One of the best things about living in Bigfork is the endless variety of adventures at our doorstep. From Electric Avenue to Flathead Lake, the Jewel Basin, and the Swan River, we’re rich with opportunities to connect with the wild around and within us.
When I’m planning a day of activities in and around Bigfork, I find myself drawn to either the bustle of downtown, the water, the mountains, or the trail. So, it’s just a question about where to begin my adventures that day!
The clear, crisp waters of Flathead Lake in the summer sing a siren song. On my ideal lake day, I’d start with a waterside yoga practice as the sun crests the mountains and begins to warm the waters. A perfect summer day at the lake includes a watercraft, and I’m limited only by imagination and my local rental shop’s availability! I might take an exploratory kayak trip along the shore, or gather friends together on a pontoon rental for an evening of swimming and relaxing.
Other days, my mind turns to the river. Equipped with my fishing license and rod, I can easily while away quiet hours along the Swan, waving to passing rafters and feeling the eddy and pull of the rushing waters against my legs as I catch and release.
Come winter, ice fishing and skating are amazing ways to enjoy these outdoor playgrounds. Maybe one day, I’ll even join the brave, wetsuit-clad kite surfers spotted on the lake in spring!
Hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVs – there are nearly as many ways to enjoy the trail as there are trails in our area! Once the snow has melted, I strap on my canister of bear spray and let my running shoes lead the way. Our Bigfork Nature Trails is the perfect entry point for any hiker – accessible from downtown. You can walk it with a coffee in one hand and a dog leash in the other, and feast your eyes on the roaring waters of the Wild Mile and the snow-capped peaks in the distance. Wayfarers State Park is also a local favorite for hiking and lake views.
If I’ve got a longer trip in mind, the Jewel Basin, just a few miles outside of town, is one of my favorite destinations with trails for different ability levels and attention spans. It’s the perfect day trip with visitors or launch site for new backpackers eager to test their skills without straying too far from home.
Experienced mountain bikers love the single-track of the Beardance Trail, while others take to the wide open, evenly graded logging roads scattered throughout our region.
No matter your level or activity, there are trails here for you – all you need to do is step outside.
When my eyes turn to the mountains, I think about skiing. Once the snow sets in, a whole new playground emerges for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and backcountry adventures.
On any given winter day, I can be found practicing my classic or skate technique at the fantastic Bigfork Community Nordic Center. Funded by sponsors, grants, and donations, this center invites snowshoers as well as skiers of all levels with beautiful, well-kept trails.
Not a skier? Bigfork is rich in winter activities, and there’s no need to travel outside our community. From dog sledding to riding a snow machine up the Jewel Basin, winter camping in search of the elusive Northern Lights or walking the blustery reach of the North Shore, there’s always a new winter adventure to be found.
The fun of Bigfork is concentrated in our beautiful village. Engaging exhibits at the Bigfork Arts & Cultural Center and live entertainment at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse offer adventures for the creative mind. I love to wrap up my day on the lake or the golf course with a cocktail or some delicious food from one of our local restaurants.
On Mondays in the summer months, I make a point to swing by the Bigfork Village Market, sitting in the sunshine, listening to live music, and picking up some fresh local produce. Finally, our festivals throughout the year provide the community with a number of chances to connect, taste some of Montana’s best cherries, beer and BBQ and celebrate the 4th of July with a hometown parade.
Where will your Bigfork adventure begin?