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



Swan Peak – Swan Lake Ranger District Wheeler Creek - Hunger Horse Ranger District Tally Lake – Tally Lake Ranger District North Fork Flathead River - Glacier View Ranger District Trilobite Peak - Spotted Bear 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

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Flathead Forest Friday Focus: New Historic Districts

Big Prairie Historic DistrictBig Creek Ranger Station Historic District

Two sites on the FNF become designated National Historic Districts in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of those cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. The public is invited to learn about and discuss these National Historic Districts during the next Flathead Forest Friday on February 27, 2015 at the Nite Owl Back Room Restaurant on 8th Street West in Columbia Falls, Montana. more>


Flathead National Forest Strengthens Enforcement of Uphill Ski Policy at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Snow Ghosts , Whitefish Mountain Resort

In an effort to continue access to public lands, maintain a long practiced traditional activity and provide for public safety, the Flathead National Forest is implementing strengthened regulations supporting the uphill ski traffic policy at Whitefish Mountain Resort.  more>


Flathead Avalanche Center

Avalanche at Red Meadow Lake

Visit the Flathead Avalanche Center for current avalanche advisories, observations, education opportunities and more.


Summit Nature Center Open for the 2015 Winter Season

The Summit Nature Center is located in the lower level of the Summit House on top of Big Mountain, Whitefish Mtn. Resort. Open December 26 - 31; January 1 - 4, and weekends and holidays January thru March 15, 2015, 11:30am - 2:30pm. more>


Flathead National Forest Travel Analysis

Spotted Bear River Road

The Final Flathead National Forest Travel Analysis documents are now available to view. more>


Forest Plan Revision 

Hungry Horse Reservoir and Great Northern Mtn

The Flathead National Forest is currently 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>

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