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


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Essex Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted / U.S. Hwy 2 Reopened

On Aug. 31, at 6 a.m., Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Essex and the surrounding area and place the community back to the ‘Set’ Stage of the Ready, Set, Go evacuation model. Residents are advised to remain prepared to evacuate if conditions again warrant this action. For more information on the evacuation, call the Flathead County Office of Emergency Services at (406) 758-2111.

U.S. Highway 2 reopened at 6 a.m. Aug. 31, with pilot cars escorting traffic between mileposts 176.8 at Schellinger and 185 at Bear Creek. Escorted vehicles are not allowed to stop in this area. BNSF trains and Amtrak are running intermittently. Call 511 or visit for current road status. For more information on Amtrak call (800) 872-7245.


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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 other fire restriction information go to

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

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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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