The Lolo National Forest is located in west central Montana and encompasses two million acres. We have lots of 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.
The Seeley Lake Ranger District is publishing periodic Trail Reports that describe recent trail clearing and conditions for many of the district trails. Please see the Seeley Lake page, under the “At a Glance” heading.
Implementation of the Marshall Woods Project
The Marshall Woods project has been designed to achieve multiple restoration objectives in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area (NRA) and adjacent Woods Gulch. Mountain bikers, hikers, runners, skiers, and those who love to hunt and fish all find something to love in the Rattlesnake NRA or the adjacent Rattlesnake Wilderness. But the NRA is also adjacent to homes in the Rattlesnake neighborhood -- and just a short commute from downtown Missoula. Vegetation in the project area, including locations adjacent to the main Rattlesnake trail and nearby meadows, are outside their historic condition. Some areas are densely populated with non-native species. One of the objectives of the Marshall Woods project is to both restore native vegetation and promote the health of species like ponderosa pine – and reduce heavy fuel loading. Mitigating the potential for high intensity fire in this area, where Rattlesnake subdivisions buffer the national forest, is a key objective. Click here to follow this project and learn more about the collaborative effort that brought it to life.
And here is a short video on how we have been working with our partners at Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and private homeowners to carry out the important fuel reduction and thinning work that the Marshall Woods project is grounded in. Please share with others who might want to understand both the intent of this project and how collaborative, local efforts between homeowners and agencies can produce valuable results.
Grizzly Bear Amendment
The Forest Service is amending the land management plans (forest plans) of the Helena, Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy (GBCS)…more
2016 Mushroom Harvest Information
For current information on harvesting mushrooms for the 2016 season please see our Passes and Permits.
Lolo National Forest 2015 Annual Heritage Report
The Lolo National Forest 2015 Annual Heritage Program Report provides a summarized account of the Forest Heritage Program accomplishments during the calendar year. > more.
110 Years for the Lolo National Forest
2016 marks 110 years for the Lolo National Forest, which was formed in 1906 and later combined with the Missoula, Blackfoot, Coeur d’ Alene and the Cabinet National Forests. Early in the Forest’s history there were many other Ranger Districts across the Lolo, but over time they have been consolidated into five Ranger Districts that now make up the Lolo NF: the Missoula, Seeley Lake, Ninemile, Superior and Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger Districts.
Amendment to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests:
The Forest Service published the draft amendments and draft EIS on May 27, 2016. The 120 day comment period begins on June 3rd. More information about how to comment and documents can be found on the Forest Plan Amendments page.