Polson lies in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana. Polson is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
This charming lakeshore community is the trading center for one of most fertile farming areas in Montana. This prime cherry growing region is home to dozens of orchards, which Polson celebrates with an annual Cherry Festival.
The broad, sweeping Mission Valley south of Polson is bordered by the rugged, snow-capped Mission Mountains. The Flathead River that flows through Polson features whitewater rafting and Kerr Dam. Just south of Ronan, visitors can see large herds of bison, elk, deer, antelope and barn sheep at the National Bison Range at Moiese. Bird watchers will enjoy the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges.
Visit one of our museums, The Miracle of America ,thePolson-Flathead Historical Museum, or the Peoples Center in Pablo. All offer many displays and historic memorabilia. Polson also has several city parks situated along the lake. Golfers will want to visit the Polson Golf Course.
Polson becomes a popular attraction in the summertime, when temperatures range from 80 to 95 degrees. In July, Polson plays host to the Flathead Lake Basketball Tournament. The largest Car Show in the Pacific Northwest takes place in August, when 500 hotrods, custom and classic, line the streets of Polson.
Indian Nations: Pend d'Oreille Kootenai Salish
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Studies at the Flathead Biological Station show that water quality in Flathead Lake is among the best in the world.
Its major tributaries are the Flathead and Swan Rivers. Numerous small streams flow directly into the lake at its shoreline, particularly on the wetter East Shore.
Kerr Dam is located at the outlet of Flathead Lake in Polson. Regulations of outflow by the dam maintain the lake level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level.