Flathead Forest closes rental cabins, campgrounds

| March 27, 2020 3:30 PM

The Flathead National Forest has closed its rental cabins and developed campgrounds, and most restroom facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fifteen rental cabins have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff, the forest said, and effective immediately all Flathead National Forest rental cabins will be closed and unavailable to rent via Recreation.gov.

Notifications to cabin renters will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our No. 1 priority,” the forest said in a release. “We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and to promote social distancing, the forest notes.

Rental cabin visitors are encouraged to contact their ranger district office with additional questions:

• Tally Lake Ranger District Office: (406) 758-5204

• Hungry Horse-Glacier View District Offices: (406) 387-3800

• Spotted Bear District Office: (406) 387-3800

• Swan Lake District Office: (406) 837-7500

Flathead National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and its reservation policies through Recreation.gov. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation.

In the event of delayed openings of some, part, or all of a reservable recreation facility to ensure safe social distancing, those with reservations will receive a full refund.

Form more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/flathead