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Attention: The park will be closed for the following days in 2014: March 12-13, April 15-16. May 14-15, June 11-12, July 9-10, August 13-14, September 10-11, October 15-16. November 12-13, December 10-11.


Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates


Schnaus Cabin is located near the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River, in the Flathead National Forest. It can host up to 12 guests for a scenic, peaceful mountain vacation. The rustic dwelling provides a superb setting for fishing, hiking, bird watching and much more in the Whitefish Mountains.

The fully accessible cabin can be reached via vehicle and a parking area is located outside the cabin. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits near a creek and some ponds, a short hike from the North Fork Flathead River. It is surrounded by scattered pine trees and lies within a meadow at an approximate elevation of 3,700 feet, in the Whitefish Range of the Rocky Mountains.

The Glacier View Ranger District is bordered on the east by the North Fork of the Flathead River and Glacier National Park. To the north is Canada and west is the Kootenai National Forest.


Summertime activities include hiking, rafting and fishing. In winter, visitors enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Bird and wildlife watching are also pleasing pastimes, and guests may see elk, moose or bears in the area.


The cabin is equipped with a propane cook stove, heater, lights, a wood stove and accessible vault toilet. Furnishings include two double beds and a bunk bed on the main floor, plus twin beds located in the loft.

No drinking water or electricity is available. Guests should bring plenty of water, bedding, food, flashlights and basic camping gear, among other necessities. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

Polebridge Mercantile is located seven miles south of Schnaus, offering limited supplies.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lights
  • Pay Phone
  • Propane & Cooking Stove
  • Propane Stove
  • River Access
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stove
  • Trailheads
  • Utility Sinks
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
Know Before You Go
  • There is a maximum stay of three consecutive nights with a total of seven days per calendar year.
  • Grizzly bears frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage.
  • To avoid frozen pipes in winter, please use a wash basin for gray water and dump it in the vault toilet.
  • Pets and livestock are not allowed at the cabin.
  • Minor maintenance work may be conducted during cabin rental period; stay away from other buildings on-site.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" facility.
  • Firewood is provided for heating purposes only; please replenish cut wood supply prior to departure.
  • Conserve propane by minimizing use of lights and setting the thermostat at 55 degrees while away from the cabin.
  • Contact the ranger district office at (406) 387-3800, during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for updates on weather and road conditions; refunds will not be given for inclement weather or road conditions.
  • The cabin remains locked; a combination lock code will be contained in the reservation confirmation letter.
  • Guests must clean cabin prior to departure; a fee will be charged if extra clean-up is needed.
  • Commercial use of cabin is prohibited.
  • Click here for more information on the Flathead 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.83722, -114.35167
48°50'14"N, 114°21'6"W

From Columbia Falls, travel north on Nucleus Avenue and turn east on Railroad Street at the stop sign. This becomes North Fork Road as it travels over the railroad overpass. Continue north on this gravel road for 42 miles to the intersection with Forest Road 10372 and look for the sign for Schnaus Cabin. Go east for less than a half-mile and turn north at the sign for Schnaus Cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

8975 HWY 2 E BOX 190340

Phone Number:

Information: (406)387-3800