Please note:

We have created one combined Helena-Lewis and Clark website! The new website URL is

If you have bookmarked any of the old Helena or the old Lewis & Clark forest webpages, please UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS now!  Bookmarks you have with the old website address may not automatically redirect you to this page – so please update your bookmarks with this new web address!  While exploring the forest’s new website, if you encounter any broken links please submit an email through our “Contact Us” page, and we will fix those.


Welcome to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest!


Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Projects Forest Plan Revision Rent a cabin EKIP Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Recreation Giving YOUth a Voice


Draft Forest Management Plan and Draft EIS Available for Public Review and Comment

We encourage you to review the draft revised land and resource management plan and draft environmental impact statement for the Forest. The drafts reflect years of analyses and extensive public participation, and we want to keep that public involvement going! Review the documents on our Forest Plan Revision webpage and then submit your comments to us within the 90-day comment period. All of the details on how to submit comments are on that webpage. We have hard-copies of these draft documents located at each of our Forest offices, as well.



2018 Morel Mushroom Harvest Information

Morel Mushrooms

We anticipate opportunities for people to harvest morel mushrooms in areas that experienced wildfires last summer on our forest. Mushrooms are considered a "forest product" and requires some kind of permit (free or charge) to harvest. This year, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest (HLC) will be issuing personal use charge permits from any HLC office. There are two different "uses" for mushroom harvesting:  Incidental Use and Personal Use Charge Permit.

  • Incidental Use allows you to harvest an amount up to 5 gallons and does NOT require any permit. A mushroom harvester is allowed possession of less than one gallon per day with a total of 5 gallons per season.
  • Personal Use Charge Permit allows you to harvest up to 300 gallons for the season. The cost of the permit is $1 per gallon with a minimum purcase of 20 gallons (and is sold in $5 increments). No more than 5 gallons in possession per day. Personal use charge permits are required for all harvesters over 12 years of age; individuals ages 12-17 must have their permits signed by a legal guardian or adult sponsor and must be accompanied by an adult while harvesting.

Additional mushroom harvesting information can be found in the HLC 2018 Mushroom Guide.

Click here to view the 2018 Mushroom Harvest Map of the areas open to mushroom harvesting across the Northern Region.

Additional regional information can be found on the Northern Region's Post-Fire 2018 Mushroom Harvest webpage.


Bob Marshall Wilderness Interactive Trail Conditions Map

Taking a trip to the backcountry and wondering what the trail conditions are right now? Well, wonder no longer! Thanks to the coordination by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, trail conditions reports and updates is just a click away! Click here to view the interactive map with real-time updates!


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Be Bear Aware!

Mom and baby bear standing in meadow

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is home to both black and grizzly bears, and provides important habitat for bears and other wildlife to use throughout the year. Learning about bears will help you become a more knowledgeable visitor to the forest, and will help keep both you and bears safe while sharing the woods.

Learn how to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear, bear behaviors and how to stay safe in bear country. 

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.  

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Prescription Trails

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

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!


Update on Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

We've gotten some questions about the future of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC). *Spoiler Alert* We see it moving in a GREAT direction!

Have You Seen Me?

The Helena National Forest and Montana Discovery Foundation want to team up with YOU to help report sightings of some special wildlife and plant species while you're in the woods!