The Kootenai National Forest offers a set of maps including Forest Visitor maps, Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM), District Maps, wilderness maps and 7 1/2 minute quadrangle maps. These maps are available directly from the Kootenai National Forest's main offices.
Forest Visitor Map
The Forest Visitor Map depicts National Forest Lands, other Agency and Privately owned lands along with lakes, roads, trails and recreation sites such as campgrounds, fishing access sites, picnic areas, cabin and lookout rentals.
Scale - 1/2" / mile.
These maps are available in paper for $9 or polyart for $10. Polyart is a water and tear resistant material which is more durable than paper.
Combine this map with the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for more complete travel information.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for the Rexford and Fortine, Three Rivers, Libby, and Cabinet Ranger District are available. Paper copies are available at District Offices. These maps are free to the public.
The MVUM display National Forest System routes including roads, trails and areas designated open to motorized use. If the route or area is not shown on the MVUM, the route or area is closed to motor vehicles.
Printed copies of the MVUM are available at the corresponding District Ranger's and National Forest or Grassland Supervisor's Offices.
To view a MVUM Map online, click on a link below. These are large .pdf files, so they may take several minutes to load.
Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts Map (10,932 KB)
Three Rivers Ranger District North Half of Map (6,605 KB)
Three Rivers Ranger District South Half of Map (3,703 KB)
Libby Ranger District North Half of Map (10,676 KB)
Libby Ranger District South Half of Map (6,983 KB)
Cabinet Ranger District Map (18,133 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a MVUM?
Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel on the Kootenai National Forest. Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel.
The MVUM displays National Forest System (NFS) routes (roads and trails) designated as open to motorized travel. The MVUM also displays allowed uses by vehicle class (ex. highway-legal vehicles, vehicles 50 inches in width or less and motorcycles); seasonal allowances, off route travel distance allowances, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations.
Routes not shown on the MVUM are not open to public motor vehicle travel. Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground but will be identified on the MVUM. It will be the user’s responsibility to reference the MVUM and stay on designated routes for motor vehicle use.
The MVUM is a black and white map with few topographic features. It displays legal designations of where you can travel with various motorized vehicles, but for additional information it is best used in conjunction with a Forest Visitor Map, District Map(s), or other detailed map.
The MVUM is free to the public at local Ranger District offices and at the Supervisor’s Office. The MVUM is available on this website and sections of it may be printed from your home computer.
How do I print the MVUM?
A full-size version of the MVUM is 34” x 44” and cannot be printed on conventional home printers. A full-size version can only be printed from a large plotter. Many local copy shops, engineering and survey businesses can print the map.
To be readable, only a portion of the MVUM can be printed on 8 ½” x 11” paper using home printers. With PDF viewers/readers, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can use the “Print Current View” function to print the view on your screen. It is recommended that the legend box be printed to aid in interpretation of the MVUM.
What does a MVUM show me?
The map displays all National Forest System roads and trails allowing public motor vehicle use. This is commonly referred to as designation. It also states that driving off designated roads and trails is prohibited (36 CFR 261.13).
Motorized use includes but is not limited to Motorcycles, ATVs, and 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Designation details include vehicle class, time of year, and motorized access for the purpose of dispersed camping (camping in locations other than developed campgrounds).
Limited motor vehicle access may occur on routes not shown on the MVUM for the purpose of administrative access by Forest Service personnel; for fire and law enforcement; for emergency purposes; and by persons authorized by a written special use permit or contract from the Forest Service.
Does the MVUM also show non-motorized trails and over-snow vehicle uses?
No, a visitor map or snowmobile map will provide information on over-snow and non-motorized routes, including mechanized trails, hiking, and horse trails. Over-snow vehicle use is exempted from designations on the MVUM. Regardless of what other maps (including the Forest Visitor Map) may show as motorized routes, only those routes identified on the MVUM are designated as open to public motorized use and legal for public motorized travel.
Are there road and trail route marker signs on the ground?
On the Kootenai National Forest our goal is to have most, if not all, of our motorized travel routes signed at primary junctions. In some cases, a route marker may exist at the entrance of the road/trail with symbols indicating which classes of vehicles are allowed. Routes designated for motorized uses will be identified on the MVUM. The MVUM is an enforcement tool to ensure individuals are on the correct route.
It is the responsibility of the user to determine if they are on a route designated for the motor vehicle being used. MVUM's will be developed for each forest nationwide. It is not only a tool for motorized users, but also a consistent and standardized law enforcement tool.
After MVUMs are available to the public in map form and on the web, what will be the USFS enforcement strategy?
When new regulations are posted, the Forest Service provides some time to educate the public about the specifics of the regulation. Law enforcement officer contact with the public is a great opportunity to provide information education and create awareness about what information the MVUM conveys. However, law enforcement officers can issue a notice of violation anytime after the MVUM is publicly available.
You can help us maintain this system and keep these opportunities open to all motorized users by letting us know when other users abuse their privilege and travel on routes closed to motorized use by calling any of the Kootenai National Forest Offices.
How can I find another Forest’s MVUM?
Click this link to the National Website to view a MVUM for another location.
District Maps are printed with topographic lines at a scale of 1:100,000. They include National Forest ownership, along with mountain tops, streams, rivers, lakes and recreation facilities such as campgrounds, fishing access sites, picnic areas, and cabin or lookout rentals. Combine this map with the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for more complete travel information. The four maps that are available include Cabinet, Libby, Rexford and Fortine, and Three Rivers District maps.
2011 District Maps are available May 16th, 2011 at the Kootenai National Forest Supervisor's Office or Ranger District Office. These maps may be purchased for $5 per map.
To view a District Map online, click on a link below. These are large .pdf files, so they may take several minutes to load.
Cabinet Ranger District (33,597 KB)
Cabinet Ranger District Back of Map (7,686 KB)
Libby Ranger District North Half (19,633 KB)
Libby Ranger District South Half (27,996 KB)
Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts (29,476 KB)
Rexford and Fortine Ranger Districts Back of Map (6,779 KB)
Three Rivers Ranger District (32,936 KB)
Three RiversRanger District Back of Map (5,933 KB)
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Map
The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map is a 1"/mile contour map with lakes, trails, adjacent roads, and trailheads within the Wilderness area. These maps are available in paper for $9.
7 ½ minute USGS topographic Maps
Quad maps are 7 ½ minute USGS topographic maps at a scale of 1:24,000. These are available for $8 each.
If you own a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android (4.0.3 or newer), you can take the Kootenai National Forest Visitor Maps and MVUMs with you.
1. Download the free Avenza PDFMaps app, available at http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps to your mobile device.
2. Once you have Avenza on your mobile device, use your device to download the maps at pdf-maps.com while running the app select 'Get Maps' and search for "Kootenai National Forest Visitor " for the four different districts or search for “Kootenai MVUM” to download MVUMs for Rexford/Fortine, Libby, Three Rivers and Cabinet Ranger Districts.
With the app and maps installed on your mobile device, you will be able to:
- View your location on the PDF MVUM using the built-in GPS device
- Measure distances and areas
- Plot waypoints
- View maps offline
- And more…
Through a no-cost contract with Avenza Systems, Inc., the USDA Forest Service has made electronic versions of its Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) available