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part ofBeaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Fri Jun 12 2015   Season Dates


Freedom Point is part of Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area within Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. It provides a picturesque location for weddings, receptions, large family gatherings and group picnics.

Natural Features:

The area is situated in an expanse of grassy meadows and sagebrush, with several streams and a small lake, all surrounded by a dense lodgepole pine forest.


Freedom Point is known for its pleasant picnicking amenities for large groups. Hiking, fishing and simply enjoying nature are the most popular activities. A walkable wildlife trail provides access to Maney Lake, a small lake open to fishing. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake. A variety of play areas, including volleyball courts, softball and baseball fields and a playground, are also available.


Freedom Point can accommodate up to 75 people. The accessible picnic shelter is equipped with picnic tables, grills and a large fireplace. Additional tables and grills are scattered outside the shelter. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The city of Butte is about 19 miles from the picnic area, with a variety of services.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Baseball Fields
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Playground
  • Softball Fields
  • Trailheads
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Click here for more information on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

To make reservations, contact the Butte Ranger District by calling (406) 494-2147. Reservations cannot be made online.
  • 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):
46.14833, -112.46667
46°8'54"N, 112°28'0"W

From Butte, take I-15 north about 13 miles to the Elk Park Exit. Turn right off the ramp and go under the overpass to Forest Road 442 and continue driving for 6 miles. The Sheepshead Recreation Area is on your right. Freedom Point is the first entrance on your right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1820 Meadowlark Lane
BUTTE  MT  59701

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)494-0246
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