The Lewis & Clark National Forest is located in the center of Montana.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Lewis and Clark National Forest!

Kings Hill Cabin in Winter. Memorial Falls scenic hike. Hotshot and a large fire. Gibson Reservoir Overlook.


Located in central and north central Montana, the Lewis and Clark National Forest is one of ten forests in the Northern Region. The Forest spreads across thirteen counties, seven mountain ranges, and administers an interpretive center in Great Falls. The Forest is characterized by coniferous forests, woody valley bottoms, high mountain peaks and broad grassy meadows. The Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses cover almost half of our forest land. The Lewis and Clark National Forest provides opportunities for public recreation ranging from scenic drives, hiking, OHV riding and horseback riding to camping, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.  The public can cut Christmas trees, gather firewood, hunt for big game, fish our streams, and find many other activities in this diverse area of public land. You are welcome to navigate through our site, get familiar with us then pack up and explore your forest!

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center 

Interpretive center signFeaturing displays, exhibits, guided tours and historical photo galleries, this modern interpretive center provides visitors with a fun opportunity to learn about a pivotal period in our national and cultural history.

Visit our site to learn more, and be sure to check on current news and events.

Recent News


Tenderfoot Creek Area Land Acquisition

Tenderfoot Creek in Autumn

A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Tenderfoot Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service has added 6,335 acres of land to the Lewis and Clark National Forest as of September 2013, and an additional 1,885 acres are proposed for future purchase. Click here for maps and more information about this project.


Lewis and Clark Interagency Hotshot Crew - R1

Hotshots thumbnail graphic

The Lewis & Clark Interagency Hotshot Crew is a Region 1 IHC, hosted by the Lewis & Clark National Forest.

Snowmobile Travel Plan Maps, Dec. 1, 2013

Snowmobile Jumping over Snowbank

These maps are gray-scale, letter-sized printable Over-the-Snow Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the Lewis and Clark NF.


Red Shale Fire Slideshow

Red Shale Slide Show Front Page

This slideshow of the Red Shale Fire was developed for the 2013 Montana State Fair.  It shows and discusses the management and wilderness benefits of the fire.

Lewis and Clark National Forest MVUMs

OHV Photo with motorcycle and ATV

The MVUM displays the Forest's travel regulations and is a must to have - whether you are going for a Sunday drive or an ATV ride.