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The scenic Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest stretches 2.8-million acres through central and north-central Montana. The Forest is comprised of island mountain ranges bisected by the Continental Divide and Missouri River and includes 6 ranger districts: Lincoln, Helena, Townsend, Judith - Musselshell, Rocky Mountain, and Belt Creek - White Sulphur Springs and 2 Forest Supervisor’s offices located in Helena and Great Falls to oversee forest management in 17 counties.


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Recent News


Lewis & Clark National Interpretive Center celebrates National Bison Day

Bison graze in field

On National Bison Day, Nov. 7, 2020, bison enthusiasts learned about the United States' National Mammal in a virtual cross-country learning expedition from the Prairie State to the Treasure State. The USDA Forest Service’s third annual “Bison Crawl” included live presentations from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois, the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Montana and from nearby First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Presentations were broadcast live.

Wilderness Regulations & Tips

Photo of a bear walking down a trail

Planning a trip into the Wilderness: The Bob, Great Bear or Scapegoat?  Before you head for the mountains, be sure to know important Wilderness and backcountry tips, rules, and regulations.

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Holter Lake-Gates of the Mountains River Recreation Plan

Review the coordinated draft management plan for the Holter Lake-Gates of the Mountains Recreation Area on the Missouri River. 

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!

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!