Photo courtesy: Sunday Falls Trail
Photo courtesy: Martin Lake Trail
Fortine was named for an early settler, Octave Fortine. It was a station on the Great Northern Railroad line. The first post office was established in 1905.
Located in the extreme northwest corner of Montana near Fortine is the Ten Lake Scenic Area of the Kootenai National Forest. It offers more than 89 miles of trails of remote backpacking and hiking opportunities through rugged terrain with spectacular mountain views reaching into Canada. Many high mountain lakes offer fishing for the angler and scenic views for the photographer. Mountains rise to elevations of more than 7,800 feet. High alpine mountains, cool clear high mountain lakes, peaceful meandering trails, all combine to make Ten Lakes Scenic Area a backpacker's delight. Camping, hiking and horseback riding are the favorite uses of the area. Little and Big Therriault Campgrounds provide campsites, fire rings, water pumps and vault toilets.
In the winter, Kootenai National Forest offers great cross-country ski trails. The Birch Creek Reacreation Area provides snowmobiling access to the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. There are more than 50 miles of groomed trails with opportunities for ungroomed riding in Montana's most spectactular backcountry.
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