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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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Discover some of the West’s best highways, byways, backroads and small towns. Motorcycle Montana from Glacier Country to Yellowstone Country.

Featured Listings

Bear Creek Guest Ranch in Western Montana.

Bear Creek Guest Ranch

15750 U.S. Highway 2
Essex, Montana 59916


Dropstone Outfitting in Western Montana.

Dropstone Outfitting

410 1st Avenue NW
Choteau, Montana 59422


Glacier Adventure Guides in Western Montana.

Glacier Adventure Guides

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


Mills Wilderness Adventures in Western Montana.

Mills Wilderness Adventures

1 Hogan Street
Augusta, Montana 59410


Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

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

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


Other Listings

Cabinet Ranger District

  • 2693 Highway 200 Trout Creek, Montana 59874
  • 406.827.3533
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Crown of the Continent Discovery Center

  • 12000 U.S. Highway 2 E. West Glacier, MT 59936
  • 406.387.4405
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Darby Ranger District

Hungry Horse Ranger District

  • PO Box 190340 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.387.3800
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Libby Ranger District

  • 12557 MT Highway 37 Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.295.4693
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Missoula Ranger District

  • 24 Fort Missoula Road Missoula, Montana 59804
  • 406.329.3814
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Ninemile Ranger District

  • 20325 Remount Road Huson, Montana 59846
  • 406.626.5201
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Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District

Rexford Ranger District

  • 949 US Highway 93 North Eureka, Montana 59917
  • 406.296.2536
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Seeley Lake Ranger District

  • 3583 Highway 83 Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
  • 406.677.2233
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Spotted Bear Ranger District

  • PO Box 190310 Hungry Horse, Montana 59919
  • 406.758.5376
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Stevensville Ranger District

  • 88 Main Street Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.777.5461
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Sula Ranger District

  • 7338 US Highway 93 South Sula, Montana 59871
  • 406.821.3913
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Superior Ranger District

Swan Lake Ranger District

  • 200 Ranger Station Road Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.7500
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Tally Lake Ranger District

  • 650 Wolfpack Way Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.758.5204
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Three Rivers Ranger District

  • 12858 US Highway 2 Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.4693
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West Fork Ranger District

  • 6735 West Fork Road Darby, Montana 59829
  • 406.821.3269
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