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At the southern end of Flathead Lake, Polson was the first community in theFlathead Lake area to be settled by "White folks". Incorporated on April 5,1910, Polson was named after David Polson, a pioneer rancher and a finefiddler. Each summer in late July Polson hosts the state's largest fiddlingcontest.
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Situated halfway between Missoula and Kalispell on US Highway 93, Polson isyour Gateway to Glacier National Park which is only a little over an houraway. Also located nearby is the National Bison Range. Take a day to drivethe self guided tour where you will observe not only bison but elk, pronghorned antelope, big horn sheep, deer and various other animals. Stop at thescenic overlook and see for hundreds of miles in all directions while youhear only the gentle breeze and birdsongs.
Not many places in the Rockies can boast of lakes big enough to allow realboating, but Polson can and does. Flathead Lake is 27 miles long. FromBigfork and Somers on the north to Polson on the south, Flathead Lake is theWest's largest natural fresh water lake. Steamboats played a major part inearly transportation of freight and passengers. The Lake supports Montana'slargest sailing community as well as sizable fleets of motor craft andcharter fishing boats. Flathead Lake is unrivaled as a prime fishery fortrophy Mackinaw and lake trout. Boat tours are available for those who don'tchoose to fish. The Port Polson Princess, a 41 foot tour boat departs fromPolson three times daily during the tourist season.
There is a reason why Montana ranks consistently with the upper Great Lakesin terms of non-resident fishing licenses. While other states still stocktheir streams and rivers with hatchery reared trout, Montana manages itsthousands of miles of streams and rivers for wild trout. That means takingcare of the land and water that support trout.
In addition to all the activities that the lake has to offer, there is theFlathead River nearby for White Water rafting and one of the valley's oldestand loveliest lakeshore golf courses.
Polson is the largest city on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
There are almost as many Golf courses as there are majestic views of themountains here in the area. Quickly becoming one of the area's topattractions, the challenging courses in the area take advantage of thelandscape. You can golf beside the lakes, under a mountain or over a ragingriver. There are many golf ranges and practice putting courses. If a basic18 holes isn't enough for you, many of the courses have full resortamenities other than golf.
There are many and varied activities for everyone who visits the Polsonarea. The town boasts of two excellent museums which have been written aboutin the Los Angeles Times and children (from 2 to 92) will enjoy thecommercial activity center located here.
Polson has several multiple use city parks located on the lake. Visitors areadvised to keep their eyes open and their cameras ready for the area's own"Flathead Monster". Sightings date back more than a hundred years.
Kerr Dam is situated on the Flathead River southwest of Polson The vistaoverlook and recreation area provide a spectacular view of the dam which is54 feet higher than Niagra Falls.
Nearby you can enjoy the Native Ed-ventures at theSqelix'u/Aq#smakni-k'-(the People) Cultural Center. 'Walk through time'where you will learn the general history and politics behind theestablishment of the reservation. Visit the National Bison Range and learnabout the bison and its role in the economic system of the plains andplateau Indians.
Enjoy fine dining in one of our varied restaurants and in the evening relaxand enjoy Polson's live theatre which boasts several different plays duringthe summer season (some of the best off Broadway) or take in a movie.
No matter what your interests we have something for you here in Polson.Featured events throughout the summer are Crazy Days (where everything is abargain and folks shop in the outdoors and enjoy a hot dog or cotton candywhile they do so), Hoop fest (Sponsored by Larry Krystkowiak-play with thestars-in 1998 we hosted players and a coach from the Chicago Bulls),Fiddler's contest, rodeos, Pow-wows, Golf tournaments, Annual Clay Shoot,Concerts in the Park, Art Festival, Octoberfest.
Whether you want something to 'do' or just want to relax and enjoy thescenic views, fresh air and Big Sky, the friendly people of Polson arewaiting to make your vacation a most memorable occasion.
Great pictures, more information and info on a nice place to stay may be found at: http://www.angelfire.com/mt/polson/page2.html
Miracle of America Museum
Blacksmithing demonstrations are held throughout the summer.
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays
Artist-Blacksmith, Kevin Corra, will be working in his Mission Mountain Studio located at the Miracle of America Museum in Polson. He will be making decorative, sculptural, and architectural iron work. The public can come and see live blacksmithing techniques that have changed little in thousands of years. For information, contact the museum or Kevin Corra at 406-829-8357.
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The sponsoring Sandpiper Gallery is a non-profit association of local artists. The gallery itself is located at 2 East First Street, in Polson,and is open from February through December. Shows change monthly; the March, 1998 show features work by the gallery members: oils, watercolors,photographs and other media.
The gift shop offers cards, watercolor paintings, woodcarvings and unique items by artists from the Flathead-Mission region and elsewhere.