Posts tagged: Cabins
Here's a sampling of the top outdoors stories in the S-R from the past few days:
NORDIC SKIING — The Forest Service has moved a popular skiers cabin at Chief Joseph Pass to the the agency's nationwide rental system and started charging a fee, but officials compromised and lowered the overnight rental rate from $20 to $9 for this season after a protest by disgruntled members of the Bitterroot Cross Country Ski Club.
The club spent nearly two decades developing the cross-country ski trails in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, and in 2001, raised $100,000 to build the Gordon Reese Cabin at Chief Joseph Pass. They felt betrayed when the Forest Service denied them free access to the cabin.
See the story by the Ravalli Republic: USFS relents a bit on cabin rental in Montana national forest
BACKCOUNTRY SKIING — Montana skiers who've volunteered to maintain a ski-in cabin near Chief Joseph Pass say they're insulted the Forest Service is putting the cabin on the national reservation system.
The Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club will no longer offer its services to operate and maintain the Gordon Reese Cabin they donated to the U.S. Forest Service at Chief Joseph Pass in 2001, according to a story in the Ravalli Republic.
The announcement came days after the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest supervisor signed a decision that officially put the cabin on the national online reservation list.
Club members have maintained that the cabin was built with the understanding that it would remain open and free to the public in the winter months. They claim the agency’s move to rent it is violation of that original agreement, the Republic reports.
PUBLIC LANDS — Most rentals for cabins and fire lookouts on national forests and parks are reserved on a national reservation system that allows the public to book dates no more than 180 days in advance.
Check out the National Recreation Reservation Service online or call (877) 444-6777 for a complete list of facilities, to check available dates or to make reservations for most federal facilities nationwide.
Click here for details on an exception to the national reservation system: the lottery for reserving the Red Ives Cabin on the St. Joe River.
Indeed, if you're making plans for prime time this summer, it's time to get your act together if you hope to reserve a night in a popular room with a view.
Read on for specific information regarding cabins and lookouts in the Clearwater National Forest, including Kelly Creek areas.
CAMPING — Commercial campgrounds are upgrading to accommodate people who don't necessarily like camping.
KOA campgrounds, for instance, are featuring cabins and lodges at many of their facilities. Two KOAs around the outside of Glacier National Park offer cute little cabins and even high-end lodges with air conditioning.
The West Glacier KOA invites a local photographer to present wildlife slide shows and other programs twice a week.
If camping bores you, the facility has a game room and a large log lodge with a pool table, television and fireplace.
No camp stove? No problem. Eat breakfast and dinner in the campground restaurant that's open all summer. Get a treat from the ice cream shop. Lounge in the heated swimming pool and two hot tubs or head to the state's largest water park in nearby Columbia Falls.
Across the Going to the Sun Road on the east side of the Park, the St. Mary KOA hosts will day-sit your dog while you hike the trails inside the park. You don't have to return to a smoky fire. Instead you an improve your putting skills, play bocce or enjoy the new swimming pool and hot tub complex. Rent a kayak and explore the wilds of Lower St. Mary Lake and River.
No wonder KOA spells campgrounds with a “K.”
NATIONAL FORESTS — The lottery drawing is coming up for summer reservations at a popular Forest Service “cabin” on the St. Joe River.
Applications for staying at the former forest service employee home at Red Ives from Memorial Day weekend through Sept. 30 must be received by Feb. 28 at the St. Joe Ranger District, Avery Office, 34 Hoyt Dr., Avery, ID 83802.
High demand prompted officials to book the facility on the upper region of the popular fishing and floating river rather than put it on the national public lands reservation system.
More than 400 applications were received for the 2010 season, but only 50 applicants were granted reservations before the open season was filled, officials said.
Red Ives Cabin lottery applications are available online. For information, call (208) 245-4517.
Rental dates not booked through the lottery will be available on a “first-come” basis and posted on the cabin web site the first week of April.
Other rental opportunities on the St. Joe Ranger District include:
Find details about these and other rental options on the Idaho Panhandle Natioanl Forests website.