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BEND GUARD STATION, MT

The Bend Guard Station is located in a historic site within the Lolo National Forest of northwestern Montana. It is equipped with modern features, including a full-service kitchen and bathrooms, and provides guests with access to a variety of activities. The cabin sits within ...
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Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in a remote area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water and weather safety
  • A week before your scheduled arrival, contact the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District during office hours to obtain the code for the lock box
  • All garbage, food and personal belongings must be packed out
  • Learn more about the Lolo National Forest
  • 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.
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AREA BEND GUARD STATION CABIN ELECTRIC 16 40
Pets Allowed - no
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Overview

Overview

The Bend Guard Station is located in a historic site within the Lolo National Forest of northwestern Montana. It is equipped with modern features, including a full-service kitchen and bathrooms, and provides guests with access to a variety of activities.

The cabin sits within an open meadow surrounded by an evergreen forest, providing beautiful scenery during any season.

Natural Features:

The 3,200-foot elevation site has multiple structures and has previously been used as a ranger station for the old Cabinet National Forest, which was divided by the Forest Service in 1954. The original log cabin is on-site and was constructed in 1911.

While there are several buildings at Bend, the only one available for recreation rental use is the combined bunkhouse and cookhouse building. It was built in 1923 to house Forest Service work crews and rangers working in the area and was remodeled in 1984.

The 2 million-acre forest includes four wilderness areas and a wide variety of trees, plants and wildlife. The area is home to mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, deer and grizzly and black bears. Both the bald and golden eagle reside in the forest, along with trumpeter swan, herons and dozens of varieties of duck.

The cabin is accessible by vehicle, but requires high-clearance with tire chains during winter months. Four-wheel drive is highly recommended as well. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Recreation:

The Bend area offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation experiences, including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and berry picking. A variety of trails snake around the campground and through the forest, several of which are accessible near the cabin.

The Thompson River is a short walk from the cabin. Anglers might see a variety of trout as well as mountain whitefish in the river.

Facilities:

The two-story cabin has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and a living area. Beds with mattresses can sleep up to 16 people. It has electric heaters, flush toilets, hot showers and a fully furnished kitchen, with modern appliances including a two electric stoves, a microwave, refrigerator and two sinks with running hot and cold water. Basic cooking and eating utensils are also supplied.

Guests will need to bring their own bedding, food, toilet paper and garbage bags. The cabin will need to be cleaned before leaving and basic cleaning equipment is provided.

The cabin is available to rent year-round, except for the month of May, when it is reserved for administrative and educational uses. The building is also not available for rent on the first Tuesday of every month.

Nearby Attractions:

Fishing and water sports are available at Thompson and McGregor Lakes, both of which are a 30-minute drive from the cabin.

Booking Window
Mon Aug 04 2014 - Sat Jan 31 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Campfire Circles
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Stove
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horse Staging Area
  • Horse Watering Station
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Biking
  • Oven
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • Utility Sinks
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
CABIN ELECTRIC $45.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
CABIN ELECTRIC $45.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.90083, -115.03833
47°54'3"N, 115°2'18"W

From Thompson Falls, Montana, travel southeast on Highway 200 for about 4 miles, then continue 32 miles north on County Road 556. During the winter, it may be necessary to hike, ski or snowmobile for at least a mile to the cabin. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BEND GUARD STATION
408 CLAYTON, PO BOX 429
PLAINS  MT  59859

Phone Number:

Information:  (406)826-3821
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