Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Pattee Canyon Picnic Area

The Pattee Canyon Picnic Area offers family picnic sites available for free, along with 3 group picnic sites available by reservation. Natural Features: Set in a wooded canyon east of Missoula, at 4,100 feet, the picnic site is pleasantly shaded by large ponderosa pine trees. Recreation: The Pattee Canyon Recreation Area is a popular spot for day hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding and picnicking. There are several trailheads in the area. Cross-country skiing is popular in the area during winter months. Facilities: The picnic area offers several individual- and group-sized picnic sites. The roads are paved and the group sites have trash collection receptacles and accessible vault toilets. Drinking water is not available at the picnic area. A host may be on-site during summer months. Nearby Attractions: Pattee Canyon Picnic Area is located 4 miles southeast of Missoula.

USDA Forest Service
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Pattee Canyon Picnic Area is located in Lolo National Forest in Montana
46.8269 N
-114.0378 W
Get Directions
From I-90 in Missoula, take the Orange Street exit #104 and travel south. Turn left onto West Front Street and go 0.2 miles to South Higgins Avenue, then turn right. Continue on South Higgins Avenue for about 2.7 miles to Pattee Canyon Road, then turn left. On Pattee Canyon Road, travel 4 miles heading (east) up the canyon. Look for the Pattee Canyon Picnic Area sign and entrance.
3 Reviews of Pattee Canyon Picnic Area
Beautifully tree'd picnic area + frisbee golf

I'm only giving this area 3 stars because I have never seen anyone camp here before, and I'm not sure you can camp here. It is one of my favorite places to have a picnic though. A quick drive from Missoula. Nice and quiet, despite the frisbee golf course. And if you're into frisbee golf then that is a major plus!

Day spot

Always a great day spot! Folf nearby is also great :D

First to Review
Iconic Missoula Spot For Year Round Use

Great place for picnics and spending time together (though not a campground). There is a frequently used disc golf course going through parts of the area. So if you decide to hike off trail watch out for flying discs. During the summer there are trails that wind through marshy areas and into a tall spruce and ponderosa forest. Keep an eye out for birds and deer along the trail The area is open to cross country ski and snow shoe in the winter time. The gradients are pretty easy and the trail is short so it's a good starting spot for beginners.