Flathead Lake is a Treasure State icon. If you’ve spent any time on its banks or swimming in its waters, you already know that, but did you know that Flathead Lake has the clearest water in Montana, and quite possibly the world? We’re lucky to have this beautiful, massive body of water in our backyard.
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the lower 48 states.
It has close to 185 miles of shoreline, and several state parks are bordered by its shores.
Every year, visitors flock to Flathead to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and good old-fashioned lakeside lounging.
There are 13 public access sites around the lake, many of which include boat launches and picnic sites.
The lake is world-renowned for its crystal clear, clean water.
This is one of the cleanest lakes of its size and type anywhere in the world.
Flathead Lake's high water quality is the result of its watershed being mainly from national parks and wilderness, not to mention its relatively low population.
While the lake gets thousands of visitors each year, there aren't many Montanans that live by the lake year-round.
In addition to its clean, clear waters, Flathead Lake also has a monster, according to local legend.
There have been reported sightings of the monster, which locals have named Flessie (inspired by Loch Ness's Nessie), for over 100 years.
When it comes down to it, Flathead Lake is just a big, beautiful treasure we're lucky to have.
There are numerous cabins and campgrounds in the area, making this a perfect spot for your next vacation.
When was the last time you sank your toes into the beautiful Flathead Lake? With any luck, we’ll all be doing that this summer.