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DOUGLAS CREEK CABIN, MT

part ofBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: DOUGLAS CREEK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Open year-round, Douglas Creek Cabin offers 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 visitors will need to plan for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling up to 3 miles. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The rustic, remotely located cabin is adjacent to Douglas Creek, in the north end of the Flint Creek Range. It is situated in a grassy meadow, surrounded by mature evergreen trees. The cabin was built in the 1960s and was used as an administrative location for crews working in the area.

The Flints have typical Rocky Mountain fauna, including a few mountain goats. The area is popular for hunting of deer, elk and blue grouse. Dozens of alpine lakes in the range provide good fishing. Bears may also frequent the area.

Recreation:

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, but there are no designated trails near the cabin. A big game winter range and elk calving grounds are nearby, offering great wildlife viewing potential. Hunting for deer, elk and upland game birds is popular in the area.

Guests also enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the surrounding areas during the winter. Various weather conditions can increase avalanche danger in the area and visitors are encouraged to carry proper backcountry equipment, including a beacon, shovel and probe, while recreating.

Facilities:

The primitive, one-room cabin has bunkbeds that sleep up to six people. It has a table and chairs, minimal cooking utensils and dishes and 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 just steps behind the cabin.

Guests will need to bring water for cooking, cleaning and drinking, as well as bedding, towels, soap, dishes, cooking equipment and fuel, toilet paper, garbage bags and an axe. A broom and dust pan are provided and guests are required to carry out all trash. Guests are also asked to clean the facility prior to departure. Cell phone service is non-existent in the area.

Nearby Attractions:

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 25 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

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mattress(es)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • The cabins are locked; to obtain the combination, call the Deer Lodge Work Center at 406-859-3211, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Water is not available at this cabin. It is recommended to bring your own supply.
  • This facility is located in a remote location. Vehicle access cannot be guaranteed at any time due to ever-changing weather and road conditions.
  • Be Bear Aware; for more information about recreating in bear country, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=stelprdb5324172.
  • Hantavirus; guests should be aware of the risk of exposure to Hantavirus while staying in the cabin. Please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/hps/transmission.html for more information about Hantavirus.
  • All food and garbage must be packed out.
  • A map may be helpful for locating this facility. Visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf for more information. Maps are available at each District Ranger Office.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.5025, -113.12028
46°30'9"N, 113°7'13"W

From Hall, travel south on Highway 1 for about 3 miles to Douglas Creek. Take Forest Road 707 and continue approximately 7 miles to the cabin. Maps may be purchased by calling the Pintler Ranger District.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DOUGLAS CREEK CABIN
88 Business Loop
Philipsburg  MT  59858

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)859-3211
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