Whitefish Lake Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Whitefish Lake

Close to the gateway to Glacier National Park, you’ll find Whitefish Lake, Montana, a gorgeous place to enjoy many outdoor activities and adventures suited for the whole family.

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  • Whitefish Lake is a great place to enjoy many outdoor activities and adventures
  • Only 25 miles from Glacier National Park
  • Fish by boat or from the shore
  • Sail or water-ski on Whitefish Lake
  • Hiking and camping is wonderful in the Big Sky Country


Whitefish Lake, MT offers plenty of fun for the entire family, with boat ramps, campground and a ski area nearby for winter sports. It’s in close proximity to Glacier National Park, making it an ideal side trip for vacationers. With over 3,315 acres and 16 miles of shoreline, you will certainly enjoy time spent here.


Whitefish Lake is about 25 miles west of Glacier National Park, 1 mile west of Whitefish, Montana on US Highway 93, and then one mile to the north.


The lake is accessible throughout the year. Winter sports are available nearby.


Enjoy any of the fabulous activities around Whitefish Lake.

  • Fishing
    The best way to catch fish in Whitefish Lake is by boat. It is possible to catch fish from the shore, however the lake is large and your chances improve if you explore its waters. Tolling using spinning gear is a method used by many anglers who frequent the area. At the northern end of the lake you'll find small inlets, which provide good places to cast. Fishing at Whitefish Lake is good the year round and ice fishing is a great way to pass the time in the winter. Fish primarily for lake trout and mountain whitefish.
  • Boating
    Take a sailboat out on the lake to really soak up that warm sun. You can even water-ski on Whitefish Lake.
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking
    The lake is at the base of Big Mountain with its resort offering much in the way of summer recreation. Hiking or mountain biking the trails is great fun and gets you away from the crowds.
  • Camping
    If you like sleeping under the stars in the “Big Sky Country,” you’ll find a campground and a beach in a park on the shore of Whitefish Lake. The forest setting is perfect, a wonderful change from the daily grind.
  • Winter Sports
    At Big Mountain you have Whitefish Mountain Resort, a ski resort that provides great skiing, tubing and snowboarding.

Additional Info

Surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, this seven-mile-long lake was created by a melting glacier. Much of the area is protected from dense development by the Whitefish Area Trust Land Plan.