Beaverhead-Deerlodge phases openings of developed recreation sites
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: May 9, 2020

DILLON, Mont., May 8, 2020 – The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest staff will begin a phased reopening of developed recreation sites May 15.

Not all recreation areas and campgrounds are immediately open and available for use. Some sites remain closed due to normal seasonal restrictions, and others remain inaccessible due to weather conditions.

“We know how excited everyone is to get outside as the weather warms up, particularly with the holiday weekend coming up. Our top priority, though, is the health and safety of our public and our staff,” said Forest Supervisor Cheri Ford. “We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as our districts work to reopen our developed recreation sites as quickly as possible.”

Sites will reopen as follows:

Dillon Ranger District

  • Opening May 15
    • Dinner Station Campground
  • Opening May 22
    • Birch Creek Cabin
    • Bloody Dick Cabin
    • Horse Prairie Guard Station
  • Opening May 29
    • Grasshopper Campground
  • Opening June 1
    • Crystal Park

Wisdom Ranger District

  • Opening May 22
    • Boulder Creek Campground
    • Canyon Creek Campground
    • Fourth Of July Campground
    • Little Joe Campground
    • Lodgepole Campground
    • May Creek Campground
    • Miner Lake Campground
    • Mono Creek Campground
    • Mussigbrod Campground
    • North Van Houten Campground
    • Pettengill Campground
    • Pintler Campground
    • Seymour Creek Campground
    • Steel Creek Campground
    • Twin Lakes Campground
  • Opening June 1
    • Canyon Creek Cabin
    • Hogan Cabin
    • May Creek Cabin
    • Twin Lakes Cabin

Butte Ranger District

  • Opening May 15
    • Toll Mountain Campground
    • Whitehouse Campground
    • Pigeon Creek Campground
  • Opening May 22
    • Beaver Dam Campground
    • Lowland Campground
  • Opening June 1
    • Sheepshead Campground
    • Freedom Point Campground
Madison Ranger District

  • Opening May 22
    • Madison River Campground
    • Potosi Campground
    • West Fork Campground

Pintler Ranger District

  • Opening May 15
    • Cable Mountain Campground
    • Copper Creek Campground
    • East Fork Campground
    • Lodgepole Campground
    • Orofino Campground
    • Philipsburg Bay Campground
    • Piney Campground
    • Racetrack Campground
    • Spillway Campground
    • Spring Hill Campground
    • Stony Campground
    • Douglas Creek Cabin
    • Moose Lake Guard Station
    • Racetrack Creek Cabin
    • Stony Cabin
    • West Fork Station
  • Opening June 1
    • Crystal Creek Campground
  • Opening upon completion of work
    • Flint Creek Campground

Visitors should expect some closures and modified operations to continue on a case-by-case basis. As districts continue to open developed recreation sites for use, operating statuses will be updated continuously online at

Those individuals with existing cabin rental and lookout reservations through will be notified by email or text message of any changes to their reservations.

Rental cabins and lookouts will not be cleaned in between uses. As in previous years, it is up to individual renters to bring their own cleaning supplies and to clean before and after use of the site.

Trails and trailheads remain open. Visitors are asked to avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas and to refrain from gathering in groups of 10 or more.

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings.

For additional information about site-specific openings, please contact the responsible ranger district office:

  • Dillon Ranger District – 406-683-3900
  • Wisdom Ranger District – 406-689-3243
  • Butte Ranger District – 406-494-2147
  • Pintler Ranger District – 406-859-3211
  • Madison Ranger District – 406-682-4253
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