Description - The US Forest Service Northern Region area encompasses 25 million acres and is spread over 5 states. Included are 12 national forests located within the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the national grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.
- As as place for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, these very special areas protected from development offer the ability to escape the crowds of the city and encounter nature at its best - to experience the solitude and challenges of wildlands.
Recreation - These public lands offer hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, kayaking, and countless other adventures.
Climate - The climate in Montana varies with the terrain. The western region of the state receives storm systems from the Pacific Ocean, which tend to be temperate. Because of its mountainous topography the region receives significant snowfall amounts, with winter temperatures usually below freezing.
Summer in this region is mild with high temperatures reaching 85 degrees F. Nights are cool in the mountains during the summer. Bring warm layers, hats and gloves if camping. High country roads usually do not open until mid to late June, due to snow accumulation. Thunderstorms are a daily occurrence in June, July and August, so be prepared for rain in the mountains.
The eastern plains of Montana generally experience more dramatic weather patterns than the west. Summer temperatures reach 100 degrees F in many areas.
Maps and directions to the activities within these National Forests are available on the individual pages describing each forest, district, or activity.