Flathead Lake, MT, USA

Flathead Lake, MT, USA

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Fishing, sailing, and monster-spotting at Flathead Lake

Boasting an island famed for wild horses, not to mention a mysterious sea monster and spectacular natural beauty, Flathead Lake is the kind of dreamy location that can bring out anybody's inner poet. First rate fishing draws anglers of all ages, while neighboring Glacier National Park and the Flathead National Forest offer endless trails for hiking and camping. Flathead Lake vacation rentals are welcoming spots to kick back after a day's fishing for bull trout, catching a breeze for a brisk sail, or instigating a water fight with your kids while you paddle a canoe along the shoreline. Just keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Flathead Lake Monster.

Lakeside picnics and water sports at Flathead Lake

With proximity to water, hills, and mountains, Flathead Lake is a fun vacation spot any time of year. Take to the glistening waters in an array of water craft, from kayaks and canoes to paddle boats and speed boats. After catching a trout or kokanee, you can build a fire on the lake shore and cook up your catch for a delicious picnic with stunning views. In summer, you can add cherries to your picnic when you pick your own at nearby orchards. Flathead Lake vacation rentals are a relaxing haven for adventures in the lake itself and the mountains.

History and winter sports near Flathead Lake

After a fun day of kayaking and swimming, you can leave the waters behind and join a horseback trail ride at the High Country Trails ranch. You can also learn more about the history of the area with a tour of the elegant, 19th-century Conrad Mansion Museum with its 8 sandstone fireplaces and lavish onyx drinking fountains. Golfers can show off their putting skills at numerous local courses, while the Glacier Chaser Gondola provides awe-inspiring views from Big Mountain. In winter, Whitefish and Blacktail Mountain ski resorts are stunning, snow-covered wonderlands where you can ski and snowboard, or rent a snowmobile, before rejuvenating with steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Year-round escapes to Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake has a pleasantly mild climate for being so far inland and north. Summer temperatures hover in the low 80s, and are perfect for long, sunny days splashing in the cold water, trying your hand at fishing, or boating around the lake to bask in natural splendor. Winters are cold with good snowfall, and that's the time to head to Glacier National Park. Many roads will be closed, but snowy trails are open for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Flathead Lake vacation rentals are cozy places to warm up after your snowy adventures.

Wild horses and mountain sentinels at Flathead Lake

Stretching out between several mountain ranges, Flathead Lake is nestled amid scenery that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. Only a short drive south of Kalispell, the area makes a perfect base for venturing into Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest. Flathead Lake itself is a massive body of water which is bigger than Lake Tahoe, and is a draw for fishing enthusiasts from around the world thanks to its stock of kokanee, bull trout, and lake trout. Flathead Lake is also home to mule deer, bighorn sheep, and wild horses, all of whom make their home on the wildlife sanctuary of Wild Horse Island.