One of the most interesting things you can do on a Montana vacation is take a cultural tour of Montana’s tribes, including those of the Flathead Reservation.
The Flathead Indian Reservation is shared by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The tribes are a combination of the Pend d’Oreille, the Salish, and the Kootenai.There about 4,500 that live on or near the Flathead reservation.
You’ll find the Flathead Reservation north of Interstate 90 between Missoula and Kalispell. Here you’ll see fertile valleys and towering mountain peaks of northwestern Montana’s Mission range surround the 1.2 million acres reservation.
Things to do and see on the Flathead Reservation
The Peoples Center in Pablo, Montana tells thousands of years of history for the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and the Kootenai that inhabited western Montana and the surrounding region through a museum, an exhibit gallery, tours, educational programs and a quality gift shop. Call (406) 675-0160.
Flathead Lake State Park
Flathead Lake is one of the largest and most pristine bodies of water in the West. Interesting sightseeing opportunities here include Wild Horse Island and five other scenic state units on the reservation: Big Arm, Finley Point, Yellow Bay, Wayfarers and West Shore. All units offer camping, fishing, boating and swimming except for Wild Horse Island. Call (406) 752-5501.
The National Bison Range/Pablo National Wildlife Refuge
Approximately 500 bison roam nearly 20,000 acres of natural grassland near Moiese, Montana. It’s a great place to see wildlife in general, and you’re likely to see elk, bighorn sheep, antelope her at any time of year. Call (406) 644-2211
Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and State Wildlife Management Area
This area near Ronan, Montana is one of the state’s designated Wildlife Viewing sites. It is an exceptional wetland complex, excellent for birdwatching. (406) 644-2211
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