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Wild Horse Island State Park

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Address: 490 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901-3854
Phone Number: 406-752-5501
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This primitive park, which can only be reached by boat, is home to wild...

This primitive park, which can only be reached by boat, is home to wild horses and other animals.

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Great hiking with a Swim at the End in Pristine Clear Water

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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 holes in places? What were the butterflies? What was around the fruit trees?

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rural Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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.

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Thank Trish B
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 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 one paint. Incredible. The lead stallion let us know when he was sick of us... More 

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Butte, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

This island park is accessible only by boat. The nearest charter boats are in Big Arm, but other places on the lake offer charters as well. The park hosts a herd of wild horses, and big horn sheep. There are lots of hiking trails, and buildings left over from the islands farming past. There is some privately owned land on... More 

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palm beach
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

there are only 5 wild horses on the island and we didn't see them because you have to hike through brush to get to the. it was a very hot day and most of the island is devoid of trees. did see some mountain goats. but to pay for a boat to take you there, just not really worth it

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Sherwood, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Family of six (four kids age 11-18) enjoyed our tour. We took off from Bigfork, which is probably the longest place to get to the island from in the lake (from towns that give tours). Took about an hour to get there. Lake was a little rough and clouds came in, so not quite as pleasant a ride over as... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Wild Horse Island is a place that should be on anyone's bucket list. It's very peaceful and so quiet with birds chirping very loudly! There is a very good chance that every time you visit you will see the wild horses. The wild horses aren't that scary and do not act wild. Views from this island are breathtaking!

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Rock Falls, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Had a wonderful time observing nature and the local wildlife. Make sure you take occasionally go off the main highways to check out the local wildlife with out all the noise and distractions. Can't wait to visit again.

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Kalispell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A boat is required to access Wild Horse Island. Boats of all types can be rented around the lake. It's fun to kayak to Wild Horse but only if you are an experienced kayaker as the lake conditions can change very quickly. There are no public accommodations so this is a day trip only. If you love to hike and... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Primitive state park is a beautiful Island off the West shore of Flathead Lake. Wildlife may be viewed there include big horn sheep, deer, racoon and other varmints. Some wildlife may vary if the lake freezes over between the island and the mainland as they will cross back and forth. There are many trails among the pines and lots of... More 

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