The Helena National Forest is located in the center part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest!

In December 2015, the Helena and the Lewis and Clark National Forests consolidated, and are now known as one combined forest: Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. To help be more efficient and minimize confusion, we are consolidating our forest websites.


For more information visit the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest migration page.


Helena National Forest Projects

Where do you find the list of Forest Projects??? We can help you! Current forest project documents and maps can be found on the Projects page. To get there, click on the "Land and Resource Management" link in the left-hand column, then click on "Projects" and then find and click on the specific project in that list. When you are on a project's webpage, BE SURE to click on the Tabs (Scoping, Analysis, Supporting) to view all of the project documents! Questions? Call our public affairs officer at 406-495-3747 for help navigating to website.


Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests Plan Revision

Scapegoat WildernessThe Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests have begun revising their Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. Visit the Forest Plan Revision page.


Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center 

Lewis and Clark Interp Center

Featuring displays, exhibits, guided tours and historical photo galleries, this modern interpretive center provides visitors with a fun opportunity to learn about a pivotal period in our national and cultural history.




Giving YOUth a Voice!

How we manage our national forests impacts how future generations will enjoy their public lands! We want to know what our Montana Youth have Follow this link to find out how the youth can get involved in the Forest Plan Revision processto say about our Forest Plan Revision process and proposals. Check out our Giving Youth a Voice webpage, specifically for YOU--our younger forest users--to learn about the forest and how it's managed. Take part in how YOUR national forest is managed today, tomorrow, and into the future!




Every Kid in a ParkEvery Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park (“Every Kid”) is a nationwide call to action to inspire every young person across the country to visit our national parks, forests, public lands and waters. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full school year!

Find out more about Every Kid in a Park


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Get Outdoors!


 Click on a button below to get quick access to these recreational opportunities.

Link to camping opportunities on the Helena National Forest Link to cabin reservation information on the Helena National Forest Link to hiking recreational opportunities



Keep Informed


Email Updates
To sign up for updates for forest management projects or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.


After providing your email address, you can subscribe to the Forest’s project mailing lists and any categories of interest. By selecting a category, the Forest will automatically sign you up for all current AND future project mailing lists that share the same interest.


Considering Purchasing an Unpatented Mining Claim??

It is important for any prospective buyer to understand what an unpatented mining claim is, and what the rights of an owner of an unpatented mining claim are.  

Rocky Mountain Ranger District's Non-Motorized Recreation Study

Thank you for your feedback on the Draft Non-Motorized Recreation Study last month. We appreciate your comments and suggestions, and have incorporated those as appopriate in the final version of the study.


Plant Biodiversity Flickr Set

Picture of Wildflowers on the Helena National Forest: Arnica, Indian Paintbrush, and Bluebells

Visit our Flickr album featuring Helena National Forest Plant Biodiversity for beautiful photographs of wildflowers and plants across the Forest!

Prescription Trails

Together, Bike Walk Montana and Recreational Trails Program, are working to make Montana healthier, one step at a time!


Missouri River RAC Funding

Nearly $290,000 is available for on-the-ground projects on/adjacent to National Forest System (NFS) lands in Broadwater, Lewis & Clark, and Teton counties!

Mushroom Guide

Morel Mushrooms

This guide explains the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest’s mushroom policy and gives some general information about mushrooms.

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