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!

Wildfire Discussion Points and Resources

13 Aug

Many visitors in our area have questions and concerns in regards to air quality, closures and wildfires.  Below are suggested discussion points to use to keep visitors updated and aware of the situation, while still giving them suggestions on how to continue to enjoy their stay. General Talking Points:   State the facts only. Avoid […]

July 2017 Newsletter

06 Jul

If the 177,256 people who visited Glacier National Park in May is any indication, it should be another record breaking summer. Soon enough we will be celebrating our community’s history and heritage with Heritage Days.   Your Chamber’s Events Committee has been hard at work putting together the Heritage Days 3 on 3 Basketball tournament.  If […]

Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Search for Executive Director

23 Feb

Current Executive Director Stacey Schnebel to redirect her entrepreneurial talents to her existing local businesses and explore new opportunities Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce begins its search for a new Executive Director this month. Current Executive Director, Stacey Schnebel, stepped down from the Board of Directors in May, 2016, to assume the role and […]

Casual Connections at our October Business After Hours ~ by Phil Carl of NXGEN

30 Nov

The BAH event for October was co-hosted by Phil Carl with NXGEN Payment Services and Flathead Family Foot Care and Dr. Robert Clase. Dr. Clases new office facility on Nucleus was the site of a great time of food, drinks, fun, networking and getting to know more about each others businesses and how we might […]