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Facility Closure: Crystal Lake Cabin will be closed until October 14, 2013
CRYSTAL LAKE CABIN, MT
Status: Closed through Mon Oct 14 2013 Season Dates
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OverviewCrystal Lake Cabin provides sweeping views of Crystal Lake in the heart of the Big Snowy Mountains of Central Montana. Located about 20 miles south of Lewistown, the cabin adjoins Crystal Lake Campground, providing conveniences like a picnic area and boat ramp for non-motorized boats. Recreation opportunities abound, including floating, fishing, canoeing and hiking.
Access from December 1 through June 15 is by snowshoe, snowmobile, cross country skiing or hiking for 6 miles.
The cabin sits among a stand of spruce near the shores of Crystal Lake. The beautiful lake spans 45 acres at an elevation of 5,700 feet. With a maximum depth of 15 feet, the lake seeps fresh water through a porous limestone bottom. The lake generally freezes in the winter.
The Ice Caves Trail leads hikers to the ridgetop of the Big Snowy Mountains, where it intersects with the Crystal Cascades Trail Bypass. The Lake Loop Trail trailhead, located at the north end of the Crystal Lake Campground, takes hikers to Grand View Trail Junction and additional ridgetop views. Both the Ice Caves Trail and Grand View Trail may be impacted by winter snow as late as the first part of July.
The one-room cabin accommodates up to six guests. Beds with mattresses, a cooking stove and a wood stove for heat is included. Firewood is provided for the wood stove, and guests are asked to restock the wood box in the cabin prior to departure. A vault toilet is located outside and the cabin is furnished with cooking pots and eating utensils. Propane lights are provided but no electricity is available.
The nearest grocery stores are in Lewistown and Moore.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Lewistown, drive west on Montana Highway 200/US 87 for about 8 miles. Turn left (south) on Crystal Lake Road. Continue south, following the well-signed directions to the lake for 20 miles. At the "T" junction, turn left and continue on to Crystal Lake. The last 6 miles is paved and mostly a single lane.
On December 1, the paved section is gated, and access beyond the gate is by snowmobile, skis, snowshoes or hiking only.
Mailing Address:CRYSTAL LAKE CABIN
109 CENTRAL AVE. P.O. BOX 484
STANFORD MT 59479
Phone Number:Information: (406)566-2292