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10 Facts You Probably Never Knew About Flathead Lake

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We are lucky to have this lake so close to us, offering many recreation and outdoor opportunities. Here are some interesting facts you may or may not know about our very own Flathead Lake.


1

It’s the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi

 

 

 

You can tell them it is BIG! That’s right: Flathead Lake measures in at 195 square miles of surface water.

2

Kerr Dam raised its water level

 

 

 

When they installed the dam it raised the water level by ten feet… a fun fact from NW road trips.

3

It wasn’t always called Flathead

 

 

 

Originally it was called Salish Lake after the tribe.

4

There was more water before than there is now

 

 

 

Scientists say that before the melting of glaciers it was 500 feet higher!

5

‘Mack Days’ has a high fish count

 

 

 

Flathead Lake’s premier fishing tournament brings in over 402,000 lake trout.

6

Flathead’s bio station is older than you might think

 

 

 

This is one of the oldest active biological stations in the United States. According to the station’s website, it was established in 1899.

7

There’s a reason for cherries and wine

 

 

 

The Flathead climate is everything. It has a mild climate which allows for cherries to prosper on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. Not every lake can produce that.

8

It’s very good for real estate

 

 

 

Having a home on the shoreline of Flathead is worth it on its own merits, but how much does it actually boost property values? The biological station says that economists estimate that it boosts them by $6-$8 billion.

9

It’s not really that deep

 

 

 

The deepest area of Flathead only goes down 370.7 feet. You can check lake levels here. By the way, Lake Tahoe is over 1600 feet deep!

10

There’s a Flathead Lake monster

 

 

 

Much like the Loch Ness monster this creature has been said to roam the lake. It’s said to be a large eel-type creature. Even though it isn’t as deep as other lakes, 330 plus feet is still deep enough for a monster. Could it be a giant sturgeon? We may never know.

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