West Fork Butte Lookout

West Fork Butte Lookout

The West Fork Butte Lookout location is in Missoula, Montana
59804. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the West Fork Butte Lookout facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

24 Fort Missoula Road


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Campground information Missoula, Montana


West Fork Butte Lookout is an ideal place for guests to experience the mountains south of Missoula from a unique vantage point. The facility provides near-360-degree views of the surrounding area. It is equipped with basic supplies and provides guests a base camp location from which to explore the area.

Access by vehicle is available for a relatively short time during the summer months and is variable during the spring and fall. If the gate at the bottom of Forest Road 37 is closed, guests may have to hike, ski or snowmobile roughly 7.5 miles to the facility. Please call the Missoula Ranger District to check gate status. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.


Hiking trails are available in the area. Visitors often bring cross-country skis or snowshoes for wintertime fun. Snowmobiles are often used to reach the lookout in the winter, and there is a system of groomed trails to explore nearby.

Fishing is available in Lolo Creek.


The lookout can sleep up to four people and is equipped with bunk beds and mattress pads. The lookout also has a table and chairs, a propane cook stove and lantern, as well as a wood stove for heat. Cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, cookware and other amenities may be available, but are not always guaranteed; call for availability, (406) 329-3814. A vault toilet is provided.

Guests should bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes. Bedding and towels, propane fuel canisters, flashlights, matches, lighters, garbage bags, toilet paper and cleaning supplies are not supplied at the facility. Guests are responsible for cleaning the lookout prior to departure.

Natural Features

The 14-by-14′ lookout is situated on a rocky knob with spectacular views of the surrounding area, including Lolo Peak, the Bitterroot Mountains and the Lolo Creek drainage. The lookout is close to the Montana-Idaho border and Lolo Pass.

The surrounding forest is comprised primarily of lodgepole pine and larch. The area is home to elk, moose, deer and black bears.

Frequently Asked Questions About 24 Fort Missoula Road Missoula, MT

How do I make a reservation with West Fork Butte Lookout?

To make reservations at West Fork Butte Lookout, you can call the office at 406-329-3814.

Where is West Fork Butte Lookout located?

The West Fork Butte Lookout is located at 24 Fort Missoula Road in Missoula,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does West Fork Butte Lookout have tent or RV camping?

West Fork Butte Lookout offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 406-329-3814 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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