Great Bear Wilderness


The Great Bear Wilderness now contains a total of 286,700 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Montana. In 1978 the Great Bear Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to " for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Click here for additional regulations or contact the agency.Contact Information:HUNGRY HORSE RANGER DISTRICT10 HUNGRY HORSE DRIVEPO BOX 190340HUNGRY HORSE, MT 59919Phone: 406-387-3800Office hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pmSpotted Bear RD & Hungry Horse RD share office in winter monthsSPOTTED BEAR RANGER DISTRICTPO BOX 190310HUNGRY HORSE, MT 59919Phone: 406-758-5376Office hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pmSummer and Winter physical address and phone numbers are different. Winter Phone only (October - May) 406-387-3800; Summer Phone (June - September): 406-758-5376





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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.
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