Located in central and north central Montana, the Lewis and Clark National Forest is one of ten forests in the Northern Region. The Forest spreads across thirteen counties, seven mountain ranges, and administers an interpretive center in Great Falls. The Forest is characterized by coniferous forests, woody valley bottoms, high mountain peaks and broad grassy meadows. The Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses cover almost half of our forest land. The Lewis and Clark National Forest provides opportunities for public recreation ranging from scenic drives, hiking, OHV riding and horseback riding to camping, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. The public can cut Christmas trees, gather firewood, hunt for big game, fish our streams, and find many other activities in this diverse area of public land. You are welcome to navigate through our site, get familiar with us then pack up and explore your forest!
Featuring displays, exhibits, guided tours and historical photo galleries, this modern interpretive center provides visitors with a fun opportunity to learn about a pivotal period in our national and cultural history.
The Lewis and Clark National Forest includes hunting opportunities for big game, small game, upland game bird, and predator hunting, as well as trapping. Before you hunt on public land, be sure you understand the local rules and regulations, including travel, camping, fire, and other restrictions or emergency closures.
Tenderfoot Creek Area Land Acquisition
A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Tenderfoot Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service has added 6,335 acres of land to the Lewis and Clark National Forest as of September 2013, and an additional 1,885 acres are proposed for future purchase. Click here for maps and more information about this project.