Montana Travel Destinations

KOOTENAI NATIONAL FOREST

Kootenai National Forest is located in the northwest corner of Montana, along the state’s borders with Idaho and Canada. It covers several mountain ranges, including the Cabinet and Purcell Mountains.

In the region are many rocky ridges, peaks, and canyons. Highest point is 8,738-foot Snowshoe Peak. There are also alpine meadows, grasslands, glacial lakes and streams, and forests of larch and pine.

This National Forest has one designated wilderness area, the 94,272-acre Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The varied wildlife includes moose, elk, deer, bear, and bighorn sheep.

Activities: Over 1,300 miles of trails are suitable for backpacking and hiking. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Most trails are open to horses.

Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting are possible on ttie Kootenai River. Winter activities include cross-country skiing as well as snowshoeing. Fishing is also available, and hunting is permitted in spason.

Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the forest, as are campfires, except ear public recreation areas or where otherwise restricted. No permits are necessary.

For Further Information: Kootenai National For-it, 506 U.S. Highway 2 West, Libby, MT 59923; 06)293-6211.

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