Bigfork Montana Travel Activities

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Bigfork Montana Activities

Perched on the northeast corner of the Flathead Lake, Bigfork activities abound. Enjoy a round of championship golf, cruise Flathead Lake on a sailboat or hike the Swan River Nature Trail. Read More

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Golfing: Eagle Bend Golf Course
Rated as one of the top courses in the US by Golf Digest for the last six years, Eagle Bend’s 27-holes are the best of Bigfork. The semi-private, championship course has many amenities, all back-dropped by stunning views of Flathead Lake and the Swan Mountains. 

  • Location: 279 Eagle Bend Drive, Bigfork, MT. Eagle Bend is located in Bigfork. 18 miles south of Kalispell on Highway 35. Turn at the Eagle Bend sign and go one mile west on Holt Drive. 
  • Season/Hours: April to October 
  • Cost: 18-holes priced from $38-$95. 9-holes $25-$52. 
  • Services: Clubhouse, pro-shop, practice facility and full-service restaurant. 
  • Phone: 1-800-255-564 to arrange tee times.

Boating: Flathead Lake
Summertime in Bigfork is all about big fun on the Flathead Lake. Enjoy sailing, power boating and much more along miles of tranquil shoreline.

Bigfork Watersports
With two locations, in downtown and on the lake, Bigfork Watersports provides a wide selection of boat rentals by the hour, day or longer. 

  • Location: 451 Electric Avenue Bigfork, MT. Dock location is 14746 Yenne Point Road, Bigfork. 
  • Season/Hours: June-September 
  • Cost: Boat rentals start $85/hr; Jet-skis $75/hr. 
  • Services: Premier boating rental located in downtown Bigfork. Renting ski boats, wave runners, kayaks, and pontoon boats. 
  • Phone: 406-249-3732

Hiking
There are endless amounts of hiking opportunities in and around Bigfork. Located 45-miles south of Glacier National Park, Bigfork’s Swan River Nature Trail and Jewel Basin are equally lovely, but with fewer visitors.

Swan River Nature Trail
An easy 2-mile loop through a dense pine forest, the gravel trailhead starts just outside the downtown area and overlooks the “wild mile” of the Swan River. 

  • Location: Trailhead begins off Grand Avenue, behind the Bigfork Inn. 
  • Season/Hours: Year-round 
  • Services: Open to hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Jewel Basin
Explore 15,000 acres with 35 miles of trails and 27 lakes in this untainted hikers paradise in the Swan Mountains. The 8 mile hike to the park’s highest peak, Mt. Aeneas is one of the most challenging day hikes in the park. From the top catch 360-degree views of Flathead Lake, Mission Mountain Range and Glacier National Park.

  • Location: From the west side start at the Camp Misery Trailhead at the end of Jewel Basin Road. 
  • Season/Hours: Year-round 
  • Services: Hiking only. No bikes or horses allowed on the trails. This is bear country, so use caution. 
  • Phone: Hungry Horse Ranger Station 406-387-3800.

Fishing: Flathead Lake
Fishermen from across the world visit the Flathead in hopes of catching one trophy-sized lake trout, whitefish, yellow perch or northern pike. Fed by two rivers, the lake’s 200-square miles of teeming blue water make for some of the best fishing in Montana. 

  • Location: Accessible from US Highway 93 between Polson and Kalispell or along route 35. 
  • Season/Hours: Year-round 
  • Cost: Several of the state parks along the lake have a $4 day-use fee. 
  • Services: There are thirteen public access sites around the lake. Fishing access sites include Sportsmans Bridge, Somers, Big Fork, and Juniper Beach fishing access sites; Day-use recreation area include Wayfarers, Woods Bay, Yellow Bay, Finely Point, Walstad Memorial, Big Arm, and Elmo.