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.


Flathead Forest Friday Focus: Recreation Opportunities

The Flathead National Forest (FNF) has a robust recreation program which allows a wide variety of opportunities. We invite the public to join members of our recreation staff at the Night Owl/Back Room Restaurant in Columbia Falls, Montana at 7:00 AM on Friday, September 19, 2014 for a no-host breakfast and discussion of recreation opportunities on the FNF. More >


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.

Upcoming Events:
"Go Wild" - 50th Anniversary Community Celebration

Saturday, September 20, 10am to 3pm at the Flathead County Fairgrounds, Kalispell. Join us for a fun family event with informational booths, displays, music, food, hands-on activities. Event hosted by many different community partners. Contact: Carol Treadwell, 406/387-3847 

Other anniversary events are taking place across the country and here in the Flathead. See the attached flyer for information on more upcoming activities. 

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>

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)


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