The Lolo National Forest is located in the northwestern part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?

 

 

Rattlesnake Wilderness

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The Lolo National Forest is located in west central Montana and encompasses two million acres. We have lots of recreation opportunities such as camping, water sports, and hiking. We also have two wonderful visitor centers. We invite you to explore this web site, and contact us if you have questions.

The official address of this site is fs.usda.gov/lolo  To learn more visit our web address information page.


Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Quick Link to Camping InformationQuicki Link to Hiking InformationQuick Link to Recreation Pass InformationClick here for map information.

Lolo National Forest Fire Closures

This map shows all of the fire-related area closures on the Forest as of 9/3/2015.  These closures are subject to change in the near future.  Please call the District offices for more information.

 

 

 Additional Areas are now under Stage II Fire Restrictions

Updated August 29th, Missoula Area Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect.

Map of Montana Stage II Fire Restrictions Areas
Map of Missoula Stage II Restriction Area

The portions of the Missoula and Ninemile Ranger District within Mineral County as well as the entire Superior RD and Plains-Thompson Falls ranger districts of the Lolo National Forest have been under Stage II Fire Restrictions since August 22nd due to continued dry conditions and potential for rapid and dangerous fire growth. For geographic boundaries please see the Fires Restrictions website http://firerestrictions.us/mt/. See the Stage II Fire Restrictions Fact Sheet for all of the Stage II restrictions and exemptions.

 

Marshall Woods Restoration Project

View of the RattlesnakeThe Marshall Woods project has been designed to achieve multiple restoration objectives in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area (NRA) and adjacent Woods Gulch. Mountain bikers, hikers, runners, skiers, and those who love to hunt and fish all find something to love in the Rattlesnake NRA or the adjacent Rattlesnake Wilderness. But the NRA is also adjacent to homes in the Rattlesnake neighborhood -- and just a short commute from downtown Missoula. Vegetation in the project area, including locations adjacent to the main Rattlesnake trail and nearby meadows, are outside their historic condition. Some areas are densely populated with non-native species. One of the objectives of the Marshall Woods project is to both restore native vegetation and promote the health of species like ponderosa pine – and reduce heavy fuel loading. Mitigating the potential for high intensity fire in this area, where Rattlesnake subdivisions buffer the national forest, is a key objective. Click here to follow this project and learn more about the collaborative effort that brought it to life.

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Ninemile Wildlands Training Center (NWTC)

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This unique training center offers courses in backcountry skills and historic building restoration. Updated 2014 course descriptions and schedules are available as well as registration information.

Spotlights

Resource Management - Fish

Bull Trout Ready to Spawn

The Lolo National Forest is active in inventorying, assessing and eliminating barriers to the movement of fish and other aquatic organisms.

Lolo National Forest Interagency Hotshot Crew

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Love working hard in the dirt and ashes? If you're interested in becoming a member of our elite firefighting crew, visit our hotshot information to learn more about firefighting and how to apply.

National Incidents - Fire and Other

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    Stage II Restrictions

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