Fishing around Flathead Lake

Fishing around Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake maintains 185 miles of shoreline and contains 200 square miles of natural freshwater earning it the title “the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the lower 48 states”.  The southern half of Flathead Lake is within the boundary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation. Recreationists involved in recreational activities must purchase a tribal recreation permit when engaging in activities on the southern half of Flathead Lake.  There are 13 public access sites around Flathead Lake maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Big Arm

Big Arm State Park is a 217 acre state park providing camping, hiking trails, boat launch, restrooms with showers offering camping opportunities from May through September and limited services camping available through mid-November.  Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal fishing license is required for fishing at this state park.

Bigfork Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

The Bigfork Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake is a 1 acre fishing access site open year round with a boat launch during the summer season.

Ducharme Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

Ducharme is a 51 acre undeveloped fishing access site.

Elmo Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:
Elmo is a 13 acre fishing and recreational access point.  Includes a restroom and dock.

Finley Point State Park

Finley Point State Park is a 28 acre park offering 18 campsites and 16 boat slips that can accommodate boats up to 25 feet long

Somers Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

Somers Fishing Access Site is a 2 acre access site with a seasonal boat ramp and restroom facilities

Fishing around Flathead Lake

Sportsmans Bridge Fishing Access Site on Flathead River

Sportsman’s Bridge is a 6 acre access site open year round and provides access to both the Flathead River and Flathead Lake.  It provides access to fishing and boating and provides both high and low water ramps.  Restrooms are also available at Sportsman’s Bridge Access Site.



Wayfarers Park is a 67 acre state park that provides users with camping, restrooms and showers, trailer dump, and boat launch facilities. The campground maintains 27 with several tent sites located next to The Lake for visitors arriving by boat, and one ADA approved campsite.  Next to the park is Harry Horn Day Use area. Wayfarers is open year-round with limited services and is available May through September offering full services.


Woods Bay Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

Woods Bay Fishing Access Site.  This fishing access site hosts a boating ramp, fishing and public restrooms.


Yellow Bay

Yellow Bay State Park is a public camping and fishing access site Yellow Bay is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, so you will need a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe fishing license to enjoy fishing here.


Walstad Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

Walstad is a year round 2 acre fishing access site with a boat ramp, floating dock, and restroom facilities.