Flathead Lake

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8/19/2017
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Fires Continue to Grow Across Northwest Montana as ‘Extreme’ Conditions Persist

FlatheadBeacon

Date: 8/19/2017 12:31:00 AM

On the east side of Flathead Lake, the Blue Bay Fire has burned 270 acres, more than doubling in size after a significant uphill run on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters set back burns this week in an effort to protect structures and houses in the area

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Intense Northwest heat wave decimating steelhead population in Yakima River

Yakima Herald

Date: 8/18/2017 10:52:00 PM

But the Northwest salmon and steelhead nonetheless have genetics tuned for cold water, noted Jack Stanford, an emeritus professor of ecology with the University of Montana, affiliated with the Flathead Lake Biological Station. In water warmer than 70

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Police on the scene of Missoula homicide

abcfoxmontana.com

Date: 8/18/2017 9:37:00 AM

Blue Bay fire moving upwards toward the Blue Bay and East-shore Community areas. The Blue Bay fire on the east shore of Flathead Lake began moving upwards in the late afternoon. Lake County Disaster Emergency Services issued a Level 1 Evacuation notice to

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Steelhead struggling home in record low numbers

The Seattle Times

Date: 8/18/2017 6:00:00 AM

But the Northwest salmon and steelhead nonetheless have genetics tuned for cold water, noted Jack Stanford, an emeritus professor of ecology with the University of Montana, affiliated with the Flathead Lake Biological Station. In water warmer than 70

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Blue Bay Fire expected to continue growing

NBC Montana

Date: 8/17/2017 9:37:00 PM

BLUE BAY, Mont. - With smoke and flames visible from around Flathead Lake fire officials say the Blue Bay Fire is expected to continue growing throughout the weekend. “Tomorrow we’ve got what they call a Haines 5 day, which is not a very good day for fire

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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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