The Flathead Lake State Park system encompasses six park units on Flathead Lake. State Parks include: Wayfarers, Yellow Bay and Finley Point units are on the east side of Flathead Lake and West Shore, Big Arm and Wild Horse Island units are on the west side. The park offers a variety of opportunities, for instance. camping, group camping, yurt rentals, picnic shelter rentals, boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing.
The Old growth Ponderosa pine forest, including, trails and wildlife viewing opportunities abound on the largest island in Flathead Lake. If you’re lucky you will see the handful of mountain goats and rams that inhabit this park, which is only accessible by boat.
West Shore State Parks
Flathead Lake State Park – Big Arm http://stateparks.mt.gov/big-arm/
Located on the lake’s Big Arm Bay, its long pebble beach is popular with sunbathers and swimmers. Camping under a stand of mature ponderosa pine and juniper is a major attraction. The hiking trail provides excellent vistas of surrounding mountain ranges and high peaks with abundant watchable wildlife opportunities.
West Shore / Flathead Lake State Park – West Shore http://stateparks.mt.gov/west-shore/
West Shore offers glacially-carved rock outcrops that provide spectacular views of Flathead Lake and the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. The shoreline is rocky, and fishing and boating are very popular.
In addition to the west shore, the are also
East Shore State Parks
Flathead Lake State Park – Finley Point http://stateparks.mt.gov/finley-point/
Make Finley Point at Flathead Lake State Park, located at the southern end of Flathead Lake, your base camp to enjoy the many activities in the area. Fishing for Lake Trout and Lake Superior Whitefish is excellent. There’s camping, hiking, swimming, and boating at the state park, along with golf, shopping, dining, entertainment and museums in nearby Polson.
Wayfarers / Flathead Lake State Park: http://stateparks.mt.gov/wayfarers/
Located near the quaint resort town of Bigfork on the northeast shore of Flathead Lake, this park is 67 acres in size and is 2,923 feet in elevation. A mature mixed forest makes this site very pleasant for camping and picnicking. From spring to late fall the area abounds in wildflowers. Nature walks over the rocky shoreline to the cliffs are popular with photographers for an excellent view of Flathead Lake.
Flathead Lake State Park – Yellowbay : is open year round. Tent Camping is available May through September. The Park can be found at 23861 Mt HWY 35 Bigfork, MT 59911. It is easy access from the north. Travelers from the south have a 180 degree turn to access the park main entrance.
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