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



Rock Creek Trailhead in the WinterCliff Lake Area – Superior Ranger DistrictRattlesnake CreekBald Eagle Over Placid LakeCross Country Ski Trail – Rattlesnake National Recreation AreaSeeley Lake Ranger StationRattlesnake CreekElk at the St. Regis CompoundView from Pat’s KnobSunset


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 If you are curious about the long address you see in your web browser or interested in other short addresses for specific sections of this site, visit our web address information page.

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Quick Link to Camping InformationQuicki Link to Hiking InformationClick here for winter sports information.Click here for map information.

Main Rattlesnake Trail Stream Stablization Project

Badly eroded stream bank prior to the work.Badly eroded stream bank prior to the work.Site after the stabilization with woody debris and large boulders to stabilize the bank and create a natural beach.

Work was completed in mid-March, 2014 on a stream bank stabilization project along the main Rattlesnake trail, about one-third of a mile north of the trailhead/parking area and near the Rattlesnake Creek foot bridge. The newly stabilized stream bank will greatly mitigate sediment delivery from the trail directly into the creek, while also improving access and use of the stream for hikers and other recreationists -- with a natural beach area and large boulders for sitting.

The Lolo National Forest has worked with several groups to design, fund or provide feedback on the project and the existing condition at the site. Those partners include: Missoula County Resource Advisory Committee, Western Native Trout Initiative, Rattlesnake Watershed Group, and GEUM Environmental Consulting. More>

Missoula District Employees Recognized for Weed Prevention Work

Lolo Employees Receive Weed Prevention Award

Missoula Ranger District employees Karen Stockmann and Carl Anderson were recently presented with the Montana Weed Control Association's annual “Weed Stopper” award  for their efforts in helping prevent infestation of a destructive noxious weed in western Montana last summer. More>

Volunteer Opportunities

The Missoula Ranger District is looking for backcountry enthusiasts to volunteer for the Wilderness Management program during the summer of 2014. Candidates must have excellent backpacking and camping skills, public speaking abilities, a strong land ethic, and be willing to work in a physically demanding environment with limited supervision. More information about this opportunity can be accessed  here.

For information about other 2014 summer volunteer opportunities with the Lolo National Forest, visit our Volunteer page.

Lolo Forest Restoration

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An important part of the Lolo National Forest mission is to restore natural processes in areas that have been altered by past or present management activities. Whether designed to improve stream function, vegetation resilience or species habitat, restoration efforts on the forest rely on active partners to be successful. Forest partners bring valuable experience and expertise in the design and implementation of natural resource restoration projects. The Lolo NF also partners with local and regional groups on a variety of conservation education and wildlife monitoring projects. To learn more about restoration efforts on the Lolo NF please click here.

Southwestern Crown of the Continent Forest Carnivore Monitoring

Lynx - Cat FamilyFisher - Weasel FamilyWolverine - Weasel Family

In 2013 Lolo National Forest Wildlife Biologists continued to work with partners like Northwest Connections and adjacent forests to monitor the distribution and abundance of carnivores in the Southwest Crown of the Continent (SWCC) area of the Forest. more>

Volunteers Remove 9,100 Feet of Barbed Wire Fence in Pattee Canyon

Tangle Free Montana Crew cleaning up wire

Tangle Free Montana, a local organization of volunteers with a mission that includes removing unwanted fences from public lands recently pulled and removed 9,100 feet of old fence line in the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area of the Missoula Ranger District. More>

Biologists Seize Opportunity in Tributary Stream

Restoration Complete

The vertically eroding (down-cut) tributary stream along the popular O’Brien Creek trail west of Missoula presented an opportunity to bring a stream back to a more natural condition and restore it to its role in a functioning ecosystem. More>

Lolo NF and Missoula County Weed District Specialists Respond to Yellow Starthistle Along Highway 12

Star Thistle

The impacts of noxious weeds in western Montana are well known to the people who battle against new weed infestations: impaired wildlife habitat, increased erosion, impacts to hydrologic cycles, less productive farm and ranch land. 

“This weed is an aggressive invader. It’s prevalent in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. California alone has documented the weed invading over 10 million acres. The 0.5 to 2-inch long spines that grow from the bracts on the bright yellow flowers make any infested area inhabitable and undesirable to wildlife. As a rapid colonizer, it germinates quickly under most conditions and seeds can germinate throughout the year and overwinter as seedling” – Karen Stockmann, Missoula Ranger District Weed Coordinator. More...

Keep Your Pet Safe as You Recreate!
Keep Your Pet Safe on a Leash

Bringing your pet with you on public lands provides countless opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of the natural landscape, as well as some responsibilities. To learn more...


National Forest Foundation Video

National Forest Foundation

This short video from the National Forest Foundation provides a snapshot of one of NFF’s important restoration initiatives on National Forest lands across the country.

Recent News


The 2013 Northern Region Year in Review

Northern Region 2013 Year in Review

The 2013 Northern Region Year in Review highlights a wide range of feature articles, information and photos that showcase national programs and priorities at work on the ground here in the Northern Rockies. (.pdf)

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.


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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  • Kennedy Creek Mines Draft Engineering Evaluation Cost Analysis Link opens in a Pdf Document
    In partnership with Trout Unlimited, the Lolo National Forest recently completed a Draft Engineering Evaluation Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the Kennedy Creek Mines on the Ninemile Ranger District. The draft document assesses different clean-up options at the old mining site, which is composed of three historical mines, the Hautilla, the Lost Cabin, and the Nugget – all within the Ninemile Mining District and located approximately ten miles north-northwest of Huson on the Lolo National Forest.