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Flathead Lake

This beautiful Flathead Lake is the outcome of ice-age glaciers that cut the Flathead Valley and shaped this wonderful lake.

Flathead Lake
(Last Updated On: July 18, 2018)

A discovery of the Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake was first discovered by David Thompson, who is an explorer. He said it looked like ‘a fine sheet of water.’ It is the largest natural freshwater lake located on the west of Mississippi. Flathead Lake lies at the southern end of a geological feature called the Rocky Mountain Trench. It is 43.9km long and has and wideness of 24.9km. The pure sparkling waters of the lake and sprawling miles of shore line with vegetation offer various recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. The magnificent Swan and Mission mountain ranges stand overlooking the Flathead Lake. It has a depth of 113 m and is deeper than the average depths of many water bodies of the world like the Yellow Sea or even the Persian Gulf. It is also considered to be one of the cleanest lakes of the world.

Driving around the lake is a dreamlike experience for about 28 miles north to south. Visitors can drive around the lake via Highways 35 and 93, the two scenic highways. Spring offers the fragrant white blooms of the cherry orchards. Flathead Lake State Park offers many recreational facilities like picnics, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping and swimming. There are two golf courses which provide marvelous views. You can rent a boat and hire a guide for a day of fishing or simply go for a quiet paddle.

Flathead Lake is home to much marine life such as different species of trouts, northern pike, yellow perch and whitefish. The southern part of the lake is the Flathead Indian Reservation, which is the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The Big fork Whitewater Festival is the first big event of the spring break and takes place annually.  Fishermen will need a tribal fishing permit for fishing in this region. The lake and its islands are home to hundreds of species of birds and wildlife. The Flathead Lake is situated on the north-west corner of the state of Montana and lies in the shadows of Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain ski resort to the north. This beautiful Flathead Lake is the outcome of ice-age glaciers that cut the Flathead Valley and shaped this wonderful lake.

The region is blessed with a remarkably mild climate for it is located close to Canada.  The lake holds the warmth of the summer which helps to prevent the severe cold of the winter months. The mild climate allows the growth of cherry orchards and vineyards for the wine production. There are also apple, pears and plum orchards. Other vegetables, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf and wheat production also take place. Kerr Dam regulates the water level and provides hydroelectric power and water for irrigation. Flathead Lake was once called Salish Lake. It got its name from the Salish Flathead Indians who were the Native Americans residing there.

The awe-inspiring sight of the flawless beauty of the Flathead Lake will leave you spellbound and it will be a cherishing experience for life.

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