State and National Forests in Western Montana


State and National Forests Western Montana’s Public Forestlands

Western Montana’s Public Forestlands

Montana’s national forests contain most of the state’s designated wilderness areas and Western Montana claims more than 8 million acres of national forestland made up of jagged mountains, rolling foothills, pristine woodlands, sparkling lakes and rivers and remote wilderness. In addition, seven of Montana’s eight state forests fall within Western Montana’s Glacier Country.


Bitterroot National Forest
1.6 million acres in southwest Montana and Idaho.

Flathead National Forest
2.4 million acres west of the continental divide and just south of the Canadian border.

Kootenai National Forest
2.2 million acres in the far northwest corner of Montana and the northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border.

Kaniksu National Forest
1.6 million acres in northeastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and northwestern Montana.

Lolo National Forest
2 million acres in west central Montana.


Clearwater State Forest
Missoula County

Coal Creek State Forest
Flathead County

Lubrecht State Experimental Forest
Missoula County

Stillwater State Forest
Flathead County

Sula State Forest
Ravalli County

Swan River State Forest
Lake County

Thompson River State Forest
Sanders County

A Nordic Ski Wonderland from Glaciers to Geysers

Montana’s pristine cross-country and skate ski trails crisscross the enchanting wintry landscapes between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

Featured Listings

Bear Creek Guest Ranch in Western Montana.

Bear Creek Guest Ranch

City: Essex
Phone: 406.226.4489

15750 U.S. Highway 2
Essex, Montana 59916

Crown of the Continent Discovery Center in Western Montana.

Crown of the Continent Discovery Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.387.4405

12000 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, MT 59936

Dropstone Outfitting in Western Montana.

Dropstone Outfitting

City: Choteau
Phone: 406.389.0863

410 1st Avenue NW
Choteau, Montana 59422

Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

City: Columbia Falls
Phone: 406.892.2173

729 Nucleus Ave., Suite G
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912

Glacier Outdoor Center in Western Montana.

Glacier Outdoor Center

City: West Glacier
Phone: 406.888.5454

12400 US Highway 2 East
West Glacier, Montana 59936

Mills Wilderness Adventures in Western Montana.

Mills Wilderness Adventures

City: Augusta
Phone: 406.562.3576

1 Hogan Street
Augusta, Montana 59410

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

City: Kalispell
Phone: 406.755.2376

1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Savenac Historic U.S. Forest Service Nursery in Western Montana.

Savenac Historic U.S. Forest Service Nursery

City: Haugan
Phone: 406.678.4395

Lolo National Forest (100 Savenac Creek Loop)
Haugan, Montana 59842

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