The video shows Ducharme fishing access point on the southern end of the Lake looking north. The outright beauty of Flathead Lake is breathtaking. Recreational opportunities around The Lake are all but endless and studies at the Flathead Biological Station have shown that water quality in The Lake is among the best in the world.
Major tributaries are the Flathead and Swan Rivers. In addition numerous small streams flow directly into The Lake at its shoreline, particularly on the wetter East Shore. Located at the outlet of the Flathead River outside of Polson is Kerr Dam. Regulations of outflow by the dam maintain the lake level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level.
There are 185 miles of shoreline and 200 square miles of natural freshwater. Therefore earning the title as “the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi”. There are 13 public access sites around The Lake maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
The southern half of The Lake lies within the boundary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Flathead Reservation, which was created in 1855 by the Hellgate Treaty. The Flathead Nation insists that all non-tribal members purchase a tribal recreation permit to recreate on tribal lands.
Public access sites include: Bigfork, Elmo, Juniper Beach, and Sportsman’s Bridge.
Public State Parks include: Big Arm, Finley Point, Wayfarers, West Shore State Park, Woods Bay, and Yellow Bay, and Wild Horse Island.
There are many islands on The Lake, for instance, the largest island on The Lake is Wild Horse Island State Park, which is 2,165 acres. There is no over-night camping on Wild Horse Island and the park is only accessible by boat.
The Ultimate Flathead Lake Vacation Guide
This Vacation Guide contains most every public access point around The Lake. Public and private fishing and camping areas. So if you are looking for public or private campgrounds around our Lake, this vacation guide has the information you will need to plan your Montana vacation. See what is included, and Read the guides Table of Contents.
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