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Koocanusa Sand Dunes and Trail System

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alt Names

The Dunes, Kootenai National Forest, Rexford Ranger District, Koocanusa Reservoir, Swisher Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open play area is located at the far north-eastern part of the scenic Koocanusa Reservoir near the Canadian border. There are several sand dunes and play pits which are only accessible when the water levels are low (generally late March through late June).

The dunes range anywhere from 3 feet to 40 feet tall, and there are also about 20 miles of trails that run along the reservoir and into the woods. Most of the area is open riding except some indian burial grounds which are marked. The original site of the City of Rexford is under the water and when the water recedes, portions of old concrete foundations can be seen. Annual events such as Rendezvous Days are hosted here.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityEureka, MT
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From: Whitefish, MT
1) Take US-93 north about 50 miles
2) Turn left (west) on SR-37, continue 2.2 miles
3) Veer right (west) onto Douglas Hill Road, continue .5 miles
4) Turn right (north) on Sophie Lake Road, continue 1 mile
5) Veer left (west) on Iowa Flats Road, continue .1 miles
6) Turn right (north) on Sohphie Lake Road, continue about 3.5 miles toward lake (road name changes to Swisher Lake Road).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2400 to 2500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis OHV area has mostly sandy areas.Mostlypaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has no rocks.None
TreesThe OHV area has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis OHV area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has almost all sand or gravel pits.All
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMontana OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SW)Saint John's Lutheran Hospital (406) 283-7000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Exxon (406) 297-3127
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Exxon (406) 297-3127
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Rexford Bench  Campground (877) 444-6777
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Mariners Haven Campground (406) 297-3252
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Mariners Haven Campground (406) 297-3252
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteSwisher Lake Campground (406) 296-2536
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Exxon (406) 297-3127
Swimming Swim AreaEureka, MT
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SW)Rexford Bench Boat Ramp (406) 296-2536

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoKootenai National Forest - Rexford Ranger District
949 Hwy 93 North
Eureka, MT 59917
(406) 296-2536
ccroucher@fs.fed.us
Contact InfoMontana Fish, Wildlife And Parks
1420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-2950
fwpgen@mt.gov
stateparks.mt.gov
CommentMontana OHV Permit Info

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