Flathead Lake

FlatheadLakeShelterBayFlathead Lake, Montana is the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi river. At 50 miles long and up to 10 miles wide, you can make a day or more of driving around the lake and visit the lovely places to stop along the way. Enjoy Montana fare and Made in Montana beverages along the way at breweries and road houses, and shop the fresh fruit stands along the east shore. Nothing beats the views across the lake, except the view through crystal clear water to long ago sunken logs laying on the lake’s bottom hundreds of feet below.

Flathead Lake is wild and scenic yet accessible in the many communities that surround the lake. Chartered boat rides depart from Bigfork, where the Swan River flows into the lake. Sailing communities are common on the west shore of the lake in Somers and Lakeside, and weekly regatas are common. Each September an incredible sport, the Dragon Boat Races, fills a state park near Lakeside with spectators and competitors.

March 2016 President’s Message

01 Mar

Our small businesses are growing strong with thanks to the ever increasing consumer awareness of how the locally spent dollar impacts the local economy. We have plenty of positive growth to be proud of in our area. But with the good news, often comes challenging news. Changes at our anchor industry, what we will now […]

January Luncheon features Montana’s Main Street

05 Jan

Our members agree – NETWORKING at the Chamber Luncheon adds incredible value to membership! Build relationships – Grow business MARK YOUR CALENDAR MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEON Tuesday, January 12 11:45 – 1:00 January Featured Topic Montana’s Main Street ~ with ~ Program Coordinator Tash Wisemiller Tash Wisemiller, Program Coordinator of the Montana Main Street Program will […]

January 2016 President’s Message

01 Jan

This time last year I penned a President’s message predicting that 2015 would be a strong year for our area businesses and our local communities, and (lucky for me) the year certainly delivered on my promises. In 2015, we welcomed a new medical facility, a new retail anchor, the ground-breaking of a new hotel and […]

November 2015 President’s Message

01 Nov

Greetings Chamber Members, I think it is safe to say the word is out about how wonderful our city of Columbia Falls is to do business in. With news of a long awaited hotel in the heart of town, new retail store Murdoch’s opening soon and welcome investments by multiple entrepreneurs on Nucleus Avenue, we […]

September 2015 President’s Message

01 Sep

Greetings Chamber Members, What an incredible summer we have had in Columbia Falls and our surrounding communities. Anna Stene and the Visitor Center staff have been weathering the storm of fires, smoke, road closures and media spin with positive messaging while greeting visitors at two Visitor Information Centers this year, both in town and in […]

March 2015 President’s Message

01 Mar

So far 2015’s weather has been an anomaly and I keep overhearing the question – can it be Spring already? Weather aside, the activities of our seasonal member businesses indicate that indeed, Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. Marc Ducharme, General Manager of Xanterra’s Glacier Park Lodges reported at their February […]