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Snowmobiling paradise in Flathead Valley Montana

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.

Montana, a hunting and fishing paradise

May 6th, 2011 by teresa

Fishing and hunting are two simple words but they describe the passion of millions.  Hunting and Fishing at Tamarack Lodge in Hungry Horse MontanaMontana 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.

Cabelas

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
Stumptown Anglers
Great Northern Resort


Hunting/Wildlife Viewing
Northern Rockies Outfitters
Hunting Information Site
Snowy Springs Outfitters
Montana Fish and Wildlife

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling

February 19th, 2011 by HTL

Swan Mountain Snowmobiling and Abbott Valley Homestead invite you to an Open House.
What – A full day open house/chamber event filled with good company, food, drinks and fun!
Swan Mountain Snowmobiling will run short trips up to the top of Desert Mountain and request a $10 donation for grooming. Abbott Valley will open up the homestead to guests in between
trips so that they can warm up and get information about other businesses in the canyon.
When – Sunday February 20, 2011
Where – Desert Mountain Trailhead! Abbott Valley Homestead
Why – To introduce Swan Mountain Snowmobiling to the public and continue to promote the canyon as a four season destination.

Contact Aubrie Lorofia at 387-4405 or via email
aubrie@swanmountainoutfitters.com

Winter at the Historic Tamarack Lodge!

November 26th, 2010 by HTL

Each season brings its own rewards in our corner of northwest Montana.  Winter brings the snow and holiday landscapes like no other.  Our facility is plowed on a daily basis to ensure your safety and, as we are right on Highway 2 which is also regularly plowed, we are also safely accessible.  Taking the train?  Ask us about transportation.

Once you are here there is plenty to do.  Snowshoes are available from front desk staff – take a trip to the beaver pond behind our property, or venture into Glacier National Park or the Flathead National Forest Trails.

For cross-country skiers there is also an abundance of possibilities with groomed trails all around us. That’s 1,000,000 acres of Glacier National Park and 3,000,000 acres of National Forest and Wilderness area…we dare you to get bored with that!

Nearby Whitefish caters to every level of downhill skier or snowboarder as well as offering apres ski at the top of the mountain or in the picturesque town below whereas Blacktail Mountain offers uncrowded slopes and a family atmosphere at reduced rates.  Ski them both and tell us your preference!

We have snowmobiles!  We work closely with local rental firms to ensure you are provided the levels of service we pride ourselves on at the lodge.  New for this year is the opening of the Desert Mountain trailhead to guided snowmobiling.  Treat yourself to panoramic views of Glacier National Park from the summit, then wind your way back down the trail to the frozen reservoir at Emory Bay.  A great family trip, even better taken by moonlight.

Too much activity?  Not a problem!  Stay with us and enjoy the tranquility and relaxation that is unique to Winter in our area of the world.  Enjoy a hot chocolate while sinking into the armchair at the lodge with a good book.  Read about our history or enjoy a Western romance novel, whatever you choose.

Its your vacation … let us help you plan your dream getwaway, whether its a retreat from the stresses and strains of everyday life, a romantic winter weekend away from the kids, or a family snow sports vacation, we can help.

Don’t leave all the fun til Summer!

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