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.