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Be it spring, summer, fall or winter, Whitefish, Montana is guaranteed to take your breath away.
If you talk to someone from Montana, you’ll probably hear them say that it’s a place where, "Few live, but many visit." And, it’s true. Thousands upon thousands of people throughout the year pour into Montana for everything from skiing to sunbathing, and to just escape the daily grind. The northwest is fortunate to have a state that encompasses as many vacationing options as Montana.
Montana has something for everyone, and for every time of year. When you visit, you may find yourself not wanting to leave, as the next great seasonal activity is just a couple of months away! Montana also seems to make a point to cater to the preferences of its visitors, and Whitefish is Montana’s pride and joy.Whitefish is small community with just a couple of blocks making up the downtown. The town has many antique and collectables galleries for shoppers, while saloons and restaurants in historic buildings offer casual dining and evening fun. Whitefish enjoys a very beautiful setting with Glacier National Park at it’s back door, and is also very close to the second largest ski area in Montana, the Whitefish Mountain Resort. Whitefish is also home to Montana’s only 36-hole golf course, as well as the Great Northern Brewing Company, Whitefish Theater Company, and Whitefish Lake.
On the way to Glacier National Park (off Highway 2), the Hungry Horse Dam offers guided tours. The reservoir here is a long, slender lake with hiking and trails in the national forest. The ski hill offers summer thrills with the gondola (the Glacier Chaser) and high-speed quad chairs taking visitors to the Big Mountain summit, offering walks through alpine meadows and views of the area peaks and valley.
Board the Glacier Chaser for a 1.25 mile ride to the 7,000 ft. summit of Big Mountain with 2,000 vertical feet for breathtaking views of Glacier Park, Flathead Lake, the Mission Mountains, the Cabinet and Bitterroot Mountain Ranges, and the Canadian Rockies. Bring your mountain bike on the gondola and enjoy cruising back down the mountain on 20 miles of newly-expanded trails. Other summer activities include hiking, horseback riding, chuckwagon dinners, fly casting classes, tennis, summit dining, and music festivals in the outdoor amphitheater.
Enjoy the Danny On Trail, a Forest Service trail which begins at the Big Mountain ski base. A self guided trail with a hike of six miles heading across the mountain and up to Summit House. You could also choose to ride the gondola up and walk back down, a descent of about 3 miles. The trail is clear of snow in July, the lift operates from early June through Labor Day. The fall season is a beautiful time to walk the trail with fall colors all ablaze.
Whitefish, Montana is centrally located between three terrific skiing areas. The Whitefish Mountain Ski & Summer Resort, The Fernie Ski Area in British Columbia, Canada (Only 2 hours away by car), and the new Black Tail Ski Area, located in Lakeside, Montana, about 50 minutes away.
Just minutes from downtown Whitefish you will find several areas to cross country ski. Many are maintained and groomed, some charge a fee or ask for a donation. The Forest Service offers many groomed trails, but also asks skiers to take advantage of the closed forest roads identified in Forest Service maps.
The Glacier Nordic Center, located at the Whitefish Lake Golf Course is the closest groomed course and offers skiers eight kilometers of trails located on the Lake Nine and Mountain Nine sections of the golf course. The Big Mountain Nordic Center, located at the base of The Big Mountain offers 15 kilometers of one-way trails with both set track and skating lanes. Round Meadows, located 14 miles from Whitefish near Highway 93N 10 kilometers of occasionally-groomed trails which range from easy to difficult.
Snowmobiling is another activity available to enthusiast, just outside of Whitefish lies the Whitefish Range, this mountain range has miles of forest service roads, a good portion of which become snowmobile trails during the winter months (many of which are actually groomed). These trails also make for good cross country skiing too.
The Whitefish Mountain Ski & Summer Resort
The Fernie Ski Area in B.C.
Black Tail Ski Area
Whitefish Lake State Park is north of town and has camping, picnicing as well as swimming. There is another beach with a picnic area at City Park on Lakeside Boulevard. Whitefish Lake lies at the base of Big Mountain and stretches for 7 miles and is about a half mile wide. Whitefish Lake has crystal clear water and good fishing for lake trout. During the summer, Whitefish Lake is a very popular for boating. The lake provides great swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, parasailing, wave-running, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and pleasure touring are all popular ways to enjoy the water. Rentals including pontoons, canoes, skidoos, fishing boats, paddle boats, and water ski boats are available in the summer along with convenient docks and boat launch.
Whitefish Lake State Park
Whitefish Lake Marina
Whitefish is the ultimate golf vacation destination with great weather and prices and 11 outstanding courses within a short drive. Flathead Valley was selected among the top 50 Greatest Golf Destinations in the World. Golf Digest ranked the top 36 golf retirement counties in America: Flathead County was selected number one under "Four-Season Counties with Great Golf." Whitefish is also home to Montana’s only 36-hole golf course with both of its 18s named among the top five in the state.
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Buffalo Hill Golf Club
Eagle Bend Golf Club
Whitefish is ideal for bicycling. Thousands of miles of old logging roads and trails make the area a biker’s paradise. Beaver Lake, on the west edge of town, offers five square miles of state forest land with trails that climb, descend, and weave around Beaver Lake and five other small lakes. There’s also a great 20-mile round trip to the head of Whitefish Lake, a favorite morning ride. With rolling hills, flats, short uphills, and steep, winding descents, the East Lakeshore Road is a perfect for biking.
Timberline Cycling Adventures
Biking the Reid Divide
Biking the Big Mountain Coast
Biking Going to The Sun Highway
Biking Polebridge to Kintla Lake
A quick look at a local map will reveal more lakes than you could hope to fish in a lifetime. Available species include brook and rainbow trout, grayling, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, kokanee (landlocked sockeye) salmon, yellow perch, Rocky Mountain whitefish and even pumpkinseed sunfish. The Flathead River, made up of three major forks which eventually flow into Flathead Lake provides the last stronghold of the westslope cutthroat and the rare bull trout. There’s also Spencer Lake, four miles from Whitefish, Beaver Lake and Bootjack Lake nearby.
Stump Town Anglers
A Able Fishing with Shorty
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is 23 miles from downtown Whitefish. The park’s 1,500 square miles of wilderness includes 6 historic lodges, 50 glaciers, 653 lakes, 1,013,594 acres, 700+ miles of marked trails, 57 varieties of mammals, 210 varieties of birds, 22 species of fish, 1200 plant species, and 1.5 million visitors annually . 1,000 lakes in a 50 mile radius . Grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, deer, and more. The "Going to the Sun" road which connects East & West Glacier, is open usually from late June through the end of September, while the rest of the park is open year round.
The 6 historic lodges are a must to visit. The railroad made these incredible lodges to promote tourism and riding on the train. The lodges were constructed of huge native Cedar logs by the Great Northern Railroad and completed in 1912 .
Hike the back country, camp, fish, raft, bike, climb, ride horse, boat or sight see. You won’t find a better place for it anywhere. Glacier National Park also has more than 700 miles of foot and horse trails.
Glacier Park, Inc. Tours
Mule Shoe Outfitters
Great Northern Llama Co.
Glacier Wilderness Guides
Glacier Helicoper Tours
Glacier Park Boat Co.
Great Northern Whitewater Rafting
Wild River Adventures
Flathead Lake, just 25 minutes south of Whitefish, is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River. It has more than 124 miles of shoreline nestled between two mountain ranges. The drive along Flathead Lake’s west shore offers a backdrop of snow-capped peaks with brilliant blue water in the foreground.
Dayton Yacht Harbour
Flathead River and Boating
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River, is a whitewater playground for rafters, canoeists and kayakers. The higher reaches include rapids rated class IV and V, but the lower Middle Fork, along Glacier Park’s boundary runs deep and swift with an eight mile stretch of class II to class IV water. Frothy and frolicsome, this is the piece of river the commercial raft companies navigate with boats full of thrilled visitors. The local kayaking crowd plays on this section every day - all summer long. Below West Glacier the Middle Fork meanders and mellows; ideal for canoeists or a family rafting trip.The North Fork of the Flathead, 60 miles from the Canadian border to its confluence with the main Flathead, is much more tame. A fisherman’s river, it is suited to rafting and canoeing. The short class II whitewater sections can be portaged easily.
Glacier Outdoor Center
Glacier Wilderness Guides
Other Area Attractions and Helpful Links
Fantasy Flights Hot Air Balloon Rides
Whitefish Chamber of Commerce
Montana’s Flathead Valley
Montana Visitor’s Information Guide
Kristianna Mountain Homes
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