Stand Up Paddle at Holland Lake


Added by Meredith Baird

Holland Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes to enjoy in western Montana. The water is extremely clear and the surrounding Swan and Mission mountains make the view unforgettable! 

When you turn on Holland Lake Lodge road, follow the signs towards the lodge.  You will notice a sign that directs to a day use area, which is an option, but I prefer to continue to the very end of the dead end road.  There is parking and a vault toilet at the dead end along with a trailhead sign. 

Grab your gear and set off down the trail.  It is about a 3-minute walk down to the water.  You will notice many signs directing to other enjoyable hikes as well. 

Once you get to the lake, you have the choice of setting up right on the water's edge, or you can head left or right on the trail to find your own personal little slice of beach. Make sure to pack in and pack out and enjoy the crystal blue water! 

Note: the mosquitoes are really intense at this lake...don't forget your bug spray! 

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Better than expected!

I fell utterly in love with this lake...just did the short 3-mile hike to the waterfall prior to paddleboarding the lake, but there are lots of trails and many areas to explore with this lake as the jumping off point. The lake itself is crystal clear and stunningly blue, the perfect place for a hot summer's day paddle. Just be aware that motorboats occupy the lake also, so it can get busy. The earlier the quieter and calmer.


Holland Lake is one of my favorite places to go in western Montana. The water is crystal clear and everywhere you look there are snow-peaked mountains! There is no better way to enjoy this little slice of heaven than to can go anywhere on the lake and take a dip when it gets warm!

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