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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  • This is one opportunity you shouldn't miss! Whether you're cycling or driving your car, going up to the Hungry Horse Dam is an experience, We have always cycled, parking our van at the ranger station ...  more »
  • Loved our trip into the Flathead . We spent a week camping and hiking in July. Great place to get away from the crowds in Glacier.  more »
  • Flathead forest and lake are beautiful. We were told the lake is the largest lake west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately during our visit the smoke from the forest fires kept us from enjoying it to it...  more »
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  • Almost all of Montana has been timbered, used to be nice. Can't find any place left in USA that has not been developed for resources, very unfortunate. Check on Google maps earth view and notice the 1-mile grids in all the tree areas, pretty much whacked them all down across the Pacific Northwest to build monster homes and ship overseas...good plan!
  • Amazing place. Beautiful scenery, great slopes and wonderful staff. Very friendly bring your family.
  • Fun hikes, beautiful views and awesome wildlife. Make sure you look into the history of Flathead, it really adds to your appreciation of the area. For a photographer, the views are absolutely incredible. Taking your time and hiking to the right areas can lead to some of the best landscape photographs that can be taken in America.
  • Mothernature at her finest. Trees, wildlife and fresh air. Scenery undistrubed, peaceful and beautiful. Some of the best fishing, lakes, streams, which ever you prefer.
  • Beautiful and not crowded forested with beautiful mountains, rivers ,lakes and waterfalls

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