Maps of the area show a large expanse of blue south of Whitefish and Kalispell. This is Flathead Lake. At 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide, it's the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. To the east, towering over this deep natural wonder are the Mission Mountains and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.
Flathead offers unlimited lake recreation. You can enjoy sailing, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, evening boat tours and charter cruises across the lake. You can also take a day cruise on land with a scenic drive all around the lake – through the arts community of Bigfork, past the cherry orchards to Polson, then back up to Kalispell and Whitefish.
There are several state parks and fishing access sites located along the lake shoreline. Within the lake are some trophy-size trout.