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With a wide range of activities, Columbia Falls is a recreationist's paradise. Being the southwestern gateway to Glacier National Park offers unlimited outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, skiing and snowmobiling. Situated near the three forks of the Flathead rivers offers excellent access to fly fishing and river rafting. This area is well known for golfing, llama-guided hikes and freshwater recreation. Nearby state parks and Flathead National Forest also add to the wide array of recreation. Find what to do in Columbia Falls.
Flathead National Forest. Glacier View/Hungry Horse Ranger District: 10 Hungry Horse Drive Hungry Horse, MT 59919. Phone: 406-387-3800; Fax: 406-387-3889.
Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies Flathead National Forest. Numerous lakes stream and rivers provide fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming, miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and plenty of snow activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
Glacier National Park. 64 Grinnell Drive, HQ building, PO Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936. Phone: 406-888-7800; TDD: 406-888-7806; Fax: 406-888-7808.
Glacier National Park offers cross country skiing, rivers and lakes for boating, fishing, whitewater rafting, over 700 miles of hiking and biking trails through forests and up mountains, backpacking, driving the famous scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, wildlife viewing, and guided horseback trips.
Fishing, boat tours and rentals are some of the activities at the largest lake in Glacier National Park.
Les Mason State Park. 2650 E. Lake Shore Drive, Whitefish, MT 59937. Phone: 406-752-5501. GPS: 48.45894; -114.37171.
Located on the east shore of Whitefish Lake, Les Mason is a say use park offering swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking opportunities.
Lone Pine State Park. 300 Lone Pine Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-2706. GPS: 48.17404; -114.33754.
Bicycling, hiking and horseback riding trails, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tours, horseshoe pits, volley ball, archery and wildlife viewing are some of the recreational opportunities to enjoy at Lone Pine. A visitor center with gift shop is open year round.
Whitefish Lake State Park. 1615 W. Lakeshore, Whitefish, MT 59937. Phone: 406-862-3991. GPS: 48.42381; -114.37067.
Located less than one mile from the Whitefish trail, Whitefish Park provides ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wildlife viewing and photography.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
A Fisherman's Guide to Selected Lakes of Northwest Montana, Volume 2 by John E. Moore. This book provides detailed information on the lake and surrounding area, plus directions and fishing tips. All lakes in this book have been personally visited, photographed, and in most cases fished by the author. Order now...
Montana's Best Fishing Waters by Wilderness Adventures Press and Inc. Comprehensive map book with information to official access sites with GPS coordinates, boat ramps, campgrounds plus roads and trails to access every stream. Order now...
Fly Fishing Montana: A No Nonsense Guide to Top Waters by Brian Grossenbacher and Jenny Grossenbacher. From the Yellowstone River to the Boulder River, this book guides you through their beautiful home state of Montana. You'll get the essential information you need to fly fish Montana's outstanding waters. Order now...
Montana River Maps & Fishing Guide by Ray Rychnovsky, Author/Editor and Esther Poleo, Illustrator. Features the best 30 Montana rivers. Included for each river are the best seasons, species, available illustrated fishing methods (both fly and gear), best flies and best gear for individual rivers and species and more. Order now...
Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park, 6th: Including the Flathead Valley & Waterton Lakes National Park by Michael McCoy. This book is the essential source for information to this outdoor paradise that offers diverse opportunities for fun and adventure. Written by a local, this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of Glacier and its surrounding environs. Order now...
Northwest Montana Fire Lookouts...A Hiking Guide by Steve Rains, Blake Passmore, Lynne Rains and Calab Rains. This guide takes the hiker to 30 lookouts expanding over 6 mountain ranges. Get details on trailhead directions, routes, safety and photographs. For more info see http://letshikemontana.com Order now...
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