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Flathead National Forest, Whitefish
(4.5/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
The Flathead National Forest is a national forest in the western part of the U.S. state of Montana. The forest covers 2404935acres of which about 1e6acre is designated wilderness. It is named after the Flathead Indians who lived in the area. The forest is located in the Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging from 4500to. The Forest provides habitat for approximately 250 species of wildlife and 22 species of fish. This includes the threatened grizzly bear, lynx, bald eagle, bull trout, a rare plant named water howellia, and the endangered gray wolf.The Flathead National Forest is bordered by Glacier National Park and Canada to the north, the Lewis and Clark National Forest and Glacier to the east, the Lolo National Forest to the south, and the Kootenai National Forest to the west. The wilderness areas in the forest are the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, Great Bear Wilderness Area, and Mission Mountains Wilderness Area. Other specially-designated areas in the forest include Flathead Wild and Scenic River, Jewel Basin Hiking Area, and the Coram Experimental Forest. Some 270000 acres of non-federal land are also included in the boundaries drawn for the national forest. This includes private land, commercial forest and part or all of Swan River State Forest, Stillwater State Forest and Coal Creek State Forest.
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TripAdvisor
  • The Forest is absolutely beautiful, well kept and just amazing! Take your camera because you will need it to document all the beauty and wildlife too! 
  • My husband & I took a recent trip to Montana and decided to drive up to Moose Lake in Flathead National Forest. Thank goodness for 4WD, because we hit some snow near the lake. We had the entire lake t...  more »
  • We saw the sign to the dam so we decided to go take a look. Wow, what a beautiful and large lake. We ended up driving all the way around it. Word of warning: Only the first 10 miles are paved. The res...  more »
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  • Beautiful lakes and mountains with amazing hiking trails. The campgrounds are well maintained and the weather in late July was beautiful. I highly recommend this forest if you are visiting Glacier NP. I think other Forests nearby provide better views, but that's actually splitting hairs. I give this place 4 stars because I've given 5 to so many other surrounding parks and forests, and because I drove through here after visiting Glacier (my favorite place). This area is still beautiful and worth exploring.
  • A great experience in the wilderness. But sadly, has a terrible past of aniquilation of the native tribes that lived there.
  • Beautiful and so many acres... You can spend years here and see something new everyday! Easy access from Missoula and Kalispell.
  • Beautiful but the flathead Pokemon eludes me
  • A must see for Montana! It is almost impossible to describe how beautiful this place is!