Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and it’s a stunning sight to behold. There are plenty of ways to experience it, but a scenic boat tour is a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the massive body of water.
A cruise is a relaxing and enjoyable option for both families and groups of friends. A boat cruise allows you to feel the wind in your hair while enjoying epic mountain views and the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake. There are plenty of options for a boat cruise, including dinner and sunset cruises.
Whether you’re looking to learn how to sail or just want to sit back and relax, there’s a boat tour for everyone. From 14-foot recreational sailboats to 27-foot Olympic Class Solings, there are a variety of boats to choose from. There’s even a historic fleet of 51-foot Q – class racing sloops built in 1928 and 1929. You can even take a trip to Wild Horse Island State Park, a beautiful wilderness area that’s home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, bald eagles, and rare plants.
The Lake McDonald Tour takes place aboard the Desmet, a historic passenger transport boat built in 1930. Guests are treated to an enchanting 2-hour cruise on the stunning bathtub-shaped lake. You’ll enjoy the breathtaking landscape, and learn about Glacier National Park from a knowledgeable guide. The boat will also stop at Mann Gulch, the site of a raging forest fire that claimed the lives of 13 smokejumpers in 1949. You’ll also be able to see Indian pictographs on the rock wall from the lakeshore.
Shadow Cruises offers a variety of Flathead Lake boat tours including sunset and dinner cruises as well as private charters. Their 45 foot Shadow Cruiser can accommodate 60 people and is a great choice for large groups or small parties of couples or friends. This vessel is also ADA compliant.
If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, the MV Glacier Park Princess is an excellent choice. This boat is fully wheelchair accessible and has a private cabin for those who need it. It also has a sundeck, upper and lower decks for viewing, and a snack bar.
The MV Glacier Park Princess is also a fantastic choice for a wedding, bachelorette party or any other special occasion. The MV can accommodate up to 149 passengers and is available for both day and evening cruises during the summer months. To make reservations, call 877-GO-VIKING. Flathead Lake Boat Tours