Camas Creek (approx. 26,500 acres, split with Meagher)
Camas Creek is the largest unprotected roadless area remaining in the Big Belt Mountains. A mix of steep, densely forested valleys, 9,000-foot mountaintops and sidehill grassland parks, this backcountry area offers spectacular vistas of the upper Smith and Missouri River valleys. The Camas and Boulder lakes are a wonderful overnight destination. The western slopes are steep, interspersed talus, rockslides and conifer forests. To the east, lodgepole, fir and whitebark pine give way to open parks ablaze with summer wildflowers or thick with elk sign in autumn.
Camas Creek provides some of the finest remaining wildlife habitat in the Big Belt Mountains. The area provides the secure wildlife habitat necessary to rebuild healthy wildlife populations in heavily impacted areas of the Big Belts.
Fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping are the most popular activities in the Camas Creek backcountry. The lower uncut drainages provide excellent elk habitat and backcountry hunting opportunities.


Mount Baldy (approx. 17,700 acres, split with Meagher)

The snow-crowned summits of Baldy and Edith soar nearly 5,000 feet above the Missouri River valley, reaching elevations of 9,400 feet. These highest summits of the Big Belt Mountains are easily visible from Helena, 30 miles to the northwest. North of these peaks a glacial cirque in the headwaters of Birch Creek shelters a dozen blue jewel-like mountain lakes. Cutthroat trout inhabit the largest lakes. A series of jagged limestone spires -"the Needles" -rise above alpine meadows in the center of the Birch creek cirque.

The Mount Baldy roadless area is very popular with hikers, hunters, horsemen and anglers. Cross-country skiing is increasing in winter and spring.

Elkhorn Mountains (approx. 86,200 acres, split with Jefferson)

The Elkhorn Mountains, on the doorstep of Helena, contain one of the largest unprotected tracts of wild land remaining in central Montana, with seven mountain lakes, 30 perennial streams, and five peaks above 8,000 feet.
The Elkhorns are renowned for wildlife, including mountain goat, black bear, deer, goshawk, lynx and other species. This area is one of the largest expanses of public elk winter range in the country.

Hunting, hiking, skiing, camping and horseback travel are the primary traditional uses. In the general big game season, the Elkhorns attract more elk hunters than many other parts of Montana.

In 1976, the Elkhorns Wilderness Study Area was established by Public Law 94-557 (which sunset). In 1978, the U.S. Forest Service established the Elkhorns Wildlife Management Unit, managing the area for wildlife and recreation.