Welcome to the Flathead National Forest


Chip Weber, FNF Forest SupervisorIn the heart of the Rocky Mountains, west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border, lies the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. Home to lynx, grizzly bear, and bull trout; with numerous lakes, streams, and rivers to enjoy, the forest is the premiere destination for visitors looking to experience natural landscapes of the American West. Visit one of our three wilderness areas, such as the famous Bob Marshall Wilderness, for a rare glimpse at undeveloped areas with outstanding opportunities for solitude. Celebrated for its water, wildlife, and wilderness the Flathead National Forest has abundant recreation opportunities and outstanding natural resources. We invite you to experience your National Forest!

Quick Links to Your Outdoor Adventures

Click here to visit the Flathead Avalanche Center for warnings and informationClick here to find grooming reports and more for cross country skiing and snowshoeing!Click here to find out more about snowmobiling on the Flathead National ForestClick here to find out more about downhill skiing on the Flathead National Forest Click here to find a cabin to rent on the Flathead National Forest. Click here for ideas of where you can watch wildlife, birds, and more. Click here to find out how to stay safe by following the regulations while in bear country. Click 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 out more about collecting forest products like mushrooms, berries, and more!Click here to find even more recreational opportunities on the Flathead National Forest.








Forest Plan Revision

Glacier Lillys - Swan Lake Ranger District

The signed Record of Decision for the Flathead National Forest Land Management Plan and associated final environmental impact statement is now available. The forest plan and environmental impact statement were published on November 23, 2018. The Notice of Plan Approval of the land management plan published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2018. The land management plan went into effect 30 days after the publication of the Notice of Plan Approval. Click here to find the signed ROD and FEISThe Forest Service has concurrently amended the land management plans of the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo Naitonal Forests to incorporate the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem grizzly bear habitat management direction as land management plan direction. Click here to find the signed ROD and amendments. 

3 Forks of the Flathead Wild & Scenic River Comprehensive River Management Plan

North Fork of the Flathead River from FordThe Flathead National Forest, in coordination with Glacier National Park, has begun the process to prepare a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the 3-Forks of the Flathead River. The river and surrounding lands offer recreational opportunities and access to outstanding resources for a variety of public lands users. The CRMP will address the current status of these resources, outline goals and desired conditions, determine user capacities, and create a monitoring strategy and plan to carry forward. click here to find out more

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