Lupine Shelter is a picnicking facility open year-round, however it is most heavily visited during the winter, when it is used by snowmobilers as a warming hut. It is an excellent location to have a picnic or a family gathering any time of year.
The day-use shelter boasts a beautiful large rock fireplace, lots of window and two tables with chairs inside. Guests are encouraged to clean up after themselves with the provided broom and dust pan.
Additional picnic tables are available outside the shelter. Accessible vault toilets are provided. No drinking water is available, nor is trash collection.
No drinking water is available.
No garbage service is provided. Please pack out all trash and food from your visit.
No overnight camping allowed at this facility. It is for day use only. Overnight campgrounds are nearby on the Pioneer Scenic Byway.
Each visitor group is responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the cabin. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF checks on the cabin intermittently during the reservation season and cannot guarantee the sterilization of facilities or prevention of disease transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest on COVID-19 in Montana, please refer to the Governor's Corona Virus Task Force: https://covid19.mt.gov/
Refer to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF webpage to obtain/download Oversnow Vehicle Maps and regulations for the area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/bdnf/maps-pubs/?cid=stelprdb5187394
The shelter was built in the early 1990s, as a replica of a Civilian Conservation Corps-style building. It is situated in a grassy meadow surrounded by a forest of mature pine trees at an elevation of 7,600 feet.
In spring and early summer, vivid wildflowers color the meadow. A variety of birds and wildlife make their home in the area.
The closest town is Wise River, Montana, which is about 25 miles north of the picnic area.
In winter, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities in the snow-covered meadow surrounding the shelter.
During the spring, summer and fall, a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails can be found in the area.
PO BOX 100 WISE RIVER MT 59762
For campground inquiries, please call: 406-832-3178
From Wise River, Montana, take the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway approximately 25 miles south.