Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area

Tucked in the Whitefish Range along the Canadian border, the Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area is 34,000 beautiful acres of lakes, basins, and ridgetops in the Kootenai National Forest.

With over 80 miles of backcountry trails, this special area offers an outstanding spectrum backcountry recreation opportunities and rich wildlife habitat. Ten Lakes provides habitat for lynx, grizzly bear, wolverine, pika and, until recently, even woodland caribou could be spotted there. The area includes forested foothills, alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers and namesake turquoise alpine lakes that provide excellent cutthroat trout fishing. Follow the trail to the top of a craggy ridgeline, and you'll enjoy panoramic views of Glacier National Park, the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, and the southern Canadian Rockies. 

Hiking, fishing, skiing, berry picking and car camping are popular activities in Ten Lakes. Bring the whole family and snag a car-accessible camping spot at Little Therriault Lake for just $5. Or, if you're up for a little more sweat, hike in and spend the night under the Milky Way at the Mt. Wam lookout - available for rent for $20 per night at recreation.gov

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Latitude: 48.962787 Longitude: -114.826782 Elevation: 5547 ft
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Highlights of this Wilderness Area or Conservation Area

Wildlife viewing opportunities, Loop Trails, Backpacking, Fishing, Camping and Berry Picking. 

Best Seasons or Dates to Visit

This is a high elevation area and often isn't accessible until the snow melts. It is best to access this area from late June - early October. 

Driving Directions to Key Access Points

From Hwy 93, turn East on Grave Creek Road (south of Eureka). Grave Creek Rd. turns into Forest Service Rd. 114. After about 10 Miles, turn right to stay on USFS 114. You should immediately cross a bridge with a sign for Clarence Creek. 

After about 4 miles, the road turns into USFS rd. 319. Continue straight on 319. for another 14 miles to Therriault Lakes. 

There are multiple access points to this area. Check with the Kootenai National Forest, Fortine district for more information. 

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