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



 Wheeler Creek in the fall

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 2016 Artist-Wilderness-Connection Applications Are Due By Friday, February 19

      2011 Artist Wilderness Connection Kim Kapalka    2011 Artist Wilderness Connection Andrea Brew

The Flathead National Forest, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hockaday Museum of Art, and Swan Valley Connections invite artists to apply to the program that connects artists and local communities with public lands of the Flathead National Forest in Northwest Montana.  The application deadline for the 2016 Artist-Wilderness-Connection, artist-in-residence program is Friday, February 19.

The on-line application for the program is available at under Artist Opportunities, Artist-Wilderness-Connection.  Individuals and group collaborations are invited to apply.

Artwork by: Micheal Patterson (2006) / Kim Kapalka (2012) / Andrea Brew (2011)


Avalanche Awareness - Don't Let It Be Your Last Ride!



Visit the Flathead Avalanche Center for avalanche advisories, observations, weather, education, events and more.

Know before you go! Don't let it be your last ride!


Forest Plan Revision

South Fork Flathead River - Spotted Bear

The Flathead National Forest is currently revising its Forest Plan. Find out more about the plan revision process and how you can be involved in planning the Forest’s future.  more>


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