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ATTENTION: This facility will be closed July 8,2015 through July 22, 2015 due to administrative purposes, It will look to re-open on July 23rd 2015.


part ofLolo National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Savenac West Cottage provides a well-equipped kitchen and sleeping quarters for a family or small group 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 nursery in the West. The cottage offers somewhat modern facilities, as well as access to a variety of recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The cottage 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 cottage was originally a residence and was converted in the 1970s to a space for eating and food preparation.

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, are located around the cottage. A self-guided tour of the nursery is available to provide visitors with historical perspective.

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 cottage has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and dining area, as well as a living room. It has beds with mattresses to sleep up to five people. The kitchen is equipped with an electric cook stove, a microwave, refrigerator and assorted cooking utensils and dishes for eating. The facility has running hot and cold water, flush toilets and a shower.

Guests will need to bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, as well as towels, soap, toilet paper and other necessities. The cabin will need to be cleaned before leaving and a variety of basic cleaning supplies and equipment are provided.

The cottage is available year-round, except when it is reserved for administrative use or maintenance. It can be accessed by vehicle. Guests to the facility 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) With Mattress
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Stove
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Biking
  • Oven
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitors Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Hunting
  • RV sites
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
Know Before You Go
  • Visitors should be aware of avalanche danger in the surrounding area
  • All garbage, food and personal belongings must be packed out
  • Smoking and pets are prohibited inside the cottage
  • The cottage remains locked; a week before your scheduled arrival, contact the Superior Ranger District during office hours to obtain a key code
  • Before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • 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):
47.19573, -114.8929
47°11'45"N, 114°53'34"W

From Missoula, Montana, 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.

Contact Information:

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Phone Number:

Information:  (406)822-4233
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