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Fishing report: Consistent catch on Crooked Creek

Billings Gazette

Date: 7/7/2020 6:00:00 PM

Reports of massive walleye catches in the Crooked Creek area of Fort Peck Reservoir make it the pick of this week

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Visiting Glacier National Park: Everything you need to know

The Points Guy on MSN.com

Date: 7/7/2020 10:30:05 AM

Travelers on a tight budget can also look for accommodations in Bigfork, Columbia Falls, The Flathead Lake area, Somers and St. Mary. Let’s be honest: Montana isn’t really known for its food. There

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Big Questions, Few Answers About What Happens Under Lake Ice


Date: 7/6/2020 5:44:00 AM

Scientists long eschewed studying lakes in winter, expecting that cold temperatures and ice cover limited activity below the surface. Recent findings to the contrary are changing limnologists’ views

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Montana adds 39 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday

Billings Gazette

Date: 7/4/2020 12:00:00 PM

You can support our newsroom by joining at our lowest rate! Montana reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,167 since the start of the pandemic. 

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'I love you whole bunches': Family, friends mourn loss of St. Labre legend Dane Fisher

Billings Gazette

Date: 7/2/2020 9:45:00 PM

They were all there for him, whether he touched their lives or they touched his in some way, shape or form ... it was just awesome to see." — Sherrell

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• River: Flathead River
• Length: 161 Miles
• Surface Area: 122,560 Acres
• Volume: 1,200,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 7,086 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 165 Feet
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the contiguous United States, taking Red Lake (Minnesota) and Lake of the Woods to be north of the Mississippi River, rather than west of the river. With a surface area of between 191.5 sq mi and 197 sq mi, Flathead Lake is slightly larger than Lake Tahoe. The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake, Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Flathead Lake is 27.3 mi long and up to 15.5 mi wide. Flathead lake has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft, and an average of 164.7 ft . This makes Flathead lake deeper than the average depths of the Yellow Sea or the Persian Gulf. Polson Bay, at the lake's outlet was raised 10 ft by Kerr Dam. It is one of the cleanest in the populated world for its size and type.

Located in the northwest corner of the state of Montana, 7 miles south of Kalispell, it is approximately 30 miles long and 16 miles wide, covering 191.5 square miles, making it approximate in size to Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake and half the area of San Francisco Bay (main bay). Flathead Lake is 30 miles southwest of Glacier National Park and is flanked by two scenic highways, which wind along its curving shoreline. On the west side is U.S. Route 93, and on the east, is Route 35.

The lake is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains. The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and sustains a remarkably mild climate for a region located this far north and inland; the Pacific Ocean is almost 400 miles to the west. The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore and vineyards for wine production on the west shore. There are also apple, pear, and plum orchards around the lake as well as vegetable, hay, honey, nursery tree, Christmas tree, sod/turf, and wheat production bordering or near the lake.
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