Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway

Photo by Darren Kirby.

Explore one of Northwestern Montana’s well-kept secrets, a 67-mile scenic byway that is fit for all seasons and perfect for a short getaway. Lake Koocanusa was formed behind Libby Dam in 1974 and extends 90 miles north into British Columbia. The dam stands more than 400 feet tall, and at the Libby Dam Visitor Center you’ll see and learn about how electricity is generated at the dam, how Koocanusa got its name and more. 

The scenic byway traces the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa along Route 37 between Libby and Eureka. Take your time on this drive to enjoy the many viewpoints along the lake. Stock up in Libby to enjoy lunch along the way at one of the scenic picnic areas. And, if you like to fish, the lake has earned a reputation as one of the best in the Northwest, so buy a Montana fishing license and pack your pole—fishing is open year-round.  

Wildlife watchers have opportunities to spot moose, deer, coyotes, otters, raccoons, and many species of raptors and waterfowl. 

Libby is about 90 miles from Kalispell, Montana, a perfect place to overnight before and after your Lake Koocanusa drive. To learn more about the scenic byway, click here. Plan your stay in Kalispell at