visit LIBBY Montana
Libby, Montana is located in the Kootenai National Forest, between the Cabinet Mountains to the south and the Purcell Mountains to the north. Libby lies in the heart of the Kootenai Valley along the Kootenai River, and downstream from the Libby Dam. Libby is at an elevation of around 2100 feet and experiences wonderfully temperate summer months and relatively generous winter months, although we can get loads of snowfall, which is great for skiing.
Libby's economy has largely been supported by the use of natural resources, such as logging and mining. However, lately that has given way to a more tourism-based economy, along with many local government and white collar jobs, as Libby is the county seat for Lincoln County.
Libby is an area rich in wildlife and scenery. Numerous mountain lakes are nestled in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. On your outdoor excursion you are sure to happen across plentiful sightings of deer, mountain sheep, and possibly elk, bears, eagles and more. With over 2 million acres of public wilderness, there are vast opportunities for exploration and an opportunity to truly get off the grid. Fifteen minutes west of Libby, Kootenai Falls occurs at the point where the Kootenai River descends 300 vertical feet over several hundred yards of river. The Kootenai Falls are popular with visitors, photographers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts wanting to see the powerful display of water in motion. We have excellent opportunities for bikers, skiers, hikers, boaters, campers, fisherman and of course golf.
We also boast great cultural opportunities for travelers and residents alike. Libby’s Heritage Museum is open in Early June and displays great information and images of the peoples that have called Libby home for hundreds of years. Libby Logger Days is an education based series of summer days where the local community showcases its forest stewardship heritage. Started over 60 years ago, it long been used to educate the local population about forest management, forest management machinery and techniques and forest management cultural norms. Did we forget to mention Nordicfest, the Irish Fair, the rodeo? Check our events calendar for all of the happenings year round.
You can get here by driving US 93 South from Canada, along beautiful Lake Koocanusa. Or travel West on US 2 from Kalispell and we are just a short drive Northeast of Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene Idaho, a short trip to have soooo much fun!
Several Libby homepage images courtesy of Shannon Sorg