The Flathead National Forest is located in the northwest corner of Montana.
Where is this Forest?



Great Northern Mountain – Hungry Horse Ranger District South Fork Flathead River - Spotted Bear Ranger District Bear Grass on Big Mountain – Tally Lake Ranger District North Fork Flathead River - Glacier View Ranger District Cotton Grass by Meadow Lake Ranger District


In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout; with numerous lakes, streams, and rivers to enjoy, the forest is the premiere destination for visitors looking to experience natural landscapes of the American West. Visit one of our three wilderness areas, such as the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness, for a rare glimpse at undeveloped areas with outstanding opportunities for solitude. Celebrated for its water, wildlife, and wilderness the Flathead National Forest has abundant recreation opportunities and outstanding natural resources. We invite you to experience your National Forest!

Chip Weber, FNF Forest Supervisor-- Chip Weber, Flathead National Forest Supervisor


Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Click here for camping information.Click here for hiking informationRecreation Passes & PermitsClick here for map information.


 The Whitefish Mountain Resort Closing Day is April 6, 2014

View of the valley from Big Mountain

After Season Policy: For the 14 days following “Closing Day” at the resort, uphill and downhill traffic within the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort will be restricted in the following ways:

East Route 8AM – 4PM ONLY,
No Route Restrictions before
8AM and after 4PM.

50 Years of Wilderness

50 Years of Wilderness Logo

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act and the designation of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Anniversary events are taking place across the country and here in the Flathead. See the attached flyer for information on upcoming activities.  

Forest Plan Revision 

Hungry Horse Reservoir and Great Northern Mtn

The Flathead National Forest has begun revising its Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. It will be updated and revised as new information becomes available.

You will find information and links to planning documents and reports, dates for meetings, press releases, maps, briefing papers and ways to comment or be involved in the process. more>


Beaver Creek Assessment

Beaver Creek Area

The Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest is continuing its assessment and moving into project development in the Beaver Creek Area. This link will take you to an interactive mapping utility where you can leave specific comments to help inform project managers of needs for action in this area.

Recent News


2013 Northern Region Year in Review

Northern Region 2013 Year in Review

The 2013 Northern Region Year in Review highlights a wide range of feature articles, information and photos that showcase national programs and priorities at work on the ground here in the Northern Rockies. (.pdf)

Flathead Avalanche Center

Avalanche site

Before traveling in the backcountry visit the Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC) for updated advisories.


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