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



 Wheeler Creek in the fall

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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Flathead Interagency Hotshot Crew's 50th Aniversary

Logo for the Flathead Interagency Hotshot Crew 5oth Anniversary

The Flathead Hotshots share their history with the old Nez Perce Hotshot Crew.  In early 1962, Region One fire control staff decided another Inter-regional crew would be an asset to the region in addition to the Nine Mile Hotshot Crew on the Lolo NF.  In May of 1962, the second crew was assigned to the Nez Perce National Forest and would be located at the old Adams Ranger Station on the Slate Creek Ranger District.  This crew existed 4 years, but support from the forest became weak and the crew was moved by the regional fire staff from the Nez Perce NF to the Flathead NF for the 1966 season.

When the crew came to the Flathead National Forest in 1966 they were called the Flathead Inter-regional Fire Suppression Crew (the Region One designation for crews prior to 1981), and were hosted by the Glacier View Ranger District at what was then known as the Big Creek Ranger Station, 35 miles north of Kalispell.  The Ranger Station was right on the North Fork of the Flathead River on a narrow gravel road, within a stones’ throw of Glacier National Park, which was on the east side of the river.  In 1982 the crew’s duty station was changed to the district office in Columbia Falls, then again in 1994 moved to its current location in Hungry Horse and part of the Hungry Horse/ Glacier View Ranger District.  The Hungry Horse facility serves the Hotshot Crew well with a much larger fire cache with plenty of room for equipment, offices, and vehicle parking as well as ample administrative support.  Limited government housing is available on first-come first-serve basis.


2016 Mushroom Harvest Information

Morel mushroom

Visit the Flathead National Forest Forest Products page for mushroom harvest information with maps showing the 2015 fire locations.

2016 Mushroom Guide and 2015 Fire Maps - Glacier Rim,  Sheep Creek/Granite Creek and Trail Creek/Bear Creek .




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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