Water Activities

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The Flathead National Forest offers a multitude of recreational opportunities on the water. If your taste for adventure is wet, check out our wide range of great locations!

Click here to learn about the regulations along the Flathead River corridors. Click here to find spots to use your canoe, kayak, or other non-motorized boat. Click here to find spots to go motor-boating. Click here to find spots to go swimming. Click here to find spots to go tubing. Click here to find spots to go waterskiing.

Lakes

Lid Creek view of Great NorthernLarger lakes that offer a variety of water activities include Holland Lake, Swan Lake, Lindbergh Lake,the Hungry Horse Reservoir, Tally Lake, Upper Stillwater Lake, and Big Salmon Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Many lakes have boat launches, docks, and camping near-by.

North Lion LakeThe Flathead Forest's smaller mountain lakes include Sylvia, Red Meadow, Moose, Lupine Lake, and many small lakes in the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, the Mission Mountain Wilderness, the Great Bear and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas. These lakes offer recreation opportunities from summer swimming to quiet paddling near camping sites and picnic areas.

Flathead Wild and Scenic River

Whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork of the FlatheadFloating the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River is also popular activity. The North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork have different origins and personalities, each a different river until they merge to form the main stem of the Flathead River. The three forks offer opportunities for day floats from vehicle accessed sites, thrilling whitewater stretches, and permitted guided trips for day and overnight experiences. You can find brochures and regulations to help your float be a success on our River Regulations page.