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Lincoln County is one of 56 counties in Montana. The estimated population in 2004 was 19,101. This was an increase of 1.40% from the 2000 census. In 2002, the per capita personal income in Lincoln County was $19,559. This was an increase of 26.3% from 1997. The 2002 figure was 63% of the national per capita income, which was $30,906. Libby Montana, the county seat of Lincoln County lies in the northwest corner of Montana and is nestled in a valley carved by the Kootenai River on the flank of the majestic Cabinet Mountain Range and Wilderness Area. Today about 2,800 people live within Libby proper. The main industries are lumber and wood products, mining, tourism and recreation. The movies "The River Wild" and "Always" were filmed here.

When the weather warms and the mountain snows melt away, the Kootenai National Forest comes alive with over 2.2 million acres of public land as a playground. Mountain trails and lakes open up, beautiful wildflowers come in bloom, and wildlife have their young. Libby is the basecamp for the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area, 90-mile long Lake Koocanusa, the Northwest Peaks Scenic Area, and the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. There is good access to most of the Forest and plenty of room to get away from it all!

Winter in Montana means snow, and lots of it! For those who love to play in the deep powder, the Libby area offers tremendous winter fun. Turner Mountain Ski Area, located just 22 miles from Libby, offers challenging downhill skiing with a beautiful view. Their slogan is "steep, deep and cheap", and Turner definitely lives up to that. It's still fairly undiscovered, so you can escape the crowds and get the cheapest lift tickets around. For those who love snowmobiling, there are hundreds of miles of backcountry roads to sled on in the Kootenai National Forest. Cross-country skiers and ice fishermen also can find solitude on a lake and miles of quiet forest trails to enjoy the outdoors. Those who are a bit on the wild and crazy side will love the antics of the Libby Polar Bear Club. Members take winter-time "swims" in frigid Libby Creek every Sunday from October to April. Plungers have ranged in age from 3 to 61. As long as the ice can be broken on the creek, if it has formed, the group will take their plunge, no matter the temperature.

In addition to Libby, Lincoln County is also home to Eureka, Fortine, Rexford, Troy and Yaak, Montana. For additional information on Libby & Eureka,  Montana, please see and

Contact the Libby Chamber of Commerce for brochures, info on lodging and events, general area information, and contact information for local businesses and services. For more information on Lincoln County, please see the Lincoln County website at: For a pictoral tour of Lincoln County, please visit:

For information on Schools in Lincoln County, please see the Lincoln County Schools website.