Restoring Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is the primary spawning tributary for the large migratory rainbow and brown trout that move up from Holter Reservoir in the spring and fall. Beaver Creek is listed as an impaired stream by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for both sediment and riparian damage. The Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have also noted declines in spawning rainbow trout over the past 20 years due to angling pressure, predation, whirling disease, and continued habitat degradation. The Beaver Creek Restoration Project will restore 1.2 miles of stream to its natural state improving both water quality and fish habitat. This is a collaborative effort with many partners including NorthWestern Energy, River Design Group, MT Fish Wildlife and Parks and Pat Barnes Trout Unlimited Chapter.  

Lewis & Clark National Interpretive Center celebrates National Bison Day

On National Bison Day, Nov. 7, 2020, bison enthusiasts learned about the United States' National Mammal in a virtual cross-country learning expedition from the Prairie State to the Treasure State. The USDA Forest Service’s third annual “Bison Crawl” included live presentations from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois, the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Montana and from nearby First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Presentations were broadcast live.

Wilderness Regulations & Tips

Planning a trip into the Wilderness: The Bob, Great Bear or Scapegoat?  Before you head for the mountains, be sure to know important Wilderness and backcountry tips, rules, and regulations.

Final Decision for NCDE Grizzly Bear Plan Amendment

The signed Record of Decision for the Forest Plan Amendments to Incorporate Habitat Management Direction for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Population, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, and Lolo National Forest (December 2018) is now available on the Flathead National Forest's website or on our "Planning" webpage.

Considering Purchasing an Unpatented Mining Claim??

It is important for any prospective buyer to understand what an unpatented mining claim is, and what the rights of an owner of an unpatented mining claim are.  

Maps for Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act--Wilderness Areas

In 2013 Congress designated an additional 67,160 acres of National Forest System lands along the Rocky Mountain Front as Wilderness land within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex through the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Along with that designation change, new maps have been created to identify those new boundaries.