Libby Montana is a great spot for the best Montana fishing, hunting and boating
by Michele Kadison
Libby offers up some of the best in vacation activities, and great Montana hotels to stay in when you finally take a break from the hunting, fishing, hiking and boating opportunities this small mountain town offers.
Nestled into the Cabinet Mountain Range alongside the Kootenai River, Libby is located in the northwest of Montana, near the Idaho border. The original town site was created a few miles upstream from where the Kootenai River and Libby River join, but was moved in 1892 when the railroad extended its tracks to join Idaho with eastern Montana. Libby was named after an early settler’s daughter and became the seat for Lincoln County in 1909.
Surrounded by trails, lakes, mountains, and campsites, Libby is an ideal destination for travelers who are looking for the best of Montana nature. Fishing the blue-ribbon Kootenai River is a must for anglers. Boating on Lake Koocanusa or hiking one of the many trails that run through the 2 million acres of land inside the Kootenai National Forest can keep anyone happily busy for a lifetime. Visit Libby Dam, and the beautiful 90 mile long Lake Koocanusa Reservoir for additional area treats.
Kootenai Falls, the largest undammed falls in Montana offers one of the most impressive sights, losing 300 feet in elevation as you travel down river. Here you can experience the famous swinging bridge that takes you to the opposite banks of the river, making it easy to understand why the Kootenai Tribe named the Falls a sacred site.
To the Kootenai people, the Falls represent the center of the world where tribal members are able to contact spiritual forces that direct and focus their daily lives.
Just south of Libby is the Ross Creek Cedar Grove scenic area. Here you will find the majestic Western Red Cedars rising to 175 feet tall with trunks over 8 feet in diameter. The scenic area was established in 1960 as a preserve for these magnificent trees on an expanse of 100 acres. To arrive, take Highway 56 to Mile Marker 17, south of Bull Lake. A four mile road heading west will take you to on to the Grove.
Ski and snowboarding enthusiasts will go crazy at Turner Mountain, just 22 miles north of Libby. With open slopes, breathtaking scenery, and excellent snow conditions, this locale is not to be missed come Montana’s winter months.
Libby itself is full of interesting places to visit. Golfers can play a round at the Cabinet Mountain Country Club Golf Course and a visit to the Heritage Museum will inform you of local history along with exhibits on the flora and fauna of the region. July brings Libby Logger Days and September brings the Nordic Fest to town, two annual events full of fun and interest.
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