Flathead is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Twenty eight miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is renowned for its fishing. Wild Horse Island, a 2,163 acre wilderness area on the west shore of the lake, is home to bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and wild horses.
On Flathead Lake's Big Arm Bay, this park is a popular jump-off point to Wild Horse Island. Big Arm's long pebble beach is popular with sunbathers and swimmers. Camping under a stand of mature ponderosa pine and juniper is a major attraction. Others include: fishing for lake trout, board sailing, bird watching, scuba diving, swimming and water-skiing. This site is 2,967 feet in elevation and has encompasses 55 acres. The park has both flush and vault toilets, grills/fire rings, firewood, picnic tables, trash cans, drinking water, and seasonal interpretive programs. A golf course and three museums are located in nearby Polson. RV/trailer size is limited to 30 feet in the 29 sites. There are also 6 tent sites available. The Big Arm unit of Flathead Lake State Park now has the latest in circular camping comfort, a 20 feet wide, 10 feet tall yurt. You need only bring bedding, cooking utensils, personal toiletries, a flashlight and a container for water. Electrical outlets, lights, electric heat and a propane barbecue for outdoor cooking are also provided. A joint state/tribal fishing license is needed for fishing at this park and campers may stay only 7 days during a 30 day period.
Flathead is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is renowned for its fishing. Wild Horse Island, a 2,163 acre wilderness area on the west shore of the lake, is home to bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and wild horses.
Directions: Big Arm - Flathead Lake State Park is located 14 miles north of Polson on US HIghway 93.
Big Arm - Flathead Lake State Park
Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks, Kalispell, MT 59901
- Group Camping
- Tent Camping
- Wildlife Viewing
- Water Skiing
- Wind Surfing
- Pets Allowed
- Camping Shelter
- Boat Launch
- Pay Telephone
- Established Fire Pits
- Trash Removal
- Public Restroom