Lake Koocanusa Loop


Lake Koocanusa Loop offers spectacular scenery and
unique attractions away from the crowds of Glacier National Park.


Interested in a seeing some of the remote beauty of the less-traveled areas of Northwestern Montana? Enjoy one of the most stunning trips available in the state: The Lake Koocanusa Loop.

This scenic trip takes you along the beautiful, wooded shores of the lake, up through the remote Purcell Mountains, across to stunning views of the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area, and back up the lake.

The trip can be done in a day, but for those wanting to spend a bit more time exploring, you'll find some of the best Montana campgrounds in this area.

Attractions along the way include Rexford Bench, Lake Koocanusa Bridge, Caribou Creek, Yaak, Yaak River Falls, the Ross Creek Cedar Forest, Bull Lake, Kootenai Falls, the Kootenai River Swinging Bridge, and Libby Dam.

Doing the Loop
Rexford Bench is a great place to start your adventure. This area is located 6 miles west of Eureka, just south of the Canadian border. It offers great Montana camping, a public beach and barbecue area, boat ramp, and large overflow camping area.

Just a few miles west of Rexford, cross the beautiful long span bridge and once across, and follow the road to the right. This route takes you up through the beautiful Purcell Mountains to the most northwestern corner of the state, and to the unique and remote community of Yaak.

The Yaak River Valley offers over a million acres of National Forest Service land to enjoy. Hiking, camping, and fishing are popular sports. However, this area is prime black bear and grizzly bear habitat, so be sure to take precautions, such as carrying bear spray and following bear country food storage regulations.

Be sure to visit the Yaak River Falls as you wind your way down the mountains to the Libby-Troy area.

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