Polson, Montana is – quite simply – one of the most beautiful places in all the western states. Tucked away in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake, the rugged and snow-capped Mission Mountains encircle the broad, sweeping Mission Valley that Polson rests inside of. Polson is a charming lakeside community on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the trading center for one of Montana’s most fertile farming areas. Come to Polson, rent a boat and seeing the Mission Valley and the mountains from the lake: experience the majesty.
Visitors to Polson will find the mainstreet community a model of a thriving small town. Mom and pop shops line either side of the main drag, family-owned cafes and restaurants aren’t hard to find, and even a handful of antique stores are waiting for you. A lakeside town equipped for tourism, the marina and docks of downtown are a perfect place to launch from. Rent a boat, head out for the day, and find a supper waiting for you at one of Polson’s many lovely restaurants. Motor boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking are all easily done in the same day if you headquarter in Polson.
For landside attractions after a few hours of boating, the Flathead River that flows from Polson features whitewater rafting and Kerr Dam. The National Bison Range at Moiese with its large herds of bison, elk, deer, antelope and bairn sheep is nearby, as well as the Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges for bird watchers.
Incorporated April 5, 1910, Polson has a history of lumbering, ranching and steamboats. The city was named after pioneer rancher David Polson. Steamboats played a major part in early transportation of freight and passengers. The tugboat “Paul Bunyan” was instrumental in early logging operations.
Two museums await you with many displays and memorabilia, as well as several city parks located on the lake. Polson is also home to the Polson Bay Golf Course, a magnificent golf course which is nestled near the Mission Mountains and at the base of Flathead Lake. Five miles to the south in Pablo, the governmental headquarters of the Flathead Nation is the Peoples Center, a museum focused on the preservation of the rich history of the Tribes.