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Flathead Lake Information

About Flathead Lake

Nestled between Flathead National Forest and Lolo National Forest in northwest Montana, Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) west of the Mississippi River. Its water spans for over 200 square miles and it boasts 185 miles of shoreline. For its size and type, it is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Horseback riding, water activities, and golfing are among the many options available at Flathead Lake. Enjoy the beautiful waters of the lake on your next vacation!

Things to do in Flathead Lake

Golfing in the area surrounding Flathead Lake is among some of the best in the country. Eagle Bend Golf Course offers 27 holes of championship golfing. In fact, it was ranked #1 by Golf Digest for six consecutive years. Check out Big Mountain Golf Club, Northwest Montana’s newest public golf course. Northern Pines boasts a beautiful 18-hole course featuring some of the greenest, rolling hills around. Grab your clubs and head to one of these scenic courses for a day on the green.

Of course if you’re coming in the warm months, you’ll want to take advantage of the sunshine and hit the lake. Bring your own boat and watercrafts or rent them from local shops. Try Bigfork Water Sports for your boat rental and Absolute Water Sports for your jet ski, kayak, and paddle boat rentals. For a unique experience, take a chartered boat cruise on the Far West and head to Wild Horse Island, Goose Island, or Polson and enjoy the full-bar and catering service available onboard the boat. In addition, the Far West boasts live music all summer long, so check out who the featured artists are during your vacation.

Horseback riding along the trails surrounding the lake is a great way to experience the outdoors and enjoy nature. Book a tour with Artemis Acres and follow your guide by horse though miles of private timberland. The company offers half-day tours of four hours long and and full-day rides which average about 8 hours. There’s even a Western Barbeque Dinner ride where guests ride one hour to a mountaintop where guides prepare a traditional western BBQ dinner guests enjoy around a campfire.

Day Trips from Flathead Lake

Being less than an hour away from Glacier National Park, you’d be silly not to visit it on a day trip! This incredible park is hoe to the headwaters for streams that flow into the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson’s Bay. In other words, Glacier National Park is responsible for much of the water in North America. Choose from more than 700 miles of hiking trails and explore the park by foot. Hike with a park ranger or take off on your own, but be safe and bring a map and lots of water with you.

Flathead Lake Accommodations

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Bigfork is a great place to go for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Located on the most northeast corner of Flathead Lake, Bigfork offers nearly 10 art galleries and studios. Check out the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center to get a closer look at some of the art inspired by Flathead Lake. Grab a bite at Brookside Yard and enjoy live music, craft beers, and even a bonfire! The Barn sells some unique antiques and Electric Avenue Gifts is where you can pick up a souvenir before you leave.

Transportation in Flathead Lake

Getting to Flathead Lake can be done by flying into Missoula International Airport or Glacier Park International Airport. From Missoula, it’s about a one hour and 15-minute drive to Flathead Lake; from Glacier Park it’s just a 30-minute drive. A rental car is suggested either way. Although some hotels offer shuttles to and from the airports, getting around Flathead Lake and to day trip locations, a car is the best option.

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Vacation Rentals in Flathead Lake

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For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on Tripping.com and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Flathead Lake has 631 gorgeous homes with 183 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with Tripping.com.

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