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.

Where to Wander Wednesday

22 Jul

Start out with preparing a scrumptious picnic and grab the water toys. We are heading east from Columbia Falls on Highway 2 to Hungry Horse, Montana. Start with a stop at the Glacier View/Hungry Horse Forest Service Office. There you will find information on everything to do with our local and national forests. They even […]

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July-August 2019 Chamber News

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Read our July-August Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter This summer is a busy one with Heritage Days, Movie on the Lawn, 3 on 3 Basketball, Business After Hours and more! Click the link below to stay up-to-date!

Considering Relocating or Visiting our Area?

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May 2019 Greetings Readers, Planning a trip or considering relocating to Columbia Falls, Montana? Our hometown businesses are our pride and joy.  While you are here be sure to stop into our delightful coffee shops, restaurants, breweries and bakeries. Our business owners are friendly, approachable and work hard to ensure your visit is memorable. Be […]