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


Welcome to the Kootenai National Forest

Photo of Cabinet Mountains Wilderness peaks in the Fall with a dusting of snow.The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border. Providing abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, the Kootenai is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

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.

Stage I Fire Restrictions are Now in Effect

Conditions are right for wildland fires. As a precaution, Stage I Fire Restrictions  are now in effect for Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders Counties as of 0001 a.m. on Friday the 3rd of July 2015. Restrictions cover all private, state, and federal lands, including Flathead and Kootenai National Forests and Glacier National Park. Under Stage I Restrictions, fires are prohibited except within designated  recreation sites. Click here for updated (7/21/2015) Fire Restriction Information and  reference our Forest Flyer for more information.  For other fire restriction information go to

Montanore Project Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision

The Kootenai National Forest has issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) and Errata, and the Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Montanore Project.  The Montanore Project is a proposed underground copper and silver mine located about 18 miles south of Libby near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana.

Kootenai NF Newspaper of Record Change

Effective March 1, 2015, the Newspaper of Record for the Kootenai National Forest will become the Missoulian (previously the Daily Interlake).  The Newspaper of Record is to be used by all Kootenai National Forest Ranger Districts and the Supervisor's Office to publish legal notices for public comment and decisions subject to predecisional administrative review under 36 CFR 218 and 219. For more information, view Federal Register Notice 6498 Vol. 80 No. 24 dated February 5, 2015 (pdf).


2015 Forest Plan

Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Kootenai National Forests’ revised Forest Plan.

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available on the Land and Resource Management – Planning page.

Food Storage Requirements on the Kootenai National Forest

Animal resistant food container

A food storage order signed on June 3, 2011 requires food storage and garbage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.


  • Weed Free Forage
    It is a violation of rule (FS) and law (State of Montana) to utilize forage or mulch materials that contain the seeds of noxious weeds.
  • Forest Plans Amendments Proposed Action
    Proposed amendments to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests - Comments due May 5, 2015
  • Protect Your Forest
    Report crime on your National Forest or Grassland using this form.