DISCOVER FLATHEAD LAKE & GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Thousands of years ago the very glaciers that carved the knife ridges and sharp craggy peaks in the Park pushed their way down the Flathead Valley. And when they retreated, they left behind quite a gift. Flathead Lake is a sprawling blue jewel at the base of the Swan and Mission ranges. It covers nearly 200 square miles, has more than 160 miles of shoreline and reaches a depth of 370 feet. But numbers alone can’t begin to describe its beauty or describe the childlike wonder you’ll feel when you first dip your toes into its cool, clear water.
Summer is the high season on Flathead Lake, with July and August being the best for swimming and other watersports with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Late July is typically the peak for the cherry harvest, but it does vary from year to year. Summer and early Fall are a great time for sailing and boating and it generally stays warm through about mid October. Fall and spring can both bring spectacular fishing. Naturally, winter is a quieter time on the lake itself, but in the surrounding towns you’ll still find great shopping, dining and fun events. Learn more
While visiting Kalispell and northwest Montana you’ll want to plan time for a trip to Glacier National Park. From downtown Kalispell and Flathead Lake you can see the majestic, snow capped peaks of magnificent Glacier National Park. The Crown of the Continent encompasses a million acres of pristine wilderness, studded with 762 lakes, 563 streams or rivers and 175 named mountains, six of which rise to more than 10,000 feet. Glacier is just a short drive from Kalispell but when you hike on one of the 734 trails you’ll feel a million miles from everything. Learn more