Nestled in the northeast corner of Flathead Lake is Western Montana’s storybook village of Bigfork. From endless charm, to lake and river adventures, to arts and culture, this little community packs quite a big punch. Take advantage of summer fun in Bigfork this year, but please remember: Like most of our small towns, things are still a bit out of the ordinary here. You’ll find limited services, days and times of operations. Please plan ahead and also practice patience, kindness and respect. 

Bigfork hugs the sparkling blue bay where the Swan River flows into Flathead Lake. Photo:

Outdoor Adventure

Bigfork is not only a great launching point for Flathead Lake recreation—there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had here: Charter a classic sailboat and sail Flathead Lake with Flathead Lake Sailing and Charters. Fish Flathead Lake with Bagley Guide Service. Rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or mountain bikes from Base Camp Bigfork. See the “Wild Mile” of the Swan River by walking the 2-mile Swan River Nature Trail. Hike to the top of Mount Aeneas, or pick one of many other trails in the Jewel Basin to explore. Challenge yourself on holes designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the 27-hole Eagle Bend Golf Club. For an unmatched aerial adventure, fly over Flathead Lake and the Swan Range with Backcountry Flying Experience. If you’re visiting in July, don’t miss the Bigfork PRCA Rodeo, July 5 – 7, 2021.

Bigfork is a paddler’s paradise. Rent a kayak or SUP and go exploring! Photo: Base Camp Bigfork

Arts + Culture

Named “One of the Best Small Art Towns in the Nation,” Bigfork boasts multiple art galleries, numerous shops, and the Broadway-caliber theater at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse—the finest little live professional theater in the Northwest. Explore Bigfork’s Electric Avenue and enjoy this quaint little downtown experience, including fun boutiques selling unique clothing, jewelry and gifts. Or, stroll through the Bigfork Farmers Market any Wednesday in the summer from 3 to 6 p.m. You’ll find fresh produce and baked goods as well as locally made arts and crafts. Don’t miss the annual 4th of July Parade. If you’re visiting in early August, make sure to stop by the Bigfork Festival of the Arts.

Bigfork welcomes everyone to their 4th of July Parade. Photo: Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce

Local Food + Drink

From fine dining to fun dining, Bigfork delivers. Taste award-wining craft brews and excellent pub food at Flathead Lake Brewing Company, or tour Whistling Andy Distillery and try The Spirit of Sperry, their huckleberry-flavored vodka inspired by Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet. For excellent food and equally inspiring views, head to The Raven Bar & Grill and enjoy a meal on their lakeside deck. Please be patient and kind with restaurant staff during these challenging times. Also note that some restaurants are not open for lunch and are closing early for dinner. Know before you go, and plan ahead.

At Flathead Lake Brewing Co., drink and dine with a waterside view. Photo: Donnie Sexton

Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents recreate responsibly by being mindful of the following: practice physical distancing; know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace and build an inclusive outdoors. Take the Tourism Pledge to travel responsibly in Glacier Country.

June 8, 2021

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