Fisher River Area

The Fisher River Area is the watershed formed by the four forks (West, East, Silver Butte, Pleasant Valley) of the Fisher River and Wolf Creek.  The Area is dominated by intermingled ownership, with Plum Creek Timber Company being the major land owner.  This area is bordered on the east by the Flathead National Forest and the south by the Lolo National Forest.  The Fisher Area is bisected by US Highway 2 running west to east.  The Chain of Lakes consisting of more than 20 lakes is located adjacent to US 2.  These lakes offer summer camping/picnicking, fishing, and water sports.  Ice fishing is popular on the Chain of Lakes.  The Salish Mountains are located north of US 2 and the Cabinet Mountains are located south and west of US 2.  Peaks in these Ranges exceed 6500’ elevation.  Road densities are high in this Area making access quite easy.  More than 100 miles of summer use trail are open and available in this Area.  Two developed campgrounds provide facilities for camping and picnicking. The Fisher River Area is a favored destination for big game hunters in the fall.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Fisher River Area

Dispersed Camping

Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Fisher River Area

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Fisher River Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Fisher River Area

Ice Fishing

Areas for Ice Fishing at Fisher River Area

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Fisher River Area

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Fisher River Area

Big Game Hunting

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Fisher River Area


Areas for Swimming at Fisher River Area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  • Be Bear Aware!
    Montana is bear country! Learn about bears and safe practices while visiting the Kootenai
  • Food Storage Order
    A food storage order signed in 2022 requires food storage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters
  • Know Before You Go OffSite Link

    Regardless of the activity, always be prepared! Stay informed of current conditions and follow safe practices when enjoying your National Forests

  • Leave No Trace OffSite Link

    Visitors are asked to practice Leave No Trace principles while on the Kootenai National Forests to help maintain this abundant ecosystem and sustainable recreation.

  • Weed Free Forage
    It is a violation of rule (FS) and law (State of Montana) to utilize forage or mulch materials that contain the seeds of noxious weeds


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