Kootenai Falls

Lincoln, Montana 59639

Kootenai Falls

Kootenai Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Kootenai Falls has the lowest elevation of any major waterfall in Montana. Being one of the most awesome natural features in the state, it’s a very popular area for hikers of all ages and ability levels. A large volume of water cascades and falls in several places over interesting rock formations in the Kootenai River. Considered a sacred site for the Kootenai tribe, many have worked hard to ensure the waterfall remains in its undammed, natural state.

At a T-junction, turn right and walk another tenth of a mile to the falls. The gorge exposes layers of sandstone and shale from the Belt Supergroup. The stair-stepping features are a result of ledges sliding over others in what is known as thrust faulting. As you scramble along the rocky outcroppings in search of your favorite views, stay clear of wet, slippery rocks and be especially careful if the water level is high. If you come at the right season, you may be able to swim in crystalline pools or spot bighorn sheep on the cliffs around the falls. You can also access views of the spectacle from above if you wish to extend the hike."

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Kootenai National Forest, 31374, US 2 Libby, MT 59923-3022; (406) 293-6211; fs.usda.gov/kootenai
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 20, E4; USGS Quad Kootenai Falls
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Jul 2018