Fun for All Ages
In Glacier Country, our playgrounds are forests, wilderness areas, lakes, streams, Glacier National Park and lots of other outdoor areas. Part of what makes Glacier Country a special kind of place is what it's missing: crowds, urban sprawl, pollution and the like. Whatever your interests, the areas surrounding Glacier National Park offers plenty of fun things to do!
On The Water
Glacier Raft Company offers guided half-day and full-day whitewater, inflatable kayaks, sport rafts, scenic, and dinner trips for the whole family. You’re sure to find a trip perfectly suited for your family.
Glacier Raft Company also offers 2-person inflatables and 6-person paddle rafts self-guided trips for those who want an unstructured trip where you can move at your own pace. Raft and inflatable kayak rentals are also available.
Glacier Park Boat Co. offers rental rowboats and boats with small motors at Lake McDonald Lodge Boat Dock and Apgar as well as narrated tours of Lake McDonald, St. Mary, Many Glacier and Waterton.
Glacier Raft Company offers guided fishing trips and fly fishing lessons. Our professional guides are here to help you experience the heritage of Montana fishing. Personalized instruction is a major part of our program, or if you are an experienced angler we will take you to the fish. The Flathead Rivers are catch and release. Montana fishing licenses are required for fishing on the Flathead Rivers; fishing licenses are available at Glacier Outdoor Center along with all the gear and equipment needed for a successful day of fishing.
In the waters of Glacier Park, you'll find trout, whitefish, kokanee salmon and arctic grayling. No fishing license is required to fish inside the Park, but please remember that adjoining waters (for instance, the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Flathead River) do require a license. Montana fishing licenses and rental fishing equipment are available at Glacier Outdoor Center.
Occupying nearly 200 square miles, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. An island park, several picnic areas, fishing, boating and nearly championship golf courses make Flathead Lake a fun destination.
On The Backside of a Horse
Glacier Raft Company offers a 1 day Ride and Raft package. Enjoy morning ride inside Glacier National Park and then an afternoon filled with adventurous whitewater rafting.
Trail rides are offered by Swan Mountain Outfitters at several locations both inside Glacier National Park, Whether you’re looking for a one-hour ride or want to experience a full day in the saddle, Swan Mountain can meet your needs.
In the Mountains
Whitefish Mountain Ski and Summer Resort on the Big Mountain outside of Whitefish, Montana, offers gondola/quad chair lift rides to the summit of the mountain, providing panoramic views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Recreation includes ziplines, alpine slides, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking.
On The Trail
With over 700 miles of hiking trails within Glacier National Park, you’re sure to find a hike that will suit your needs. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions and pack accordingly. You may start the day in a T-shirt and shorts and need a parka by evening. Dress in layers and wear polypropylene clothing which wicks moisture away. Cotton clothing holds moisture against the skin when wet. Always bring rain gear. Stop in at Glacier Outdoor Center for all your hiking needs including hydration systems, daypacks, socks and trekking poles.
The Park has 5 self-guided nature trails: The Trail of the Cedars (wheelchair accessible), Huckleberry Mountain, Hidden Lake, Sun Point, and Swiftcurrent. Good day hikes are plentiful, and maps and suggestions are available at any of the Park visitor centers.
Naturalist programs led by Park rangers (including easy strolls, short half-day hikes, or vigorous all-day hikes) are offered daily throughout the Park. Each evening at major campgrounds, the campfire circle is the place to meet for entertaining programs on history, geology, bears and a host of other topics. Illustrated slide programs are offered nightly at Lake McDonald Lodge.
A Little Bit of Culture
Hungry Horse Dam, off Hwy 2 in Hungry Horse, is the 564-foot dam on the South Fork of the Flathead River, at the top of the Columbia River dam system. It backs up the scenic 34-mile long Hungry Horse Reservoir, surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains. A visitor center is open daily in the summer with self-guided tours.
Glacier Institute offers educational programs which include short to moderate hikes. Field seminars provide in-depth educational experiences in subjects as diverse as grizzly bear ecology, wildflower identification, watercolor painting, photography, and Blackfeet culture.
The Walton Salt Lick, located on Hwy 2 east of Essex, is a natural mineral lick attractive to mountain goats and other wildlife. It's a beautiful drive and a good opportunity to view our native four-footed climbers. Mountain goat sightings are best in early summer.
The Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana, is home to the Blackfeet tribe. The reservation is made up of 1.5 million acres and is located east of Glacier Park. On the north it borders the Canadian Province of Alberta. On the west it shares a border with Glacier National Park. Cultural attractions on the Blackfeet Reservation include North American Indian Days (held in mid-July), Babb Rodeo (4th of July weekend),
Museum of the Plains Indian, and Sun Tours (Park tours with Blackfeet guides).
The Flathead Indian Reservation is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The tribes are a combination of the Flathead, the Pend d'Oreille and the Kootenai. North of I-90 between Missoula and Kalispell, the reservation encompasses more than 1.2 million acres--including the southern half of Flathead Lake. Cultural attractions on the Flathead Reservation include Squelix'u Aqlemaknik Culture Center - The Peoples Center for preservation of Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille lifestyles
Fairways and Greens
Glacier View Golf Course in West Glacier offers an 18-hole course on the edge of Glacier National Park. Recent improvements including the addition of new tee boxes, bunkers and water have enhanced this scenic and enjoyable 18-hole layout, located at the gateway to Glacier National Park.
Glacier Country is a golfing haven, home to some of "Golf Digest's" top-ranked public courses in the country. Not far away are: Buffalo Hill, Eagle Bend, East Glacier, Meadow Lake, Big Mountain, Village Greens, and Whitefish Lake.
In the Air
Helicopter tours of Glacier National Park provide a breathtaking view of the Park and a special opportunity to view some of its awesome terrain and beauty from the air! Half-hour and full hour tours are available from Glacier Heli-Tours or Kruger Helicop-Tours.
Fun for Kids of All Ages
The Amazing Fun Center, located on Hwy 2 in Coram, offers miniature golf, bumper cars and a maze for hours of family fun just minutes from our cabins.
Big Sky Water Slide and Miniature Greens, located on Hwy 2 just east of Columbia Falls, offer a wet way to cool off on a warm Montana afternoon.