PLACES: Big Arm State Park

By Beacon Staff

With the spring Mack Days fishing tournament in full swing, many anglers may be looking for campsites along Flathead Lake. Lucky for them, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has opened up camping at Big Arm, Wayfarers and West Shore state parks.

And places like Big Arm State Park offer more than just camping.

Located between Polson and Lakeside, Big Arm is a 217-acre state park that is open all year. Along with a handful of campsites (including a few with electric hook-ups), the park has hiking trails, picnic areas and a boat ramp and dock and is a popular starting point for trips to Wild Horse Island. The campground also provides drinking water, garbage bins, fire pits, and bathrooms and showers.

However, the highlight of the state park may be endless views of the Mission Mountains and Flathead Lake. A long shore line provides the perfect spot to walk and enjoy the scenery.

It’s important to note that those who plan on fishing need to get a fishing license from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

How to get there: From Polson, drive 14 miles north on U.S. Highway 93 and take a right into the park. Signs are located along the way.

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