Variable winter conditions present on Seeley Lake Ranger District; please adhere to travel regulations

Variable winter conditions present on Seeley Lake Ranger District; please adhere to travel regulations

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. - Variable snow conditions exist throughout the Seeley Lake Ranger District with limited snow at low elevations and larger snow accumulations at high elevations making Forest travel hard to plan and predict. The District is preparing to transition to Winter Motor Vehicle Use (MVUM) with some exceptions. These exceptions are to provide the public some wheeled vehicle motorized access until snow conditions change and are favorable for over the snow use and associated trail grooming.

The following roads will be open to wheeled motorized use until Dec. 15 (or earlier if snow conditions change):

  • Cottonwood Lakes Road (FSR 477) – Open to just past the gun range on the west side (near airstrip)
  • Rice Ridge Road (FSR 720) – Open to Auggie Morrell Rd (FSR 4361)
  • Auggie Morrell Road (FSR 4361) – Entire length open
  • West Morrell Road (FSR 4353) – Open to Auggie Morrell Rd (FSR 4361)
  • West Side Bypass Road (FSR 2190) – Open from Fawn Creek Road (FSR 4349) south to “Dogtown” County Road 69
  • Horseshoe Hills Road (FSR 46942) – Open to gate above Big Sky Lake

The Seeley Lake Ranger District has excellent winter recreation opportunities including snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. When recreating on the District in the winter, please practice Leave No Trace and be considerate and mindful of other people using the Forest. If you are heading into the backcountry please check snow conditions at Missoula Avalanche and know before you go! Winter Motor Use Vehicle Maps are available for free at the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

Due to ongoing salvage logging operations on the District this winter, there will be times when over the snow motorized use is restricted. These restrictions are to provide public safety and safe logging operations. Please look for and abide by all signage pertaining to road restrictions.  Also please contact the Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233 with questions regarding closures and salvage activities.

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