The Far West is the perfect way to enjoy the sights and sounds of glorious Flathead Lake.
Depart on a three-hour cruise from Lakeside, Montana. While on board, enjoy live music, drinks, incredible views of Flathead Lake’s shoreline and surrounding mountains, and of course, cigars.
Flathead Lake was first described by explorer David Thompson as “A fine sheet of water”. It’s that—-and much more. Flathead lake is approximately 30 miles (50 km) long and 16 miles (25 km) wide, covering 197 square miles (495.9 km²). It is about half the area of San Francisco Bay (main bay). It is larger in surface area than Lake Tahoe, but it is much smaller in volume due to Tahoe’s depth. Flathead Lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft (113.0 m), and an average of 164.7 ft (50.2 m). This makes Flathead Lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf.
The lake is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains. The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and sustains a remarkably mild climate for a region located this far north and inland; The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. There are also apple, pear and plum orchards around the lake as well as vegetables, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf and wheat production bordering or near the lake.
Our cruise aboard The Far West will depart Lakeside and head south. We will round Wildhorse Island between the state -owned island and Indian Bay and White Swan Point. We will cruise through Big Arm and on to Dayton bay seeing one of the extreme homes build on the former sheep grazing Cromwell Island. Cruising east we will reach the way to viewing Cedar and Shelter islands, getting a good view of the most recently built and for sale (just under $60 million) extreme home on the lake. We will see ancient Indian paintings on the rocks at Painted Rocks.
The west shore of the lake with its many bays and small islands will mark our route back as we return to Lakeside.