Wild Horse Island/Flathead Lake – Kalispell, MT

You have got to go here…Wild Horse Island/Flathead Lake – Kalispell, MT.

Look closely, we are actually standing in water…not just on top of rocks. When I say the water is clear in Flathead Lake, I mean it is clear.

BUT, I digress…how did we get here?

By now you probably know that when I am on vacation, I never do just one thing. While researching my trip to Glacier National Park, I found an article about an Island near our Air BnB that is inhabited by Wild Horses (amongst other animals) that is only accessible by boat…sign.me.up.please!

Knowing that we would need to either charter a boat, or a kayak to get to the island, I came across Dalon and his tour service Explore Flathead Lake. The cool thing about Dalon is that he is your personal guide, and will take you to do what your heart desires. For us, we had three things in mind…tour of the lake, hiking on the island, and SWIMMING!

So, we jumped on Dalon’s boat, and for the next three hours we took off on an adventure.

After a tour of the lake, Dalon docked at Wild Horse Island, and we set off on a hike. A few things to remember, bring water, snacks, a hat, and waking shoes. The trails are very easy, but come prepared. There is one restroom on the island as well.

OK, now that the logistics are out of the way…let’s get to the fun. The scenery is beautiful, with wildflowers and historic buildings a plenty.

While I was in awe of being able to hike on this remote island, I wanted to see wild animals…I was searching for the wild horses around every bend. Unfortunately we never saw them (or the bear…yes I said BEAR…that lives on the island), but we saw something just as cool, wild big horn sheep.

I couldn’t believe our luck. They were beautiful and so majestic. If your fortunate to encounter the animals on the island like we were, please remember to keep your distance and respect their space by staying at least 100 feet away.

This sighting made our trip!

After an hour of hiking, we headed back to the boat to cool off in the crystal clear water of the lake.

This was my favorite part of the trip, as I am a true water baby. Was it a bit cold? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely! Dalon knew the best swimming spots, and that made me a very happy girl.

On your next trip to Glacier National Park, do yourself a favor and tack on an extra day to your vacation to explore Flathead Lake/Wild Horse Island.

Happy horsing,


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