The Swan River Bridge is an iconic village landmark and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the development of the town of Bigfork and Flathead County shortly after the turn of the last century, when the county’s infrastructure was rapidly expanding to accommodate the influx of new residents and the burgeoning logging industry.
The population boom brought thousands of new residents to the Treasure State, and county governments aggressively sought ways to accommodate their increased transportation needs. Counties across the state launched ambitious programs to provide good roads and modern bridges to these new residents.
The Swan River Bridge is still ferrying traffic across the river each day. Except that today’s residents are more likely to be headed to the river for recreation than for logging.
The bridge is open year-round. Access the bridge from Highway 35, immediately south of the river, by turning onto Bay Drive, which turns into Bridge Street after crossing the Swan River Bridge. You’ll pass by Sliter Park before arriving in downtown Bigfork.