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 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
The 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.