National Forest Signboard stating Entering Kootenai National Forest

Welcome to the
Kootenai National Forest

The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border. Providing abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, the Kootenai is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

Fire Update

Tamarack Fire

The Tamarack Fire is located 9 miles NE of Happy's Inn, MT.

Gibralter Ridge

The lightning caused Gibralter Ridge Fire is located 7 miles east of Eureka, Montana.

Stage II Fire Restrictions in Effect

Kootenai National Forest officials have decided to raise fire restriction across the forest to Stage II Fire Restrictions from Stage I. Hot and dry conditions persists in the local area with ‘EXTREME’ fire danger.  As of  Friday, August 4 at 0001 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, the Kootenai Forest will enter to Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Firewood Roads on the Rexford Ranger District

The following roads on the Rexford Ranger District are open for public firewood gathering from Saturday August 19th, 2017 through Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

  • Road #7238 (T34N, R29W – Steep Creek area)
  • Road #4880 (T34N, R29W – Steep Creek/Parsnip area)

Log truck traffic is active on the Big Creek (#336) and Steep Creek (#255) roads. Please drive slowly and defensively. Turn-around space is very limited on firewood roads. Vehicles pulling trailers may find it difficult to turn around. In the past, severe washouts have occurred on the District as a result of firewood debris left in the drainage ditches. Please remove all debris off the road surfaces and out of the road ditches and culvert inlets prior to leaving the area. Additional firewood roads will be identified as they become available this season. Firewood permits and road information are available at the Eureka Ranger Station at 296-2536.  Please remember we are in Extreme Fire Danger and under Special Order - Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Kootenai National Forest Rock Creek Project Final Supplemental EIS and Draft ROD Now Available

The Kootenai National Forest has issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rock Creek Project.  The objection period began on July 4 and will continue through August 17.  More Information and Project Documents

2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The Kootenai National Forest has been selected to provide the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree slated for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Preparations begin Saturday, Feb. 18 in conjunction with the District basketball games in Eureka, Mont. with a community event.

For more information, please visit the following link: Montana Forest to Provide Nation’s Christmas Tree in 2017

For more information on how you can get involved, please visit the following links:

2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments and Volunteer Information

2017 CCT Ways to Get Involved

Three Rivers News

The Three Rivers Ranger District Spring 2017 newsletter (pdf) is now available.

Recent News


Ten Lakes Travel Management Plan

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The Fortine Ranger District has developed a Proposed Action for the Ten Lakes Travel Management Plan. The project area is located North and East of Eureka, Montana and includes 64,177 acres.  The interactive mapping tool is available to submit information for this project.

2015 Forest Plan

Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Kootenai National Forests’ revised Forest Plan.

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available on the Land and Resource Management – Planning page.

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  • Forest Plans Amendments Proposed Action

    Amendment to incorporate relevant direction from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy into the forest plans for the Helena, Kootenai, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests:

    The Forest Service published the draft amendments and draft EIS on May 27, 2016. The 120 day comment period begins on June 3rd. More information about how to comment and documents can be found on the Forest Plan Amendments page.

  • 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.
  • Protect Your Forest
    Report crime on your National Forest or Grassland using this form.