Finley Point State Park

By Beacon Staff

Located on the east side of Flathead Lake, Finley Point State Park offers a gamut of activities for visitors to enjoy on a late summer or early fall day, with everything from boating to hiking.

Maintained by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the 28-acre state park is secluded from the highway and features campsites, a boat dock and marina, picnic tables and a small rocky beach. From the park, a visitor can take in expansive views of Flathead Lake and the surrounding mountains. The park is a perfect place to spend an afternoon swimming or camping for a weekend, using it as a base to explore the many natural highlights of the lower Flathead Valley. Visitors can also go fishing, but should obtain both state and tribal fishing licenses. Most areas are also wheelchair accessible. Located just north of Polson, the park is easy to get to, but hidden enough so visitors aren’t disturbed by traffic.

Modest entry fees for day use and campers are charged, although Montana residents can enter the park for free.

How to get there: From Polson, take Montana 35 north 11 miles before taking a left on Finley Point Road. Follow the road and take a left on South Finley Point Road, after a sharp bend. Follow that to the water’s edge. The park is about four miles from the main road and the route is clearly marked with signage.

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