24 Fort Missoula Road

Missoula, Montana 59804-7297



Pursuant to Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261.50(a) and 261.50(b), the following act is prohibited as described below within the Missoula Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. These restrictions are in addition to those enumerated in Subpart A, Part 261, Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, and become effective September 02, 2015 and will remain in effect until rescinded.


36 CFR – Special Closures

It is prohibited to go into or be upon the area (36 CFR 261.53(e)).

The purpose of this order is to mitigate negative bear/human interactions by reducing human presence in areas that contain attractants (apple trees, fruit bearing shrubs, and riparian areas), have limited site distances, and areas confined by terrain.


Description of Closed Areas:

This area closure applies to National Forest System Lands and trails within the closure area within the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area of the Lolo National Forest and closes the following area:

Shown on the ATTACHED MAP and described as all lands within 1/8th mile of Spring Creek and Curry Gulch from Road 99/Trail 515 to the Trail 28.1/Trail 28.2 Jct. T and from Road 99/Trail 515 to the Trail 517/Trail 29.1 Jct. H.  The area closure includes portions of Trail #s 517, 517.1, and 28.1 within the perimeter.

Shown on the ATTACHED MAP and described as all lands within 1/8th mile of Woods Gulch creek starting from and including the Woods Gulch Trail #513 at the Woods Gulch trailhead to the Trail #513/Trail 513.2 Jct.

Shown on the ATTACHED MAP and described as all lands east of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 99/Trail 515 to Rattlesnake Creek starting from the Spring Creek Bridge to the Jct. of NFSR 99/Trail 515 and Trail # 515.5.  The area closure includes Trail #s 515.1, 515.2, 515.3, 515.4, 515.5, and 515.6 within the perimeter.



Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

  1. Persons with a permit issued by a forest officer specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Signed in Missoula, Montana, this 2nd  day of September, 2015.


                                                                        /s/ Timothy Garcia

                                                                        Timothy Garcia

                                                                        Forest Supervisor

                                                                        Lolo National Forest


Penalty: Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5000 for and individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both (16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571).

Notification: A copy of this order shall be posted as prescribed in 36 CFR 261.51.