• Activities:

    Canoeing, Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Cliff Jumping

A short paddle to Pig Island from the North Launch of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Go for an early morning kayak, eat breakfast, and watch the sunrise from the island.

Drive to the North Flathead Launch in Somers, MT (15 miles south of Kalispell). Launch the kayaks and head south towards the yacht club. Once past the yacht club, paddle eastward, you should come upon a wooden shack, a number of wooden poles, and an island. Continue eastward past these various features and Pig Island will be visible in the distance.

In total, the paddle should take no longer than 40 minutes. There is a small "lagoon" on the western face of the island that is convenient for keeping the kayaks. If staying for a long time, it would be beneficial to drag the kayaks onto the northern "flatter" end of the island.

Pig Island is essentially a big rock that offers beautiful views of the lake. There is a small cliff on the western face of the island which offers a great place to jump into the refreshing water of Flathead Lake. This is a perfect spot to watch both the sunrise and sunset. 

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Swimsuit
  • Googles
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Food
  • Camera
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Derek Vander Ark

Born in Washington, Raised in Montana, Temporarily residing in Iowa. Crisp air, dense forests, cold lakes, towering summits, and clapping thunder is what I like best--- Sharing the landscapes that I experience through photography is what I enjoy most.

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