Ant Flat Historic Site | Fortine, Montana
Short nature trail cuts through old railroad camp and Forest Service headquarters, now an outdoor education center. Public is invited to explore nature trails and enjoy day use area.
Ant Flat is one of the first administrative sites in northwest Montana, it was originally part of the Lewis and Clark Forest Reserve that was created in 1897. With the establishment of the National Forest System, Ant Flat became part of the Blackfeet National Forest on July 1, 1908. It then encompassed the present Fortine District of the Kootenai National Forest and a portion of the Glacier View District 6 on the Flathead National Forest. In 1935, the Blackfeet Natioanl Forest was dissolved and the Ant Flat District split between the Kootenai National Forest and the Flathead National Forest. Eighteen district rangers worked at the Ant Flat Ranger District from 1904 to 1963, when the administrative site was then moved to Murphy Lake and the district was renamed the Fortine Ranger District.
The historic Ant Flat site is now used as a natural resource education center for local school children. In 1975, local teachers joined forces with district employees to create a nature trail and interpretive signing along the trail. These improvements were used for about 5 years, until interest in the area lagged. In 1985 that effort was revived. Restoration of the site and informal planning for its future use was begun. It was decided to preserve the historical integrity of the site. The facility has since been maintained with careful attention to the historical aspects.
12 miles south of Eureka on HWY 93. Turn West on Ant Flat Road.
Open Seasons and Months
- Primitive Restroom
- Walking Trail
- ADA Trail to Viewing Platform
- Widlife Viewing Platform