Immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of Bigfork, MT, a quaint town nestled on the northeastern shores of Flathead Lake. With a population of 1,400 residents, more than 50 shops, 25 restaurants, 16 galleries, and the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, Bigfork is an all-seasons playground for anglers, boaters, hikers, and skiers. By booking a stay at one of our vacation rentals, you'll experience this picturesque western town and its surrounding wilderness as only a local can.
Perched at an elevation of 2,900 feet, Bigfork sits at the point where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake. What was once a gathering place for Native American tribes and a major logging center is now an artistic lakeside town that sits just west of Flathead National Forest, 18 miles southeast of vibrant downtown Kalispell, 25 miles south of Glacier Park International Airport, and about 40 miles south of the entrance at West Glacier. If you're looking for something even quieter, consider our rentals in the community of Lakeside or quaint Rollins, just across the lake.
Measuring nearly 30 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point, it is little wonder why Flathead Lake is a magnet for Bigfork's outdoor enthusiasts. This glacially-formed lake covers almost 200 square miles and boasts a shoreline of more than 180 miles, offering plentiful opportunities to fish, swim, sunbathe, and launch your own watercraft. But for a truly memorable lake experience, sign up for a Fish-N-Fun charter with Captain Norm or Captain Mike, which will exponentially increase your chances of catching that prize lake trout to cook in your rental kitchen!
Choose from nearly a dozen trails in the Jewel Basin Hiking Area of Flathead National Forest, a 15,000-acre expanse popular among backpackers, anglers, and wildlife watchers. The nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness encompasses more than one million acres and is one of the most well-preserved mountain ecosystems in the world, full of waterfalls, alpine lakes, and jagged peaks.
Back in town, the Eagle Bend Golf Club has 27 holes with majestic views of Flathead Lake and the Swan Mountains. And the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, the alma mater of Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, celebrated its 57th season in 2016, bringing Broadway-caliber acting and singing to this scenic Montana town.
No trip to Northwest Montana would be complete without a visit to Glacier National Park, one of the crown jewels of the national park system that sits just 41 miles north. The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the nation's most iconic drives, as it passes over the Continental Divide at heights of up to 6,646 feet. Interested in stretching your legs on a hike or two? Consider the Highline Loop or the Grinnell Glacier Trail, both of which offer stunning views of the park.
Come winter, our Bigfork vacation rentals provide the added bonus of several nearby ski resorts, from the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, 30 miles west, to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, 42 miles north. You'll find more than 1,000 acres of national forest land at Blacktail, as well as chair lifts lifts, the Independence Terrain Park, and ski trails that reach up to 1.75 miles in length. At Whitefish, you can choose from a total of 105 trails, five terrain parks, a skier/snowboarder cross course, and nearly 3,000 acres of skiable terrain.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable visit to Big Sky Country - reserve your stay at one of our Bigfork cabin rentals today!
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