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Overview of Savenac West Cottage Campground


Savenac West Cottage Campground is located within the Lolo National Forest, which spans across parts of western Montana. This area is known for its beautiful mountain scenery, extensive forested areas, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.


The Savenac Historic Tree Nursery is one of the oldest and most well-preserved forest nurseries in the western United States. The cottages and other buildings here were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 20th century and have historical significance.

About the Campground:

The campground is known for its quaintness and historical ambiance, providing a unique camping experience as compared to more traditional forest campgrounds. The West Cottage, which was formerly the residence of the nursery superintendent, can be rented by visitors who want to enjoy the historic setting with some of the comforts of home.

Campsite Details


The Savenac West Cottage, which can be rented, typically accommodates a limited number of guests. Visitors should check the current capacity and amenities available before planning their stay.


  • West Cottage: It usually includes multiple bedrooms, a bathroom with running water, a living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and sometimes a fireplace or stove for heat.
  • Outdoor features: The surrounding area often offers a picnic table, an outdoor fire ring or grill, and possibly a space for tent camping.


Accessibility can vary, with some historic structures not being fully accessible. However, efforts are often made to accommodate guests with disabilities where possible. Always check the current accessibility options before booking.

Activities and Recreation


Numerous trails are accessible from around the Lolo National Forest, offering everything from leisurely walks to challenging hikes.

Wildlife Watching:

The area is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from birds to larger mammals like deer, elk, and bears, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife observation.


Nearby rivers and streams offer angling opportunities for various species of trout and other freshwater fish. Remember to check local regulations and obtain the necessary fishing licenses.

Historical Exploration:

Visiting the Savenac Historic Tree Nursery, including its visitor center and historical buildings, provides insight into the CCC's work during the Great Depression.

Reservations and Cost


Advanced reservations are often required to rent the West Cottage, especially during peak seasons. These can usually be made through a governmental reservation system or by contacting the Lolo National Forest's ranger district directly.


The rental fee for the West Cottage can vary, but it typically reflects the added amenities and the historical nature of the accommodation. Always check the most up-to-date fee schedule.

Rules and Regulations

Fire Safety:

Campfires may be permitted in designated areas, but visitors must follow all current fire regulations, which can change due to seasonal fire risk.


Policies on pets can vary. Some facilities allow pets with certain restrictions, so it's important to verify the pet policy when making a reservation.

Leave No Trace:

Visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, which include packing out all trash, respecting wildlife, and leaving areas as they found them.

Noise and Conduct:

To maintain a pleasant experience for all, campers are generally asked to keep noise to a minimum and observe quiet hours during the night.

It is always advisable to check the latest information with the U.S. Forest Service or the specific ranger district managing Savenac West Cottage for the most current details before planning your trip.

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