Hornet Lookout Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Hornet Lookout is available June 15st to October 31st annually. Hornet Lookout is 45 miles north of Columbia Falls. It was built in 1922 and was an intergral part of the chain of lookouts providing forest fire detection in the North Fork. Hornet Lookout is a rustic lookout with an approximate 1 mile hike in the summer from the trailhead. Hornet has rustic accommodations with a propane cook stove & lantern, small wood stove for heat, and a pit toilet. Renters should pack their own bedding, water, and can gather firewood in the area. Hornet's party size is 2 with cots and a small loft. The area burned during the 2003 Wedge Fire and is coming back with wildflowers and bear grass. Glacier National Park and the Wild and Scenic North Fork of the Flathead River are nearby. Sometimes the Northern Lights make an appearance. Commercial use of the cabins is prohibited (outfitter guides, groups or organizations with compensated leaders/chaperones).

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beds & Foam Pads
  • Berry Picking
  • Bird Watching
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rental
  • Dishes & Tableware
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Lantern Post
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Propane & Cooking Stove
  • Restroom
  • Scenery
  • Stove
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove


Peak Season
Jun 15 2010 -
Oct 31 2010

Alerts and Important Information Reservations are acdepted for up to 180 days in advance Grizzly Bears live in the area, store your food, beverages, coolers, and garbage inside the lookout. Pets and livestock are not allowed at the lookout. Please Pack it in Pack it out including garbage. Reservations can be made one day in advance and there is a three night maximum stay limit. Clean the lookout when you leave. Rental fee is $20 per night. For more information contact the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District 406-387-3800 M-F 8am - 4:30pm. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather, road conditions, too much or little snow, etc. Check in and out time is 2pm. The combination to the cabin will be on your letter of confirmation from NRRS. Lookout can only be reserved up to 180 days in advance. Please refer to the over the snow motor vehicle use maps for designated snowmobile routes and play areas.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 18 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Hornet Lookout
Campground Phone: 406-387-3800
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Whitefish, MT

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More About Hornet Lookout Campground

Hornet Lookout is a campground located in Whitefish, Montana. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -114.5117 latitude, and -114.5117 longitude into your GPS device.

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