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



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Flathead National Forest Releases Proposed Action for the Revision of the Forest Plan and Amendments for Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy

Glacier Lillies on the Swan Lake Ranger District

The Flathead National Forest is releasing for public comment the proposed action for the revision of the land and resource management plan (forest plan) as directed by the National Forest Management Act. For more details visit the Forest Plan Revision page .

For more information about the forest plan amendments to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy in the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests click here. REMINDER - Today, May 15, 2015,  is the last day to comment on the proposed action for the Flathead Forest Plan revision and the proposed forest plan amendments to grizzly bear management in the four other Forests in the NCDE. 

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.


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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