Outdoor Activities & Recreation

Outdoor Activities and Recreation (OAR) is a non-profit branch of the Recreational Council Program sponsored and funded by the Associated Students of Montana State University-Northern. OAR is designed to provide a variety of services relating to outdoor recreational pursuits of MSU-Northern students, faculty, staff and local residents. The major emphasis of the program is to provide learning situations and recreational programs to promote a strong respect for our wildland resources.

The Recreational Activities Office is located in the Student Union Building. Please drop in or phone 265-3732 for questions, information on scheduled trips, places to go, available equipment and classes. We have a supply of recreational equipment relating to the outdoors.

Reservations can be made by the campus community no sooner than seven days prior to the intended pick-up date. Local residents may make reservations no sooner than 3 days prior to the intended pick-up date. Reservations must be accompanied by both rental fees and deposits (if required). Persons must present either a valid MSU-Northern I.D. or a Montana Driver’s License. The renter is responsible for returning all equipment in the same condition as it was when issued. Returned equipment not meeting this requirement will be charged an additional fee for cleaning, repair, or replacement regardless if said items are lost, stolen or damaged.

OAR Equipment Rental Shop
    MSU-N I.D. holder Local Residents
  Day Weekend Week  Day Weekend Week
Camping Equipment            
  Backpack $5.00 $10.00 $15.00  $7.00 $12.00 $16.00
  Sleeping Bag $6.00 $10.00 $15.00  $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
  Stove $4.00 $6.00 $8.00  $6.00 $8.00 $10.00
(4 person)
$10.00 $15.00 $25.00  $12.00 $24.00 $45.00
  Student Package
(pack, stove, tent, & all misc.)
$12.00 $20.00 $35.00  NOT AVAILABLE
  Miscellaneous $1.00 $3.00 $5.00  $2.00 $4.00 $8.00
  (sleeping pads, ground sheets, rain fly, mess kits, water bottles, cook sets, fuel bottles, inner tubes, stuff bags)            
Snow Equipment            
  Snowshoes $8.00 $15.00 $20.00  $10.00 $15.00 $25.00
  X-country Ski Pac
(skis, boots, poles)
$6.00 $12.00 $22.00  $8.00 $16.00 $40.00
  Ice Skates
(limited sizes)
$2.00 $4.00 $6.00  $2.50 $5.00 $7.50
Water Equipment            
  Canoe Package
(canoe, 2 paddles, 2 life jackets)
$15.00 $25.00 $50.00  $20.00 $40.00 $75.00
Mountain Bikes $2.50 $5.00 $10.00  $6.00 $8.00 $15.00