Lakeside and the West Shore…
Along the West Shore you will find a sparkling playground. Here are 40 miles of gentle beaches, state parks and hiking trails. The widest part of part of Flathead Lake, known at the Big Draw, offers an ideal opportunity for scuba diving, swimming and boating. Farther north is Wildhorse Island State Park. This primitive park is home to bighorn sheep, deer, bald eagles and wild horses, as well as a multitude of wildlife species.
The charming towns of Lakeside and Somers are a popular stop for lunch and taking in the stunning views of Flathead Lake as well as the Swan and Mission Mountain Ranges. There is a lovely city park for a picnic and a rest right in the middle of Lakeside. In the winter, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area rises above Lakeside to an elevation of 6789 feet and offers 24 runs with a triple lift, double lift and a hand tow.
Polson and the Mission Valley…
Resting on the southern shores of Flathead Lake, Polson is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. A charming lakeshore community and the trade center for the fertile farming areas that surround it, Polson is perfectly placed right in the “Banana Belt.” Rising to the east are the rugged, snow-capped Mission Mountains and just south of Polson is Kerr Dam. Built in 1938, it’s a powerful sight. The dam spans 541 feet and drops 205 feet, providing power to 150,000 households and businesses in the area.
The East Shore and Bigfork Village…
Nestled on Bigfork Bay where the Swan River meets Flathead Lake is Bigfork Village. Unincorporated since the late 1800’s, Bigfork has a charming history and is maintained by a volunteer force of engaged citizens. In and around the Village are fine restaurants, coffee houses, shops, art galleries and live theatre.
The East Shore of Flathead Lake is known as the “Banana Belt of Montana.” Because the lake is so large, it rarely freezes. The temperature is quite moderate year around allowing sweet cherries to grow in abundance. In late July and early August, you will eat the most delicious fruit you have ever tasted. Just drive south along Highway 35 and stop at any of the local stands. There are also orchards where you can pick your own cherries and raspberries. It’s an unforgettable family treat!
Located just south of Bigfork, off Highway 35, this beautiful state park offers family fun for all ages. Equipped with easy hiking trails, shallow swimming areas in the lake, a boat launching ramp, picnic areas and barbecue facilities, it’s a great place to enjoy the lake and family fun. Bring your favorite grill items and enjoy Flathead’s cool, clean waters.
Kalispell, a booming health and retail center…
Kalispell’s rich history shows itself in the charming buildings along Main Street and in the homes that grace the tree-lined boulevards. Blending past, present and future, this growing metropolis has a state-of-the-art regional medical center, an ever-growing community college, an international airport and shopping and dining that attracts visitors from all over the Northwest and Canada. Surrounding Kalispell are pristine lakes, charming towns and Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent.
Growing from a Stump town to a stunning, world renowned summer and winter destination, Whitefish has a proud timber and railroad history. Along with the lovely Whitefish Lake, visitors to this growing town of over 5000 will delight in its upscale shops, restaurants and art galleries. Recently featured in National Geographic Magazine as one of the “25 World’s Best Ski Towns,” Whitefish showcases the Rocky Mountain lifestyle with beauty, excitement and spectacular views! Big Mountain reigns over Whitefish’s scenery and is home to world class Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, offering more than 3000 skiable acres, 85 marked runs, a half pipe, Nordic trails and snowshoeing.
Glacier National Park
Truly the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park is one of Mother Nature’s jewels. Marvel at spectacular mountains, glacial lakes, 48 glaciers, hiking trails, camping, interpretive walks, boating, cruises, rafting, fishing and photography.
The scenic 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Highway crosses the Continental Divide to the summit at Logan Pass, an elevation of 6,550 feet. Established as a National Park on May 11, 1910, the park encompasses over 1,000,000 acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges of the great and rugged Rocky Mountains, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.
An amazing adventure, you can drive the Going-to-the-Sun Highway or take the shuttle from Apgar. Along the way, visit the historic hotels and chalets built by the Great Northern Railway and listed on the National Historic Landmarks.
- Glacier Park International Airport http://www.iflyglacier.com
- Glacier National Park http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm
- Kalispell Chamber http://www.kalispellchamber.com/
- Whitefish Mountain Resort http://skiwhitefish.com/
- Flathead Valley Golf Courses http://www.golfnorthwestmontana.com/
- Flathead County Visitors Bureau About Flathead Lake http://www.fcvb.org/flathead-lake-montana.php
- Lakeside Chamber of Commerce http://lakesidesomerschamber.org/
- Flathead County Visitors Bureau Accommodations http://www.fcvb.org/accommodations.php
- Blacktail Mountain Ski Areahttp://www.blacktailmountain.com/