Rivers and Lakes Galore

Swim, fish, wakeboard, tube, raft or lounge. Between Whitefish and Flathead Lake there are miles and miles of rivers. Whether you prefer a slow float while fly fishing down the North Fork or riding wave runners on the open water, you’ll find your niche here.


Located two miles west of downtown Whitefish you’ll find Whitefish Lake. Seven miles long and about a mile wide, the lake offer boating, fishing, and swimming and picnicking at the city beach.


Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. The lake spans nearly 30 miles and is 15.5 miles across at one point. With depths to 370 feet and beautiful emerald green waters, Flathead Lake is a must-see. There are numerous boat rental businesses on the lake to explore it by water. Or take a drive around the lake stopping at quaint lakeside villages with shops and breweries. Cherry orchards dot the eastern shoreline with vineyards can be seen along the western shores.


Just inside the west entrance to Glacier National Park, you’ll find the beautiful Lake MacDonald. Ten miles long and 472′ deep, the lake is rimmed with tall mountain peak at its east end. Crystal clear and beautiful, Lake MacDonald is a place of beauty and inspiration.


Flowing from the great mountains of Northwest Montana, you’ll find the Flathead River. Made of the three forks, the North, the Middle, and the South Fork, the great river joins all its forks and flows throw Bad Rock Canyon and into the Flathead Valley. From there the river flows into and out of Flathead Lake, then making its journey toward the Columbia River and ultimately the sea. The Flathead offers great fishing, rafting, and boating opportunities.


Nearby Tally Lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Montana with depths approaching 500 feet and is popular with cliff jumpers.


Here’s a start to help with your plans:

Glacier Raft Company, for river rafting trips in Glacier National Park.

Far West Boat Tours, a tour company on Flathead Lake located in Lakeside, Montana.

Whitefish Marine and Powersports offers boat rentals and snowmobile rentals in Whitefish.

Or head for Glacier National Park for a peaceful day on Lake McDonald – Lake McDonald Webcam.

Boat on Lake MacDonald in Glacier Park
Flathead River near River Meadow Ranch in Whitefish Montana
Fishing the Flathead River In Montana
Fishing the Flathead River In Montana