Rapelje, Montana

A farming and ranching community 25 miles north of Columbus in Stillwater County, Rapelje is home to just over 110 residents.   Rapelje was named for J. M. Rapelje, general manager and vice president of the Northern Pacific Railway.  Rapelje served as a railroad destination point throughout the 1800’s and created a thriving community in Northern Stillwater County.  The railroad was taken out in 1980.  The small community now sustains on an agriculture base which supports a school, café, and Post Office. 

Rapelje Schools

Rapelje School ~ Home of the Renegades. A Kindergarten through 12 grade school.  (406) 663-2215

Rapelje Community Resources

Stockman Café  - the heartbeat of Rapelje is found at the Stockman as the community comes together to support this thriving cafe.  The Stockman Cafe is not only a place to get something to eat but a place that shapes the community. Friends and Family gather to talk about old times and welcome new people every day.  A Sunday special brings together family and friends after church and makes the Stockman a desitnation for nearby visitors.  

Rapelje Water District (406) 663-2210

Rapelje Community Events

24 Hours of Rapelje -  A USA Cycling sanctioned endurance mountain bike race held on the weekend in June closest to the summer solstice. The course is known for its washboards, rolling terrain, and occasional interference from cattle that wander too close to the course.  24 Hours of Rapelje is coordinated by the local volunteers, and instead of high entry fees and high prizes for the few, the low entry fee provides funds for the volunteer run Stockman Cafe.