If you’re looking for boat ramps to get out on the water, hiking trails or our many local parks, you can find them all right here.
Located in downtown Bigfork, just across the single lane bridge along the Swan River is the Everit L. Sliters Memorial Park. The park features a playground, picnic area, and stage. Named after the town’s founder, Sliters Park a Flathead County Park in partnership with the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork and PacifiCorp. Sliters Park is also home to the Riverbend Concert Series and may be reserved for private events. Visit Flathead.mt.gov for more information.
The Bigfork Public Dock is a convenient and accessible dock located on Grand Avenue, right in the heart of downtown Bigfork. It is situated across from the public parking lot and is maintained by both Flathead County and the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork. The dock serves as an excellent starting point for a day of shopping or sunbathing, and it’s ideal for boaters who are looking for a place to park their boat. Additionally, the dock provides a convenient launch point for kayaks and canoes, and it features a storage rack for these small watercraft.
Wayfarers State Park, located just south of Bigfork Village, features rocky cliffs, a gravel beach, and the best sunsets in the Flathead Valley. Wayfarers also provides public access for launching a boat or swimming and multiple picinic and camping areas. Reservations can be made through Montana State Parks.
The Bigfork Fishing Access is located in the Bigfork Bay. Accessing it is easy, just turn off Highway 35 onto Bridge Street, then turn onto Bay Drive and follow it to the end. Be courtesy of the private residence that line the road. Once there, visitors will find a boat launch, dock, restrooms, and limited trailer parking available.
Located 7 miles west of Bigfork, Somers Beach is 106 acres on the northwest shore of Flathead Lake. The park provides access to nearly a half-mile of shoreline. The park is comprised of a wide sandy beach that’s accessible when Flathead Lake is below full pool from fall through spring, a rocky shoreline, and extensive wetlands and riparian areas. Somers Beach is currently day use only. Current information can be found at Fish, Wildlife, & Parks.