BLM Montana/Dakotas manages 40 Wilderness Study Areas that cover over 540,000 acres. 

Featured Wilderness Study Area: Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area

A hiker overlooks Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area.

Burnt Lodge WSA contains spectacular river breaks topography formed by a number of tributaries that flow to the Missouri River from the northwest.  The steep south-facing slopes consist of eroded badlands with no significant vegetative cover.  The ridge tops and north-facing slopes are vegetated by prairie grasses and forbs.  Approximately 25 percent of the area supports scattered stands of ponderosa and lodgepole pine, juniper, and Douglas fir.  Elevations range from 3,100 feet in the northern portion to 2,400 feet along the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and the adjoining Fort Peck Reservoir. The study area is part of the Missouri Plateau in the Northern Great Plains where the Missouri River has cut a canyon 600-800 feet deep.  Exposed rock in the breaks topography is mostly shales and sandstones, lying over older sedimentary formations.

BLM Montana Wilderness Study Areas

A complete list of the BLM Montana wilderness study areas is below:

  • Terry Badlands
  • Antelope Creek
  • Burnt Lodge
  • Stafford
  • Ervin Range
  • Cow Creek
  • Dog Creek South
  • Woodhawk
  • Bitter Creek
  • Zook Creek
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Burnt Timber Canyon
  • Pryor Mountain
  • Big Horn Tack-On
  • Twin Coulee
  • Wales Creek
  • Hoodoo Mountain
  • Quigg West
  • Sleeping Giant/Sheep Creek
  • Black Sage
  • Yellowstone River Island
  • Ruby Mountains
  • Blacktail Mountains
  • East Fork fo Blacktail Deer Creek
  • Hidden Pasture Creek
  • Bell and Limekiln Canyons
  • Henneberry Ridge
  • Farlin Creek
  • Axolotl Lakes
  • Centennial Mountains
  • Humbug Spires
  • Square Butte