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Bigfork, MT
Travel Guide

Bigfork showing a lake or waterhole, mountains and kayaking or canoeing

Bordering a large freshwater lake near tall mountains, this region offers year-round recreational activities. In the town itself, find diverse cultural attractions.

Plan a family vacation in Bigfork, nestled high in the mountains of northwestern Montana. Play for days in the waters of the Swan River and Flathead Lake and enjoy the cultural attractions in the town.

Bigfork is located at 2,900 feet (880 meters) elevation, offering easy access to hiking, camping and rock climbing to the east in Flathead National Forest, including the Swan Lake and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas. North of the forest is Glacier National Park, where you can observe rugged mountains, receding glaciers and wildlife, including grizzly bears, gray wolves, elk, lynx, wolverines, cougars, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. See the pretty reflections of the Rocky Mountains in the calm waters of the park’s Lake McDonald. About an hour’s drive west of Bigfork brings you to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.

Canoe or float down the Swan River. Just past the Bigfork Dam, the river has challenging Class III to Class IV rapids, perfect for experienced rafters. Sail, kayak, waterski, swim and glide on a stand-up paddleboard on Flathead Lake’s calm waters. The lake has more than 180 miles (290 kilometers) of shoreline, with plenty of bays perfect for fishing in the cool shadows for lake trout, whitefish and yellow perch. In the winter, try ice fishing on the frozen coves.

Wander through Bigfork to visit galleries and boutiques. In early August, visit the annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts, a weekend filled with arts, crafts, food, music and entertainment. Year-round, the 435-seat Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts presents plays, musical theater, live music, concerts, ballet and movies. The Summer Playhouse has been providing live entertainment for more than 50 years.

Fly to Glacier Park International Airport north of Kalispell and drive about 30 minutes to reach Bigfork. Stop at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center where friendly volunteers will answer questions and provide information, maps and brochures.

Marina Cay Resort
Marina Cay Resort
3 out of 5
180 Vista Lane, Bigfork, MT
The price is ¥15,964 per night from May 9 to May 9
Situated in Bigfork, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eric Thorsen Art Studio and Flathead Lake. Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Wayfarers State Park ...
3.6/5Good! (62 reviews)
"Loved our vacation. Perfect location and the view was serene."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Marina Cay Resort
Mountain Lake Lodge
Mountain Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
14735 Sylvan Drive, Bigfork, MT
The price is ¥15,095 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the bay, this lodge is 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Bigfork Summer Playhouse and 6.5 mi (10.4 km) from Eagle Bend Golf Club. Big Sky Waterpark is 28.2 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)
"They had a unique line of hair products and washes. Loved the big tub in room. Fresh made cookies daily yum 😋"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Mountain Lake Lodge
Bridge Street Cottages
Bridge Street Cottages
3.5 out of 5
309 Bridge Street, Bigfork, MT
The price is ¥14,933 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Bigfork, this lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Flathead Lake. Eric Thorsen Art Studio and Wayfarers State Park are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
"Nice cottage in quiet spot and a few minutes walk from downtown Bigfork."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Bridge Street Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marina Cay Resort
Marina Cay Resort
3 out of 5
180 Vista Lane, Bigfork, MT
The price is ¥15,964 per night from May 9 to May 9
Situated in Bigfork, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eric Thorsen Art Studio and Flathead Lake. Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Wayfarers State Park ...
3.6/5Good! (62 reviews)
"Loved our vacation. Perfect location and the view was serene."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Marina Cay Resort
Bird Lodge Tipi's at Stepping Stone
Bird Lodge Tipi's at Stepping Stone
Bigfork, MT
The price is ¥5,430 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Situated in Bigfork, this campground is 3 mi (4.9 km) from North Shore State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Flathead Lake and Eagle Bend Golf Club. Eric Thorsen ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Gorgeous spot!
"Close to town! Great host! Lee was beyond accommodating! We met the property cat, I think his name was Kit. We stayed in the teepee & it was so much fun! Loved the experience! The location was quiet & beautiful view! Would definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Bird Lodge Tipi's at Stepping Stone
Marina Cay Estates With Private Boat Dock
Marina Cay Estates With Private Boat Dock
Bigfork, MT
Situated on a lake, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eric Thorsen Art Studio and Flathead Lake. Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Wayfarers State Park ...
Marina Cay Estates With Private Boat Dock
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bigfork

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

Very cute and quaint town with one stoplight.

4/5 - Good

Laura

Aug 24, 2019

The lake is the main attraction, 30 miles long!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

Didn’t find a ton to do in the area but that was the purpose to disconnect and not be in the hamster wheel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 20, 2019

A quaint little town, everything winds down early except the Bigfork Summer Lyric Playhouse - wonderful young actors and actresses and crew put on Fabulous stage plays. Went to a different play every night. Also visited the National Glacier Park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 18, 2019

When I travel to the mountains I push myself to the limit physically. The gift of Candlewycke is that a highly physical active person can retreat here and find physical comfort and mental peace. If this is what you are like this is THE place for you!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 12, 2019

Nice town, nothing to do after 8-9:00 PM though.

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