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




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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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Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

Christmas tree permits are available at each of the Flathead National Forest offices in Kalispell, Hungry Horse, and Bigfork, and from a variety of retail vendors in the area. A complete list of vendors can be found on the Forest’s website at Each permit costs five dollars and is valid for one tree. There is a maximum of two permits allowed per household. Commercial permits are not available.

Free Permit for 4th graders

Every Kid in the Park Pass which is available to 4th Graders

As part of the national Every Kid in a Park initiative, all fourth graders are eligible for one free Christmas tree permit. For students to receive the free tree permit, they must present a valid paper or plastic Every Kid in a Park pass. To obtain the pass, visit, follow the instructions on the website then print out the paper voucher. Bring the paper voucher to a Forest Service office to claim the free tree permit. The fourth grader and adult must present the voucher in person at the office location. more>




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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