Wild Horse Island State Park

At 2,160 acres, Wild Horse Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota. Wild Horse Island has been a landmark since the Salish-Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes.

The park is noted for its wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and falcons, as well as five wild horses.

Rare and endangered plant species have also been found on its Palouse Prairie grasslands. The island's scenic shoreline is a favorite of hikers, boaters, swimmers and sailboat enthusiasts.

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Latitude: 47.842871 Longitude: -114.210266 Elevation: 3428 ft
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Key Access Points to this State or Provincial Park

Boat access is required to reach the park. Day-use only is allowed, visitors are asked to protect and respect the park to ensure maintenance of its natural character. A joint state/tribal fishing license is required at this site due to the location of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Note: private property is found along parts of the perimeter of the island, visitors are asked not to utilize private docks.

Highlights of this State or Provincial Park

The park is noted for its wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and falcons, as well as five wild horses. Rare and endangered plant species have also been found on its Palouse Prairie grasslands. The island's scenic shoreline is a favorite of hikers, boaters, swimmers and sailboat enthusiasts.

Best Seasons or Dates to Visit

Year round

Driving Directions to Key Access Points

Wild Horse Island State Park is located on Flathead Lake. Boat access to the park  can be made from Big Arm State Park located 13.5 miles north from Polson, MT on US-93.

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