Missoula Ranger District

The Missoula Ranger District office is located at historic Fort Missoula in the city of Missoula, Montana. First established as a permanent military post in 1877, Fort Missoula is also the headquarters for the Lolo National Forest Supervisor’s Office. 

The Missoula Ranger District includes 543,337 acres of National Forest System land and maintains four recreation areas totaling nearly 40,000 acres for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, horseback riding, and cross-county skiing. The 61,000 acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness includes nearly 73 miles of system trails that reach rugged mountain landscapes, high mountain lakes, and remote backcountry locations.  The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area is the only Congressionally designated Recreation Area in the state.

Thirty miles east of Missoula, the Rock Creek Recreation Area provides visitors with opportunities for developed camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and access to the 28,000 acre Welcome Creek Wilderness.

West of Missoula, along Lolo Creek on U.S. Highway 12, you can follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce  national historic trails.

Missoula Ranger District Recreation Areas

Lolo Creek Area

Missoula Area

Rock Creek Area

Contact Information for All Lolo National Forest Offices

Map of the ranger district