Charter Oak Ski/Snowshoe
Join us for an afternoon of exploration at the Charter Oak mill and mine site. Beginning at the snowmobile parking lot we will take an easy ski or snowshoe along the Little Blackfoot River to Charter Oak. This is a lode mine and mill that was active off and on from the early 1900s to the 1980s. It is one of the few intact sites of that era still standing that is available for touring. The historical buildings and equipment left on site standout in the snow, offering unique opportunities for sight-seeing and photography .
Located just south of Elliston in the Little Blackfoot River drainage, travel west from Helena on US Highway 12 for 22 miles to the Little Blackfoot River Road turnoff (Forest Road 227) Turn south of the highway and continue 2.9 miles until the road forks. Follow the right fork for 1.3 miles. There will be a marked snowmobile parking lot on the left hand side of the road. The Montana Discovery Foundation can supply snowshoes if needed. Call in advance for reservations—495-3711.