Flathead Lake, Northwestern Montana, U.S.

Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. It is over 27 miles (44 km) long and 15 miles (24 km) wide, with a maximum depth greater than 340 feet (104 m). While the lake is not without problems and threats, it remains one of the cleanest in the world. Although we can't see the lake from our home, a walk of a few hundred feet takes us over a ridge and provides spectacular views of the lake, the islands at its southern end, and the town of Polson, MT.

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Sunset, Flathead Lake, Montana, U.S.

Looking northeast at sunset across the southern tip of Flathead Lake from Salish Point, a small local park.

Sunset across Flathead Lake lighting the Swan Range, Montana, U.S.

A February sunset lights the Swan Range across frozen Flathead lake in northwest Montana.


Sunrise, Big Arm State Park, Montana, U.S.

The sun rises over the Mission Mountains in late March, viewed from Big Arm State Park on Flathead Lake in Montana.

Sunset, Flathead Lake, Montana, U.S.

A December sunset across the southern tip of Flathead Lake in northwest Montana.


Mission Mountains at sunset, Montana, U.S.

Late day December sun casts long shadows in the hills above Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains.

Frosted trees along Flathead Lake, MT, U.S.

December inversional fog freezes on trees overlooking Flathead Lake in northwest Montana.


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