Facts and stats about the town you love
Surrounded by mountains and forest, Bigfork hugs the shore Bigfork Bay on Flathead Lake. Formed millions of years ago by glacial action, the clear, cold waters of the lake offer hundreds of acres of watery playground and provide the perfect climate for growing the famous Flathead Cherries.
Bigfork is known for fine art, fine dining and great theatre. Its world-class art galleries are the reason that the community was designated as “One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in the West.” The Bigfork Summer Playhouse has been recognized for more than 50 years as one of the northwest’s finest repertory theaters. Bigfork’s restaurants offer menus that range from gourmet dining to casual burgers and brats with a view of the lake. And accommodations include everything from cozy B&B’s to lodges and resorts.
Bigfork is the perfect location for those who love the outdoors. Right in our backyard is the nearly 28 mile long, deep, cool water of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The 188 square miles of pristine water, tree lined shores and boundless wildlife habitat offer endless opportunity for watercraft recreation and year-round fishing for trophy sized trout, yellow perch and whitefish.
Many other outdoor recreation areas are also within our reach. Glacier National Park (open year-round), with its wildlife and the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road, is less than an hour away. Jewel Basin Hiking Area in the Flathead National Forest is home to more than 15,000 acres for backcountry hiking, camping and fishing. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, one of the most completely preserved mountain ecosystems in the world with over one million protected acres, is only a short drive away. Bigfork’s Eagle Bend Golf Course provides 27 holes of sculpted fairways, excellent greens and magnificent views. In the winter months, Whitefish Mountain Resort to the north and Blacktail Ski Area on the lake’s west shore offer excellent downhill and snowboarding opportunities, as well as many groomed cross country ski trails and snowmobiling areas.
Throughout the year, Bigfork is alive with activity. Every season brings special events including the Bigfork Brewfest in March; the Whitewater Festival and Kayak Races Memorial Day Weekend; the Bigfork Summer Playhouse; the Riverbend Concert Series, weekly outdoor live music performances all summer long; the Rumble in the Bay Classic Car Show, held Labor Day Sunday; the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival; the famous Bigfork Festival of the Arts; Tamarack Time, our fall celebration where residents serve homemade food along Electric Avenue for sampling and judging; and an old-fashioned Christmas in Bigfork where the entire town is decorated by “Elves” with fresh-cut garland and lights and a giant Christmas Tree is displayed downtown. See the event calendar to learn more about what’s happening in Bigfork.