Glacier National Park is routinely rated as the ultimate hiker’s park. With more than 730 miles of trails and stunning scenery it’s easy to see why. Still, Glacier isn’t the only place to hike. The Jewel Basin is a locals’ favorite on the east side of Flathead Lake. Farther south, you can rent a boat and head out to Wild Horse Island for a hike and views you won’t soon forget. Or, head west and discover the Cabinet Mountains. Point is, you pick your direction and let your wanderlust and feet take over.
The rivers and streams that flow out of the park are renowned native fisheries. These cold, clear streams harbor healthy populations of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. In addition to river fisheries, there’s also fantastic lake fishing to be had. Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa are both excellent lake trout fisheries and offer native species such as cutthroats, bull trout and lake whitefish as well. If you’re into fishing with fly, tackle or bait, you’re never far from rod-bending action when you visit Kalispell.