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.


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Stage II Fire Restrictions Are in Effect!

Find out about Fire Restrictions

Due to extreme fire conditions Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties. Restrictions cover all private, state, and federal lands, including Flathead and Kootenai National Forests and Glacier National Park. Stage II Restrictions prohibit any open burning including campfires. For a poster of the Stage II Fire Restrictions click here. For other fire restriction information go to


NOTICE - Hwy 2 and BNSF is Open

U.S. Highway 2 is open with pilot cars escorting traffic in both directions to ensure safe traffic flow through the fire area.

Call 511 or visit for current road status. Amtrak trains are running. For more information, on Amtrak call 1-(800) 872-7245.

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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