Polson Boat Rentals strives to provide a fantastic Flathead Lake boat rental experience. We offer top of the line rental boats so you can cruise Flathead Lake in comfort. Relax and enjoy the incredible Montana landscape and lakescape from one of our premier pontoon or runabout boats!
Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi at over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. Easily one of the most beautiful spots in the western United States, vacationing in Flathead Lake is easy — whether you want to spend all your time boating, or navigate from city to city.
Recreational activities on and around Flathead Lake include multiple camping sites, including the 13 public access site maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, sailing in and around the motor boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Accessing these sites can be a challenge by car, but if you were to rent a boat, you’d find them all within easy reach!
There are Public State Parks all around Flathead Lake, including Big Arm, Finley Point, Wayfarers, West Shore State Park, Woods Bay, and Yellow Bay, and Wild Horse Island, and public access sites at the cities of Bigfork, Elmo, Juniper Beach, and Sportsman’s Bridge. Wild Horse Island State Park is 2,165 acres, situated on one of the largest islands in Flathead Lake; with no overnight camping, the park is only accessible by boat. All sites maintained by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks have boat launches, camping, and swimming facilities, as well as toilets. Pretty tough to get to those places if you don’t bring your boat — sounds like it’s boat rental for guests!
The Lake’s southernmost point is where US Highway 93 and Montana Highway 35 intersect in Polson, Montana. A small town of about 5000 people, Polson was incorporated in 1910 and located on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Polson is a lakeshore community in the trading center for one of most fertile farming areas in Montana. A perfect vacation weekend could start with renting a boat, docking in Polson, and heading to the Friday Farmers Market – which is about a block long, and a local and tourist attraction.
Studies at the Flathead Biological Station show that Flathead Lake’s water quality is among the best in the world. Its major tributaries are the Flathead and Swan Rivers and numerous small streams flow directly into the lake at its shoreline, especially on the wetter, eastern shore. Kerr Dam is located at the outlet of Flathead Lake in Polson. Careful outflow keeps the lake level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level. Because the southern half of Flathead Lake lies within the boundary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Flathead Reservation, all non-tribal member recreationists must purchase a tribal recreation permit.
The entire time you’re on the lake, you won’t be able to miss the stunning Mission Mountain Range to the east of Polson: snow-capped peaks year-round. Flathead River flows along the west side of Polson and features whitewater rafting, and the beautiful Kerr Dam. Whether you’re looking to stay on a boat your entire trip, or hop on & off to see the many great sights of Flathead Lake, you won’t be disappointed!