Outdoors

EXPLORE: Wayfarers State Park

Tucked off Highway 35, the park is only minutes from downtown Bigfork

More than 200 people buckled up their life jackets and hit the water on stand-up paddleboards and kayaks last weekend during the annual Northern Rockies Paddlefest at Wayfarers State Park.

Tucked off Highway 35 only minutes from downtown Bigfork, Wayfarers is a beloved launching pad and scenic hangout on Flathead Lake.

The 67-acre park hugs the lake’s northeast shore and features almost every outdoor opportunity imaginable.

There are 30 campsites available to tents and motorhomes with public restrooms, showers, water and an RV dump station.

For boaters, there’s a smooth launch area. Swimmers have a designated section to safely recreate and fishermen have a rocky shoreline to cast from.

It’s also an ideal picnic setting, with grills, fire rings and tables.

A park manager is on duty. For more information visit stateparks.mt.gov or call 752-5501.

How to get there:

Drive half a mile south of Bigfork on Montana Highway 35 and look for signage that leads right into Wayfarers State Park.

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