Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake
The best place to be… Bigfork and the Flathead Lake!

Flathead Lake ~ The Cinematography of Gary Spetz
​Flathead Lake is touted as the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Kerr Dam, at the south end of the lake, regulates the outflow and maintains the water level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level. By dropping the water level approximately 10 feet during the winter months, it generates considerable power but also maintains the water’s pristine qualities as it is replenished each spring by the runoff waters from the mountains and rivers. Glacially formed with the maximum depth of 370 feet, there are 161 miles of shoreline and over 200 square miles of surface waters to entertain a multitude of recreational opportunities: canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, sailboats, fishing…you name it! The largest island in Flathead Lake, Wild Horse Island has been a landmark rich with history since the Salish-Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes.​

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