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Flathead Lake watercraft inspection stations opening up


Date: 3/15/2018 6:23:00 AM

KALISPELL - The first watercraft inspection stations of 2018 are opening up in Ravalli, Blue Bay and Kalispell this week. Folks with both motorized and paddle craft traveling into the Flathead Basin are once again being required to undergo mandatory

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Flathead Lake 10 Day Weather

The Weather Channel

Date: 3/14/2018 3:00:00 AM

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Watercraft Inspection Stations Open in Northwest Montana

Flathead Beacon

Date: 3/13/2018 2:58:00 PM

The threat of mussel infestation hits especially close to home for those working to protect the waters of Flathead Lake and its surrounding network of rivers and creeks, and it comes to rest at the doorstep of the Columbia River Basin — the only major

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Jason Sanderson

Billings Gazette

Date: 3/13/2018 2:58:00 PM

Jason had an infectious smile and laughter; his smile would light up a room. His favorite vacations were going to our family cabin on Flathead Lake. His wheelchair was his legs and the chair never stopped him from doing anything. Even though he was scared

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Boat check stations opening around Flathead Lake

Independent Record

Date: 3/12/2018 5:48:00 PM

Boat inspection stations will start opening Thursday around Flathead Lake to guard against the spread of aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels. Both motorized and non-motorized vessels traveling into the Flathead Basin that have been used

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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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