As the exclusive provider of horseback rides and drop camp services in Glacier National Park, Swan Mountain Outfitters offers one of the best ways to see wildlife and the rugged beauty of this amazing national treasure. New for 2011! Swan Mountain Outfitters will also be offering daily trail rides, saddle paddle packages, evening rides, dinner rides and overnight horseback trips out of our newest location in West Glacier. We are located off Highway 2 about two miles west of the West Entrance to Glacier National Park just behind the Glacier Rawhide Trading Post. In celebration of our new location, we are pleased to offer guests of the Tamarack 10% any of our daily trail rides (one hour, two hour, half day or all day) out of the West Glacier Corral.
Archive for May, 2011
May 11th, 2011 by HTL
May 6th, 2011 by teresa
Golf Digest named the Flathead Valley a top 50 golf course destination. With eight championship golf courses the Valley’s courses offer outstanding quality and affordability.
Big Mountain Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana combines traditional Scottish links with natural towering pines winding along the Stillwater River. www.golfmt.com
Buffalo Hill Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana The most popular golf course in the Flathead Valley. The beauty and charm of the Championship 18 along with the scenic splendor and panoramic views will bring you back time and time again. www.golfbuffalohill.com
Glacier View Golf Course – West Glacier, Montana Borders Glacier National Park! Glacier View Golf Course has always been known as a friendly, relaxing, and family-oriented course. http://www.golfmontana.net/glacierview
Meadow Lake – Columbia Falls, Montana Rated as a “‘Top 500 U.S. Public Course’ by Golf Digest, and a “must play” course by Golf Magazine. www.meadowlakegolf.com
Mission Mountain Country Club – Ronan, Montana This 18-hole golf course is located 14 miles south of Flathead Lake in the heart of beautiful Mission Valley. www.golfmontana.net/missionmountain
Polson Country Club – Polson, Montana Polson Country Club’s twenty seven breathtaking holes boast spectacular lake and mountain views. www.golfmontana.net/polsoncc.php
Village Greens Golf Course – Kalispell, Montana Spectacular fairway mounding, crystal clear lakes and beautiful white sand complement the Valley’s fastest growing golf course. www.montanagolf.com
Whitefish Lake Golf Club – Whitefish, Montana Montana’s only 36-hole golf complex located adjacent to Whitefish Lake, affords fabulous mountain views and is the most requested destination for Montana golfers. www.golfwhitefish.com
May 6th, 2011 by teresa
The Flathead Valley is the magnificent gateway to the west entrance of Glacier National Park – a park so naturally beautiful it is known as the “Crown Jewel of the Continent”. Glacier was established largely through the influence of railroad magnate James J. Hill, who envisioned a North American tourist destination, comparable to the Swiss Alps, for travelers on his Great Northern Railway.
Crown of the Continent
The Crown of the Continent is the vast ecosystem stretching from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex north to British Columbia, Alberta and Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Combined, Waterton and Glacier form the only trans-boundary “peace park” in North America.
Exceptional natural beauty is preserved in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, and is a result of dynamic ongoing natural processes. Because of this the parks have been jointly designated a World Heritage Site, an honor shared with the Taj Mahal, The Great Barrier Reef and the Egyptian Pyramids.
What Glacier has to Offer
Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park’s 1 million acres of lakes, sweeping valleys and glacier carved mountains. Glacier is 40 miles wide from east to west, and 50 miles long north to south.
A complete suite of wildlife that includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators sets Glacier apart from nearly every other national park. Glacier has 272 bird species, 63 different mammals, 23 fish species, five types of amphibians and three types of reptiles.
The park has a rich variety of flora as well. There are 1,270 vascular plant varieties, 880 mosses and lichens, 130 non-native plant species and 20 tree species.
Mountains, Lakes and Streams
The highest point in Glacier is Mount Cleveland, at 10,466’ and the lowest is the Middle Fork River near West Glacier at 3,215’. At an elevation of 6,646 ‘, Logan Pass is the highest point in the park accessible by vehicle.
There are more than 175 named mountains in the park, six of them over 10,000′ and 43 over 9,000’. The Continental Divide, the mountainous backbone that sends water either to the east or west, meanders 106 miles through the park.
There are 762 lakes in Glacier, and only 131 of them are named. They cover 30,022 surface acres, with 392 miles of total shoreline. Lake McDonald is the largest at 6,823 acres, followed by St. Mary Lake at 3,923 acres, Bowman Lake at 1,706 acres and Kintla Lake at 1,698 acres.
There are 563 streams or rivers in Glacier covering 1,513 stream miles. The longest is McDonald Creek, which stretches 25.8 miles.
Archaeological evidence of use by ancient American Indians indicates Glacier’s cultural history dates back at least 10,000 years. The first Europeans to explore the area were fur trappers who are believed to have arrived in the late 1700s.
Go to the Sun
With the exception of Going-to-the-Sun Road, most roads are limited to the park’s exterior, while an extensive trail network winds through the interior. The park has 168 miles of road, six entrances and 730 miles of trails.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic landmark crossing between the west entrance near the Flathead Valley and the east entrance at St. Mary via Logan Pass. The 50-mile paved road was completed in the 1930’s. In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1996 was designated a National Landmark. The road is narrow, steep and winding, with numerous pullouts for viewing scenery. Travelers should plan to spend 1½ to 3 hours to complete the distance.
Weather and snow determine when Logan Pass opens and closes. Most portions of the Going-to-the-Sun road are open year-round. Logan Pass opens in mid-June and closes in mid-October.
The Flathead Valley provides an outstanding base camp for exploring GP with its large number of accommodations, restaurants, activities, attractions and services geared to the traveler.
US Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/glac
Fee Free Days 2011: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Web cams: http://www.nps.gov/glac/whatsnew.htm
May 6th, 2011 by teresa
There are approximately 200 miles of groomed trails and nearly 2000 miles of National Forest Service roads to take you through our snowmobiling winter wonderland! Enjoy pristine alpine forests, breathtaking ridges and powder-filled bowls.
Take your snowmobile direct from the lodge or trailer up to one of the many local trailheads or lakes. Regardless of the type of riding you’re looking for, the Flathead Valley has the right place for your pleasure. From relaxed trail rides to extreme riding this area is surrounded with opportunities for adventure (see Flathead Snowmobile Association for more details of facilities in our area).
The Historic Tamarack Lodge is working with J&L Rentals (406) 892 7666, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling (406) 387 4203, Extreme Motorsports (406) 862-8594 and WinterWonderland Sports (406) 881 2525 to offer guests rental snowmobiles. Ride right from the parking lot of our lodge and cabins. Snowmobile trips can be guided or unguided Contact our partners directly to accommodate your needs.
Canyon Creek Snowmobiling
Located on the North Fork of the Flathead River Drainage, the Canyon Creek trail accesses more than 80 miles of groomed trail and abundant mountain riding. The trailhead starts five miles north of Columbia Falls on F.S. road 316. The trail leads to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain where you can take a break at the Summit House. Another option is to continue past Big Mountain to Upper Whitefish Lake or go to Kimmerly Basin, a great place for some snow play along the route.
Desert Mountain Snowmobiling
Known as one of the most spectacular trails in Northwest Montana (at the closest to our Glacier National Park Cabin Rentals!), the Desert Mountain trail allows access to the summit of Desert Mountain overlooking Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Reservoir and the great Bear Wilderness. From this trailhead you may also ride an ungroomed trail along the east shore of Hungry Horse Reservoir, great for wilderness scenery and hill climbing. About 35 miles.
Olney/Red Meadow Snowmobiling
Close to Whitefish and just off Hwy. 93, the Olney trail travels through open-field play terrain. The groomed trail connects to Upper Whitefish Lake trail and Stryker trail. This is one of the largest loops you can take in one day. The route winds up from Olney over Werner Peak at 7100 ft. This trail will also lead you to Whitefish Mountain Resort and down to the Canyon Creek trailhead in Columbia Falls.
Upper Whitefish Lake Snowmobiling
This trail connects to the trails from Olney and Mount Marston. This is a 50 mile tour through the deep woods of the Whitefish Mountain Range. Upper Whitefish Lake offers groomed trails as well as unlimited mountain climbing and play in open meadows. It takes about 1 hour to get to Upper Whitefish Lake from the Upper Whitefish Lake trailhead or take the groomed trail to the East and head up to Werner Park.
Crane Mountain Snowmobiling
Just outside Bigfork, you’ll find 38 miles of groomed trail riding and unlimited play terrain in mountain meadows and old logging clear cuts. These trails offer views of Flathead Lake, the Swan Mountains and the Mission Mountains. More than 100 miles of ungroomed logging roads. Reach the Crane Mountain trail system from Hwy. 209, six miles south of Bigfork, or from Hwy. 83, two miles south of Swan Lake.
May 6th, 2011 by teresa
Fishing and hunting are two simple words but they describe the passion of millions. Montana is a hunting and fishing paradise.
Now associated with Cabelas, you can hunt elk, whitetail or mule deer, bear or cougar in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, antelope on short-grass prairies, upland birds in the foothills and moose in the low bogs of our rugged mountains. When it comes to wildlife diversity and hunting opportunities, Montana has something to satisfy everyone. The Historic Tamarack Lodge works directly with local guides enabling us to offer fishing trips and hunting packages to our guests. Ask us about our great rates for a once in a lifetime experience !
If 3 and 9 day hunting and fishing packages are a bit overwhelming, you can always take a guided “raft and fish” day or half day package, or just stay at the lodge and go fishing or hunting on your own schedule. We are surrounded by the National Forest and many people come simply to explore the area on their own.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks regulate and manage fishing and hunting throughout Montana. Licenses are available from their offices and at most local sporting good stores. Fishing and hunting licenses are not available from the Forest Service. Buy your hunting and fishing licenses online at Online License Sales.
Nearby Hungry Horse Dam is located on the South Fork of the Flathead River about 15 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana . The reservoir is about 34 miles long and its 23,800 acres offers excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, water skiing and swimming. Available fish species are cutthroat trout, bull trout and whitefish. The surrounding mountains are popular big game hunting areas and several of the smaller tributaries have their headwaters in nearby alpine lakes. The area is managed by the Flathead National Forest.
Please view our Wilderness Guide Partner Info.
Fishing Links of Interest
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Flathead Lake National Forest Fishing Page
Montana Outfitters and Guides
Fishing Flathead National Forest
Montana Flathead Valley Fishing
Blue Ribbon fishing
Northern Rockies Outfitters
Wild River Fishing Guides
Montana on the Fly
Great Northern Resort
Northern Rockies Outfitters
Hunting Information Site
Snowy Springs Outfitters
Montana Fish and Wildlife