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Stillwater State Forest

Recreation on the Stillwater State Forest

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June 17, 2022 photo of impassable road in Stillwater State Forest.  

7 Mile Road Slump

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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.


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