Flathead Lake, Montana, USA

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Flathead Lake, Montana, USA

Find the best place to stay — Flathead Lake

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.