Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake Guide

Whitefish Montana

Named one of the “Top 25 Ski Towns in the” by National Geographic, Whitefish is located on the shores of Whitefish Lake and at the base of Big Mountain—home to Whitefish Mountain Resort. A short jaunt to Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a year-round destination with plentiful attractions and a mixed array of shops, coffee houses, restaurants, accommodations, community gatherings and kick-up-your-heels nightlife. Visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, boating and live professional theater, as well as stellar dining. Amtrak’s Empire Builder stops daily in Whitefish, while Glacier Park International Airport is only 15 minutes away.

 Whitefish Lake and Beyond

Make no mistake about it, Whitefish will always be a ski town. Located in the remote wilds of northwest Montana, the mountain packs in 300 inches of snow spread across 3,000 acres of mostly tree skiing (read: powder stashes galore). But locals know their bragging rights are valid year-round because Whitefish is also a world-class watersports destination.

“You can reach something like 35 lakes within 45 minutes from Whitefish,” says Sonny Schierl, owner and founder of Paddlefish Sports. “There are jewels in every direction.”Whitefish’s epic bodies of water range from icy blue lakes ringed by the rugged Rocky Mountains at nearby Glacier National Park, to the thundering whitewater of the Flathead River’s Middle and North forks. The Whitefish River runs right through town, and the pristine 3,300-acre Whitefish Lake abuts it.

Whitefish Lake: “Put in at City Beach near downtown Whitefish and paddle left along the shoreline and into the channel. From there, it’s a really mellow three-mile float that’s home to eagles, ducks, geese, beaver, and otter. It’s a great place to learn to SUP.”

Hungry Horse Reservoir: “Hungry Horse is located between the towns of Columbia Falls and Coram. Really nice for camping.”

Flathead River (Middle Fork and North Fork): “Both of these offer exquisite whitewater and really scenic river adventures. I recommend Great Northern Rafting. Carl runs the rescue school and they’re just a really professional outfitter.”

Whitefish Trail: “If you’re into mountain biking or trail running, the Whitefish Trail is amazing.”

 See Article: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/15-off-beat-places-to-see-this-summer-20140624/a-local-guide-to-whitefish-montana

Flathead Lake

Five Lake State Park provide sites for picnics, boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming. Two golf courses offer spectacular views and challenging play. All types of watercraft, propelled by motor, sail or paddle, ply the waters of Flathead Lake.  The lake is 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide, providing 188 square miles of pure pleasure! There’s plenty of room on the lake for everyone to enjoy their own choice of boat or personal watercraft. Rent a boat and set out on your own or hire a guide for a day of fishing or a quiet paddle. Flathead Lake is home to trophy-size trout, yellow perch, and whitefish.

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 Flathead Convention and Visitor Bureau
PO Box 2164 ~ Bigfork, MT 59911
Phone (406)756-9091~(800)543-3105