Flathead National Forest, Whitefish

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Normally I plan our family vacations with great care. I admit I am responsible for a big blunder on our recent trip to Flathead Lake and Glacier this year. We had been there "before". What could go wr...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    What else can you say about it but that it is absolutely beautiful. We were on motorcycles and it was stunning.  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Definitely putting into your itenirary if you love driving through the forest. Places to stop and view varying types of areas.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Loved it here. Very beautiful place. We would definitely go here again.
  • July 8, 2017
    Good place for hiking, dispersed camping and viewing wildlife (especially deer and black bears).
  • June 24, 2017
    Born n raised in this forest now I'm passing it.on to the next generation
  • June 20, 2017
    Definitely a place to visit..Some of the most beautiful sites in the U.S. Lots to keep a family busy..
  • July 10, 2017
    Enjoy... and watch for bears and mountain lions.

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