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Wild Horse Island State Park

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a must visit when seeing flathead lake

we kayaked to the island and we were greeted by big horn sheep 200 yards from the beach. While the... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
North Eastham, Massachusetts
One of my favorite hikes and wildlife viewing areas

I hike this island for a Montana experience. It is a special place for our family and friends Bring... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Michael L
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This primitive park, which can only be reached by boat, is home to wild horses and other animals.
490 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901-3854
+1 406-752-5501
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

we kayaked to the island and we were greeted by big horn sheep 200 yards from the beach. While the wild horses were not around, we enjoyed the hiking on well marked trails and a clean safe park.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sarek1
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I hike this island for a Montana experience. It is a special place for our family and friends Bring water and lunch. The animals go wherever they want and there is no single viewing area. I have the best experience entering from Eagle Cove because...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael L
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We took Howe's Fishing Charter for a half day trip out to this island. A huge shout out to Chris for the trip out. It was a quick way to visit and we got to see the lake as well. The island itself was great....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Santucci1
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by here on our day long fishing trip for lunch and a hike. Didn’t see many animals, but we expected this since it’s super dry and hot right now in MT. The few mule deer we saw were cool. When we come back...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

This is a great kayaking destination, with an established trail, pioneer buildings, and herds of wild animals. It also provides a nice botanical exploration, with some rare wild grasses and many flowers.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lou M
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Too dry and hot; animals are in hiding from the tourists or something because there wasn't a one there when we went. It's much too dry right now and all the flowers are gone. Not worth a trip over at all.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank M M
Reviewed August 4, 2018

spent a few hours there, the boat ride over was fun, saw lots from the boat and after coming ashore we hiked for several hours

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank w00f359
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This State Park is special for the Flathead Valley area. You must take a boat tour or rent water craft of your own to get there. You can picnic on the shore if you bring a sack lunch and drinks. A hike will be fun...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank MaryEllenM27
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

I’ve read many posts about Wild Horse Island State Park and agree will all those who say “WOW!” My family visited the island park in mid June on one of the most glorious days imaginable. We rented a boat and loaded up our picnic lunch...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank RP G
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Had a local person take us around the lake and onto the island. We hiked inland and saw Mule Deer and Long Horn Sheep. Did not see the Wild Horses but still is was a great hike. The Long Horn Sheep were fantastic. Our guide...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Jerseyhobo
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August 22, 2018|
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Response from Lou M | Reviewed this property |
It takes me about 90 minutes in my sea kayak, but once when there was bad weather coming up I made it in 45 minutes, paddling really hard. The best launch point is the public dock in Dayton. I agree with the idea of... More
June 12, 2018|
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Response from Lou M | Reviewed this property |
When my Mom was 82, I rented a double kayak and put her in the front. She pretended to paddle. It was fun. She couldn't do the whole hike, but she saw lots of animals and wildflowers and grasses.
Barbara S
August 20, 2017|
Response from Thomas D | Reviewed this property |
From the Dayton put in to one of the nearest landing beach spots on the NW of Wild Horse Island, it is just over 2 miles (Strava measured it as 2.3 miles). It took our group 40 - 60 minutes getting through the chop as we... More