Photos: Wild Horse Island

Sep 24, 2019 | Scenes from on and around Wild Horse Island on Sept. 19, 2019. Big Arm State Park has served as a critical point of access to the island and Flathead Lake since 1966. Over the past five decades, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has leased the Big Arm Unit of Flathead Lake State Park from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at a rate of 5 percent of its appraised value, renegotiating the deal every five or 10 years. The challenge at Big Arm, state officials say, has been meeting the projected appraised value of such a large swath of lakeshore property on Flathead Lake, particularly as those costs rise exponentially.