PLACES: Big Arm State Park

By Beacon Staff

Big Arm State Park provides a unique opportunity for RV and tent camping, rental yurts and a nature trail all while enjoying the shoreline of Flathead Lake.

Located 14 miles north of Polson, and about 30 miles south of Somers, the area is ideal for those looking to get out for a weekend picnic or for those searching for adventures while traveling through Montana’s picturesque surroundings.

The public concrete boat ramp and dock is a great place to launch your personal watercraft to explore the Flathead Lake. It is also a popular spot to put in for day-trips to Wild Horse Island.

The mature ponderosa pine and juniper trees provide shade and campground solitude. The beach is popular on the hotter days with swimmers and sunbathers while the nature trails provide excellent bird watching opportunities.

Camping and yurt rentals are available through September, while park and boat ramp are open year round. Reservations for yurts can be made online or by phone.

Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation so you’ll need a Montana fishing license and a Confederated Salish Kootenai tribes fishing license.

Potable water, garbage bins, showers, restroom facilities, trailer hookups and fire rings are available. More information is available at

How to get there: From Kalispell, take U.S. Highway 93 south around the west side of Flathead Lake. Look for the Big Arm State Park sign just north of Big Arm.

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