Flathead Lake Region – A Stunning Lake Surrounded by Vibrant Communities

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After a day on the water, take your boat to one of the restaurants along the shore for dinner with a view..


The region around Flathead Lake is comprised of charming communities and stunning landscape.

To the north of Flathead Lake, sitting by the southern edge of beautiful Whitefish Lake and at the foot of the Whitefish Range, the charming town of Whitefish offers an abundance of outdoor activities as well as shopping, dining and entertainment. In the relaxed lifestyle of Whitefish, there is no shortage of music or cultural activities. A vibrant nightlife includes restaurants ranging from gourmet to casual. Bars filled with locals and tourists provide entertainment and friendly conversation for everyone. For the beer connoisseur, there are breweries that create year-round and seasonal artisan beers. Whitefish also has distilleries for those who enjoy gin or other handcrafted spirits. In addition, performances by the local theater company are frequent throughout the year. Whitefish is home to Whitefish Mountain Resort, the region’s largest ski area. Locals and visitors enjoy the mountain all winter, taking advantage of light powder and tree skiing. While the resort offers terrain fit for any kind of skier, its best known for tree skiing. Visitors to the resort during the summer months can mountain bike, hike, or ride the ski lift to the summit for views of Glacier National Park, or try the thrilling zip-line.

Kalispell is nestled in the middle of everything the Flathead Valley has to offer. The northern tip of Flathead Lake is just 10 miles south on U.S. Highway 93 and Whitefish Mountain Resort is not much farther north. The West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park is only a 45-minute drive away. And the region's myriad of other recreational destinations, from the vast network of hiking trails to the countless lakes of all sizes, are all part of the expansive area Kalispell can rightfully call its backyard.

Kalispell has the largest population in Northwest Montana, yet it barely cracked the 20,000 mark at the last U.S. Census count. This provides an ideal melding of small-town character with bigger-city amenities, including the largest hospital in the region and an ever-growing list of top-tier medical services. Some of the nation's foremost experts in their field, from heart surgeons to brain specialists, call Kalispell home.

The city is also home to the Flathead's central shopping district, where large national chains are intermixed with local mom and pop shops. Much like the growth in health care services, the city's north-end business expansion isn't showing any signs of slowing down. While the business district has come into existence in recent years, as have a number of new subdivisions, Kalispell also proudly shows off its history, dating back to the city's origins from the turn of the 20th century. Original century-old buildings line Main Street. Historical homes, some at least 100 years old, are shaded by equally historic trees in Kalispell's gorgeous neighborhoods. In Kalispell, where small town meets big, old meets new, and city life meets wildlife, you can find about anything you're looking for in the Montana lifestyle.

Bigfork is the quintessential lake town, located on the north-eastern corner of Flathead Lake. During the summer, Bigfork's downtown is vibrant, with lake lovers streaming into the boutique shops and eating establishments, including some the most respected restaurants in the region. Downtown's assortment of art galleries give Bigfork a reputation as an "art town," with some major names in Western art casing their work. Widely attended events are held throughout the summer, drawing locals from around the valley as well as tourists.

Lakeside is a cozy community situated on the shores of Flathead Lake. Much like Bigfork, it emerges as a lively cultural center in the summer with festivals, family events, and the general activity of the tourist season. The lake’s blue waters bring boaters to Lakeside’s perimeters where they can visit a number of good restaurants and bars. Lakeside also moonlights as a ski town in the winter. Blacktail Mountain, located just out of town, offers the unique opportunity of skiing on a hill that overlooks the West's biggest freshwater lake.

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