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Yaak Area


The Yaak area of the Kootenai National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities in a predominantly forested environment.  The Yaak is home to grizzly bears, wolves, elk, deer and a variety of smaller mammals and birds.  The Yaak River and its many tributaries provide habitat for cutthroat, rainbow, brook and bull trout.  There are also several lakes scattered at varying elevations for hikers and fisherman to enjoy.  Northwest Peaks Scenic Area located in the very northwest corner is a beautiful area with several hiking trails and a variety of trees and animals species.  There are 5 developed campgrounds in the Yaak - Yaak Falls, Red Top, Pete Creek, Whitetail and Caribou campgrounds.  The Yaak is rugged area with minimal services and a wide variety of recreational opportunities for those with a more adventurous attitude.  Winter brings skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoe opportunities for all experience levels.  The Forest Service has 3 lookout rentals, Yaak Mountain, Baldy Buckhorn and Garver Mountain in this area that are available seasonally. The Upper Ford Cabin located on the Yaak River is available year round for rental.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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