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.
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