Flathead Lake in Montana is one of the 300 largest natural lakes in the world and the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Being so large, the lake attracts real estate investors, vacation home buyers and waterfront enthusiasts to its shoreline.
According to studies done at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in Yellow Bay (located just south of Bigfork, MT), the water in Flathead Lake is among the cleanest in the world. Every New Years, folks take to the lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Woods Bay on the eastshore and the plunge in Polson Bay on the south shore. The annual Dragon Boat Festival are a newer event on the shores of Flathead Lake in Lakeside, MT.
The lake, located in NW Montana and about 8 miles south of Kalispell, is about 191 square miles in surface area with an average depth of 164 feet and a maximum depth of 370 feet. The varied shoreline meanders over 160 miles around all of the waterfront property with the towns of Bigfork, Lakeside & Somers, Rollins, Elmo, Big Arm and Polson on its shores. Wild Horse Island in Big Arm Bay near Rollins, is managed by Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and is open for day use to enjoy the 2,100 acres of land. A few lucky people have private ownership of lake property on Wildhorse Island. Hikers will see bighorn sheep and wild horses. There are many public access points on Flathead Lake, with most at one of the beautiful Montana State Parks dotting the shore line. (For a wonderful synopsis of the parks around Flathead Lake, read Water,Water Everywhere.) A favorite among locals is WayFarer’s State Park with it large rocks on which to sunbathe (or jump off of to cool down.)
Flathead Lake real estate would be considered mostly developed with vacation homes for sale, high end custom lakefront homes, cabins, condos on or with access to Flathead Lake, and few unimproved land or property sites available for sale . The Flathead Lake real estate market has reflected the inventory over the years with “hot years” showing only a handful of homes for sale, and also slow sales years with high inventory of over a 150 homes for sale.
Here is what is for sale on Flathead Lake currently:
Picture tour of Flathead Lake:
Flathead Lake real estate sales:
Being that the The Hollinger Team has been around since the early 1980s, we’ve sold ALOT of Flathead Lake property. Recently we put together a map showing all the Flathead Lake homes and land we’ve sold over the years, at least that we can remember going back that far! The yellow dots indicate properties we’ve sold in multiple transactions. Use the map below to scroll in and out; we’ve probably sold something near where you are interested in purchasing and have knowledge of the area. Or, if you are one of our returning customers zoom in to your sweet spot on the map!