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Montana's Flathead Valley provides endless outdoor recreational activities. Go hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting in the Flathead National Forest or one of the nearby state parks. Read this page for details on what to do in Kalispell.
Montana Raceway Park. 3790 Highway 93 N, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-257-7223; Fax: 406-257-7217.
Arts In The Park - July. Downtown at Depot Park, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-5268.
Sponsored by the Hockaday Museum of Art, this three day event features arts and crafts from over 100 artists as well as music, dancing and food vendors.
This event is a four day music venue featuring a variety of Jazz such as Ragtime, Dixieland, Big Band and Swing.
Northwest Montana Fair. Flathead County Fairgrounds: 265 N. Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-758-5810; Fax: 406-758-2146.
Big Mountain Golf Club. 3230 Highway 93 N, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-751-1950; Toll-free: 1-800-255-5641.
Northern Rockies Outfitters. 270 Bayou Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406 756-2544.
High Country Trails. 2800 Foys Lake Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-1283; Cell: 406-212-9998.
Great Bear Outfitters. Phone: 406-755-3210.
Montana Wilderness Association - Flathead-Kootenai Chapter. 307 First Avenue E, Suite 1, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-6304. E-mail
Founded in 1958, the association aims to protect and preserve all of Montana's remaining wild lands and naturally functioning ecosystems. Contact the Flathead Chapter for details on free hikes in the area, led by volunteers. Reservations are necessary.
Flathead Lake is more than 300 feet deep, extends north and south for 28 miles and is 7 to 15 miles wide and is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. All manner of water sports are enjoyed upon its 200 square miles of surface. Several state parks and lakeshore communities have boat launches and marinas on the Lake.
A group of people motivated to experience, explore and protect the environment of Glacier/Waterton National Peace Park. Need to be a member to join their climbs. The site has extensive information on backcountry etiquette and safety.
Flathead National Forest. Tally Lake Ranger Station: 650 Wolf Pack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-758-5200; Fax: 406-758-5379.
Tally Lake Campground has a beach, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, river and stream fishing, boating, swimming and waterskiing, big game, small game and game bird/waterfowl hunting, OHV riding at Ashley Lake ATV Trail #812, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling at Tally Mountain Trail #163 and #163A, mushing and skijoring are activities enjoyed in Flathead National Forest.
Glacier National Park
The West Entrance of Glacier National Park provides access to the Lake McDonald area, Park Headquarters, the Apgar Visitor Center and is the west entry point to the famed 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road. Other activities include cross country skiing, boating, fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking and biking trails.
Lake Mary Ronan State Park. Highway 93 at Dayton, then 7 miles northwest; Mail: 490 North Meridian Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-849-5082. GPS: 47.927; -114.382.
Lake Mary Ronan includes boating, fishing, swimming, dock, ramp, hiking and biking trails.
Lone Pine State Park. Located 4 miles southwest of Kalispell on Lone Pine Road; Mail: 490 North Meridian Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-2706. GPS: 48.174; -114.338.
Lone Pine offers trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, interpretive trail and programs, tours, horseshoe pit, archery range, volleyball court, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.
Wayfarers State Park. Located ½ miles south of Bigfork on Montana 35; Mail: 490 North Meridian Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-752-5501.
Just outside of Bigfork, Wayfarers offers a boat launch, swimming in Flathead Lake and hiking through the forest full of wildflowers. Located outside of Bigfork, Wayfarers offers a boat launch, swimming in Flathead Lake and hiking through the forest full of wildflowers.
West Shore State Park. Located 20 miles south of Kalispell on Highway 93; Mail: 490 North Meridian Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-752-5501. GPS: 47.952; -114.192.
West Shore offers boating, fishing, swimming, a concrete ramp, dock, hiking and biking.
Whitefish Lake State Park. Located on Whitefish Lake, 1 mile west of Whitefish on Highway 93, then 1 mile north; Mail: Whitefish Lake, 490 North Meridian Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-862-3991. GPS: 48.425; -114.371.
Boating, swimming, fishing and waterskiing are popular activities on Whitefish Lake. A mature forest and beach are also found in this small park.
Relay Sports. 2593 Highway 2 E, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-752-5005.
Snappy Sport Senter. 1400 Highway 2 E, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-257-7525; Toll-free: 1-888-960-230; Fax: 406-756-1111.
Sportsman Ski Haus. 145 Hutton Ranch Road, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-6484; Fax: 406-758-7425.
Wheaton's. 214 1st Avenue W, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-257-5808.
Red Eagle Aviation. 1880 Highway 93 S, Kalispell, MT 59901. Phone: 406-755-2376.
Located above Heron Park, about 10 minutes from downtown Kalispell, these trails are used for walk in, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
This trail system has more than 10 miles of paved trails, much that was built on the old Great Northern Railroad beds from Somers on the north shore of Flathead Lake west to Kila bordering the Smith Lake Waterfowl Production Area.
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Best selection of books on the Northwest.
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