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ATTENTION: This facility will be closed July 10,2015 through July 19,2015 due to administrative purposes, It will look to re-open on July 20th 2015


part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Oct 15 2015   Season Dates


Savenac Bunkhouse provides sleeping accommodations for large groups staying at the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery in the Lolo National Forest of Montana. The area is filled with history and was once the site of the U.S. Forest Service's largest and most beautiful nurseries in the West. The bunkhouse can sleep up to 30 people and offers somewhat modern facilities, as well as access to a variety of recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The bunkhouse is one of three buildings located at the Historic Savenac Nursery. The nursery was founded in 1907 to grow trees for the Forest Service Nursery operations that concluded in 1969. The site is now open to the public for recreation. The bunkhouse was originally a garage and has been converted to sleeping quarters.

The facilities are close to the Idaho border, in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana. The Bitterroot Forest is home to many species of wildlife, including deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lions, moose and black bears.


A variety of historic sites and memorials, as well as interpretive trails, exist near the bunkhouse. A self-guided tour of the nursery is also available, giving visitors some background on the history of the site.

The world-class Hiawatha rail trail is located just 7 miles to the west, offering pristine mountain biking. Numerous mountain streams and the St. Regis River are available for fishing, wading and non-motorized boating within just a few minutes of Savenac. The beautiful Savenac Creek runs through the compound.

In the winter trails are groomed for snowmobile use and opportunities abound for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Lookout Pass ski hill is located just 10 miles west, on Interstate 90.


The two-story bunkhouse has four bedrooms with multiple beds and mattresses, and two bathrooms with running water, flush toilets, sinks and showers. It can accommodate up to 30 people and is a sleeping facility only.

Guests will need to bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, as well as towels, soap, toilet paper, garbage bags and other necessities. Guests are required to clean the facility before leaving.

The bunkhouse is available from April 1 to October 15 each year, except when it is reserved for administrative use or maintenance. It can be accessed by vehicle. Guests to the bunkhouse are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety.

Nearby Attractions:

The nursery is located near Haugan, with easy access to Interstate 90. It is within walking distance of a family restaurant, gas and general store and gift shop. The Savenac compound also consists of a visitor center that is operated from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Biking
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mattress(es)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Pay Phone
  • RV sites
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
Know Before You Go
  • Visitors should be aware that the area is prone to avalanches
  • Cooking is not allowed within the facility; all food preparation should be done at the adjacent cookhouse
  • Before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • The bunkhouse remains locked; a week before your scheduled arrival, contact the Superior Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code
  • All garbage, food and personal belongings must be packed out
  • Smoking and pets are prohibited inside the bunkhouse
  • Learn more about the Lolo 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):
47.38556, -115.39556
47°23'8"N, 115°23'44"W

From Missoula, travel west on Interstate 90 for 90 miles, to exit 16 for Haugan. Follow signs to the site. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Superior Ranger District.

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Information:  (406)822-4233
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