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MORGAN-CASE HOMESTEAD, MT

part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MORGAN CASE HOMESTEAD
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Morgan-Case Homestead is a rustic log cabin situated on approximately 320 acres along Rock Creek. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance relating to early homesteading and ranching in Granite County and western Montana. It was an active work site from 1890 to 1951.

In addition to being a great home base for big game hunters, the cabin provides access to a variety of recreational opportunities, including blue-ribbon trout fishing and trails that are open to hiking and horseback riding, as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Natural Features:

The homestead is located in the rugged Sapphire Mountains at an elevation of 4,700 feet. The Missoula Ranger District began preservation work on the cabin in 2001, giving it historic charm.

The Sapphire Mountains contain large stands of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests and are home to a variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, moose, deer and grizzly and black bears. Both the bald and golden eagle reside in the forest, along with trumpeter swan, herons and 30 varieties of ducks.

Recreation:

The area surrounding the cabin offers both summer and winter recreation opportunities including hiking, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Sandstone/Wyman trailhead is located within a mile of the homestead, providing access to an extensive network of trails.

Rock Creek is well known for its abundant trout fishing. Proper hunting and fishing licenses are required to enjoy the activities in the state of Montana. The surrounding meadows provide great opportunities for wildlife viewing as well.

Facilities:

The single-story log cabin is wheelchair accessible and can accommodate up to five people. It has two bedrooms, a living room, dining room and a kitchen. It is equipped with beds and mattresses, a table and chairs, counter and cupboard space, period furniture and an accessible outdoor vault toilet. Drinking water is not provided. It is recommended that you bring an adequate supply of your own water.

The kitchen is outfitted with an electric range and oven, refrigerator and electric lights. In the winter the cabin is heated to 50 degrees with electric baseboard heaters. It is equipped with a wood stove for additional heat. Cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils and cookware may be available, but are not always guaranteed.

Guests will need to bring their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, as well as towels, soap, garbage bags, toilet paper and some cooking and eating utensils and equipment. The cabin will need to be cleaned prior to leaving.

The cabin is accessible by vehicle, depending on conditions. During the winter, travelers may have to hike, ski, snowshoe or snowmobile about a mile to the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Electric Stove
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Lights
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Pets are not allowed inside the cabin
  • From April to December all food items need to be packed away for bear safety
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • The cabin remains locked; a week before your scheduled arrival, contact the Missoula Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code; during winter months, renters are encouraged to bring a lighter to heat the lock tumblers as they have a tendency to freeze
  • All garbage, food and personal belongings must be packed out
  • Livestock is not allowed at the site
  • Off-road vehicles are not allowed unless they are street legal
  • Learn more about the Lolo National Forest


There is an ongoing big game winter range improvement project that includes prescribed fire in much of the nearby Rock Creek drainage area. These management activities may lead to smoky conditions and the possibility of fire fighting personnel and equipment, including helicopters, in close proximity to the homestead.
  • 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):
46.40278, -113.6875
46°24'10"N, 113°41'15"W

From Missoula, Montana, travel east on Interstate 90 for about 20 miles to exit 126. Drive south on Rock Creek Road for about 30 miles. Rock Creek Road is a hardened surface for 12 miles and the remainder is a gravel, single-lane road, with intermittent pull-outs. It is not suitable for RVs or trailers, due to blind turns, steep grades and it's narrow width. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Missoula Ranger District.

During winter, take the Drummond exit 153 on Interstate 90 and follow Scenic Highway 1 south toward Philipsburg. One mile north of Philipsburg, turn west on State Road 348. Travel 13 miles west, cross Rock Creek and turn north onto Rock Creek Road. Continue 10 miles to the homestead. Winter access is plowed within 2 miles of the cabin. A four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with chains is recommended. Travelers may also want to bring an alternate form of transportation (ski, snowshoe or snowmobile) to complete the route.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MORGAN-CASE HOMESTEAD
3034 Rock Creek Road
Philipsburg  MT  59858

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)329-3814
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