Wood's Cabin


Woods Cabin

We invite you to enjoy a recreational experience at the historic Woods Cabin located on the north shore of Lake Como. Large windows and deck offer an excellent view overlooking the lake and near-by scenic mountain peaks. To the west of the cabin, a short walk will take you to a trailhead that begins the seven-mile loop trail around Lake Como. You may see osprey, bald eagles, deer, moose, elk or bear. To the east of the cabin, a short walk will take you to a popular sandy beach and swimming area. On the south side of Lake Como there is a boat ramp and parking for trailers. The cabin was built in 1928 and provides "rustic" accommodations. There is a vault toilet located nearby and even though there is no electricity there are propane lamps in the cabin. It has three bedrooms, a kitchen and dining room, and a large living room that is conducive to group meetings. The overnight limit is 15 people. Parking at the cabin is restricted to 2 vehicles. Extra vehicles can park in the upper parking lot above the cabin. Four exempt vehicle day use passes are available for people staying in the cabin.


Beginning Fall 2013 - Wood’s Cabin will be available for rent starting Nov. 17, 2012 through March 31, 2013.  Then again May 10, 2013.  The cabin has two new wood stoves and the wood shed will be stocked with firewood.  During the winter months, the road from the main Lake Como road to the Cabin is not plowed, so people may have to park at the boat launch and walk across the dam to reach the cabin.  There will be no drinking water available.   Lake Como is a beautiful setting in the winter time and is popular with cross-country skiiers, snowshoers, and ice fishermen.  There are groomed cross country ski trails on the south side of lake, taking off from the boat launch.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:   At this time, drinking water is NOT available within the Lake Como Recreation Area (including the Lower Como Campground).  Water test results have showed the presence of coliform bacteria, which are naturally present in the environment and used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present.  We are working on troubleshooting the system to determine if the source is contaminated or if there is a problem with the distribution system.  Please contact the Darby Ranger Station at 406-821-3913 for updates or more information.  Thank you for your patience while we work through the process.
Reservations: Reserve by visiting Recreation.gov or by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777.
Fees $60 per night. Fee includes 4 exempt passess for day use. Pass must be displayed in vehicles while accessing other parts of the recreation area.
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum stay limit of 4 days.
Closest Towns: Darby, MT
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Darby, MT travel north for 4 miles on Highway 93. Turn west (left) onto Lake Como Rd. Follow for 3 miles turn north (right) to remain on Lake Como RD, follow for 0.7 miles and turn left and then an immediate right towards beach area. Continue past the swimming area parking lot to the third parking area. A gate on the west side of this parking area secures the driveway into both the Wood's Cabin and the adjacent privately permitted Hiker's Cabin. Take the left-hand fork to the Wood's Cabin. The combination lock on the gate is changed regularly and renters will need to call the Darby Ranger Station one week prior to reservations for current combinations.

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