Recreation


Two kayakers on Moose Lake, Pintler Ranger District

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Astride the Continental Divide in southwest Montana, the 3.3-million-acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the nation's undiscovered jewel. Across the dozen or so mountain ranges that are in the forest, there's a variety of recreational opportunity.

Here you can find the primitive experience of wilderness, the freedom of driving backcountry roads and trails, fishing high-mountain lakes and streams and the serenity of small campgrounds, where dinner tastes extra good because it was made over an open fire!

Explore with us the many aspects and elevations of recreation in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

Reports

The Recreation Fee Site Accomplishment Reports highlight recreation accomplishment provided through recreation fee dollars, the revenues and expenditures, and a sampling of planned projects for the Forests and Grasslands in the Northern Region. Your fee dollars continue to do amazing things - thank you for your support! See how funds are used from the Recreation Fee Sites across Region 1.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Antone Station Open Open Access to the cabin is dependent on weather conditions.
Aspen Picnic Area Open Open
Bear Creek Bunkhouse Open Open Water is available during the summer months.
Bear Creek Cabin Open Open No water available
Beaverdam Campground and Picnic Area None None Water available during summer months
Birch Creek Cabin Open Open Electricity available. Water unavailable during winter months.
Black Butte Cabin Open Open Drinking water unavailable
Bloody Dick Cabin Open Open Water unavailable during winter months.
Boulder Creek Campground Open Open
Branham Lakes Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Cable Mountain Campground Open Open
Canyon Creek Cabin Open Open No water available
Canyon Creek Campground Open Open
Cliff Point Campground Open Open
Cottonwood Campground Open Open
Crystal Park Picnic and Mineral Collection Area Open Open
Delmoe Lake Campground and Picnic Area Open Open Water available during summer months
Dinner Station Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Douglas Creek Cabin Open Open
East Fork Group Picnic Area None None
Fleecer Cabin Open Open
Flint Creek Campground Open Open
Fourth of July Campground Open Open
Freedom Point Picnic Area Open Open
Gordon Reese Cabin Open Open
Grasshopper Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Grassy Point Picnic Area Open Open
Hells Canyon Guard Station Open Open
High Rye Cabin Open Open
Hogan Cabin Open Open
Horse Prairie Cabin Open Open Water unavailable during winter months.
Little Joe Campground Open Open
Lodgepole Campground Open Open
Lodgepole Campground Open Open
Lowland Campground and Picnic Area Open Open Water available during summer months
Madison River Campground Open Open
May Creek Cabin Open Open No water available
May Creek Campground None None
Mill Creek Campground Open Open
Miner Lake Campground None None
Mono Creek Campground Open Open
Moose Lake Cabin Open Open Water is unavailable during winter months.
Mussigbrod Campground None None
North Van Houten Campground None None
Orofino Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Pettengill Campground Open Open
Philipsburg Bay Campground Open Open
Piney Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Pintler Campground Open Open
Potosi Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Price Creek Campground Open Open
Racetrack Cabin Open Open
Racetrack Campground and Picnic Area None None
Rainbow Bay Picnic Area Open Open
Red Bridge Fishing Access Open Open
Reservoir Lake Campground and Picnic Area Open Open
Seymour Creek Campground Open Open
Sheepshead Recreation Area Open Open
South Van Houten Campground None None
Spillway Campground Open Open
Spring Hill Campground Open Open
Steel Creek Campground None None
Stony Cabin Open Open Water unavailable during winter months
Stony Campground None None
Thompson Park Open Open During the winter months gates are closed but you can ski/walk in to recreate.
Twin Lakes Cabin Open Open
Twin Lakes Campground None None
Vigilante Cabin Open Open Water unavailable during winter months
Wade Lake Campground and Picnic Areas Open Open
Wall Creek Cabin Open Open
West Fork Cabin Open Open
West Fork of Rock Creek Cabin Open Open Water unavailable during winter months