Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the western United States. Beautiful homes, views, fishing, and boating is just a small sample size of what Flathead offers to us here in the Flathead Valley.
Waterfront living at its finest
The largest natural freshwater lake in the West, Flathead Lake sits in northwest Montana. A drive around this expansive lake will provide you with breathtaking views, charming towns, and vibrant small towns nestled along the lake. The lake comprises over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline, offering ample recreational activities. Sailing, power boating, water skiing, fishing, picnicking, and camping are some of what you can look forward to here.
Hugging the western shore of Flathead Lake’s northern end is Lakeside. This picturesque town has a population of just under 2,500 and has become a popular spot for tourists who come to visit Flathead Lake. The town of is located where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake. With a population of almost 5,000 residents, Bigfork is known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene. It is home to world-class art galleries and Broadway-caliber theater performances at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Kick off your weekend at , a championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus, located on the north shore of Flathead Lake. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that Lakeside and Bigfork have become desirable places to live, work, and play.
Vibrant, small-town communities
Close access to nature and ample recreational activities
Peaceful and laid-back lifestyle
In addition to being a popular place to visit, Lakeside and Bigfork are desirable communities to reside in. Residents enjoy a high standard of living, with close access to nature and a wide array of community events to keep them connected. The epitome of waterfront living, Lakeside and Bigfork locals enjoy a laid-back and peaceful lifestyle.
Take time to stroll through . Browse through the shops, boutiques, and galleries that feature the talent of local Western Montana artists. For some live entertainment, take in a performance at the , which was founded in 1960. This performing arts center features everything from live music to movies and plays.
In Lakeside, head over to to grab a bite to eat. This locally-owned restaurant offers a farm-to-table experience with a family-friend atmosphere. Grab a drink after dinner at Lakeside’s , nestled at the base of Blacktail Mountain. In Bigfork, enjoy a fine-dining experience at , a historic restaurant and pub that specializes in American cuisine with an inventive twist.
No matter the season, Lakeside and Big Fork residents can take advantage of . This freshwater wonderland, which has a depth of 370-feet, offers an abundance of activities that attract visitors from across the world. This includes boating, swimming, fishing, camping, and plenty more. In Lakeside, be sure to check out , a waterside park where you can take in the sunset or enjoy the sunshine. Golf enthusiasts in Bigfork can look forward to , a 27-hole championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The community of Big Fork is proud to offer a robust calendar of community events and festivals that take place throughout the year. For instance, the has been a staple of the community for nearly 50 years. Whether you join as a competitor or spectator, this Memorial Day weekend event is one that you don’t want to miss. Topping the festival lineup is the . This summer event is a favorite among artists and visitors alike, offering an array of art, crafts, food, music, and entertainment. Other popular festivals include the Rumble in the Bay Car Show and the Montana Dragon Boat Festival.
Bigfork is served by Bigfork School District 38 while Lakeside is served by Somers Lakeside School District 29. Top schools include:
Bigfork Elementary, PK-6
Bigfork 7-8, 7-8
Bigfork High School, 9-12
Lakeside Elementary, PK-6
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