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Located just south of Kalispell, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi is 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide, 188 square miles. The lake's sparkling waters and miles of tree-lined shore offer unlimited recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. Overlooking it all are the magnificent Swan and Mission mountain ranges.
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 and bears. Enjoy them from the hiking trails that meander around the island, through forests and open meadows prairie, past early 20th century homesteads. Geese, osprey, herons, and eagles frequent the aptly named Bird Islands, a popular spot for peaceful paddling.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
Water quality is good
Bigfork – about .5 mile from my home , Kalispell, about 20 miles
Glacier Park International (FCA) which is about 30 miles.