Kootenai National Forest


Ten Lakes Scenic Area
On the Pacific Northwest Trail in the Ten Lakes Scenic Area of Kootenai National Forest
A view of Lake Koocanusa
Lake Koocanusa

Of the 2.2 million acres included in the Kootenai National Forest, more than 97% of the land is located in northwestern Montana, with the other less-than-three-per-cent located in northeastern Idaho. All of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness (93,000 acres) is located on the Kootenai, and Snowshoe Peak in the Cabinets is the highest point on the Kootenai (8,738'). Other mountain ranges on the forest include the Bitterroot, Salish, Purcell and Whitefish.

Kootenai National Forest headquarters is in Libby with local ranger district offices in Fortine, Eureka, Libby, Troy and Trout Creek. The climate in this area is described as a "modified Pacific coast," meaning it's usually a bit cooler here than along the coast of Washington state. However, intrusions of colder Arctic air can often "modify" the winter temperatures down to -30°F (like the rest of Montana) and can bring very heavy snowfall in the area mountains.

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail crosses Kootenai National Forest east/west, connecting the Idaho Panhandle National Forests with Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park.

Mt. Henry on Kootenai National Forest
Mt. Henry
 
Photos courtesy of the US Forest Service
 

Campgrounds

When staying in the campgrounds of Kootenai National Forest, camp only in the designated campsites. No off-road parking or driving is allowed. Quiet hours run from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Fires are sometimes limited, sometimes prohibited, obey any restrictions posted at the campsites. Within designated recreation sites, fires (when permitted) are permitted only in the provided stoves, grills, fire rings or fireplaces. The stay limit is 14 days and there is also a limit of 10 persons per camp site (except for particular group sites). Pets are allowed but keep them leashed, under control and out of any swimming areas or sanitary facilities.

Site Name Amenities
Bad Medicine Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Barron Creek Boating Site Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Big Eddy Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Big Therriault Lake Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Bull River Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Camp 32 Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomFishing nearby
Caribou Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Dorr Skeels Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
Gateway Boat Camp Tent campingPicnic sitesRestroomFishing nearby
Grave Creek Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Howard Lake Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
Kilbrennan Lake Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Lake Creek Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Little Therriault Lake Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Loon Lake Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Marten Creek Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
McGillivray Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
McGregor Lake Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
North Dickey Lake Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
North Shore Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Peck Gulch Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Pete Creek Fee SiteTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomFishing nearby
Red Top Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Rexford Bench Complex Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
Rock Lake Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Rocky Gorge Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Ross Creek Picnic Handicapped AccessiblePicnic sitesRestroomFishing nearby
South Dickey Lake Handicapped AccessiblePicnic sitesDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
Spar Lake Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Swisher Lake Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Sylvan Lake Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Timberlane Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomFishing nearby
Tobacco Plains Handicapped AccessiblePicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Tobacco River Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Triangle Pond Handicapped AccessiblePicnic sitesRestroomBoat launchSwimming opportunitiesFishing nearby
Whitetail Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby
Willow Creek Handicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Yaak Falls Tent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingRestroomFishing nearby
Yaak River Fee SiteHandicapped AccessibleTent campingPicnic sitesTrailer and RV campingDrinking waterRestroomBoat launchFishing nearby