The “Flathead,” as locals call the valley, lies just west of the Continental Divide in northwest Montana. Here you’ll find the gateway to Glacier National Park, and the home of both Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Ski Area. Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, is also among the cleanest large lakes – perfect for sailing, cruising, swimming, and fishing. A surprisingly mild climate invites you outside all year. Typical winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. Summer temperatures usually range from the 70s to low 90s.
Key features of our area are:
- Historic western towns and artist villages
- Glacier National Park
- Bob Marshall Wilderness
- Easy access via Glacier International Airport
- Two ski resorts ~ Big Mountain & Blacktail
- Nine golf courses
- State of the art medical facilities
- Community college
- Multitude of pristine lakes and rivers
- Low crime rate
The major communities of the Flathead Valley are:
Bigfork – an artist village tucked into a bay on the northeast corner of Flathead Lake and features the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Jewel Basin Hiking Area, and Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Columbia Falls – is the gateway city to Glacier National Park. It also features Meadow Lakes Golf Resort and the Waterslide.
Kalispell – is the commercial hub and county seat of the Flathead County with Kalispell Regional Hospital (named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S.), Flathead Valley Community College, museums, shopping complexes to include box stores such as Costco, Super Wal-Mart, ShopKo, Best Buy, Borders, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.
Whitefish – is a ski resort town at the base of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and Whitefish Lake and Whitefish Golf Course.
Lakeside and Somers are small towns located on Hwy 93 along the northwest shore of Flathead Lake, approximately 8 miles south of Kalispell. Blacktail Ski Area is just west of the town, and the towns are popular for fishing and boating activities.