Hungry Horse Dam & Reservoir

HungryHorseDamHungry Horse Dam is one of the largest concrete arch dams in the US, standing 564 feet tall and offering a rare opportunity to walk or drive across it. Completed in 1953, the dam was constructed to store water for the Columbia River Power System which includes the Grand Coulee Dam downstream in Washington. The dam and Visitor Center are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and are well worth a visit to discover its history and soak in the views.

Upstream of the dam stretches Hungry Horse Reservoir 34 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, surrounded by 25 majestic mountain peaks. While most large reservoirs are inundated with water sports enthusiasts, the Hungry Horse reservoir enjoys a relatively secret existence. A rarely heard of drive around the entire reservoir is possible on a mostly gravel road, which also offers access to several boat launches and trail heads. This is remote lake and mountain terrain with lush forest and undergrowth, infamous huckleberries, and teeming with native wildlife including our notorious grizzly and black bears.

Camping, boating and the many variations thereof at Hungry Horse Reservoir are very popular among the locals. In summer you may spot campers sunning themselves on islands, or a herd of stand-up-paddle-boarders crawling across the lake’s surface. Motor boats are popular too, with miles and miles to explore and vantages to find. Throughout the summer, foragers are also common sites – folks who go out to gather wild morel mushrooms and huckleberries to sell them to the locavore restaurant market. When you head to Hungry Horse Reservoir, don’t forget to bring a plant identification guide and a container for your berry finds!

Meet the Gunsight Saloon

27 Aug

Music cranking, pool balls cracking, beverages poured and food served. That’s right, we are talking about the Gunsight Saloon. This lively restaurant is an impressive place to enjoy an evening out. After renovations, the Gunsight Saloon has a casino with 15 machines, two pool tables, an indoor and outdoor bar, live music stage, picnic tables, […]

Meet the Outlaw Diner

22 Aug

The Outlaw Diner is a delicious, family owned diner in Columbia Falls, Montana. The owners Alan and Nikki Bond, opened the Outlaw Diner in 2019. Their affordable menu has an option for everyone. Whether you are in the mood for a gyro or a french dip, the food is guaranteed to please! The word on […]

July-August 2019 Chamber News

01 Jul

Read our July-August Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter This summer is a busy one with Heritage Days, Movie on the Lawn, 3 on 3 Basketball, Business After Hours and more! Click the link below to stay up-to-date!

Considering Relocating or Visiting our Area?

13 May

May 2019 Greetings Readers, Planning a trip or considering relocating to Columbia Falls, Montana? Our hometown businesses are our pride and joy.  While you are here be sure to stop into our delightful coffee shops, restaurants, breweries and bakeries. Our business owners are friendly, approachable and work hard to ensure your visit is memorable. Be […]

Welcome to the Chamber, Sky Eco Rentals!

10 Jul

Sky Eco Rentals is a locally owned business in Columbia Falls, Montana.  They opened in summer 2018 and are passionate about the outdoors and creating opportunities for everyone to experience them at a reasonable price.  They rent e-bikes, inflatable kayaks, rafts and paddle boards for 24 hours at a time.  With knowledge and experience with […]

Help Us Welcome Josephine’s Bar and Kitchen to the Chamber!

26 Jun

Josephine’s Bar and Kitchen is a beautiful cafe located in Coram, MT.  They opened summer of 2018 and are ready to serve you and your family! The owners, Nic and Victoria Lee, own Glacier Distilling Company, located right next door to Josephine’s.  Enjoy signature cocktails alongside your delicious meal. Tell us about your business: Josephine’s […]