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Stillwater State Forest

Recreation on the Stillwater State Forest

News and Announcements


July 2021

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The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is seeking public input regarding user experience at Upper Whitefish Lake Campground.  Upper Whitefish Lake Campground is located on state trust lands in the heart of the Stillwater State Forest and is easily accessed by open gravel roads including the Upper Whitefish Road, Lower Whitefish Road and Red Meadow Road (NF-115). The lake is approximately 100 acres in size and is a popular spot for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.  There are 15 developed campsites available with amenities that include vault toilets, day use area, gravel boat launch and a bearproof food storage container.  The campground is managed as Pack it in, Pack it out.   

DNRC has noticed a significant increase in use at the campground in recent years, which has led to congestion, camping outside designated campsites and ultimately resource damage.  To understand these issues better, DNRC is soliciting input from the public via an online survey.  The survey focuses on questions related to what types of activities users enjoy, duration of stay and their overall experience of the campground.  Survey answers to these questions will help inform DNRC staff on management decisions moving forward including; educational outreach, available amenities and resource protection.  You can click here to access the survey, or visit the recreational use webpage.  The survey will be open until September 15th. Affected users and residents are encouraged to provide input. 

The purpose of state trust lands is to generate income to support Montana’s public schools, universities, and public institutions.  A Recreational Use License ($10) is required for any recreational activity on state trust land. Licenses may be purchased online, or at any Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks licensing location.  For more information, contact the DNRC Stillwater Unit office at 406-881-2371 or visit 7425 Highway 93 North in Olney, Montana.


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