Magruder Ranger's House


Magruder Cabin

We invite you to enjoy a backcountry experience at the historic Magruder Ranger Station located on the Selway River between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The station consists of 7 buildings constructed in the 1920's and 1930's and are still being used periodically by work crews. The rental cabin was once the residence of the District Ranger and his family. The two-story, five-room log house will accommodate six to ten people. There are two bedrooms, one containing two single beds with mattresses and one containing two double beds with mattresses, and the living room contains two futons. The house has a wood furnace for heat, propane kitchen appliances and propance lights. Propane and firewood is provided. During the summer/fall months, hot and cold running water is available for the kitchen and indoor bathroom, complete with shower and flush toilet. During the winter months, the water system is shut down and water is not provided. An outhouse is nearby.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check-in is at 2:00 p.m. and check-out is at 12:00 p.m.  Available Tuesday through Sunday during the periods of June 1 – October 31 and seven days per week from December 1 – February 28/29.
Reservations: Reserve by visiting or by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777.
Fees $50/Night.  Call the West Fork Ranger Station at (406) 821-3269 for the current combination for the lock on the door a week in advance of your arrival.
Open Season: June thru October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No rental during November, March, April or May.  Road access is too difficult.
Closest Towns: Darby, MT
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: On US Highway 93 go south of Darby, Montana, 4 miles to West Fork Road, State Highway 473. On West Fork Road, go just past 14-mile marker to Nez Perce Road/Magruder Corridor Road 468. Go 34 miles on paved/gravel/one lane dirt road. Turn south over Deep Creek on stone bridge right before confluence of Deep Creek and Selway River.

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