Going To Flathead Lake Montana

What’s the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River? At 28 miles (45 km) in length, 15 miles (24 km) in width, 370 feet (113 meters) at its deepest and 124 miles (200 km) of shoreline the answer is Flathead Lake, in northwestern Montana. In all, it’s nearly 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) provide plenty of space for the boater, sailor, swimmer, camper and angler to partake of their favorite water-borne recreation. And for other recreationists, such as hikers and mountain bikers, campgrounds, picnic areas and trails scattered along the shoreline offer views of the lake and the surrounding mountain peaks.

Flathead Lake, at slightly less than 3,000-feet (914 meters) elevation, occupies a basin that was scoured out by a huge glacier about 12,000 years ago. The Flathead and Swan Rivers at the northern end are the major streams that replenish the lake, while the Flathead River drains out of the lake’s southwestern end at the town of Polson.

To reach Polson from the south, you’ll drive through the Flathead Indian Reservation occupied by the Salish (Flathead) and Kootenai tribes. The lake is named for the Flathead Indians, who got their name from the flattened foreheads they would get from their baby-carrying cradles. The southern half of the lake is within the reservation boundaries. To fish in the southern part of the lake, you’ll need a reservation fishing permit, which is available from the reservation or from sporting goods stores around the lake.

Polson sits on the shore of Polson Bay and has several boat launching facilities, including the public Sacajawea and Riverside parks. Both parks also have picnic tables. Riverside has the added bonus of overnight camping with electrical RV hookups.

For those who would enjoy a narrated tour of the lake, the 41-foot (12.5 meters) Port Polson Princess takes passengers on sight-seeing cruises every day from about June 1 through September 30 starting from KwaTaqNuK Resort in Polson, at 49708 US Hwy 93 E, Polson, MT 59860. The on-board guides are eager to point out notable landmarks along the lakeshore and to share their knowledge of the natural history of the lake. Four tours are scheduled daily, including a three-hour cruise around Wild Horse and Bird islands and three 1-½ hour cruises. It’s best to make reservations ahead of time by calling 800-882-6363.

A place to learn about the human history of the area is the Polson-Flathead Historic Museum, located at 708 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860. Their phone number is (406)883-3049. Here, you are brought in touch with the pioneering era through displays such as a homesteader kitchen, the ranch mess (or chuck) wagon, military artifacts and steamboat memorabilia.

Before the Great Northern Railroad reached the valley in 1892, steamboats did a thriving business ferrying passengers and cargo to points all along the lakeshore. And don’t forget to ogle the “Flathead Monster”, a 181-pound 7-½-foot-long (82 kilograms, 2.3 meters) white sturgeon caught in 1965. The museum, doesn’t charge admission, but they appreciate donations.

South of Polson is the town of Pablo, Montana, where you can make use of the services of Native Ed-Ventures, which provides visitors a personal tour guide to the local native cultures and cultural events, such as pow-wows at the lake. Their address is Box 278, Pablo, MT 59855, phone number is (800)883-5344.

Heading north from Polson, your reach Big Arm Bay and its units of the Flathead Lake State Park – Big Arm, Elmo and, in the mouth of the bay, Wild Horse Island.

This is the largest island in Flathead Lake at 2,134 acres (864 hectares) and, in fact, is one of the largest islands in the inland United States. Privately owned before the state bought it in 1978-79, several private lots and homes remain on the island. Otherwise the state has left the rest of the island as wilderness.

It was named for the horses the Flathead and Pend Oreille Indians kept there as protection from Blackfeet raids. To give the practice a present-day connection, Montana maintains a population of wild horses on the island.

Besides the wild horses, the island is well known for its bighorn sheep, which number around 200. Others of the hooved persuasion include mule and whitetail deer. Among those predatory in nature, bald eagles live and nest on the island and coyotes and mink search the woods, plains and rocky shores for their meals. It is also home to the endangered Palouse prairie plant species.

Wild Horse island is accessible for day-use only by rental or private boat. Wild Horse and its neighbor to the south, Melita Island, form a channel that local anglers call “Mackinaw Alley” because of the lake trout that linger here at the 100-foot (30 meters) and deeper depths. Fishing around the island, however, requires the tribal permit.

The town of Somers, at the northern end of the lake, was a major port for steamboat traffic. One reason for that was the huge lumber mill that operated here in the early 20th century. Somers is still a key place for watercraft since it is home to the largest sailing fleet at this end of the lake, plus it’s the home of the Far West tour boat; (406)857-3203.

The Far West takes as many as 200 passengers on daily 1½-hour cruises looping around the northern end of Flathead Lake. You can also enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. They are located at 7220 U.S. 93 S, Lakeside, MT 59922, phone number is (406)844-2628.

For a side trip from Flathead Lake, head north from Somers for seven miles on Highway 93 and you’ll reach the full service city of Kalispell. Restock your larder here from supermarkets, gas stations, malls, restaurants and other businesses.

After you’ve done that, you can pay homage to the founder of this bustling city by visiting the Conrad Mansion six blocks east of Main at 4th Street. Charles E. Conrad built this 26-room, Norman-style Victorian in 1895, and in 1974 his youngest daughter donated it to the city. Fully furnished with original family belongings, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the most authentic turn-of-the-century home in the Pacific Northwest.

While you’re in Kalispell, you could also pick up recreational information for the 2.3-million acre (930,777 hectares) Flathead National Forest at the main office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. You’ll find the office for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and its information on state parks at 490 North Meridian Road, Kalispell, MT 59901, (406)752-5501.

On your way back to Flathead Lake, catch Highway 82 north of Somers and head east toward Bigfork. Watch for the nest platforms of osprey that game officials have established atop telephone poles right next to the road. Osprey eggs hatch around mid-June, and the fledglings are ready to test their wings by late July.

That also happens to be the time to enjoy the Flathead area’s most prized delicacy – the huckleberry. The season for huckleberries can actually last through Labor Day at higher elevations and some people claim that these later berries are the sweetest of all. The National Forest lands around Flathead’s shores provide the best spots for berry picking, but State lands also have berries for picking. Ask at the National Forest and State Park offices in Kalispell for the best places. In abundant years, you might be able to purchase huckleberries at farmer’s markets, some grocery stores in the area and some roadside stands.

The good place to get a taste of huckleberries, in preserved form, is in Bigfork. Take Grand Avenue into town and turn right on Electric Avenue; look for Eva Gates Preserves on the right.

Eva Gates started her huckleberry business in 1949 using her grandmother’s recipe, and they still put up the preserves by the same recipe in the same small batches. They also make huckleberry jelly and syrup. Besides huckleberry’s, Eva Gates also makes preserves from cherries, spiced apple, strawberry, raspberries, black caps (which is a kind of raspberry) and many kinds of syrups.

Just south of Bigfork on the lakeshore, you’ll find Montana’s most popular state park, Wayfarer. with 30 campsites, boat ramp and a beach, the state park is a take-off point for waterborne recreation. At the far end of the picnic area, a rock outcropping dotted with junipers provides a vista point of the lake.

South of Wayfarer on Highway 35, you’ll drive past roadside stands that might sell huckleberries in season. But, about the same time that the wild huckleberries are coming in, so are the bing cherries. The east shore of Flathead Lake has most of the valley’s cherry orchards and most of the fruit stands. Some orchardists also raise raspberries, strawberries, apricots, pears and grapes.

In the middle of this orchard country, you’ll find the oldest biological station in the country. At Yellow Bay, University of Montana researchers study the lake’s freshwater habitat and fish, including lake (up to 30 pounds), cutthroat, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout as well as Kokanee salmon, perch, whitefish and bass. The station is open to visitors. Coincidentally, Flathead Lake’s deepest point, at 370 feet, is at Yellow Bay, which is also the site of the state park with a boat ramp and a beach.

Between the wild huckleberries and cultivated cherries on the land and the trout, salmon and bass in the lake, you can really get a taste of the West’s largest natural lake – the Flathead.

 

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All About Beaches In Cyprus

Of all the beaches in all the cities across the world, you should swim in Cyprus’. Fly to this beautiful Mediterranean island and enjoy the pleasures of the rejuvenating sun, sizzling sand and an invigorating swim in an azure sea. Let’s sail through the country’s top 7 beaches below:

Coral Bay: Enclosed in rocky caves and cliffs of the western coast, this beach is family-friendly. You can also indulge in water-skiing and diving here while the children can have a safe swim at the bay’s shallow shore.

Porto Pomos: A deep blue sea and a rocky coastline, this beach is on the wild, wild, west side of Cyprus. You can visit the Latchi fishing village and the astoundingly scenic town of Polis nearby too. One of the most unexplored beaches of the country, Pomos’ westmost shoreline is thrilling and exciting. A swim here is a lifelong memory.

Mackenzie Beach: The party beach of Cyprus, this Larnaca beach is super-close to the airport. Here, a multitude of beach bars line-up to quench your thirst while a plethora of music generates an astounding aura for the locals and tourists alike.

Nissi Beach: This Ayia Napa beach is a favorite of youngsters. A breeding ground for parties in the peak season, the water here is crystal and shallow in the low tide and challenging to swim when the tide’s high. Blessed with a swooping shore of soft white sands, Nissi beach will keep you buzzing with activities like water-skiing, paragliding, ringo rides and banana boats or lazy with its convenient sunbeds – it’s really your choice to make!

Latchi Beach: Fond of seafood? Then latch unto Latchi! With one of the best seafood cuisine in Cyprus, Latchi is a must-go for a person who enjoys the calm breeze of the port, a plate full of delicious seafood and a beautiful sunset.

Lara Bay: A hard reach and a wild beach, Lara Bay is a turtle-lovers’ treat. You need a 4×4 vehicle to access this isolated bay however when you reach here, the sight of green and loggerhead turtles will rush to captivate your senses.

Konnos Bay: This sheltered bay between Protaras and Ayia Napa has something to offer to everyone – dense forested cliffs for inspired hikers, powdery white sands for lazy sunbathers and turquoise warm waters for fervent swimmers. A visit to this picturesque cove, at the foot of Cape Greco, will undoubtedly develop for you countless lifelong memories of pure reverence.

There’s many other honorable mentions in this category – Aphrodite’s Rock and Beach, Serena Bay, Paramali Beach and Episkopi.

 

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Things You Should See In Ontario

Ontario is one of the southern provinces of Canada. It’s the most populated province, as 40 % of Canada’s population lives here. It is also a famous historic place, with a full range of attractions, touristic hotspots and travel opportunities.

One of the province’s most important natural sightseeings, that Ontario is famous for, is obviously Niagara Falls. Millions of tourists come to see this attraction and walk along the magnificent landscapes every year. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls that flow in this area. Together they form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America. It is stunning, beautiful and also beneficial in the terms of recreation and industry.

Another “must see” here is the CN Tower, one of the most recognized across the globe. It is 553 meters high, lit up at night and can be seen from every angle of the city. The view from the Tower is astounding, looking over the whole city and the lake.

Tourists also love to explore the provincial and national parks. In the south part of the province you can travel through the deep forests of Algonquin, French River, Killarney Provincial Parks, Bruce Peninsula National Park, etc.

However, Ontario is famous not only for its nature, but its museums. The Royal Museum in downtown is one of the largest museums that feature scientific exhibits as well as natural history of the world. The National Gallery in Ottawa, which is also well known, contains the masterpieces of popular artists. This part of Canada also has the Art Gallery, which is prestigious beyond the country, as it hosts amazing collections of African and Oceanic Art.

One of the sightseeings also include Wonderland, which is 30 kilometers northwest of Toronto’s city center. It is a huge park that provides different thrill rides and roller coasters. Children adore Dinosaur Park and water parks, as well as live shows that are usually shown in summer.

The area is also famous for Muskoka, which is located around Lake Muskoka and various other popular lakes. It is full of cottages, resorts and marinas. Tourists, as well as locals usually spend holidays here, in the surroundings of rocky shores and pine trees.

 

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Why You Need To Travel

Exploring new and different places always ends up with great memories and stories to be remembered later in life. Also, when you get to meet new people, you are able to understand the human psychology in a better way.

It has also been proved that travelling improves one’s overall health and refreshes the mood. Take a break from your hectic and mundane life schedules, and go out for some time to be spent in the lap of nature, or anywhere you have always wanted to go. You never know what life has in store for you.

Various benefits of travelling are given below.

1. Real-life Education

One always get to meet new people and explore new places while on a trip, and this provides you with new information and education, which you can never get at traditional schools. Schools never provide us with the real-life experiences. You will get to know about different cultures and societies and their way of living by travelling. Overall everything new is served you.

2. Improves Social and Communication Skills

If you are an introvert person, travelling can help you in improving your personality. You will meet different types of people, of different regions and religions, and you have to communicate with them. This will help in improving your social skills to a great extent.

3. Get to Know Yourself Better

By travelling alone or with friends or family, you might get yourself stuck in difficult situations and they are always new to you. But, you will find a way to solve them with your capabilities. In such a situation, you get to explore yourself and meet the inner you.

As it is always said that you can never know what you can till you try. So, try some new places with new adventures and let your inner-self get explored.

4. Travel Sharpens the Mind

While travelling to new places, you get to do new things, all unfamiliar to you, like reading foreign languages, trying new things, making quick decisions, and altering your new eating and sleeping schedules.

Everything from your regular life gets changed for that particular period of time. Your brain even welcomes that change. Once you return home, you’ll be sharper than ever and will better organize and spruce up your daily routine.

5. A positive Shift in Perspective

Nobody comes back in the same way they started their journey. Being exposed to new people and cultures will greatly shift you to a healthier perspective.

You’ll always return back with renewed energy, a new set of mental filters that are ready to take on the next big project or challenge. You will be proud of yourself that you explored a new place and successfully completed it by tackling all the hurdles in your way.

Getting away for some time will greatly upgrade your skills and attitude towards everything. You will feel positive towards people.

Even though it requires a great effort to take a break from the hectic schedules of life as after you will come, the work for those days will surely get piled up. But, your productivity will increase that will help you to complete all the work in much less time than before.

Breaking up the monotony for a while proves to be a considerable way to reduce stress and fill in some excitement in the life. And, once you come back, you will not be able to stop yourself from planning out the next one.

 

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