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!

Recreation Site Status - Updated 6/12/2020

The health and safety of visitors as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working meet the social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Bullock’s Reopening Montana Phased Approach to help reduce the spread of the virus.  All recreation sites and rentals cabins are open. Lookout rentals will open as scheduled.  For information on recreation opportunities see our Forest Recreation webpage.

Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. To assist us, we are asking all office visitors to self-assess using several USDA-provided questions. MORE

Stay Safe - Recreate Responsibly

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.

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


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Trail Updates

 

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