Recreation


A Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness sign nailed to a tree next to a trail in the forest

Discover an Area by Activity

Select an activity to find an area to visit.

Our recreation opportunities are organized by activity and by corridor. To browse by activity type, use the drop-down menu above to select your activity of choice.

To browse recreation areas by location, click on the corridor name below. Learn more about each corridor on the Travel Planner page.

The table below highlights the status and current conditions of popular recreation locations on the forest. For more information about each location, click on the link under Area Name to navigate to the page dedicated to each location.

Sites that are open seasonally are typically open during the summer months, but precise opening and closing dates vary by location. Please click on the Area Name for opening and closing dates for specific locations for the current season.

This table is not an exhaustive list of recreation opportunities on the forest. For more information, please click the corridor names above or the activity names in the left-hand column.

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apgar Campground Open Open
Aquarius Campground and Purple Beach Group Site Open Open 2024 open season: May 24, 2024 - Oct. 14, 2024
Bald Mountain Lookout Closed Closed Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Boyd Creek Campground Open Open Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow. 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023 - September 30, 2023.
Bridge Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
CCC Campground Open Open Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow. Open seasonally as snow allows. Close September 30, 2023.
Castle Butte Lookout Closed Closed Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Castle Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. Water system is on (6/16/23). Campground host is still on site. 
Cedars Campground None None Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Clark Mountain/Orogrande Trailhead Open Open
Crooked River Campground #3 Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Crooked River Campground #4 Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Ditch Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Dixie Meadow Campground Open Open
Elk Creek Campground Open Open Some sites are reservable; reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov. Open seasonally.
Elk Summit Campground Open Open July - When snow dictates Stock allowed in Loop A and B. No Stock allowed in Loop C on Hoodoo Lake.
Fish Creek Campground Open Open Water system has been turned on (6/16/23). No camp host on site. Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. The Fish Creek Pavilion is an on-site picnic area that can be reserved for day use. The nearby Fish Creek Group Site is a primative, dispersed camping site that can be reserved for up to 75 people.
Fish Lake Trailhead None None Fish Lake Trail 419 is currently closed to all motorized use along its entire length by Forest Order 01-17-53-23-001.
Five Mile Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
French Gulch Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Glade Creek Group Campground Open Open
Glover Campground Open Open 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023 - September 30, 2023. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Granite Springs Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Halfway House Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Hidden Creek Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 2024 Operating Season | May 31, 2024-October 14, 2024
Iron Phone Junction Campground Open Open
Jerry Johnson Campground Closed Closed Will reopen in 2024, but water ssystem will be closed for the 2024 season for maintenance.
Johnson Bar Campground & Group Site Open Open Individual campsites are open year-'round; fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow. Group site only open seasonally and can be reserved on www.Recreation.gov. 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023 - October 31, 2023. Group site close September 30, 2023. Water shutoff September 30, 2023.
Kelly Forks Cabin Open Open Open seasonally. Reservations accepted on www.Recreation.gov. 2023 Operating Season | June 14, 2023-October 1, 2023
Kelly Forks Campground Closed Closed Open seasonally. 2024 Operating Season | May 24, 2024-October 14, 2024
Knife Edge Campground and River Access Open Open
Laird Park Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 
Leggett Creek Campground Open Open
Limber Luke Campground and Trailhead Open Open
Little Boulder Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 2024 Operating Season | May 20, 2024-October 30, 2024
Lolo Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Lookout Butte Lookout Closed Closed Open seasonally by reservation only. Reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov and typically fill several months in advance.
Mackay Bar Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Mallard Creek Campground Open Open
Meadow Creek Cabin Closed Closed Due to heavy damage to the trails accessing Meadow Creek Cabin during recent wildfire, this facility is not currently available to rent. Forest staff continue to repair bridges and other structures and are assessing when the facility can be re-opened.
Meadow Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Newsome Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Noe Creek Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 2024 Operating Season | May 24, 2024-October 14, 2024 
North Fork Slate Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
O'Hara Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 2023 Season May 12, 2023 - September 18, 2023. Some sites are reservable; reservations are accepted on www.Recreation.gov.
Orogrande Campground #1 and #2 Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Orogrande Campground #3 and #4 Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Orogrande Summit Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Oxbow Campsite Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Partridge Creek Campground Closed Closed Open seasonally.
Poet Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Powell Campground Open Open
Race Creek Campground Open Open Open year-yound, but may not be accessible due to snow. No toilet service November-March. 
Rackliff Campground Open Open 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023 - September 30, 2023. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Rainy Day Campground Open Open
Red River Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. Water system is turned off for the season. No campground host.
Rocky Bluff Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Sam's Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Selway Falls Campground Open Open 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023  - October 29, 2023. Fees collected during open season. Visitors may use the campground in the off season, but should note that services such as restroom cleaning will not be provided. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Sing Lee Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Six Mile Campground Open Open
Slide Creek Dispersed Site Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. No toilet service October-March.
Slims Camp Open Open 2023 Season May 12, 2023  - When snow blocks access. Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
South Fork Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. Water system is on (6/16/23). Campground host still on site. 
Spring Bar Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow. Water system is on (6/16/23). Camp host on site for the season. 
Table Meadows Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Trapper Creek Camp Area Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Twenty-five Mile Bar Dispersed Site Open Open
Twenty-mile Bar Dispersed Site Open Open Services such as restroom cleaning only offered during the summer season. Access may be limited seasonally due to snow.
Washington Creek Campground Closed Closed Open seasonally. 2024 Operating Season | May 24, 2024-October 14, 2024 Water shutoff 9/20/24
Weitas Creek Campground None None Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Wendover Campground Open Open
White Sand Campground Open Open
Whitehouse Campground Open Open
Whitewater Boating Site Open Open Access to this remote site is via a rough road with many tight switchbacks, not recommended for vehicles towing trailers.
Wild Goose Campground Open Open Open seasonally. 2023 Fee Season May 12, 2023 - September 26, 2023. Water shutoff September 12, 2023.
Wilderness Gateway Campground Open Open
Wildhorse Campground Open Open Open year-round, but might not be accessible because of snow.
Windy Saddle Trailhead Open Open

Spotlights

Lolo Pass Visitor Center

The Lolo Pass Visitor center covered in snow

The Lolo Pass Visitor Center, constructed in 2002, echoes the log-built architecture of historic Forest Service ranger stations. The visitor center is a prominent landmark along Highway 12, the Lewis & Clark Highway. It offers displays and information on the Lewis and Clark journey across the Bitterroot Mountains and the 1877 flight of the Nez Perce Indians, and provides historical, natural, and general information about the area.  Not only is it a recreational destination for winter sports enthusiasts, but also doubles as a rest area at the Montana/Idaho border along Highway 12. The facility includes an interpretive center, small book store & gift shop, 24-hour restrooms, a covered picnic area, picnic tables and short interpretive trails with benches. Stop by for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and experience the Lolo Pass Visitor Center!

Click here to see the Montana Department of Transportation’s 24-hour web camera view of road conditions for Highway 12 at the Montana/Idaho state line (there’s a snow depth gauge in the image to the far right/center).