Destination guide

It's livin' la vida lake-style in Flatlake Lake

The largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, Flathead Lake is 30 miles long and 15 miles wide, and covers 200 square miles of prime Montana prairie. Start your Montana lakeside adventure by booking a Flathead Lake vacation rental moments from Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain ski resorts. Bigfork is an artsy community on the lake, crammed with restaurants and art galleries, and the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. It's a popular spot for watersports, trout fishing and golfing, or just to relax on a leisurely sunset cruise and enjoy the best of Montana's lake life.

Things to do

Wild horses couldn't drag me away...from Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is home to several lake islands, but one of the most popular is Wild Horse Island. The 2000-acre state park is the largest island in the lake. It's notable for its Ponderosa pine and varied wildlife, including a herd of wild horses which give the island its name. There are several ways to reach Wild Horse Island, depending on how energetic you feel. From your Flathead Lake vacation rental, you can either charter a jet ski or a boat to reach the island, or paddle over in a kayak or canoe in 45 minutes from the mainland.

Activities

Messing about in boats on Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake draws those who love nothing more than messing about on boats. Daily sailing excursions depart from the many marinas which dot the banks. Or book a fishing boat trip and try your hand at landing a record-breaking lake trout. Most Flathead Lake vacation rentals ring the waterfront, making it easy to access the best the lake has to offer. Time your vacation right, and you could catch the Bigfork Whitewater Festival in spring. Competitors from all over the country come to raft or kayak down the wild waters of Swan River which feeds fast into Flathead Lake.

Weather

Hot and humid summers are a Montana misnomer

The weather around Flathead Lake is a blend of moderate Pacific climate, and seasonal Canadian weather patterns, and quite unlike the rest of Montana. Summers are generally long, hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching highs of 80°F. In winter, the mercury drops to around 18°F and the banks of the lake see a healthy covering of snow. While the Flathead Valley sees a lower than average rainfall, it does get humid, especially in the summer months. The busiest time of year to visit is between June and September, when the demand for Flathead Lake vacation rentals is at its peak.

Natural features

Montana's lake region has glacial appeal

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Montana, Flathead Lake lies under the shadowy peaks of Glacier National Park. Part of Montana's Rocky Mountains, this 1500-square-meter national park is famous for its glacier-carved peaks which connect Montana to the Canadian border. It promises over 700 miles of hiking trails, including several which take in the picturesque Hidden Lake. This diverse habitat is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from mountain goats, the official symbol of the Glacier National Park, to grizzly sows, black bears and bobcats.

Where to stay around Flathead Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,020 vacation rentals near Flathead Lake. From 194 Cabins to 439 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Flathead Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Flathead Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Flathead Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kalispell: 1,081 vacation rentals
  • Bigfork: 514 vacation rentals
  • Polson: 286 vacation rentals
  • Lakeside: 423 vacation rentals
  • Somers: 186 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Flathead Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Flathead Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Flathead Lake:

  • Kalispell: 1,081 rentals
  • Bigfork: 514 rentals
  • Polson: 286 rentals
  • Lakeside: 423 rentals
  • Somers: 186 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Flathead Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Flathead Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wild Horse Island State Park: 397 rentals
  • Eagle Bend Golf Club: 502 rentals
  • Bigfork Summer Playhouse: 495 rentals
  • Lone Pine State Park: 925 rentals
  • Conrad Mansion Museum: 1,023 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Flathead Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.