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



   Crescent Lake, Swan 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.


Update from the Thompson Divide Fire Complex - Evacuation order being lifted

The evacuation order for the Essex area is being lifted on Friday morning September 4th. For more information, call the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services at (406) 758-2111.

Friday morning at 8:00 am the pilot car escort will end, with unrestricted travel on U.S. Highway 2. Motorists are cautioned to drive carefully because of fire traffic along this route. For current road status, call 511 or visit

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Flathead National Forest Moves to Stage I Restrictions at 0001am MDT Saturday September 5, 2015

Stage I restriction poster. For more Stage I Restriction information go to

Stage II Fire Restrictions Are Still in Effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders County

 Find out about Fire Restrictions

 Stage II Fire Restrictions are still in effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties. Restrictions cover all private, state, and federal lands, Kootenai National Forest and Glacier National Park excluding the Flathead National Forest. Stage II Restrictions prohibit any open burning including campfires. For other fire restriction information go to

Missoula Area Stage II Fire Restrictions will be in effect at 12:01AM on Friday August 28.2015.

Stay Up to Date with current Fire Information on Inciweb.

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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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