Cherry Orchards along Flathead Lake | Montana

Cherry orchards and Flathead Lake go together like motherhood and apple pie. Cherries thrive along the shores of the largest fresh-water lake in the United States west of the Mississippi. The combination of a northern climate and winter temperatures moderated by a huge water body, provide ideal growing conditions for many varities of cherries. Some orchards also grow peaches, plums, apples and pears.- but cherries are king. In late spring the masses of fluffy pinkish-white blossoms glow on a backdrop of blue waters and snow-capped peaks. By July the tree branches are heavy with glistening red fruit.
Best Places to Go:

Roadside stands do a brisk business throughout the harvest. Although there are some orchards on the west shore, the larger operations and most of the fruit stands can be found on the east shore. A few orchards offer a "pick-your-own" option. Several orchards practice natural or organic farming methods.

Best Times to Go:

May for blossoms, July for fruit.
What You Should Know Before You Go:

Before early July, fruit sold at stands is likely from out-of-state. Wait for the local harvest for the best fruit.
Driving Directions:

Highway 35 winds down the east shore from Bigfork to Ploson, Highway 93 wanders up the west shore from Polson to Somers.


Latitude: 47.906898 Longitude: -114.031998 Elevation: 2935 ft

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