Flathead Lake

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Bring your canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard with you on your vacation to Whitefish, Montana! This is the home of numerous lakes, greenways, hiking trails, biking paths, white-snow-capped peaks, and other natural wonders that are surely going to take your breath away. Flathead Lake is no exception – this pristine and glowing bright blue lake reflects the sunshine off of the waves and provides amazing vows of the lush green pine forest, mountains, and rolling hills.

About Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake in Whitefish is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the bottom 48 states, featuring over 185 miles of shoreline and 200 miles of pristine water. This lake is located completely within the Flathead Reservation, so visitors must have a recreation permit before visiting here.

Recreation on the Lake

Not sure what you can do while visiting Flathead Lake in Whitefish? Along with camping nearby, having an al fresco lunch, barbecuing, hiking, and just admiring all the natural beauty, you are welcome to go boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, picnicking, fruit picking, and stand-up paddleboarding on the minimal waves.

If you are an avid hiker, then we recommend going to one of the nearby trailheads. The Camp Misery Trailhead is great for a challenge, whereas the Strawberry Lake Trailhead is good for an easy walk. You can also attempt the Upper Bond Creek Trail, Inspiration Pass, and the Sprunger Whitney Trail if you just can’t get enough of the amazing views!

We recommend staying in one of our properties from I Love Whitefish in the nearby towns and relaxing forested areas so you can easily drive, walk, or bike here in no time at all.

Make It a Full-Day Trip to Flathead Lake

If you want to plan a full day trip around Flathead Lake, we think that’s a great idea! The surrounding areas have SO much to do, such as checking out local caffeine-filled cafes, mouthwatering restaurants, buzzing bars, cool shops, and vintage stores. We recommend going to the 4 B’s family restaurant, Absolute Water Sport Rentals, The Desoto Grill, Cislo’s Family Restaurant, The Montana Club Restaurant, or Hops Downtown Grill.

Grab a pint of ice-cold beer at the Desoto Grill with a barbecue sandwich, mouthwatering steaks at Cislo’s, crunchy and crispy sandwich at the Montana Club, and a perfect pour of an IPA at Hops. Plus, at Absolute Water Sport Rentals, you can pick up any gear that you forgot at home! Reach out today to start planning your next visit to Whitefish or book one of our vacation rentals online.

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