Just outside of Libby, MT nestled in trees of the northwest corner of Montana sits the Kootenai National Forest. From rugged mountain territory, river valleys to rolling hills, the Kootenai is home to over 2.2 million acres of land and is a playground for thousands of visitors each year. At 8,738 feet, Snowshoe Peak in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is the highest peak of the forest, surrounded by the Purcell Mountains, Bitteroot Range, and Salish Mountains.
Hidden gems within the Kootenai include the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway a highway that stretches along the lake for 67 miles as well as over 100 lakes. The lakes vary in size from small alpine lakes to the 1,240-acre McGregor Lake with two major rivers, the Kootenai and the Clark Fork.
Within the Kootenai the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness stretches 35 miles long among glaciated peaks and valleys with two main ridges both north and south. “Variety best describes the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, ranging from the high, rocky peaks often snowcapped year-round, to groves of huge cedars in the canopied valleys. Hidden in the peaks and ridges are scores of deep blue lakes, feeding clear, cold streams that tumble to moose country below,” explained the U.S. Forest Service.