Whitefish, MT 59937
About Whitefish Lake
Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Whitefish Lake in northwest Montana covers an area of 3,315 hectares and is seven miles long. The lake, which was formed by melting glaciers, is located in the Great Basin region of Montana, about 30 miles north of the Montana-Idaho border.
Whitefish Lake is surrounded by the town of Whitefish, which owes its name to the Indians who fished for whitefish in the lake many years ago. In the mid to late 19th century, settlers settled in what is now called White Fish, and the city was founded in the early 20th century when the Great Northern Railway decided to build in the area. Currently, private landowners are developing the shoreline of White Fish Lake, but the White Fish Area Trust Land Plan protects much of the area from dense development.
The Whitefish Railway Depot, built in 1927, is one of the busiest Amtrak stops in the Northwest, and trains still run through the city today. The tracks on the west side of White Fish Lake serve as a route to the shore for anglers, and the station itself has been entered on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Whitefish Lake can be enjoyed year-round by tourists and property owners, but during the warmer months, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed in the lake and surrounding area.
Fishermen can also fish on the north and west sides of the lake, where the shoreline is less developed and where there is a public area for anglers and swimmers.
Golfers can enjoy themselves at the Whitefish Golf Course, a public course that prides itself on being the state's only 36-hole complex. The Glacier Nordic Center offers cross-country, cross-country and cross-country skiing in winter. Just minutes from White Fish Lake, Glacier Mountain Resort also offers skiing and snowboarding. It offers excursions with excursions on the suspension bridge and a variety of activities for children and adults.
Glacier National Park is located just 25 miles from Whitefish and boasts an impressive 1.4 million acres that nature lovers can explore during the season. While ice fishing is a popular attraction in cold weather, it is limited to the spring and summer seasons, although it plays an important role in the development of the park's wildlife, such as wolves, grizzlies, bears, elk and other wildlife.
History and culture lovers visiting Whitefish Lake will find plenty of leisure time options. The Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish has a public tasting bar for beer lovers, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars in the area, and the performing arts, including occasional Broadway performances, are offered at the city's Main Street Theater, a popular meeting place.
Tourists can also learn about the area's timber and rail heritage at the Stumptown Museum, housed in the Whitefish Railway depot. From train to plane to car, the Whitefish Area offers visitors an attractive escape to city life, with a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as the Great Northern Brewing Company and Main Street Theater.