Welcome to the Lolo National Forest!

Located 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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Recreation Site Updates

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)

Firefighter with a drip torch lighting fine fuels in an open ponderosa forest.

Watch the video and find public meeting materials from the May 19, 2021 public meeting.

The 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.

WAM is a risk-based strategic fuels management project designed to implement the Missoula County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Visit our Story Map and see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more. 

To provide feedback and get engaged visit the WAM Project Page.


Lolo National Forest Recreation Fee Changes 2021

Cougar Peak Fire LookoutLolo National Forest Announces Recreation Fee Changes and New Options for Popular Rental Program

These changes are the result of over two years of public engagement that included a public comment opportunity in August of 2019, meetings with four Resource Area Advisory Committees, meetings with stakeholder groups, and local officials. Revenue generated at these sites is retained by the Lolo National Forest and provides critical support for maintaining high-quality recreation experiences and funding maintenance and improvements.

2021 Recreation Fee Changes 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.


2020 Lolo National Forest Annual Report

A moose standing in the water near the shore of Hoodoo Lake

2020 presented many challenges and employees met those with a dedication to continued service, creative solutions, and a commitment to our agency priorities; improving the condition of the Forest, promoting shared stewardship by increasing partnerships, providing customer service, enhancing recreation opportunities, improving access, and sustaining infrastructure.


USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement April 9, 2021

Secretary Vilsack writes that, "At USDA, we are recommitting ourselves to the values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for each other and those we serve."

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 appl...


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!

Bear Safety and Food Storage Information

Recreating Safely in Bear Country

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Forest Projects

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