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Polson, Montana's popularity is, in part, derived from its proximity to Flathead Lake. Nestled at the south end of this 192-square-mile lake, Polson commands sweeping views of the Mission Mountains and surrounding countryside. The town's location at the southern tip of Flathead Lake makes this small agricultural hub the perfect setting for a variety of recreational pursuits.
The Flathead River, which runs through Polson, is a popular whitewater-rafting location. Numerous rafting companies operate on this class II-III river, which can be accessed right in town.
The Kerr Dam features a boardwalk and spectacular views of the 204-foot-high dam and waterfall. There is also a boat launch for private vessels.
Wildlife viewing is available at any number of nearby parks and wildlife areas. Elk, deer, antelope and bison abound at the nearby National Bison Range. The Pablo Wildlife Refuge is an excellent location to view Montana's abundant waterfowl, such as geese, ruddy ducks, mallards, loons, trumpeter swans and American widgeon.
Attractions in Polson include the Polson-Flathead Historical Museum, which offers a glimpse into the area's agricultural and marine history and the Miracle of America Museum, which is devoted to American culture and history.
Polson is also the site of Montana's largest fiddling contest. Impromptu concerts can be heard around the town as contestants, age 6 to 90, tune up for the main event in the middle-school gymnasium.
Other popular events in Polson include its annual cherry festival in May, showcasing one of the valley's most popular agricultural products. The cherry orchards in and around Polson provide an excellent venue for scenic driving tours.
The Flathead Valley lends itself well to golfing and golf tournaments. The Polson Bay Golf Club, which hosts the Gimme Golf tournament in June, and the Silver Fox Golf Facility (in nearby Pablo), are both open to the public.
In the 1840s, Polson was the first settlement on Flathead Lake.
After pioneer rancher David Polson.
On the southern edge of Flathead Lake in the Flathead Valley, 53 miles south of Kalispell.
Main routes in are US 93, MT 35. Closest Interstate is I-90 to the south.
Glacier Park International Airport is about an hour to an hour and a half drive north, near Kalispell. Services include Big Sky Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Holman Aviation (private charters).
The daily Amtrak passenger service the Empire Builder runs between Seattle/Portland and Chicago. Nearby depots are in: Whitefish (67 miles north, toll free phone: 800-862-7245) and West Glacier.
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