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


This 2 room historic Forest Service cabin is located 23 miles from Whitefish Montana accessed by a paved road. The cabin is heated by 4 cadet electric wall heaters and an electric woodstove. The kitchen comes complete with refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffeemaker and dishes, pots, pans, and utensils are provided. The cabin sleeps 6 comfortably with 4 single beds and one futon couch that folds into a double bed.

An additional bunkhouse has been renovated in 2010 with American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. With two bunk beds, it sleeps four comfortably and is great for kids. During this time, we are offering the bunkhouse with your rental of the cabin at no additional charge to you. The restroom is a wood paneled vault toilet 20 yards from the cabin. The old style well with a hand pump is also located approximately 30 yards from the cabin and water is available approximately April 1st through November 30th. A patio area provides shaded outdoor seating and an outdoor fire pit and picnic table are in the large backyard. In addition, stock is allowed at the site; renters must provide their own highlines and portable feed and water buckets.

There are ample hiking, horseback riding, biking, cross country skiing, birding, wildlife viewing, snowmobiling and hunting opportunities in the area. Snowmobiling is not permitted on the cabin grounds. Please refer to the over the snow motor vehicle use maps for designated snowmobile routes and play areas.

Pets are allowed, but cleaning up after them is required. This site is an excellent area for large family gatherings with ample room for several recreational vehicles or tents. Prior approval is required for outside camping and an additional fee of $5/night is charged for each camp unit. Please call the district office at 406 758-5204 to make arrangements.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits in a valley near the foot of Mt. Swaney, providing views of the surrounding forested mountaintops. It is in a section of Flathead National Forest nearest to Kootenai National Forest. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area.


There is plenty of opportunity for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in the area surrounding the cabin. In the winter, visitors enjoy cross country skiing and even mushing amid nearly untouched snowfall. Snowmobiling can be enjoyed on designated trails, but is not permitted on the cabin grounds.

Big game hunting in designated areas is a popular activity enjoyed by visitors, as well as fishing in the nearby mountain stream and Tally Lake, which is about 11 miles east of the cabin. Guests at the cabin also enjoy ample open space for yard games and other outdoor group activities.


The two-room cabin comfortably sleeps up to six people. It has four electric wall heaters and an electric fireplace for heat, and is furnished with beds and a futon couch. A kitchen is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and an electric stove and oven. Basic dishes, cooking pots and pans, and utensils are provided.

An old-style hand-pump water system is located approximately 30 yards from the cabin. Drinking water is available from approximately April 1 to Nov. 30 each year. An outhouse with a vault toilet is located about 20 yards from the cabin. A fire pit and picnic table are also on-site, outside the cabin.

Livestock is permitted, but guests must bring their own high lines, portable feed and water buckets. The site is an excellent area for large family gatherings, with ample room outside for several RVs or tents. Prior approval is required for outside camping and an additional $5 fee is charged for each camping unit on the property.

Guests should bring their own bedding, food, flashlights, a first aid kit and basic overnight gear, among other necessities. Click here for more cabin details. Guests will also need to bring water if the reservation falls outside of the range of dates when water is available nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

Groceries and other conveniences are located in the town of Whitefish, about 45 minutes away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bike Riding
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couches
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Electric Stove
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Biking
  • Oven
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowshoeing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • For more information contact the Tally Lake Ranger District 406 758-5204 M - F 8am - 4:30pm.

  • Use fees are $40 per night. Please pack in and pack out all garbage and clean cabin before departing.

  • The combination to the cabin will be on your letter of confirmation from NRRS.

  • Water is available at Star Meadows Cabin from approximately April 1st through November 30th.
  • 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):
48.38194, -114.71
48°22'55"N, 114°42'36"W

5250 Star Meadows Road
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Travel from Whitefish west on Highway 93 approximately 12 miles to mile marker 139, turn left onto Farm to Market Road. Continue 1.7 miles, turn right at the "Tally Lake Campground" sign onto the "Star Meadows Road". Continue to mile marker 15 located almost across from the cabin driveway.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell  MT  59901

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)758-5204
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