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Flathead National Forest, Whitefish

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 40+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Flathea is very vast and beautiful. This forested area invites walks in green. There are a lot of marked out trails from short to long. They are well marked and give something for everyone.
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  • I visited the Hungry Horse Damn/Recreational Area south of Galcier National Park. The scenery is spectacual, and there are no crowds like in the National Park. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Nice place