Welcome to the
Kootenai National Forest

Come and Explore...

Encompassing the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, the Kootenai provides tremendous opportunity for exploration. With abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, it is truly a place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

Summer Destinations

  • Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge

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  • Ross Creek Cedars

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  • Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway

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  • Ten Lakes Scenic Area

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  • Stone Hill Rock Climbing

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  • Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

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Latest Information

Spring Road Restrictions

Due to the ongoing spring weather conditions, temporary road restrictions are in effect on select roads. View our Alerts and Notices webpage.

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  • Mushroom Permits 2022

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    The Kootenai National Forest is expecting an excellent crop of morel mushrooms this year due to the areas effected by wildfires in 2021.

  • Spring Prescribed Fire Projects

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    The Kootenai National Forest is planning to conduct spring 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.

  • Great American Outdoors Act

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    The& Great American Outdoors Act gave the USDA Forest Service new opportunities to deliver benefits to the American public through major investments in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation. These investments will contribute to economic growth and job creation in rural America.



Food Storage Requirements on the Kootenai National Forest

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A food storage order signed in April, 2022 requires food storage and garbage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.

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