Considered as the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and within the boundaries of the continental United States, is The Flathead Lake. Studies at the Flathead Biological Station show that water quality in Flathead Lake is among the best in the world. Furthermore its 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 Flathead Lake in Polson is Kerr Dam. Regulations of outflow by the dam maintain the lake level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level.
Flathead Lake has 185 miles of shoreline and contains 200 square miles of natural freshwater. Therefore earning the title as “the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi”. Maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks are 13 public access sites around The Lake.
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. Furthermore the relationship between the United States and 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. One of the largest islands on The Lake is Wild Horse Island State Park, which is 2,165 acres. There is no over-night camping on Wild Horse and the park is only accessible by boat. All sites maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks have boat launches, camping, and swimming facilities, as well as toilets.
The Ultimate Flathead Lake Vacation Guide
The Ultimate Flathead Lake Vacation Guide contains every public access point around The Lake. It also contains most every private campground as well. 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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