A vacation in the great state of Montana means wide-open spaces, snow-capped mountain peaks, and cool, freshwater lakes. One of those is Flathead Lake, the largest natural lake by surface area west of the Mississippi River. Most visitors to this 200-sq. mile lake come for the water sports, the lakeside picnics, and the hiking trails.
Now you can experience this gorgeous lake for yourself from the comfort of one of our vacation rentals in the small, lakeside city of Polson.
Located in northwestern Montana, in a natural amphitheater along the southern shore of Flathead Lake, Polson is the county seat of Lake County. If you're visiting from out of state, fly directly into Glacier Park International Airport, 60 miles north in Kalispell, or the Missoula International Airport, 64 miles to the south. Once on the ground, head straight to Polson via Route 93. A ride down from historic Kalispell will take you around the western side of Flathead Lake and then across the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge, so make sure you have your camera handy!
Once you've settled into your home away from home, head out into the sunshine and take in the view of the surrounding mountains and the adjacent glacial lake and winding river. Eager anglers can easily arrange for a fishing excursion through one of the local marinas, or perhaps a romantic, two-hour tour of the lake with dinner, drinks, and live music aboard a ship is more your speed.
Polson offers twelve park areas including a skate park, dog park, and multiple waterfront parks from where you can cast a line, swim, drop in a boat, or enjoy a lakeside picnic. The city also has over 10 miles of designated walking and biking paths, providing a great way to explore while getting some exercise!
Golfers can challenge the 27 holes of the Polson Bay Golf Course while throughout the year, guests of all ages can enjoy some fun in the water at the Mission Valley Aquatic Center, featuring an eight-lane, 25-yard pool and a soothing, warm water therapy pool.
The summer months also bring a number of festivals and special events to the Polson area, including the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival, the Flathead Lake Blues Festival, and Summerfest. Check with the Polson Chamber of Commerce for additional details about these and other events.
While Polson's tourist economy is primarily supported by water sports on Flathead Lake, you don't have to travel far to enjoy yourself once the snow begins to fall. Visit the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, just 50 miles away in Lakeside for prime skiing on 26 runs.
Other wintertime options include ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing along many of the hiking and biking trails throughout the area. And don't miss the free samples at Flathead Lake Cheese (home of Ray's Smokin' Pop Curds), and the handcrafted beers and refreshing sodas from the Glacier Brewing Company.
Whether it's your first visit or your hundredth, experience all the breathtaking natural beauty of Montana from one of our charming Polson vacation rentals.
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