Whitewater rafting, exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness, fishing, canoeing or kayaking a local river or lake: There are so many things to do in Glacier Country, it’s hard to fit it all into a single trip. Below are some other Glacier Country activities to consider during your visit besides just visiting Glacier National Park.
Love to fish? Glacier Country is a fishing mecca with innumerable lakes, rivers and reservoirs in northwestern Montana! We recommend you stop in to talk to the local fishing gurus at Lary’s Fly and Supply in Columbia Falls once you arrive to find out what’s biting and where, and pick up your fishing tackle while you are there. Don’t want to go it alone? You can also connect with an area outfitter like Glacier Guides or Glacier Raft Company for a guided fly fishing trip. For general information on fishing in Flathead County, here’s a handy link to an area brochure: http://www.fcvb.org/brochures/FISH.PDF
Rafting the Flathead River
If you want a crazy fun experience, take Flathead River whitewater rafting trip! Too chicken for whitewater rapids? The various companies that offer rafting tours can set you up with a milder rafting experience which won’t get your heart racing (although we really, really, really recommend the whitewater tours for an insanely fun an memorable experience!). Check out the following companies for more information:
Rent a Canoe or a Kayak and Paddle Around
There are numerous lakes and rivers both inside and outside of Glacier National Park that are great to toss a human powered boat on and paddle around. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, drive 45 minutes up the North Fork Road from our cabin to the town of Polebridge, then follow the park signs to either Kintla Lake or Bowman Lake. Very few park visitors make it up this far, and the scenery is spectacular! Both lakes are quite serene and perfect for paddling around in a canoe or kayak. Don’t have 4 wheel drive? Lake McDonald has a boat launch in the village of Apgar inside the park; or launch a watercraft in any fork of the Flathead River, Spoon Lake, Whitefish Lake and the Whitefish River, Echo Lake, Lake Blaine ….. so many options! You can rent watercraft in and near Glacier National Park, but if you’d like to rent a canoe or kayak by the day vs. the hour we recommend you check the sporting goods stores in the towns of Whitefish or Kalispell for better rates.
Hiking Jewel Basin
The Jewel Basin (in the Bob Marshall Wilderness) is a day hiker’s paradise and only a half-hour drive from downtown Kalispell, and about 40 minutes from the cabin. The area is studded with 25 alpine lakes and offers 35 miles of hiking trails and expansive views of the Flathead Valley to the west and Hungry Horse Reservoir and the Great Bear Wilderness to the east. Hikes range from easy to strenuous depending on which route you choose. Click here for an area hiking map. We took the picture below on our own hike to Twin Lakes early one summer when the beargrass was blooming.