Activities and Amenities
DONEY CABIN, MT
part ofBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014 Season Dates
OverviewOpen year-round, Doney Cabin is a great way to access the various seasonal activities available in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, in western Montana. While sportsmen enjoy the cabin during bow and rifle seasons, it is popular among snowmobiling enthusiasts in the winter and hikers in the summer. The cabin is in a very remote location, giving anyone an outdoor recreational experience they will never forget.
Access to the cabin is limited by weather conditions. Four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are necessary year-round. Excessive snowfall prohibits any vehicles from accessing the cabin and guests will need to plan for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling up to 15 miles. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The rustic, log mining cabin is near Doney Lake in the Flint Creek Range. It was donated to the Forest Service by the family of a man who spent much time there. Water in the lake is not recommended for swimming or drinking. The lake is used as an irrigation reservoir and does not contain any fish.
Fishing is popular in any of the mountain lakes in the vicinity. Access to the lakes will require extensive hiking. The area is home to a variety of trails for hiking, including one that climbs up from the cabin into a series of glacial lakes high in the mountains. Hunting is also popular in the surrounding areas.
The primitive, one-room cabin has bunkbeds that sleep up to six people. It has a table and chairs, basic cooking utensils and dishes, as well as a wood stove for heat. Firewood is provided but cannot be guaranteed. There is no electricity, plumbing or water available at the cabin. An outhouse with a vault toilet is located near the cabin.
Interesting day trips might include touring the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, which is operated by the National Park Service just outside of Deer Lodge, which is about 17 miles from the cabin. In Deer Lodge, visitors can tour the old Montana Territorial Prison, which was built by convict labor in 1871. Both are on nationally recognized historic sites.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Deer Lodge, travel west on I-90 for about 20 miles to exit 166. Continue 9 miles on Forest Road 248, then 4 miles south on Forest Road 645. Access to the cabin requires a vehicle with four-wheel drive and high clearance year round. Winter access varies with snow conditions; during a typical winter, renters can expect to have to ski or snowmobile between 9 and 11 miles to the cabin. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.
Mailing Address:DONEY CABIN
Deer Lodge Work Center, 266 Warren Lane
DEER LODGE MT 59722
Phone Number:Project Office: (406)846-1770