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Mountain magic and valley bliss, long summer days and deep fluffy winter months. There is something magical about living in this northeast corner of the Flathead Valley, Montana. This is the edge of the wilderness, where the sparkling Flathead River flows from Bad Rock Canyon and meanders along the edge of Columbia Falls, where home town hospitality and original small town flare are the norm.

The people here are vibrant and passionate about their good fortune to call this home. They spend their free time getting out there and into the great outdoors. Life here is adventurous and neighborly, slightly affected by the weather, whatever you choose it can be breathtaking. Our forests, fields and fresh air offer endless recreation year-round.

Although Columbia Falls and the surrounding smaller communities are at the edge of wilderness, we are not without our comforts. Locals enjoy breweries and distilleries, have summer open air markets, and see live music at indoor and outdoor venues. Our growing array of restaurants offer incredible quality and delicious local fare, and there are several anchor hotels to complement the array of cabins, lodges and vacation rentals in the area.

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About Columbia Falls and Surrounding Areas

Columbia Falls is located in Northwestern Montana located along the Flathead River.  Columbia Falls is a charming town with local retail, lodging and restaurants.

City of Columbia Falls 

130 6th Street West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912


Hours: M-F 7am-6pm

Mayor: Donald Barnhart

City Manager/Planning Director: Susan Nicosia 

Columbia Falls Police Department

Chief of Police, Clint Peters
Non-Emergency Phone: 406-892-3234
130 6th Street West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Columbia Falls Fire Department:

Fire Chief, Karl Weeks

Non-Emergency Phone: 406-892-3911

624 1st Ave West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Flathead County

800 S Main Street, Kalispell, MT 59901

Heritage Days Parade, Annually the last weekend of July



Average January High: 28 degrees
Average January Low: 13.5 degrees
Average July High: 80.7 degrees
Average July Low: 49.9 degrees
Average Rainfall: 15.17 inches
Average Snowfall: 63.3 inches

Elevation: 3,087ft

Population:  5,876 as of July 1st, 2019 (source US Census Bureau) 

Nearby Cities and Communities  near Columbia Falls:

  • Hungry Horse, MT: 6 Miles
  • Martin City, MT: 7 Miles
  • Coram, MT : 10 Miles
  • Whitefish, MT 10 Miles
  • Evergreen, MT: 14 Miles
  • Kalispell, MT: 17 Miles
  • West Glacier, MT: 19 Miles (West entrance to Glacier National Park) 
  • Polebridge, MT: 35 Miles
  • Missoula, MT: 125 Miles

Cost of Living Indexes 2021 (% based off national average)

  Columbia Falls Coram Essex Hungry Horse West Glacier 
Overall 100.10% 90.00% 105.30% 73.60% 119.50%
Groceries 103.10% 102.10% 104.70% 95.60% 108.30%
Housing (homeowner) 121.90% 89.30% 98.00% 98.00% 98.00%
Utilities 79.70% 78.40% 139.70% 36.70% 182.70%
Transportation 73.50% 74.40% 75.90% 80.00% 78.40%
Health 98.00% 98.00% 74.20% 74.40% 74.40%
Miscellaneous 100.90% 100.70% 99.80% 101.90% 102.00%
Median Home Cost  $281,000 $206,500 $322,900 $84,800 $422,400

Source: Montana West Economic Development


233 13th Street East

PO Box 312

Columbia Falls, MT


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