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.

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! View the interactive map with real-time updates!

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Recent News


Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit on Rocky Mountain Ranger District

Beginning August 15, 2018, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will be soliciting applications from interested parties to provide outfitter and guide services on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The district intends to authorize additional service days for existing permits and/or authorize new special use permits that will allow individuals or organizations to conduct commercial outfitter-guide services to the general public on a recurring basis within the specifically-described National Forest System lands on the RMRD.

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!