Flathead Lake, one of many lakes in the area, is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River! It even has its own legendary lake monster, but you could settle for landing a monster fish on a guided charter. If monster hunting isn’t your thing you can cruise the lake on a pontoon boat, try your hand at water skiing, or paddle around the shores of all six Flathead Lake State Park Units. Boat rentals can be booked in Big Arm, Bigfork, or Lakeside. Paddle boarding or kayaking/canoeing around the shores.
Golf Digest has named Northwest Montana a top-50 destination in the world for hitting the greens. Take your pick from nine championship golf courses, and tee off towards the mountains. Learn all about them here.
Nearly 60% of our county is classified as National Forest, Wilderness or National Park. There are endless opportunities for hiking that will suit any ability level. Want to climb a mountain? Stroll along an alpine lake? Find some trailside huckleberries? There’s something for everyone. Book a guided hike with Glacier Guides, visit the unique Jewel Basin Hiking Area or enjoy the community trails in Whitefish, Columbia Falls, and Bigfork Village.
If you’ve never experienced the quiet magic of seeing the world from a hot-air balloon, there’s no better place than in Kalispell. Enjoy an awe-inspiring bird’s-eye view of the valley, and watch the sky fill with soft pinks and bright oranges as the sun sets over the Rocky Mountains.
Zoom through the skies on the ultimate treetop adventure offered at Whitefish Mountain Resort and the Glacier Highline Adventure Park. Ride the chairlift to the summit of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort and take in the panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park. Take a driving tour of historical Kalispell or visit Lone Pine State Park to learn about the area’s natural history.