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East Fork Cabin

Bitterroot National Forest

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Overview

East Fork Cabin offers visitors a unique chance to camp in the Bitterroot National Forest of southwestern Montana. The cabin takes visitors back to a rustic, old-time setting and provides access to a variety of recreational opportunities on public lands. The site is available year-round and offers additional camping areas to accommodate large groups. An adjacent picnic area and pavillion provides a convenient location for everyone to gather. The cabin can be accessed by vehicle, however during winter months (October through April), alternative resources may be required to reach the cabin. The road is plowed up to three-quarters of a mile from the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Recreation

Fishing is popular in the nearby river. A variety of trout, including brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook, can be found in the area between Sula and Conner. Winter fishing for whitefish is popular and productive, as the river is closed to trout fishing during the colder months. The catch along the East Fork is fairly evenly divided between bait, spin and fly fishermen.

The surrounding hills and valleys are popular for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding in the summer and fall. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling can be enjoyed in the area during the winter (learn more about avalanche safety). Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy more than 50 miles of groomed trails, along with a number of unmarked trails that are open for recreation.

Facilities

EAST FORK GUARD STATION CABIN is a rustic, historic cabin located on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. It is a small one room cabin and can accommodate up to eight people. It is equipped with two bunk beds and mattress pads, a table and chairs/benches, a counter with cupboards, and a propane range with oven. Propane is provided. There are electric lights and one outlet inside the cabin. There is a wood stove for heat, firewood is provided but you may need to split your own logs. Please fill wood box inside before you leave. Pots, pans, plates, and utensils are provided. You will need to provide your own bedding and towels. Drinking water is available at the pump house. A vault toilet is located adjacent to the cabin and toilet paper is provided. A picnic table is available near the cabin for outdoor eating and activites. A group use fire pit with benches is located between the cabin and the East Fork River. Please supply your own firewood for outside fire pit use. Wood provided in the woodshed is for heating the cabin indoors. There is a corral/pasture area for stock use, but you should check the fence line prior to turn them loose. Hay must be certified weed free. 

There is a large, log pavillion available for group use with many picnic tables, a fire place, and pedestal BBQ grills for cooking. Please only use charcoal in pedestal cooking grills. An electrical outlet is available on a power pole near the pavillion for your use. Even though there is a limit of eight people at the cabin, RV and tent camping is allowed in designated areas at the cabin. The site has a 35 person limit.

Guests will need to bring their own bedding, towels, soap and garbage bags. Guests are asked to replenish the supply of cut wood, as well as clean the cabin prior to their departure. Basic cleaning supplies are provided.

Natural Features

The rustic cabin was built before 1914 and was restored in 1987. It was originally a guard station, used by fire watchers in the forest. It is situated on the East Fork of Bitterroot River, at an elevation of about 5,200 feet. The river flows west from within the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, to just south of Conner, Montana, where it joins the West Fork of the Bitterroot River to form the Bitterroot River. During the spring the river becomes a dangerous combination of fast water and snags. The Anacondas are home to abundant wildlife, including mountain lions, elk, deer, moose and bears ( learn about outdoor safety ).

Nearby Attractions

  • East Fork Trailhead
  • McCart Lookout
  • Lost Trail Ski Area
  • Cheif Joeseph cross-country ski area
  • Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
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Campground Matrix

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