Sleeping Giant Wilderness Study Area

  • Mailing Address
  • 106 North Parkmont
  • Butte, MT 59701

The Sleeping Giant Wilderness Study Area is a non-motorized recreation area located on the west side of the Missouri River and Holter Lake, 30 miles north of Helena, Montana. The rock formation is a well-known landmark, readily visible from Helena. This natural and scenic area provides evergreen forests, sedimentary rock ledges and about 12 miles of shoreline. There is about seven miles of ridge line hiking routes offering spectacular panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. About 40 primitive campsites are available along the Holter Lake shoreline. The sites are easily accessible by boat. Wildlife in the area includes mountain goat, elk, big horn sheep, deer, osprey, bald eagles and waterfowl. A portion of the Sleeping Giant Area is also part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Several deteriorating structures near the river evoke the lifestyles of early settlers. The Bureau of Land Management advises against taking pets into this area.

Driving Directions

The Sleeping Giant may be reached by boat along the Holter Lake - Missouri River shoreline from the Holter Lake Recreation Area and by vehicle north of Helena, Montana on Interstate 15. Take Exit 226 at Wolf Creek and follow the recreation frontage road south for about 8 miles, then turn east on the Wood Siding Gulch gravel road and follow for about 4 miles.

Area Activities

  • Backcountry Camping
  • Big Game
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Lake Fishing
  • Motor Boating
  • Photography
  • River Fishing
  • Sightseeing
  • Tent Camping
  • Wildlife Viewing

Services And Amenities

  • Campsite
  • Trail

Season / Hours Of Operation

  • Season
  • 5/1 - 10/30

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