Lolo National Forest
Located west of the continental divide, the Lolo National Forest is influenced by both continental and maritime climates, which provide for a wide range of environmental gradients producing a forest of high diversity.
The diverse ecosystems of the Lolo are home for 17 conifer and 5 hardwood tree species, more than 300 bird species, at least 20 fish species, more than 60 mammal species and an estimated 1,500 plant species, including 250 non-native plant species. Within the Lolo NF, are record-sized trees, the Montana Champion ponderosa pine located in the Fish Creek drainage and a national co-champion western larch near Seeley Lake.
Elevation ranges from less than 2,400 ft. on the Clark Fork River below Thompson Falls to many peaks higher than 7,000 ft. and topping out at over 9,000 ft. at Lolo Peak near the town of Lolo and Ptarmigan Point near Seeley Lake. The highest point is Scapegoat Mountain within the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Water is plentiful within the Lolo, producing more than 100 named lakes and nearly 1,000 named streams including five major rivers.
The Lolo offers some of the finest recreation opportunities in western Montana. Click here to access the forest's page with links to more information on fishing, hiking, hunting, biking, wildlife viewing and exploring.