Recreation


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With four wildernesses, many lakes and rivers, and unique visitor centers that are historic and informative, whatever your outdoor passion, the Lolo National Forest has something for everyone!

Recreation Updates

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    Rent a cabin or a lookout and start to unwind. We have a variety of rental cabins from lookouts on mountain tops to historic log cabins located in beautiful canyons where blue ribbon streams flow.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bend Guard Station Open Open year-long.
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Big Hole Lookout None Opens June 11, 2022.

Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Big Larch Campground Open Open year-round.

2 Group Sites: Reservations Required through Recreation.gov Memorial Day-Labor Day

Fees charged Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Individual sites are first come, first served.
Big Nelson Campground Open Open year-round.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Bighorn Campground Open No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Open year-round, weather dependent. Fees charged May-September.
Bitterroot Flat Campground Open Open year-round.

Fees charged early May-Late September.

 Gates will remain open with no services after late September.
Cabin City Campground None Open May 25, 2022.

The campground is first come, first served. No reservations are taken.
Cascade Campground Open Open May 4, 2022

The campground is first come, first served.
Clark Memorial Campground None Open May 19, 2022.
Clearwater Crossing Campground Open Open yearlong unless road is closed by snow.
Copper King Campground None Open May 12, 2022.
Cougar Peak Lookout None Open June 18, 2022.
Reservations required through Recreation.gov
Dalles Campground Open Open May 6, 2022.


No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Deer Creek Campground Open Open year-long, snow dependent.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Double Arrow Lookout Closed Closed in 2021 for renovations
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Fishtrap Lake Campground Open Open year long, snow dependent.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Fort Fizzle Historic Site Picnic Area None Open mid-May - September.
Gold Rush Campground Open Open year long, snow dependent.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Grizzly Campground None Open May 6, 2022.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Harry's Flat Campground None Open May 6, 2022.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Hidden Lake Campground Open Open year-round with snow level determining access.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Hogback Homestead Open Open April 1-November 30 annually.

Reservations required through Recreation.gov.
Kreis Pond Campground Open Open April 1 to December 1

The campground is first come, first served.
Lake Alva Campground Open Loop A: Open year-round.

Fees charged Memorial Day - Labor Day

Group sites are closed in 2022.

Off-season: open free of charge with limited services. The campground is first come, first served.
Lake Inez Campground Open Open year-round. Fees charged Memorial Day - Labor Day

Group Site Reservations Required through Recreation.gov Memorial Day-Labor Day. Individual sites are first come, first served.

Off-season: open free of charge with limited services.
Lakeside Campground None Open May 27, 2022.

Reservations Required for sites 2-6 through Recreation.gov Memorial Day - Labor Day
Lee Creek Campground None Opens May 20, 2022.

Loge Day-Use Area None Closes October 13, 2021.
Open May to October.
Lolo Creek Campground and Picnic Area None Opens May 13, 2022.

First come, first served. No reservations taken.
Lolo Pass Visitor Center None Summer Season: June-August

Fall/Winter Season: September-May

Visit Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for more info.
Montana Snowbowl None Montana Snowbowl Website
Monture Creek Campground Open No fees. First Come First Served.

No water available.

Open year-round.
Monture Guard Station Cabin Closed Open December 1-April 14 annually

Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Morgan-Case Homestead Open Open year-round. Reservations required through Recreation.gov.
Muchwater Dispersed Campground and Recreation Area Open Open year long, snow dependent.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Ninemile Remount Depot and Historic Ranger Station None Call Ninemile Ranger District 406-626-5201 for current status of offerings.
Norton Campground Open Open May 6, 2022.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Pattee Canyon Group Picnic Area None Open July 1 - October 2022
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area None
Peninsula Dispersed Campground and Recreation Area Open Open year long, snow dependent.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Quartz Flat Campground None Open May 23, 2022.

Reservations required to camp in Loop A and G, even numbered sites only. (14 of 28 sites). Reservations required for Loop C, sites 1-12.  All other sites are first-come/first-served. 
Rainy Lake Campground Open Campground is open year-round, with snow levels determining access.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
River Point Campground None Open May 27, 2022.

Reservations Required through Recreation.gov May 28-Sept. 6

Sites change to first come, first served free of charge the Tuesday after Labor Day until October 1st when the campground closes for the Season.
River Point Picnic Area None Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Call Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233 for current conditions during the off-season.
Savenac Bunkhouse Closed Closed for the season for repairs. Reopens August 2, 2022.

Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Savenac Cookhouse Open Closed May 16- August 2, 2022.


Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Savenac East Cottage Closed Closed for the Season for repairs: Reopening on August 2, 2022.


Reservations are required through Recreation.gov
Savenac Historic Tree Nursery Visitor Center None Open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, hours and days vary.

Call Superior Ranger District for current operating hours at 406-822-4233.
Savenac West Cottage Open Closed May 16 - August 2, 2022.
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Seeley Lake Campground None Open May 27, 2022.

No reservations are taken. The campground is first come, first served.
Siria Campground None First come, first served. No reservations taken.

Open year-round weather dependent. Fees charged early May- late September.
Sloway Campground None Opens May 24, 2022.

Reservations required for sites 1-10; RV sites 1-5 and Horse Camp.
Thompson Peak Lookout Open Open May 20, 2022.


Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Trout Creek Campground Open Open year long, snow dependent. The campground is first come, first served.

Fees charged May to September

Off-season: open free of charge with limited services.
Up Up 40-Foot Lookout Tower None Open June 17, 2022.


Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
West Fork Butte Lookout None Open May 27, 2022 - April 1, 2023

Reservations required through Recreation.gov
West Fork Fishtrap Creek Campground None Open May 11, 2022

Spotlights

Lolo Pass Visitor Center

The Lolo Pass Visitor center covered in snow

Lolo Pass is managed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Information on skiing and winter recreation permits at Lolo Pass can be found on their website. Follow Discover Your Northwest - Lolo Pass Visitor Center on Facebook for the most up-to-date condition information. Please note: Lolo Pass Visitor Center operates in the Pacific Time Zone.

Recreation Areas

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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