Over 2 million people a year visit Northwest Montana. They take family trips to ski at the Whitefish Ski Resort and the Blacktail Ski Lodge. Drive through the Majestic Glacier National Park. Enjoy cross country skiing on the hundreds of trails in the National Forest.
Does not matter the time of year, there is always something to do in Northwest Montana. This area is referred to as the Flathead Valley. Literally we are in a Valley that is completely surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
In the Flathead Valley is the spectacular Flathead Lake. We enjoy ice fishing on the Flathead Lake in the winter and then boating, kayaking and fishing in the warmer seasons.
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River
in the contiguous United States,taking Red Lake(Minnesota) and
Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river.
With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi (496 km2) and 197 sq mi (510 km2), Flathead Lake
is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe.The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake,
Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi (43.9 km) long and up to 15.5 mi (24.9 km) wide.
Flathead Lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft (113.0 m), and an average of 164.7 ft (50.2 m).
This makes Flathead Lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf.
Polson Bay, at the lake’s outlet was raised 10 ft (3.0 m) by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type.
Flathead Lake is one of my favorite places to go in the summer. My daughter and I sit on the beach and enjoy watching the sailboats and seagulls! It is truly a must see!