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Alan Bower Coates, 89

Daily Inter Lake

Date: 10/24/2016 8:23:00 PM

Summers in Montana were spent fishing for kokanee salmon on Flathead Lake and other local lakes, camping, picking huckleberries and visiting family. In the winter, the family enjoyed skiing at Big Mountain and Schweitzer Basin. Bigger adventures included

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Whiskey Review: Whistling Andy Bourbon


Date: 10/23/2016 11:06:00 AM

Home to less than 5,000 residents, two hours from Canada, bordered to the west by Flathead Lake, and virtually surrounded by the vast Flathead National Forest. Bigfork is also home to Whistling Andy, a craft distillery named after owner Brian Anderson’s

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Rural Montana cabin is built on a granite cliff over Flathead Lake


Date: 10/22/2016 4:08:00 PM

Texas firm Andersson-Wise has completed a rustic wooden cabin in the state of Montana that is raised on stilts to provide views of a nearby lake. The single-storey cabin is entirely made of wood, and is capped with a butterfly roof – its eaves are

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New Harmony: The curse of not knowing cursive

Deseret News

Date: 10/22/2016 4:18:00 AM

And as a missionary in 19th-century Montana, he put that skill to good use. His journal is laced with poetic descriptions of Flathead Lake, poems about home and funny stories about the fleas. My grandkids will never read any of it. They can’t read

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Congolese refugees share their joys, foibles and discoveries

Beaumont Enterprise

Date: 10/22/2016 1:02:00 AM

Kyangwali is across immense Lake Albert (think the length of Flathead Lake times four) from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Hategeka, 31, and Nyiramanza were born and from which they fled separately with their families in 1998, victims of the

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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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