The Lolo National Forest is located in west central Montana and encompasses two million acres. We have ample recreation opportunities such as camping, water sports, and hiking. We also have two wonderful visitor centers. We invite you to explore this web site, and contact us if you have questions.

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Quick Link to Camping Information Click here to find places to hike on the Lolo NF!Click here to find a cabin to rent on the Lolo National Forest.Click here to learn about staying safe and following the rules of bear country. Click here to learn about the rules for gathering mushrooms on the Lolo National Forest.Click here to read the latest Seeley Lake Ranger District trail condition reportsClick here to find a map to take on your adventures.Click here to find out more about obtaining permits or passes for certain activities on the forest. Click here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Flathead National Forest.



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Icon with the Forest Service shield and silhouettes of mules, mountains, and a raptorOur mobile app gives you access while online to the Lolo National Forest recreational opportunities, public notices, news, alerts, and more. Download it now for iOS or Android!

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Initial Attack 2017: A Story Map

photo of a man in fire clothing. In the foreground are flames.The Lolo National Forest has created a “story map” to provide important background and context for fire operations during the 2017 fire season. The map contains audio and visual elements that illustrate many of the complex components that influence and guide fire operations – including risk assessment, decision making protocols, past hazardous fuel reduction work, initial attack resources, weather, terrain, fuels and values at risk. The map summarizes Initial Attack events on many of the large fires the Lolo National Forest experienced during the 2017 season. The audio portion is approximately one hour. The map also contains important information about how those living in the wildland urban interface can prepare their property and protect it from wildfire before fire season begins.

I-90 Corridor Community Wildfire Protection Project

Smoke from a controlled burn on the Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District.The Lolo National Forest is working on numerous fuels reduction projects throughout the wildland urban interface along the US Interstate 90 (I-90) corridor with the objective to protect communities and landscapes along 80 miles of I-90 from Missoula to St. Regis, Montana. Communities within the corridor are Bonner, Missoula, Frenchtown, Huson, Alberton, Tarkio, Lozeau, Superior and St. Regis. Click here to read more and explore our project story map.

Missoula County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Missoula County has published a draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which is a community-based plan focused on identifying and addressing the local threat of wildfire. The CWPP determines what is at risk and provides a roadmap of actions for the community to address its wildfire risk.

Prescribed fire on the Missoula RD to reduce fuels, improve wildlife habitat & regenerate vegetationMissoula County adopted its first Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in 2005, which was initiated by the Missoula County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and incorporated input from numerous stakeholders. Since that time, many changes have occurred across the county, including new housing and roads, fires on the landscape, and public land forest fuel treatments near communities. These changes can affect the way a community plans for fire and have prompted the need to update the CWPP.

Visit the Missoula County Story Map to explore the CWPP and find out more!

Recent News


Aquatic Invasive Species - Montana Mussel Response

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The Lolo National Forest, through the Southwestern Crown efforts, works to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on two fronts. Read more at this link.

Ninemile Wildlands Training Center (NWTC)

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This unique training center offers courses in backcountry skills and historic building restoration. Find out more, and see our latest training schedule!


Resource Management - Fish

Bull Trout Ready to Spawn

The Lolo National Forest is active in inventorying, assessing and eliminating barriers to the movement of fish and other aquatic organisms.

Lolo National Forest Interagency Hotshot Crew

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Love working hard in the dirt and ashes? If you're interested in becoming a member of our elite firefighting crew, visit our hotshot information to learn more about firefighting and how to apply.


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