Helena National Forest
Located in west-central Montana, the Helena National Forest surrounds Montana’s Capital City and offers close to one million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Forest is administered by District headquarters in Lincoln, Helena, and Townsend, with the Supervisor’s Office also located in Helena.
Straddling the Continental Divide, the Helena National Forest is rich with natural and cultural resources (see Forest Resources link). Its diverse topography and geology provides wonderful scenery and many recreational opportunities. The Forest's mountain ranges contain a wide diversity of plant and animal life. Native cutthroat trout and other fish species populate clear mountain lakes and streams. Evidence of past human use, ranging from ancient Indian cliff paintings to historic mining ruins, is everywhere.
We are committed to providing quality visitor information, education, and community outreach programs. Forest employees work with a variety of agencies and conservation partners to accomplish these goals. One partner, the Montana Discovery Foundation, was established in 1999 to conserve and enhance natural resources on the Helena National Forest and surrounding areas. The Foundation focuses on education efforts to improve wildlife habitat, watershed health, and to promote responsible outdoor recreation ethics.