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“Saw all but horses”

Wild Horse Island State Park
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Kalispell
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Owner description: This primitive park, which can only be reached by boat, is home to wild horses and other animals.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We rented a boat in Polson and it took 40 minutes to reach Wild Horse Island northeast cove where the three mile trail starts. Easy to bring the boat to shore and secure it. The trail goes up a hill to the right where we immediately saw Big Horn Sheep. Then a little higher three deer were grazing. We saw two golden eagles and an osprey. The only evidence of deer was their well digested meal. It was hot and I suspect they were down in the forest keeping cool. We met an island resident who told us the history of the island from the time it was offered as homestead. Now the state owns it and it cost $3 for non residents to walk the trails. It was a great day on the water and except for no-show horses, nice on the island. Sheep were waiting for us on the beach when we returned from out hike. Boat was $220 for four hours. At Lakeside there is a boat ride (4 hours with driver) for $250 that takes you on a tour of the lake and a short visit to Wild Horse Island. We preferred our own boat. Toilets available.

19  Thank James H
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

a great place for a picnic lunch and a nice hike.. Visiting is often more about the journey-than the destination--and this is case in point----The boat ride over was exillarating and informative-breezy and we even saw ancient pectroglyphs----(on the way)..But, Island side..., saw more animal droppings than animals........sometimes--? It's just like that...-----Still, clear trails and nice views.

8  Thank NoankPhotog
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We hiked Wild Horse Island State Park, and seen a herd of Rams, and we found the Wild Horses. My husband sat down near them, and they walked right up to him, and ate grass from his hand. My husband grew up around horses, and has alot of experience with them. Not everyone will have the same experience with wild horses that he did. Please be careful, they are WILD animals. Our daughter was amazed. So beautiful. I also saw a large bald eagle perched in a tree above us. Very cool.

10  Thank ckapphahn
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

The boat ride out is worth it alone, but in addition to that you get to see some of the most beautiful natural scenery. We saw deer, rams, and big horn sheep, including some baby lambs. We also saw several bald eagles and osprey.

6  Thank Poppy01_11
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

A good place for picnics with great views of Flathead lake. This place is good only on brilliant sunny days.

1  Thank Teng-Lum
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