Recreation

Welcome to the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and the "million acre backyard" of our local communities.  The accessible forest landscape here provides abundant opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy our wildlife, history and scenery.  Roads and trails support a balance of motorized and non-motorized recreation including: hiking. biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, OHV riding, snowmobiling and driving for pleasure.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Campground Open to Visitor Water not available. 
Aspen Grove Group Use Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Aspen Grove Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Basin Cr Dispersed Campground Open to Visitor
Benchmark Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Calf Creek Cabin Open to Visitor The last 7 miles of the road is closed from approximately 12/1 through 5/15. It is a designated groomed snowmobile trail. Travel the last 7 miles must be made by skiing, snowmobiling or walking. Due to snow conditions, travel on Forest Service Road #119 may be limited through the end of May. Please call (406) 547-3361 or (406) 236-5511 to verify the road condition.
Cave Mountain Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Copper Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Coulter Campground Open to Visitor
Cromwell Dixon Campground Open to Visitor
Crystal Lake Cabin Open to Visitor Please contact the ranger district for updated weather and road conditions.
Crystal Lake Campground Open to Visitor Reminder that many hazard trees were removed, so the area looks very different now.
Cummings Cabin Open to Visitor
Dearborn Trailhead Open to Visitor
Deep Creek Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Double Falls Campground Open to Visitor No potable water available
Dry Pole Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Dry Wolf Cabin Open to Visitor
Dry Wolf Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Eagle Guard Cabin Open to Visitor
Elk Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Elko Campground Open to Visitor
Forest Lake Camping Area   
Gibson Boating Site Open to Visitor
Gipsy Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Gipsy Lake Day Picnic Area Open to Visitor A snowdrift is blocking the entrance of the site.
Granite Butte Lookout Open to Visitor Granite Butte is located atop the Continental Divide and is exposed to harsh site conditions. Strong winds are common year round and temperatures drop to below zero temperatures in the winter months. Winter renters should be prepared for a 4 mile ski or snowmobile trip into the tower and to bring appropriate cold weather camping equipment and gear. Winter renters are encouraged to check weather conditions and to call the Lincoln Ranger Station for current conditions.
Grasshopper Campground Open to Visitor
Green Gulch Dispersed Camp Campground Open to Visitor
Hay Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Home Gulch Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Hunters Cabin   
Indian Flats Cabin Open to Visitor
Indian Hill Campground   
Indian Meadows Trailhead Open to Visitor
Jellison Place Campground Open to Visitor
Judith Guard Station Rental Cabin Open to Visitor Call Ranger District office or Supervisor's Office for updated information on weather and road conditions
Judith Station Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Jumping Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Kading Cabin Open to Visitor
Kading Campground Open to Visitor
Kenck Cabin Open to Visitor
Kings Hill Cabin Open to Visitor Contact WSS Ranger District for current weather and road conditions
Kings Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Closed until late July or early August
Lion Creek - Lower Camp Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Logging Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Many Pines Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Marias Pass Historic Site Interpretive Site Open to Visitor
Meriwether Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Mill Falls Campground Open to Visitor No potable water available
Missouri Beaver Creek Trail Open to Visitor
Missouri River Canyon Trail Open to Visitor
Monument Peak Lookout    Call Ranger District or Supervisor's Office for updated weather and road conditions
Moose Creek Cabin Open to Visitor
Moose Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Moose Creek Campground - Little Belt Mountains Open to Visitor
Mortimer Gulch Campground Open to Visitor
Park Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Park Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Richardson Campground Open to Visitor No drinking water available
Rillway Cabin Open to Visitor
Russian Flat Campground   
Silver Crest Winter Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Skidway Campground Closed to Visitor Closed due to hazard trees
South Fork Campground Open to Visitor Water available
South Fork Sun Trailhead Open to Visitor
Spring Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Summit Campground Open to Visitor
Summit Trailhead Open to Visitor
Sun Canyon L&C Campground Open to Visitor
Ten Mile Picnic Area Open to Visitor
Thain Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Thompson Guard Station Open to Visitor
Timber Creek Dispersed Campground Open to Visitor
Van Deriet Campground Open to Visitor
Vigilante Campground Open to Visitor
West Fork Cabin Open to Visitor Contact the ranger district office for current weather and road conditions
West Fork Teton Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Whitetail Camp Campground Open to Visitor
Wood Lake Campground Open to Visitor Water available
Wood Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/hlcnf/recreation