Welcome to the Lolo National Forest!

a vista from the Skookum Butte Trail on the Missoula Ranger DistrictLocated in west-central Montana and encompassing two million acres, the Lolo is a destination for locals and visitors to go play. With opportunities such as hiking, OHV riding, camping, cabin and lookout rentals, winter sports, and two visitor centers, there is so much to explore on the Lolo National Forest!


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Firewood gathering information

Many Recreation Sites are Closed


Continuing our Service to You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Continuing our service to you during this time is very important. Please call the office number for the district you want to contact so that we can answer your question or direct you to the information you need.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.


Wildfire Adapted Missoula (WAM)

Wildfire Adapted MissoulaThe Missoula Ranger District is seeking public feedback on the Wildfire Adapted Missoula (WAM) project located on National Forest system lands that surround the communities of Missoula, Lolo, Grant Creek, East Missoula, Bonner, Clinton, and Turah in Missoula County. Wildfire Adapted Missoula is a risk-based strategic fuels management project designed to implement the Missoula County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). To learn more, visit our Story Map. To provide feedback and get engaged visit the WAM Project Page.


Lolo National Forest Amends Recreation Fee Proposal

Cougar Peak Fire LookoutBased on public feedback, the Lolo National Forest has amended the recreation fee proposal. For details on the changes please click here.

New! Amended Recreation Fee Proposal Table (pdf)


Resource Advisory Committees

Are you interested in participating in local land management decisions through the Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees? Committees fund projects that contribute to road, trail and infrastructure, restoration, wildlife and fish habitat improvement work on your National Forest. Find out more and submit project proposals for your local RAC now.

Recent News


Aquatic Invasive Species - Montana Mussel Response

Photograph of Big Larch Campground and Lake

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!


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.

Prescribed Burning Information

Prescribed Burning Information

Bear Safety and Food Storage Information

Recreating Safely in Bear Country

Download the Lolo National Forest App

Download the Lolo National Forest App for Mobile!

Interactive Visitor Map

Interactive Visitor Map

Forest Projects

Forest Projects


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