The Flathead Valley offers both peaceful relaxation and a range of exciting cultural choices.
- 360-degree views of mountains and lakes
- One of North America’s premier national parks
- Recreation options for every age and ability
- Two nearby ski resorts
- Nine excellent golf courses
- Charming, historic small towns
- World-class medical facilities
The “Flathead,” as locals call the valley, lies just west of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains, amid the Swan, Mission, Salish and Whitefish ranges of Northwest Montana. In the middle lies the blue jewel of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
Flathead Lake is also among the cleanest large lakes – perfect for sailing, cruising, kayaking, swimming, and fishing for trophy-size trout, yellow perch and whitefish. In spring, the fluffy white blooms of the cherry orchards along the shorelines promise luscious fruit in July and August.
Wild Horse Island, Flathead Lake’s largest island, is a wildlife refuge for more than 75 species of birds along with deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, mountain lions and bears.
A surprisingly mild climate invites you outside all year. Typical winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. Summer temperatures usually range from the 70s to low 90s.
Explore our local communities
- Bigfork’s “Village by the Bay” charm captures the hearts of art-lovers and theatergoers with its many galleries and unique shops.
- Kalispell, the largest city in the Flathead Valley, serves as the retail and business center of Northwest Montana. Kalispell has an old west charm that effortlessly coincides with modern-day arts and culture.
- Polson rests on Flathead Lake’s southern shore, inviting visitors to play on the lake, paddle the Flathead River, or explore the lovely Mission Valley to the south.
- Whitefish, the long-time ski and summer resort town to the north, boasts a vibrant art community.
- Columbia Falls, on the scenic Flathead River, is often called “The Gateway to Glacier National Park.” Murals on display throughout town depict the rich heritage of its bygone days.
- Glacier National Park is so naturally beautiful with lakes, plunging valleys and glacier-carved mountains that it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent.” The park is designated a World Heritage site, an honor shared with India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and the Egyptian Pyramids.