North Fork of the Jocko River

The North Fork of the Jocko River is the trail head to Lost Sheep Lake. Lost Sheep Lake is a great day hike. The trail is used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders as well as mountain lions and bears.

The Jocko River is a tributary of the Flathead River in northwestern Montana. From its headwaters in the Mission Mountains, to its confluence with the Flathead to the west, the river is situated entirely within the Flathead Indian Reservation. There are three primary tributaries of the mainstream Jocko River: the North, Middle, and South Forks.

The North Fork of the Jocko River is a beautiful place to explore. It is also the trail head to Lost Sheep Lake.  Please remember that safety is important - tell someone where you are hiking to and when you will be back. Be prepared for an animal encounter.  We have black bears, grizzly bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, badgers…all the animals that call the Rocky Mountain Mountains home. Do not count on cell service, due to our mountain valleys there are many areas of the mountains without cell service.

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Tribal Permits

Hiking on the Reservation comes with responsibilities.  Non members will need a Flathead Reservation permit.  The Flathead Reservation Permit must be purchased initially from a retail outlet/Reservation Permit vendor, then subsequent permits can be purchased online.  The online link is: https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html.  The following are links from CSKT.org.