PATTEE CANYON RECREATION AREA
Pattee Canyon has been a favorite Missoula recreation spot since the 1930s, when Civilian Conservation Corps members constructed the first picnic facilities. A downhill ski area was also in operation in the 1930s on adjacent private land now owned by Plum Creek Timber Corp, LP.
The Nez Perce and Salish once traveled through this area to avoid Blackfeet attacks in nearby Hellgate Canyon. Pattee Canyon was named for David Pattee, an early Bitterroot Valley settler and Missoula businessman. Through the years, the area has been a military timber reserve and target range, then part of the Missoula National Forest (today’s Lolo National Forest). It is now the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area.
The recreation area has pleasant picnic grounds shaded by large ponderosa pines and a well-developed network of foot, horse, bicycle and cross-country ski trails.
Where dogs are allowed, owners are expected to pack out their pets’ wastes.