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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Yaak Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Yaak Area

Ice Fishing

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Yaak Area

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Yaak Area

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Yaak Area

Big Game Hunting

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Yaak Area

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Yaak Area

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Yaak Area

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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