Kootenai National Forest - Welcome!

National Forest Signboard stating Entering Kootenai National Forest

Welcome to the
Kootenai National Forest

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!

2020 Employment Information

Find employment opportunitiesPermanent Fire Jobs (Fire Hire) for 2020 will be open for application October 8 - October 29, 2019. 

The application period for seasonal (temporary) hiring for the 2020 season runs through October 22, 2019.

Check our employment webpage regularly for more information as our hiring season gets closer.

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Quick Link to Camping Information Click here to find places to hike on the Kootenai NF! Click here to find a cabin to rent on the Kootenai National Forest. Click here to learn about staying safe and following the rules of bear country. Click here to read the latest Alerts and Conditions Click here to find a map to take on your adventures. Click here to find out more about obtaining firewood permits on the forest. Click here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Kootenai National Forest. Click here to learn about the rules for gathering mushrooms on the Kootenai National Forest.

Swinging Bridge Construction Project

Photo showing new bridge support next to existing swinging bridge support.The Kootenai Bridge and Kootenai Falls are a very popular attraction and usage of the bridge has increased substantially over the past decade. The Forest Service determined that reconstruction of the bridge would be necessary to improve public safety. More Info

New! Download FS Topo Map Products (Quad Maps)

Thumbnail graphic of a topo map showing contour lines and a lake.FSTopo is the Forest Service series of large scale topographic maps. FSTopo maps are 7.5 minute, 1:24,000-scale over the conterminous United States, and 15 minute X 20-22.5 minute, 1:63,360-scale over Alaska.

These maps are available in several formats  including:

New! Explore Our Interactive Fire History Map

North Fork of the Flathead River from FordFire plays a natural role in the Kootenai National Forest and NW Montana ecosystem. It promotes vegetative and wildlife diversity and eliminates heavy fuel accumulations that can lead to catastrophic wildfire if not removed. Natural fires occur about every 5-25 years and they tend to be low intensity, ground fires that remove woody shrubs. You can now use our interactive map viewer to explore the wildland fire history for the Northern Region of the Forest Service, including the Kootenai National Forest. 

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