Flathead National Forest

Courtesy of Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

Courtesy of Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

The Columbia Falls area, including Glacier National Park and its surrounding communities are enveloped by the Flathead National Forest. Pristine forests are dotted with lakes, rivers and streams, criss-crossed by trails and dotted with campgrounds, boat launches and trail heads. In a nutshell, the Flathead forest is a gem of accessible public lands that provides priceless recreation year round.

From the Martin City area, explore Desert Mountain and the views its road to the mountain top offers of Badrock Canyon, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Lake McDonald and the peaks of Glacier. The mountain sides are covered with huckleberries in the summer time – take a wild plant guide with you and fill some containers with the beautiful sweet tart purple berries. In winter the snowmobiling is a great way to take in all of those sights on groomed trails.

The Flathead National Forest is traversed by tons of trails, both gated and un-gated, making the heart of the wilderness accessible. If you happen to have your family dog on vacation with you and want to get the co-hiking experience, you are going to want to head to Forest Service land, as dogs are not allowed on trails in Glacier Park.

If you prefer to gaze at peaks from afar, boating on one of the sparkling lakes is good for the soul. You will find excellent fly-fishing, wading, paddle boarding, sailing, motor boating and swimming on many lakes, streams and rivers that are less mainstream and less frequently visited than the popular and well known haunts in Glacier Park. The Flathead National Forest is full of special jewels tucked into the Crown of the Continent.

Wildfire Discussion Points and Resources

13 Aug

Many visitors in our area have questions and concerns in regards to air quality, closures and wildfires.  Below are suggested discussion points to use to keep visitors updated and aware of the situation, while still giving them suggestions on how to continue to enjoy their stay. General Talking Points:   State the facts only. Avoid […]

July 2017 Newsletter

06 Jul

If the 177,256 people who visited Glacier National Park in May is any indication, it should be another record breaking summer. Soon enough we will be celebrating our community’s history and heritage with Heritage Days.   Your Chamber’s Events Committee has been hard at work putting together the Heritage Days 3 on 3 Basketball tournament.  If […]

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Search for Executive Director

23 Feb

Current Executive Director Stacey Schnebel to redirect her entrepreneurial talents to her existing local businesses and explore new opportunities Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce begins its search for a new Executive Director this month. Current Executive Director, Stacey Schnebel, stepped down from the Board of Directors in May, 2016, to assume the role and […]

Casual Connections at our October Business After Hours ~ by Phil Carl of NXGEN

30 Nov

The BAH event for October was co-hosted by Phil Carl with NXGEN Payment Services and Flathead Family Foot Care and Dr. Robert Clase. Dr. Clases new office facility on Nucleus was the site of a great time of food, drinks, fun, networking and getting to know more about each others businesses and how we might […]