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!

Kootenai National Forest Fall Prescribed Fire Projects

The Kootenai National Forest is planning to conduct fall prescribed fire projects when weather, fuel conditions, and air quality become favorable. Smoke may be visible from various places across the forest depending on the location of the burn units and weather conditions. Please drive carefully and slow down as smoke may impact nearby roads. Firefighters and equipment may be on or near these roads during implementation. There is the potential that residual smoke may be visible for several days after initial ignition.

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.

Great America Outdoor Act Authorized Projects - 3/10/2021

Photo showing a weatherered wooden dock on a frozen lake.

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) gave the USDA Forest Service new opportunities to deliver benefits to the American public through major investments in recreation infrastructure. GAOA establishes a new fund to address the deferred maintenance backlog for 5 federal agencies over the next 5 years.

Authorized deferred maintenance projects on the Kootenai National Forest are summarized here.

A complete list of the Northern Region’s 2021 authorized projects, and 2022 projects being reviewed for the President’s 2022 budget can be found at

History of Logging in Lincoln County, Montana

Thumbnail graphic of a railroad logging camp showing railcars in the forest set up for housing.Since 1983, the Kootenai NF archaeologists have researched early logging practices and relocated the sites where they occurred. Information was amassed from oral history interviews, record donations, local and regional museum collections, universities, and state archives so we could understand and chart the migration of Midwestern logging companies from Minnesota to Washington in the early twentieth century, and their influence on the methods used in Lincoln County.  View our online Story Journal see the product of this effort.

View our History of Logging in Lincoln County, Montana Story Journal

NOTE:  Scroll using your mouse or navigate the Story Journal using the narrow navigation menu on the left side of the screen while viewing the journal.

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:

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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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.

Interactive Visitor Map

Interactive Visitor Map

Photo of a wooden bridge on a trail in the woods with the text Trail Updates overlaid

Trail Updates