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  • Writer's pictureMike Mahoney

Flathead Lake Montana

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

I came back to the US from Canada after being there for about 7-8 weeks. Visited Vancouver, Vancouver Island which includes, Victoria, Nanaimo, Tofino, and a small island off the coast of the island called Hornby Island. After taking the ferry back from Vancouver Island to Vancouver, I drove north to Squamish, Whistler then southeast, and down to the British Columbia wine country in Kelowna. From there we traveled back up to Jasper, drove through the Columbia Ice Field to Banff then into the States, and spent a few days in the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane area where I had to have some work down on the trailer. I don't have many pictures from Squamish to Banff due to the thick blanket of smoke from all of the wildfires in BC and Alberta. These imposing mountains right next to me were little more than shadows or outlines, it was bad.

Through the Airstream Addicts FB page, I learned of a HipCamp spot on Flathead Lake near the town of Polson, MT which is the very southern end of the huge body of water that is located in the northwest corner of Montana. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western US outside of Alaska. Lake Tahoe has more water due to its depth of 1650 ft versus Flatheads' 380 ft. but its surface area is larger. The lake itself covers 197 square miles. 30 miles long and 16 miles wide. This spot was one of if not my favorite out of all the places I've camped in the six months we've been on the road. I think Portia would agree.

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27 jul 2023

Wow! You're seeing some beautiful scenery there! I hope you have continued safe travels. Try and dodge the heat that has settled over so much of the U.S.!

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