Big Arm Unit- Flathead Lake State Park Campground

Polson, Montana

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Set between the Swan and Mission ranges to the east and the Salish Mountains to the west, Flathead Lake is a sparkling northwestern Montana jewel carved thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. At 28 miles long, it’s the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and draws 80 percent of its water from a watershed larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. No wonder so many people drive up to “the Flathead,” stopping at the highway stands selling Flathead cherries (be sure to check one out—you won’t be sorry). These prized cherries thrive on the microenvironment created by the lake. But visitors don’t stop for long; they’re on their way to a recreational heaven for boaters, anglers, swimmers, and just plain loafers.
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by Jan and Christina Nesset (Menasha Ridge Press)

Set between the Swan and Mission ranges to the east and the Salish Mountains to the west, Flathead Lake is a sparkling northwestern Montana jewel carved thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. At 28 miles long, it’s the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and draws 80 percent of its water from a watershed larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

No wonder so many people drive up to “the Flathead,” stopping at the highway stands selling Flathead cherries (be sure to check one out—you won’t be sorry). These prized cherries thrive on the microenvironment created by the lake. But visitors don’t stop for long; they’re on their way to a recreational heaven for boaters, anglers, swimmers, and just plain loafers.

© 2017 Jan and Christina Nesset/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Polson
Campsites: 41, plus 3 yurts
Season: Year-round when accessible; full services May–September.
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Swimming, Boating, Fishing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Big Arm State Park. 406-837-3041, stateparks.mt.gov/big-arm; reservations: reserveamerica.com
Fees per Night: $18 resident, $28 nonresident; $6/extra nonresident vehicle
Facilities: Hot showers, water spigots, flush toilets, boat ramp.
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Arm Unit- Flathead Lake State Park Campground

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