Kootenai Valley Scenic Drive - Libby
Nestled among peaks and valleys, quiet waters and byways, Kootenai Country is something of an undiscovered great escape. Experience the area's many natural wonders while you hike, bike, ski, ride horseback, drive, snowmobile or boat. From the lowest point on the Kootenai River at 1,820 feet above sea level (also the lowest point in Montana) to its highest peak (Snowshoe Peak at 8,738) you'll find wildlife, fascinating history and warm country hospitality.
While in the Libby/Troy area, see some giants (trees, that is) at Ross Creek Cedars Scenic area, then the Kootenai Falls (also known as 'The Gauntlet' in the movie The River Wild), Libby Dam and the Heritage Museum. Also try fly fishing the spectacular Kootenai River. Winter offers skiing at Turner Mountain and snowmobiling in the Cabinet and Purcell Mountains.
Watch the eagles, nesting osprey and mountain sheep while traveling to eureka. Just follow Highway 37 north along the longest international man-made reservoir: Lake Koocanusa, a ribbon that ties these communities together. The Eureka area features the Tobacco Valley Historical Village, the West Kootenai Amish settlement, and the Ten Lakes Scenic area, which is a back door entrance to Polebridge and Glacier National Park. Winter brings fabulous cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the powder bowls and groomed trails of the Grave Creek/Ten Lakes and Mount Marston areas. National Forest lands are 80 percent of Kootenai Country, which makes the area 100 percent fun with opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. In Kootenai Country, the way it was is the way it still is truly a four-season paradise.