Bigfork - Where the Swan River meets Flathead Lake

Bigfork Swan River

At the northeast corner of Flathead Lake sits the tiny town of Bigfork.  Surrounded by rivers, lakes and mountains, this is a premier Montana destination for visitors all year long.

Bigfork comes alive in springtime with the Whitewater festival Kayak Races and the Spartan Races, which both attract competitors from all over the world.  It is a great time to get outside and take a walk along the Swan River on the 2 mile nature trail.  

There is always something going on in Bigfork in the Summer.  Famous for their Summer Playhouse, visitors flock to town to be entertained 6 nights a week with various hit musical plays.  The 4th of July Parade is one of a kind, festive, fun, and enjoyed by those from far and near.  The Festival of the Arts is a weekend art show that takes over downtown, providing fine arts and crafts from top quality vendors.  The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival is a week long opportunity to see the best in guitar music from around the world.  Daytime workshops are topped off with evening outdoor concerts.  Bigfork is honored to host this event each year.

Outdoor activities are easily accessed from Bigfork.  Located between the Flathead and Swan Rivers, at the north end of Flathead Lake, boating, kayaking, water skiing, paddle boarding, and fishing are at your doorstep.  Wayfarers State Park is on the Flathead Lake, with public access to swimming, picnic areas and a boat launch.  The Jewel Basin is a short drive past Echo Lake to the north.  Here there is National Forest land with a multitude of hiking trails, just west of the Hungry Horse Reservoir area.

Winter brings a blend of cozy and outdoors together.  Nearby are cross country ski trails as well as downhill skiing at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area and Whitefish Ski Resort.  A short drive to Glacier National Park provides an opportunity to see the park in its quiet season.  Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and photography are popular activities.  In December the town comes alive with holiday decorations and festivities.  Keep your eye out for film festivals and local theater productions.