Flathead National Forest
Welcome to the Flathead National Forest
Backpack in wild, remote places. Float the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River. Spend a night in a fire lookout tower. Spot a mountain goat in Jewel Basin. The Flathead has an 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.
Great American Outdoors Act
The GAOA is allowing us to invest in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation.
Plan Your Next Adventure
Find out what maps are available at your local ranger district, check out our online maps, or try the interactive visitor map.
Holland Lake Lodge Special Use Permit Information
Holland Lake Lodge sits on the shores of Holland Lake in Condon, Montana. The Lodge has been under a special use permit since 1924. Find the latest information on the Permit here.
Bear Country Safety
The Flathead National Forest is home to both grizzly bears and black bears. Where bears and humans occur together, conflicts may occasionally arise. The successful conservation and recovery of the grizzly bear involves habitat management and actions to minimize grizzly - human conflict potential. Find out more about recreating safely in bear country.
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Ford Schoolhouse named to National Register of Historic Places
Nestled in a little-developed mountain valley in Northwestern Montana, one can find one of the country’s newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places – the Ford Schoolhouse. Read more about the history of the Schoolhouse and recent preservation work.
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."
Krause Basin Collaboration
A collaborative group is helping the Flathead National Forest develop a management strategy for the Krause Basin area of the Swan Lake Ranger District.
Forest Service improves rental cabins using Great American Outdoors Act funding
Our cabin rental program provides a unique recreation experience, and funds provided by GAOA help us improve these unique structures!