Kootenai Falls

Fans of stunning natural beauty or action movies from the 1990s will love to make the trip to Kootenai Falls between Libby and Troy on U.S. Highway 2.

Kootenai Falls is one of the largest, free-flowing waterfalls in the Northwest and is a sacred location for American Indians.

The area is accessed through a series of hiking trails that provide the perfect spot to sit by the water and enjoy the cold spray or have a picnic. On some summer days, a barbecue stand is set up near the parking lot.

The falls is where 1994’s action-adventure movie “The River Wild,” starring Kevin Bacon, Meryl Streep and John C. Reilly, was shot.

Visiting the site, it’s clear why Kootenai Falls was picked for the setting of a movie about a wild river. In less then a mile, the Kootenai River drops nearly 90 feet, with the largest falls dropping 30 feet straight down.

A great spot to view the river is from a swing bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.