Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the western U.S., with 200 square miles of surface. The lake offers year-round activities from fishing, water-skiing, jet skiing, sailing, canoeing, kijacking, and pleasure boating, to dinner cruises. Boat launching areas are located at Riverside and Sacajawea parks. We also have access to a private launch for our guests, located near our campground. Following is a list of local companies that can provide various services to your water sport needs:
Flathead Boat Rentals
At KwaTaqNuk Resort
Offering Daily Cruises
Flathead Fun Rentals & Tours, Inc.
National Bison Range:
Located within 30 minutes is the National Bison Range, on Hwy 212. The range protects one of the most important remaining herds of American Bison. From 300-500 of the great shaggy animals roam over nearly 19,000 acres of grassland and park-like patches of timber. The range is also home to whitetail and mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and pronghorns. A vistors’ center, auto tour, picnic area, restrooms and handicap trails are available. For more information call: 406-644-2211
Polson Farmer’s Market:
Featuring locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, along with canned goods, fresh baked goods, flowers, and crafts. At 30 years old, the market is Montana’s oldest farmer’s market. The market is open Tues.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Mother’s Day to mid October.
The Flathead River offers wet, wild and wonderful rafting. From the clear, clean, warm water, to the excellent rapids, this will be an adventure you will never forget. Along the way you will see eagles, osprey and waterfowl that make their homes along the river. Swimming is a real delight, with water temperatures up to 70 degrees F in the summer. Highlight your vacation with a whitewater experience. For reservations & information call 800-654-4359
The Mission Valley should not be driven through too quickly, for those planning on hiking in Glacier National Park. Although Glacier is truly spectacular, our area offers its share of sights and accessible trails. We have numerous lakes and streams to hike to. Directions to all trailheads and destination sites can be found in the Flathead Indian Reservation Recreation Regulations Guide, provided by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and parks Dept. The guide is free and can be found at the Polson Chamber of Commerce.
Off the west shore of Flathead Lake, on U.S. 93, is Wild Horse Island. This island is noted for its wildlife: wild horses, bighorn sheep, deer, songbirds, waterfowl, eagles, falcons and smaller mammals. Picnic areas, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing are all accessible by boat only. Day use only. The Port Polson Princess has daily tours around the island. For more information call: 406-883-2448.
Recreation area and vista point situated on the Flathead River, 8 miles west of Polson. But you might need to prepare for bedbugs prevention, you may want to read how to get rid of bed bugs before hand. The vista overlook provides a spectacular view of the dam, which is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls. Picnic area and boat access to white water stretches on the lower Flathead River.
Miracle of America Museum:
The largest collection of antique artifacts in Montana is exhibited at the Miracle of America Museum, just south of Polson on Hwy 93. Called “The Smithsonian of the West” by many visitors, it displays everything from a tiny bird-point arrowhead to the 65 foot Paul Bunyan, a logging tow boat listed in the National Register. Outside the museum is the Pioneer Village, consisting of over a dozen buildings and the Montana Fiddler’s Hall of Fame. 406-883-6804
Polson-Flathead Historical Museum:
This museum includes an original Allard Stagecoach, which carried passengers to and from the Flathead Lake, steamboats, antique cars, a gun collection, a moonshine still and Rudolf, the well-known area Highland steer. A pictorial history documents the construction of the Kerr Dam. Call 406-883-3049
Glacier National Park:
Located in the rugged section of the northern Rockies, Glacier Park is known for its spectacular mountain peaks and 52-mile highway, Going-to-the-Sun Road. President Taft signed the legislation creating Glacier Nat’l Park on May 11, 1910, making it the 4th largest national park in the country with 1,600 square miles. Glacier contains over a million acres of the most pristine examples of wilderness in the United States. Abundant animal life includes many important mammals native to Montana and over 200 species of wild flowers. For more information call: 406-888-7800
The Polson Country Club is located in Polson, with fabulous lake and mountain views. Call: 406-883-2440
For additional information please check out the Polson Chamber of Commerce at http://polsonchamber.com
Located just down the road from us, The Van Voast Farms/Big Sky Sporting Clays offers a unique hunting and shooting experience. Big Sky Sporting Clays has been an NSCA Member Club since 1993. Their two 12-Station Courses, 5-Stand, Skeet, Trap and clubhouse are built along a breathtaking gorge which overlooks the Flathead River. For information call (406) 883-2000.