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Renowned Oceanographer Joins UM Flathead Lake Bio Station Faculty


Date: 8/24/2016 3:41:00 PM

MISSOULA – Later this month, one of the nation’s preeminent oceanographer’s will join the faculty of the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. FLBS recently hired Matthew Church as a microbial ecologist. He will leave his post

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Firefighters Gain Ground on 80-Acre Lakeside Blaze


Date: 8/24/2016 2:23:00 PM

The community along the shores of Flathead Lake has been on alert since the wildfire popped up Monday afternoon and quickly chewed up 80 acres. Fire crews have quickly confined the flames, making considerable progress, while scrambling to douse the flames

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A Tame White Goat


Date: 8/24/2016 6:16:00 AM

One was told to me by an old fellow who had a cabin on one of the tributaries that ran into Flathead Lake. He had been off prospecting for gold in the mountains early one spring. The life of a prospector is very hard: He goes alone, and in these northern

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Fire Crews Charge 80-Acre Blaze in Lakeside


Date: 8/23/2016 11:19:00 PM

Helicopters were making multiple trips between Flathead Lake and the Bierney Creek Drainage to douse the flames. “Firefighters are feeling really good about the progress they’re making on this fire,” Evans said. Evans said firefighters plan to

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Crews make progress on fire burning near Lakeside

NBC Montana

Date: 8/23/2016 10:14:00 PM

KALISPELL, Mont. - Crews are holding a Flathead fire steady at about 80 acres. The Bierney Creek Fire is burning west of Lakeside on the north end of Flathead Lake. Firefighters are feeling optimistic about their progress, barring any more wind gusts

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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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