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Wild Horse Island State Park

490 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901-3854
+1 406-752-5501
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Amazing Day of Hiking in Nature

We took a boat ride over to Wild Horse Island one afternoon while vacationing at Glacier National... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Christy L
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Beautiful Area! Definitely check it out!

To get to the island, we got a ride from Boat Rentals and Rides which is situated in Big Arm. You... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2016
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490 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901-3854
+1 406-752-5501
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We took a boat ride over to Wild Horse Island one afternoon while vacationing at Glacier National Park. I was told I'd see more wildlife on that island than in the park, and that proved to be true. The island is rugged and primitive. We...More

2  Thank Christy L
Reviewed 25 December 2016

To get to the island, we got a ride from Boat Rentals and Rides which is situated in Big Arm. You could also rent a boat to get to the island and there are a few designated public spots to beach your boat. The island...More

Thank SupermanRockstar
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We had a great hike following the animal trails, even came across a deceased long horned sheep, untouched....We were dissapointed in not seeing any horses even though we cover 2/3 of the island trying to find them.

1  Thank boodyzap
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Great trails on this island. Bring a lunch and a boat and enjoy the day. We saw Golden Eagles and Bald Eagles!

1  Thank jill r
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Wild Horse Island must be visited by boat, either private or commercial. It is a delightful day trip to add to your Northwest Montana visit, particularly if you are staying on Flathead Lake. It's kid friendly and offers a fine picnicking opportunity. There is an...More

1  Thank Jim B
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The island is a bit primitive with no real place to dock a boat. We had to figure that part out then try to get off the boat by stepping on floating branches! One restroom serves the island. There is a park ranger to give...More

1  Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Planning our trip for the end of busy season worked well in having less foot traffic on the island! We recommend taking a scenic boat tour with Bill of Wild Horse Island Boat tours! Bill was knowledgeable, engaging and helped us spot wildlife around the...More

Thank kcroswaite
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Hike the trails on Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake and see the wild horses, bighorn Rams, deer, bald eagles, golden eagles and this weekend we saw thousands of white butterflies. Came across a ranger and he answered all our questions. What dug the big...More

Thank Elizabeth N
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We boated in to Wild Horse Island and tied up on one of the landing sites. There are no public boat docks on this protected island. We hiked the trails, but we never saw the horses.

Thank Trish B
Reviewed 22 July 2016

I kayaked to the island (2 mile paddle) along with a wonderful guide, feeling very foolish that I had expected to see the 5 wild horses on the island. It's a big place. But I did. Sometimes miracles happen. There are 4 black horses and...More

Thank Juli T
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Is there a public boat launch for our Kayaks closer than Big Arm (like Lindesfarne or Dayton) to shorten the paddle trip to Wild Horse Island? Looking for the shortest and most protection from the prevailing winds. I understand the winds can come up at any time but mostly later in the day.
7 July 2016|
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How did you get to the island. Are there boats that go back and forth from one of the towns on the main shore to the island?
12 August 2015|
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Response from gordons737 | Reviewed this property |
No commercial tours of the island that I know of. Far Wast tours goes by the island or You can rent a pontoon boat from Extreme water sports in Lakeside and tour the entire lake though! Don't miss painted rocks on the way... More
Mary C
When is the best time of year to come, and where to stay when you do come.
15 March 2015|
Response from gordons737 | Reviewed this property |
The Flathead Valley and Flathead Lake are FULL of amazing sites and activities from mountain biking, boating, fishing hiking, balloon rides, water and snow skiing etc. Decide what you want to do. Late Summer/Fall is my... More