EXPLORE: Lake Koocanusa

By Beacon Staff

If you’re looking for a nice afternoon drive, look no further than the Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway between Libby and Eureka.

The 67-mile drive became the fifth scenic byway in the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Region in 1992.

State Highway 37 runs along the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa.

It also passes the impressive Libby Dam, which is 422 feet tall and 3,055 feet long.

The facility is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is open for tours during the summer. For more information call the Visitor Center at (406) 293-5577.

The byway also includes a side loop, Forest Development Road 228, which wraps around the west side of the lake and is closed during the winter.

Both Highway 37 and Forest Road 228 provide access to campgrounds, hiking trails, parks, scenic overlooks and climbing areas.

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/kootenai/home.

How to get there:

From the Flathead Valley, either drive north on U.S.

Highway 93 to Eureka or west on U.S. Highway 2 to Libby.

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