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Stillwater State Forest


Recreation on the Stillwater State Forest

News and Announcements

 

 

July 14, 2022, photo of Upper Whitefish Road Reroute: 

 UPDATE July 18, 2022

Good news from the Stillwater State Forest:

The Upper Whitefish Road is open; the gravel lift, dust abatement and reroute projects were completed late on Friday July 15, 2022.

The Antice Loop Road is open.

The main block of the Stillwater State Forest has no other temporary closures at this time. Please direct all inquiries to the Stillwater State Forest main office at 406-881-2371.

 

Update July 7, 2022
- The Lower WhitefishRoad will be open July 8 by 9:00 a.m. to public traffic.
- Access to Upper Whitefish Campground and Werner Peak Lookout will be via Red Meadow Road or the Lower Whitefish Road.
- Portions of the Upper Whitefish Road remains temporarily closed to all modes of travel for large gravel resurfacing and dust abatement project. This temporary closure begins at the 2-mile marker on the Upper Whitefish Road and continues to the 9-mile marker (Upper /Lower Whitefish Road Junction) Today’s rains have delayed this project.
- As of July 6, there is still snow and trees blocking safe vehicle passage on the Fitzsimmons Road. This road will remain closed until the roadway is clear.
- Users can expect temporary delays and closures of the Upper Whitefish Road to facilitate the gravel and dust abatement project for the week of July 11, 2022.

UPDATE July 1, 2022: 

The Lower Whitefish Road remains temporarily closed to facilitate safe working conditions for the work being performed on the reroute of the Upper Whitefish Road between the 7-mile marker and the Chicken gravel pit.  Please respect this closure. Vehicles illegally bypassing the closures and accessing Lower Whitefish Road results in localized resource damage, increases safety concerns for contractors and the public, slows work progress, and delays the re-opening of the road systems.

The Upper Whitefish Road remains temporarily closed to all modes of travel for public safety. This closure begins at the 2-mile marker on the Upper Whitefish Road, due to a landslide and damaged road segment near the 7-mile.

Repairs to the Upper Whitefish Road are in progress.  Unfortunately, unstable soils were found near the reroute which has lengthened the amount of time needed to reroute the road.   To allow road contractors safe and uninterrupted access to the rock pit and worksite, the Upper Whitefish Road closure has been extended, and will not re-open July 1.   

As of Tuesday, June 28th, snow is still too deep to allow safe passage of vehicle traffic on the Fitzsimmons Road and near the campground and lake at Red Meadow. 

Access to Upper Whitefish Campground and Werner Peak Lookout remains temporarily closed due to the Upper/Lower Whitefish Road closures and impassable vehicle snow conditions on Fitzsimmons Road and near Red Meadow Campground.

More information will be released no later than July 7th as Stillwater Unit evaluates conditions to safely reopen roads for the public. Please direct all inquiries to our main office at 406-881-2371.

 

UPDATE JUNE 24, 2022: Currently, the Lower Whitefish Road is clear of debris at the 1.5 mile but remains temporarily closed.  The Upper Whitefish Road remains temporarily closed for public safety; the closure begins at the 2-mile mark, due to a landslide near the 7-mile.  Repairs to the Upper Whitefish Road have begun.  Plans are to have the reroute completed by July 1, 2022. To ensure this timeline, both the Upper and Lower Whitefish Roads will remain temporarily closed to allow the road contractor uninterrupted access to the rock pit and worksite.  Please direct all inquiries to our main office at 406-881-2371.

UPDATE JUNE 20, 2022:  The Stillwater Unit will be removing the road closure off the 900/Mount Marston Road accessed from Stryker, MT.  The Upper Whitefish Road is open to the 2-mile intersection with Stryker Face Road but will remain closed past this point until an alternate route past the 7-mile slide can be determined.  The Lower Whitefish Road is expected to be opened by Friday, June 24th or as soon as repairs to the road can be completed.  The Upper Whitefish Lake Campground and access to Werner Peak Lookout remain closed at this time.  Please remember that annual spring bear closures remain in effect on some roads until July 1st.  Updates will be posted as conditions change.  Please direct all inquiries to the Stillwater Unit main office at 406-881-2371.     

June 15, 2022:  The Stillwater Unit has taken a precautionary measure and is closing all main open roads that access the main block of Stillwater State Forest.  This includes the Lower Whitefish Road accessed via East Lakeshore Dr. from Whitefish, Upper Whitefish Road accessed from Olney and the 900/Mount Marston Road accessed from Stryker, MT.  This includes the Upper Whitefish Lake Campground.  Gates/closures are in place and are signed notifying the public.  The closures will remain in effect until at least Monday, June 20.  At that time, we will reassess the condition of the roads.  Please direct all inquiries to our main office at 406-881-2371.

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.

Maps

These georeferenced maps can be uploaded for use on your smart device and are compatible with other GIS applications. 

2021 Winter Recreation Map

2021 Summer Recreation Map