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part ofFlathead National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Ninko Cabin is located 45 miles north of Columbia Falls, in northwestern Montana. It is an ideal rental for winter sports enthusiasts. Open only during cold months, the cabin provides a rustic, cozy setting with a good chance for pristine snow-capped scenery. It also provides access to a variety of recreational activities.

The cabin can be accessed via a 12-mile hike, snowshoe, ski or snowmobile trek from North Fork Road. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in a mountain valley, near Whale Creek, at an approximate elevation of 4,600 feet. Surrounding peaks include Hornet Mountain and Mount Thompson-Seton.

The Glacier View Ranger District is bordered on the east by the Middle Fork of the Flathead River and Glacier National Park. To the north is Canada and west is the Kootenai National Forest. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area.


Cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the area. Reaching the cabin on the 12-mile journey is part of the snow-sport fun to be had when visiting the cabin.


The rustic cabin sleeps seven with two bunk beds and a couch. Amenities include a propane cook stove, lights, wood stove for heating, and a vault toilet. Pets are allowed, but cleaning up after them is required.

No water is available. Renters should pack their own bedding, drinking water, food, matches and all basic camp gear. Click here for more cabin details. Guests will need to clean the cabin, carry out all trash and replenish cut firewood supply prior to departure.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Convenience Store
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Pets Allowed
  • Propane Stove
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • There is a maximum stay of three consecutive nights with a total of seven days per calendar year.
  • Water, electricity and sewer is not available at the cabin.
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage.
  • Minor maintenance work may be conducted during cabin rental period.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility.
  • Firewood is provided for heating purposes only; please replenish cut wood supply prior to departure.
  • Conserve propane by minimizing use of lights and setting the thermostat at 55-degrees when away from the cabin.
  • Contact the ranger district office at (406) 387-3800, during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for updates on weather and road conditions; refunds will not be given for inclement weather or road conditions.
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Guests must clean cabin prior to departure; a fee will be charged if extra clean-up is needed.
  • Commercial use of cabin is prohibited.
  • Click here for more information on the Flathead National Forest.
  • 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):
48.85806, -114.5975
48°51'29"N, 114°35'51"W

From Columbia Falls, travel north on Nucleus Avenue and turn east on Railroad Street at the stop sign. The road becomes the North Fork Road as it travels about 45 miles and over the railroad overpass. Turn left on Whale Creek Road 318 and park in the plowed pullout. Then ski, snowshoe or snowmobile about 7 miles from the parking area to the gated road No. 10832. Continue northwest for about 2 miles to Ninko Cabin. Signs are posted along the way.

The North Fork Road is gravel, rough in spots and only intermittently plowed during the winter months. A four-wheel drive vehicle and chains are recommended for passage in winter.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

8975 HWY 2 E BOX 190340

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)387-3800
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