Polson offers close access to Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains for Montana Vacations
by Michele Kadison
Polson, Montana sits at the foot of Flathead Lake, below the stunning Mission Mountains, and offers excellent opportunities for Montana vacation activities such as fishing, boating, hiking and hunting. It is also home to some of the finest hotel accommodations and vacation rentals in Montana.
Polson was incorporated on April 5,1910 and was named after the western rancher David Polson. Situated on the Flathead Indian Reservation. A fertile farming area, the town is a main trading area and is also known for its many cherry orchards, celebrated in season with an annual Cherry Festival. There are several gorgeous parks located along the lake where you can picnic, sunbathe, and just while away the hours as you soak in the surrounding beauty. Be sure to stay on the lookout for the “Flathead Monster,” Polson’s famous creature who has been sited on and off, rumor has it, for over 100 years.
In town, the Miracle of America and Polson-Flathead Museum offer some great exhibits complete with regional artifacts and memorabilia.
South of Polson is Mission Valley rimmed by the snow-peaked Mission Mountains. Nearby Moiese is home of the National Bison Range and here you can see herds of bison, deer, antelope, and elk. Visit both the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges to see the wide variety of birds that live there.
If you are looking for some sporting excitement, go no farther than the Flathead River to enjoy some great whitewater rafting and to visit the renowned Kerr Dam. For golfers, the Polson Golf Course awaits you.
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