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Lolo National Forest opens campgrounds in time for Memorial Day

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 17:56:23-04

Lolo National Forest is opening most campsites just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The Forest Service is expecting campgrounds in the Missoula and Seeley Lake regions to be very busy and the forest service is asking the public to adhere to group size restrictions for the local area and continue frequent hand washing and other sanitary measures.

The Forest service is also recommending these three tips to recreate safely,

  • Plan ahead some services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and remain flexible.
  • Adhere to local health and safety guidance, and take precautions recommended by the CDC
  • Recreate responsibly and be cautious to ensure safety of yourself, family, and our communities.

Campsites such as Lee Creek Campground are only allowing access to the lower loop and other group picnic and campsites like Lake Inez Group Site, Lakeside Group, Lake Alva and Big Larch are closed indefinitely.

Missoula Ranger District

  • Bitterroot Flat Campground opens 5/22
  • Fort Fizzle Picnic Area *To Be Determined
  • Lolo Creek Picnic Area/Campground 6/5
  • Bighorn Campground (river sites only) 5/22
  • Dalles Campground 5/22
  • Grizzly Campground 5/22
  • Harry’s Flat Campground (north loop only) 5/22
  • Norton Campground 5/22
  • Siria Campground *Remains closed
  • Lee Creek Picnic Area/ Campground (lower loop only) 6/5
  • Hogback Homestead Cabin 5/13
  • Morgan Case Homestead Cabin 5/13
  • West Fork Butte Lookout 5/22
  • Pattee Canyon Group Picnic 8/1

Ninemile Ranger District

  • Clearwater Crossing Campground 5/22
  • Kreis Pond Campground 5/22

Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District

  • Cascade Campground 5/22
  • Clark Memorial Campground *Remains closed
  • Copper King Campground 5/22
  • Fishtrap Lake Campground 5/22
  • Gold Rush Campground 5/22
  • West Fork Fishtrap Creek Campground *Remains closed
  • Cougar Peak Lookout 6/5
  • Bend Guard Station *To Be Determined

Seeley Lake Ranger District

  • Big Larch Campground 5/22
  • Big Nelson Campground 5/22
  • Lake Alva Campground 5/22
  • Lake Inez Campground 5/22
  • Lakeside Campground 5/22
  • Monture Creek Campground 5/22
  • River Point Campground 5/22
  • Seeley Lake Campground 5/22
  • Double Arrow Lookout 5/13
  • Rainy Lake Campground 5/22
  • Hidden Lake Campground 5/22

Group Camp Sites: *Please be aware that all group campsites on the Seeley Lake Ranger District remain temporary closed and are not reservable at this time. Those with existing reservations have or will be notified by email or phone on the status of their reservation.

  • Lake Inez Group Site: remains temporarily closed
  • Lakeside Group site: remains temporarily closed
  • Lake Alva Group site: remains temporarily closed
  • Big Larch Group site: remains temporarily closed

Superior Ranger District

  • Cabin City Campground 5/22
  • Quartz Flat Campground 5/22
  • Sloway Campground 5/22
  • Savenac West Cottage 5/22
  • Savenac Cookhouse *To Be Determined
  • Savenac Bunkhouse *To Be Determined
  • Thompson Peak Lookout 6/5
  • Up Up Lookout 6/15
  • Deer Creek Campground 5/22
  • Big Creek Campground 5/22
  • Trout Creek Campground 5/22