Recreation

Spring 2021 Recreation Site Updates

Recreation Updates

Big Hole LookoutWith 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!

Rent a cabin or a lookout, backpack into a wilderness area, find a trail to hike or to ride your bike, horse, trail bike, or ATV. Take a scenic drive, bird-watch, kayak, water ski, winter ski, snowmobile and more.


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Northern Region Sustainable Recreation, Heritage, Wilderness Strategy

The Northern Region's incredible wildland settings provide year-round, life enhancing recreation opportunities. Learn how we are anticipating, planning for, and embracing the future in recreation in our Strategy (pdf, 2.4 mb).

Interactive Visitor Map

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Hole Lookout    Booking now for stays starting June 17, 2021 at Recreation.gov
Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District, 406-826-3821
Big Larch Campground    Campground and dock open May 28, 2021
Group Site Reservations Required through Recreation.gov Memorial Day-Labor Day
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Big Nelson Campground    Opens May 28, 2021
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Bighorn Campground    Open year-round, weather dependent. Fees charged May-September.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Bitterroot Flat Campground Open to Visitor Gates will remain open with no services after 9/28/2020. Fees charged early May-Late September.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Cabin City Campground    Opens May 27, 2021
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Cascade Campground    Opens May 6, 2021
Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Clark Memorial Campground    Opens May 20, 2021
Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Clearwater Crossing Campground Open to Visitor Open yearlong unless road is closed by snow. Ninemile Ranger District 406-626-5201
Copper King Campground    Opens May 13, 2021
Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Cougar Peak Lookout    2021 dates: June 11-October 6, 2021
Reservations required through Recreation.gov
Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Dalles Campground    Opens May 7, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Double Arrow Lookout Closed to Visitor Closed in 2021 for renovations
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Fishtrap Lake Campground    Opens May 27, 2021 Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Fort Fizzle Historic Site Picnic Area    Opens May 14, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Gold Rush Campground    Open year-round. Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821
Grizzly Campground    Opens May 14, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Harry's Flat Campground    Opens May 7, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Hidden Lake Campground    Open year-round with snow level determining access.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Hogback Homestead    Open April 1-November 30 annually.
Reservations required through Recreation.gov.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Kreis Pond Campground    Ninemile Ranger District 406-626-5201
Lake Alva Campground    Opens May 28, 2021 with fees
Group sites are closed in 2021-2022.
Off-season: open free of charge with limited services.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Lake Inez Campground    Opens May 28, 2021 with fees
Group Site Reservations Required through Recreation.gov Memorial Day-Labor Day
Off-season: open free of charge with limited services.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Lakeside Campground    Opens May 28, 2021
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov May 28-Sept. 6
Reservations will be available for booking starting on May 1 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Lee Creek Campground    Opens May 21, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Loge Day-Use Area    2021 Opening: April 15, 2021
Open May to October. Contact the Superior Ranger District for current conditions 406-822-4233
Lolo Creek Campground and Picnic Area    Opens May 14, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Lolo Pass Visitor Center Open to Visitor Summer June-August
Fall/Winter September-May
Visit Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for more info.
Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area    Lookout Pass Website
Montana Snowbowl    Montana Snowbowl Website
Monture Creek Campground    Opens May 28, 2021
Off-season: Open free of charge with limited services.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Monture Guard Station Cabin    Open December 1-April 14 annually
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Morgan-Case Homestead Open to Visitor Reservations required through Recreation.gov.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Muchwater Dispersed Campground and Recreation Area    Open year long, snow dependent. Call Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District for current conditions 406-826-3821
Ninemile Remount Depot and Historic Ranger Station    Call Ninemile Ranger District 406-626-5201 for current status of offerings.
Norton Campground    Opens May 7, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Pattee Canyon Group Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Opens July 1, 2021
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Peninsula Dispersed Campground and Recreation Area    Open year long, snow dependent. Call Superior Ranger District for current conditions. 406-822-4233
Quartz Flat Campground    Opens May 25, 2021
Reservations required to camp in Loop A, even numbered sites only. Reservations are open now at Recreation.gov for spots available starting May 25, 2021.
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Rainy Lake Campground    Campground is open year-round, with snow levels determining access.
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
River Point Campground    Opens May 28, 2021
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov May 28-Sept. 6
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
River Point Picnic Area    Call Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233 for current conditions during the off-season.
Rock Creek Area    Designated dispersed sites available for public use
Savenac Bunkhouse Open to Visitor Open May 12-October 12, 2021
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Savenac Cookhouse Open to Visitor Open Year-round
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Savenac East Cottage    Reservations are required and are now open at Recreation.gov for stays starting May 1, 2021.
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233  
Savenac Historic Tree Nursery Area    Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Savenac Historic Tree Nursery Visitor Center    Opens May 28, 2021
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Savenac West Cottage Open to Visitor Open year-round
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Seeley Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Opens May 28, 2021
Seeley Lake Ranger District 406-677-2233
Siria Campground    Will open with limited services. Open year-round weather dependent. Fees charged early May- late September.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
Sloway Campground    Opens May 26, 2021
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Thompson Peak Lookout Open to Visitor Season: May 21-Oct. 6, 2021
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Trout Creek Campground    Opens May 6, 2021. Closes with snowfall.
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
Up Up 40-Foot Lookout Tower    Open June 18 - October 6, 2021
Reservations Required through Recreation.gov
Superior Ranger District 406-822-4233.
West Fork Butte Lookout Open to Visitor Visit Recreation.gov to make reservations.
Missoula Ranger District 406-329-3814
West Fork Fishtrap Creek Campground    Opens May 27, 2021
Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District 406-826-3821

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 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!

Areas & Activities

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Click here to read current alerts and closures
  • Click here to learn about staying safe and following the rules of bear country.
  • Click here to find a map to take on your adventures.
  • Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest.
  • Click here to find avalanche infornation


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