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Lolo National Forest is in western Montana. With boundaries stretching from the Swan Range in the northeast to the Idaho border, an area 120 miles long and 40 to 80 miles wide, the forest embraces about 2,100,000 acres. Although the Lolo is an important timber producer, many of its south-facing slopes are open and grassy. It also is one of the principal elk areas in western Montana.
Wilderness areas within the forest include the 33,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness as well as Welcome Creek and portions of Scapegoat.
Recreational opportunities abound on 3,500 miles of streams, including Rock Creek, a haven for trout-fishing enthusiasts. Approximately 485 species of fish and wildlife inhabit the forest, which has numerous camping and/or picnic sites and 1,780 miles of hiking trails; winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling along 360 miles of designated trails and ice fishing. Some recreation facilities are designed for physically impaired access; inquire at a ranger station.
The forest has five offices: the Ninemile Ranger Station in Huson; the Missoula Ranger Station at Fort Missoula; and stations in the outlying districts of Seeley Lake, Superior and Plains/Thompson Falls.
For further information, contact Lolo National Forest, 24 Fort Missoula Rd., Missoula, MT 59804; phone (406) 329-3750.
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