Flathead National Forest
Welcome to the Flathead National Forest
From backpacking trips in wild, remote places to exploring community-adjacent trails, the Flathead offers a recreation experience for everyone.
In the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, just south of the Canadian border and Glacier National Park, lies the 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. With lakes galore, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, over 2,000 miles of trail, campgrounds, ski areas, and year-round beauty, this forest is a premiere natural landscape of the American West.
The Flathead National Forest is home to both grizzly and black bears. Learn how to stay safe and store food while recreating in bear country.
Find out what maps are available at your local ranger district, check out our online maps, or try the interactive visitor map.
Last year's wildfires mean a bountiful morel mushroom crop! Find out more about mushroom harvesting on your national forest.
A collaborative group is helping the Flathead National Forest develop a management strategy for the Krause Basin area of the Swan Lake Ranger District.
The Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, is preparing a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River.
Like all national forests, the Flathead is managed for multiple uses. Read about fire and timber management, explore the interactive fire history map, and find out about current and previous resource management projects.
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Firewood and Live Birch Cutting Opportunities
Release Date: Jun 30, 2022
Additional closures on west side of Hungry Horse Reservoir
Release Date: Jun 29, 2022
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."
NFS Road 38 (East Side Reservoir) road work
Approximately 2,200 feet of eroded road (NFS Road 38) is being realigned as part of the Ranger View Realignment Project. You can find construction updates here.