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Common Questions from our Visitors

As people shop our galleries, enjoy our restaurants or spend a day on the water, they also have questions about Bigfork and the area. A number of questions center on the same things; Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake or a special event. So when you’re packing for your next visit to Bigfork, here’s a list of the most common questions and answers about our little corner of the world.

Glacier National Park  www.nps.gov/glac 

  • How far is Glacier?  The West Glacier entrance to the park is about 40 miles from Bigfork.
  • How long will it take to get to Glacier? Remember, you’re driving in the mountains and most roads are two-lane, so it will take about one hour to arrive at West Glacier.
  • How do I get to Glacier Park? From Bigfork drive north on Montana Highway 35 to Highway 206. Take a right on 206 and drive north to Highway 2.. Take a right on Highway 2.  Turn left at the entrance to West Glacier.
  • When does Glacier Park open? The park itself is always open. Many of the lodges and other facilities operate only during the summer months. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is usually closed by snow from September through mid-June.
  • How long is the Going-to-the-Sun Road? The road is approximately 52 miles long, opening up the interior of the park, linking West Glacier with St Mary.
  • How long will it take to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road? That depends. This is a two-lane mountain road and renovations and repairs are ongoing. But the scenery is spectacular! Just take your time and take the day. (Okay, if you really want to just drive from one side to the other with no stops, plan on two hours, but you’ll sure miss a lot!)

Flathead Lake

  • How big is Flathead Lake? The largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi is 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide.  That equals 188 square miles of pure enjoyment!
  • How long does it take to drive around the lake? Highways 35 and 93 circle the lake which has 160 miles of shoreline. It will take at least two hours to drive around the lake.  That’s with no stops. We recommend you take the day and do some exploring.

Flathead Cherries www.montanacherries.com

  • When are the Flathead Cherries ripe?  It depends on the year, but you can usually find these luscious cherries ready for harvest in mid- to late July and early August.
  • Where can I buy Flathead Cherries? You can buy them at roadside stands, in most super markets and grocery stores or directly from the growers.

Places to eat

  • Where’s a good place to eat? Bigfork is known for its fine food. To make things easier, we’ve provided a list of all our eateries in the sidebar that accompanies this feature.
  • To learn more about dining in Bigfork, go to www.bigfork.org and click on “Places to Eat.”

Farmers Markets

  • Does Bigfork have a Farmers Market? Yes. The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday in the Masonic Temple Parking Lot, 8096 Hwy 35 (across from Harvest Foods). Markets start on May 8th and the last market is October 16th.

Transportation

  • How long will it take to drive to the Missoula Airport? About two hours.
  • How far is the Kalispell Airport? Glacier Park International Airport is about 27 miles from Bigfork.  It should take you 35 to 45 minutes to make the drive.
  • How far is the Amtrak Station? Located in Whitefish, the station is about 33 miles north of Bigfork. The drive should take between 45 minutes and an hour.

Fishing

  • Where can I buy a fishing license? You can purchase a fishing license online at www.mt.gov or www.fwp.mt.gov. In Bigfork, stop by Your Turn Convenience Stop at 7505 Mt Highway 35, Papa’s Woods Bay Market at 26787 Montana 35 or the Ferndale Market at 1845 Mt Highway 209.

Special Events

What’s happening in Bigfork? The summer is packed with art fairs, concerts and special events. Online, click on the events calendar at www.bigfork.org. You can also pick up a copy of the Flathead Beacon to see the Bigfork event ad or stop by the Bigfork Visitors Center for an update.

Here are some key summer events you don’t want to miss.

  • The Riverbend Concert Series brings music to Sliter Park every Sunday night.
  • The Bigfork Summer Playhouse features musicals all summer long. www.bigforksummerplayouse.com.
  • The Bigfork Museum of Art & History features changing exhibitions and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Bigfork Celebrates Last Fridays on the last Friday of every month. Stores and galleries stay open later, many with special offerings.
  • The Bigfork Festival of the Arts is known far and wide.  Make sure you’re in town the first weekend in August.
  • Rumble in the Bay car show is always held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

 

To learn more about Bigfork, visit www.bigfork.org.  Media queries may be directed to Carol Beck-Edgar at edgecomm@montanasky.us. 406-837-2061.

 


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