Flathead National Forest

Welcome to the Flathead National Forest

From backpacking trips in wild, remote places to exploring community-adjacent trails, the Flathead offers a recreation experience for everyone.

Find your adventure

In the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, just south of the Canadian border and Glacier National Park, lies the 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. With lakes galore, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, over 2,000 miles of trail, campgrounds, ski areas, and year-round beauty, this forest is a premiere natural landscape of the American West.

  • Recreating Safely in Bear Country

    The Flathead National Forest is home to both grizzly and black bears. Learn how to stay safe and store food while recreating in bear country.

  • Plan Your Next Adventure

    Find out what maps are available at your local ranger district, check out our online maps, or try the interactive visitor map.

  • Harvesting Mushrooms

    Last year's wildfires mean a bountiful morel mushroom crop! Find out more about mushroom harvesting on your national forest.

  • Krause Basin Collaboration

    A collaborative group is helping the Flathead National Forest develop a management strategy for the Krause Basin area of the Swan Lake Ranger District.

  • Comprehensive River Management Planning

    The Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, is preparing a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River.

  • Managing for Multiple Uses

    Like all national forests, the Flathead is managed for multiple uses. Read about fire and timber management, explore the interactive fire history map, and find out about current and previous resource management projects.

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