to supporting our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impact and spread of the virus.  Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.

For a complete list of campgrounds and site closures see below, and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HLCNF or contact your local District office:

Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs Ranger District Offices:

  • Belt Creek Office, Neihart, MT - (406) 236-5511
  • White Sulphur Springs Office - White Sulphur Springs, MT - (406) 547-3361

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Great Falls Office - Great Falls, MT - (406) 791-7700

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Helena Office - Helena, MT - (406) 449-5201

Helena Ranger District - Helena, MT - (406) 449-5201

Judith-Musselshell Ranger District Offices:

  • Judith Ranger Station - Stanford, MT - (406) 566-2292
  • Musselshell Ranger Station - Harlowton, MT  - (406) 632-4391

Lincoln Ranger District - Lincoln, MT - (406) 362-7000 

Rocky Mountain Ranger District - Choteau, MT - (406) 466-5341

  • Augusta Information Station - Augusta, MT 59410 - (406) 562-3247

Townsend Ranger District - Townsend, MT - (406) 266-3425

To learn more about the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/hlcnf.


List of Recreation Site Closures

Belt Creek – White Sulphur Springs Ranger District 

Campgrounds:

  • Grasshopper Campground
  • Richardson Campground
  • Kings Hill Campground
  • Jumping Creek Campground
  • Moose Creek Campground
  • Many Pines Campground
  • Aspen Campground
  • Logging Creek Campground

Cabins:

  • Calf Creek Cabin
  • Monument Peak Lookout
  • Kings Hill Cabin

Helena Ranger District

Campgrounds:

  • Cromwell Dixon Campground
  • Park Lake Campground
  • Moose Creek Campground
  • Kading Campground
  • Quigley Group Use Site
  • Tenmile Campground
  • Tenmile Campground Group Use Site  (Snowmobile Parking Area)
  • Moose Creek Picnic Area  
  • Vigilante Campground
  • Meriwether Day Use Site  
  • Coulter Campground
  • Park Lake Picnic Area

Cabins:

  • Moose Creek Cabin
  • Indian Flats Cabin
  • Kading Cabin
  • Strawberry Butte Cabin

Judith-Musselshell Ranger District

Campgrounds:

  • Thain Creek Campground
  • Crystal Lake Campground
  • Hay Canyon Campground
  • Dry Wolf Campground
  • Spring Creek

Cabins:

  • Crystal Lake Cabin
  • Judith Guard Station  
  • Dry Wolf Cabin
  • Hunter Springs Cabin

 

Lincoln Ranger District

Campgrounds:

  • Copper Creek Campground
  • Aspen Grove Campground
  • Aspen Grove Group Use Site

Cabins: 

  • Cummins Cabin
  • Granite Butte Lookout Tower
  • Indian Meadows Cabin

Rocky Mountain Ranger District

Campgrounds:

  • Wood Lake Campground
  • West Fork Campground
  • Falls Creek (Trailhead and Campground)
  • Vanderiet Memorial Pilots Campground
  • Benchmark Campground
  • South Fork Campground
  • Mortimer Gulch Campground
  • Home Gulch Campground
  • Double Falls Campground
  • Summit Campground
  • Cave Mountain Campground
  • Elko Campground
  • Mill Falls Campground

Cabins:

  • Kenck Cabin
  • West Fork Cabin

Townsend Ranger District

Campgrounds:

  • Skidway Campground
  • Gipsy Lake Campground

Day Use: 

  • Deep Creek Picnic Area

Cabins:

  • Eagle Guard Station Cabin
  • Rillway Cabin
  • Bar Gulch Cabin
  • Thompson Station
  • Miller Cabin

 

 





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