March 24, 2013 by: Ann Harwood
Flathead Lake North of Bear Spirit Lodge
West side of Flathead Lake
Flathead Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. Created by Ice Age glaciers, the lake is almost thirty miles long and fifteen miles across at its widest point. A 160-mile shoreline and water covers nearly two hundred square miles of Montana, and is 370 feet deep. This beautiful lake is the result of ice-age glaciers that cut the Flathead Valley and carved this magnificent lake. It is one of the cleanest lakes of its size and type anywhere in populated areas of the world. The clarity of Flathead Lake's waters is renowned. In the summer it is often easy to see through twenty feet of the water column. The southern half of the lake is on the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Flathead Indian Reservation. The tribes manage water quality on the reservation, and jointly manage fisheries in the lake with the State of Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The lake is inhabited by native bull trout and cutthroat trout. Fisherman seek trophy size lake trout, yellow perch, bass and lake whitefish in its waters. You can rent one of the many types of watercraft including canoes, kayaks, hydro bikes, sailing and fishing boats. The lake offers miles of open water to ski, float, boat, or just relax in the beauty of "the Last Best Place."
Come see us this summer!