Things to do in Bigfork Montana

The town of Bigfork is a picturesque and charming village town. World class art galleries, fine restaurants, a 27-hole golf course, live theatre and unique shops can all be found within a quaint Western setting. Located near Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall and the Swan Wilderness areas are full of wildlife and offer endless recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Chosen as "One of the 50 Great Towns of the West" and designated as "One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation," Bigfork offers you and your family a part of the West that you will never forget.

Art Galleries

  • Artfusion: Representing over 60 Montana artists - ceramics, paintings, jewelry, photography & more. Colorful, playful art that invites you to feel good! Brett
  •  Thuma Gallery: Meet artist Brett Thuma and see paintings being created. The gallery carries a variety of fine art and much more.
  • Premier Art Gallery. Frame of Reference: Contemporary fine art and award-winning custom framing. You can go anywhere for ordinary.
  • Persimmon Gallery: Bigfork's friendly, neighborhood Art Cooperative features local artist's unique jewelry, ceramics, fine art, prints, clothing and much more.
  • Celebrate "Last Fridays" in Bigfork, 5pm-8pm all summer long. The town puts on its party hats and we feature new art, food, drinks and fun!
  • Rieckes Bayside Gallery: Come and Browse the art gallery in downtown Bigfork where the inventory includes pottery, sculpture, prints, giclees, original paintings, woodturnings and much, much more. Thomas G. Lewis: Local Bigfork artisit offering oil paintings, watercolor and limited edition.

Bicycle Rentals

  • Mountain Mike’s Rental Bikes & Guided Tours: www.mtnmikes@montanasky.com 406-253-BIKE (2453) Mountain Mike's has bike rentals and guided tours for the entire family. Daily & weekly bike rentals. Guided tours for all levels. Parts & accessories as well as repairs.
  • Bigfork Mountain Bike Rentals: 406-871-9733 They service Bigfork, Swan Lake, Wood's Bay, Lakeside, and the many Flathead Valley Mountain Bike destinations. From scenic country roads, old logging trails, and epic single track are location can provide you with a variety of biking terrain for all level of abilities. Lots of great trails and places to explore directly from our location only five miles from downtown Bigfork or we can deliver the bikes to you for free. Travel through Montana scenery at it's finest and finish your ride with a swim in one of our area lakes or rivers.

Boat Rentals & Sailing  

Notice to Guests Renting Boats: Please make sure that your boat rental company understands that they do not have road access into the property. All boat deliveries must be made using the public boat ramp. Deliveries cannot be made to the dock before Noon the day of your arrival as the prior renter needs adequate time to remove their watercraft.  Swan lake is highly dependent on the water flow from the Swan river. Guests are advised that the boat dock cannot be installed until the river has reached its crest which ranges from late May to late June each year. For stays in late spring or early summer please check with us before arranging for a boat rental as no guarantee can be made that the boat dock will be available during this time of year.

Bigfork Watersports  This boat rental company has been highly recommended by prior guests. They have ski boats, wave runners and pontoon boats. Located at 451 Electric Avenue in downtown Bigfork, MT. Dock location 104 Holt Drive Bigfork phone 406-2493732

Bigfork Outdoor Rentals   This company has kayaks, canoes, small outboard motor boats, rafts and tubes.  406-837-2498 

Community Theater 

Bigfork Summer Playhouse  406-837-4886
Known by many as the “theatre by the bay,” the Bigfork Summer Playhouse is a past recipient of the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts. Each season we recruit Broadway caliber acting talent from across the country to bring our patrons the finest live professional theatre in the Northwest.

Dog Sledding

Dog Sled Adventures  (406) 881-2275

Fishing

Charter Fishing
A Able Fishing Charters  406-257-5214
Fishing or touring charters on our 24' Sea Raider and 24' Ocean King. Great for trolling on Flathead Lake, and tours to Wild Horse Island. Also for smaller groups, we have our 18' Weldcraft, perfect for jigging on Flathead Lake and available for transport to other lakes in the valley. All boats have covered areas, enclosed cabins and the 24' have private restrooms. Snacks, hot and cold drinks are provided.

Bagley Guide Service 406-837-3618
Come along on a first class charter fishing trip on beautiful Flathead Lake. Fishing will be for big lake trout ranging from 5 to 30 pounds. Top of the line boat and state of the art equipment will allow you to catch "The One That Didn't Get Away!"

Flathead Lake Charter Service   406-837-3632
1/2 or full day trophy trout fishing. All equipment provided. Fun for the whole family or the serious angler.

Fishing Guide
Crane Mountain Guide Service LLC  406-837-0918
Crane Mountain Guide Service LLC is a fishing guide service that furnishes guests with experienced and friendly guides equipped with all the gear to fly fish lakes, rivers and streams in our area.

Fly Fishing
Bigfork Anglers Fly Shop  406-837-3675
The Flathead Valley's premier fly shop and outfitter. Offering fly fishing guide services for Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell, Lakeside and Columbia Falls.
Wild Trout Adventures  406-837-3838
Professional guided fly fishing services. Offering full and half day river trips and mountain lake adventures. All equipment provided.

Golfing 

Eagle Bend Golf Club   406-837-7300

Hiking & State parks

 Glacier National Park: the entrance to the west gate is located about 30-45 minutes from the house

Geo Cashing

Geo Caching on Swan Lake Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache as we have a few really good GeoCash spots within 5 miles and one in the middle Swan Lake. To View what GeoCaching is all about in Action click here YouTubeVideo       To locate a Geo Caching site click on Official Geocaching Website 

Horseback & Llama Riding 

Horseback Riding in Glacier Park  406-387-4405 
 
Swan Mountain Llama Trekking  406-886-3901

Swan Mountain Outfitters 1-800-919-4415

Kayaking  
Paddle Bigfork Montana Kayak Rentals.

Loon Lake      


Loon Lake is located just a 5 minutes drive from the house. This is a great place to take the kids as they have an old fashion Tom Sawyer Rope swing with a ladder where kids can climb up and jump into the lake.

Museums

Bigfork Museum & Art & History 406-837-6927

River Rafting

Glacier Raft Company   406-888-5454

Snowmobiling

Montana is home to some of the longest snowmobile trails in the country, not to mention some of the most pristine terrain.  Crane Mountain trailhead is the closet trail to the house.   

Glacier Snowmobiling  Office: (406) 387-4405 or Toll Free: (877) 888-5557

Winter Wonderland Sports  406-837-4843

Snow Skiing

Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort located in Lakeside just a short distance from the property.

Bigfork Community Nordic Center  406-837-0783

Spa & Health Club

Montana Athletic Club 406-837-2582

Scenic Flights

Air Therapy Aviation  406-249-7257