Northwestern Montana By Mrs. Daughenbaugh

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A fascinating place to visit and live . . . Northwestern Montana offers nature lovers the opportunity to fish, hunt, explore, hike, and more. This state, nestled in the upper Northwest, was founded in 1889. Its borders include: Canada to the north, North and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and Idaho to the west and southwest.

The Rockies

Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains run through Montana. The Rocky Mountains are notable for containing the highest peaks in central North America. The range's highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 14,440 feet above sea level. Mount Robson in British Columbia, at 12,972 feet, is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. National Parks in the Rocky Mountains include: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Banff National Park, and more.

Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful, Lower Falls, Bison

Yellowstone National Park is mostly located in Wyoming, but does stretch into western Montana. It is best known for its volcanic activity, including the famous geyser, Old Faithful. Yellowstone is home to many different species of wildlife, including antelope, elk, mule deer, wolves, bison, and bears. Yellowstone Lake is the largest natural lake at high elevation in North America, which stretches 20 miles long, 14 miles wide, and has nearly 141 miles of shoreline.

Glacier national park

Glacier National Park, often referred to as the Crown of the Continent, is situated in northern Montana, sharing a border with Canada. It consists of over 1 million acres of land, more than 130 lakes, thousands of species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals.

Going to the Sun Road

This road is the only road that traverses the entire park from east to west, spanning 50 miles. It is the only road that winds through the Continental Divide and goes through Logan Pass at an elevation of 6,646 feet.

Going to the Sun Road

glacier national park

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park, stretching 10 miles long, a mile wide, and 472 feet deep. Since the lake lacks many nutrients, it is not considered a prime fishing location, but does contain several species of trout. The lake borders the Going to the Sun Road and wildlife including, mule deer, moose, and bear can be seen regularly on its north shore. There is a lodge and visitor center located on the lake's westernmost side.

Lake McDonald Lodge

waterfalls

Skalkaho Falls

Beautiful waterfalls are often a common sight in the mountains. These falls just east of Hamilton, Montana offer hikers the opportunity to climb the rocks and look over the deep valley below. Cold waters spray from the falls and the roaring waters rage down the mountainside.

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake

This ice cold lake, located 7 miles south of Kalispell, does not disappoint when it comes to spectacular. It is situated between the Mission and Salish mountains at an area of around 192 square miles. At its deepest point, the water is an astounding 371 feet deep, all of which make it the largest freshwater lake West of the Mississippi River.

Panoramic view of Flathead Lake

The lake has an irregularly-shaped shoreline with dozens of small islands, the largest of which is called Wildhorse Island, a state park. This island is a tourist attraction with several boats of people being transported there daily. It is known for its wildlife, including a small herd of wild horses, big horn sheep, mule deer, and golden eagles. The island has many trails to explore with several small cliffs to climb.

Atop Wildhorse Island
Roaring Lion Fire, July 2016

Recent news

The photo above captures a horrific sight on July 31 as the Roaring Lion fire ripped through the Bitterroot Valley just southwest of Hamilton, Montana. The blaze destroyed over 8,000 acres of land and forced many to evacuate. It was found to be started by a group of teens who were camping in an unauthorized area and did not put out their campfire completely.

Bitterroot River

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot River stretches about 75 miles through the Bitterroot Valley, with many curves and rapids. It is used for fly fishing and rafting. Visitors enjoy the small rifts to trudge through and deep holes to fish in.

Overlooking Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana offers a wide variety of urban, cultural, artistic, historical, and recreational activities. Your airplane will most likely drop you off at the airport in Missoula. From there, the possibilities are endless. You can visit museums, wildlife preserves, the mall, several shops and restaurants, and more. You can rent a car and take a trip to the mountains, or drive through the valley and stop at local shops in the smaller towns.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an interesting attraction to visit in Missoula if you're at all interested in the majestic animals that roam Montana's mountains and grassy plains. The museum guides tourists through record-sized elks, predators and prey, and more.

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