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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

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Featured Listings

Dropstone Outfitting in Western Montana.

Dropstone Outfitting

4365 U.S. Highway 89
Choteau, MT 59422


Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

24 Seventh St. W.
Columbia Falls, MT 59912


Mills Wilderness Adventures of MT in Western Montana.

Mills Wilderness Adventures of MT

1 Hogan Street
Augusta, MT 59410


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

Savenac Historic U.S. Forest Service Nursery

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


Other Listings

Bear Creek Guest Ranch

  • 15750 U.S. Highway 2 Essex, MT 59916
  • 406.226.4489
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Northwest Montana Retreat

Whitefish Outfitters & Tours

  • 332 Central Ave. Whitefish, MT 59937
  • 406.212.0080
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