15 Best Things To Do in Bigfork, Montana

by Seema Nande Updated on 13 Oct 2018

Bigfork is the unincorporated community which is also recognized as the CDP (Census Designated Pace) for its population of 4,270 as per census of 2010. This famous city lies in the Flathead County of Montana, United States.

This city is an interesting place as the two famous rivers of USA- Swan River and Flathead River combine and pour their water into Flathead Lake. It is considered that due to the presence of many things to do in Bigfork for tourists, it becomes a renowned tourist attraction. The activities which can be enjoyed here are given below.

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Let's explore Bigfork points of interest and 15 best things to do in Bigfork:

1. Camping at Wayfarers State Park

Camping is an interesting activity which can be enjoyed at the campground of the Wayfarers State Park. There is a bicycle campground area where cycling is allowed. As it is located close to the Flathead Lake, fishing is an option for those who are interested in catching some fish. Camping is more fun-filled for the boat ramp which is used for enjoying water-activities. This park is the home of the variety of plant species like fur and pine along with the wildflowers like Death Camas, Silky Lupine and others.

2. Art Observation at ARTfusion

ARTfusion is a popular tourist attraction in Bigfork and is known for the different artworks of Watercolor and Silk, Acrylic and Oil it exhibits to represent the popular Montana forms of arts. At one end of the gallery, the ceramics art form is exhibited. At the other end, you will find some excellent photographs which are clicked by highly-skilled photographers. Other exhibition includes the jewellery and hand-crafted items of fabric, wire and wood.

3. Watch Performances at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse

Spend your evening by watching the live performances which are hosted at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. It is a great place for kids too as it hosts different children’s plays frequently. The sound system of the theatre is of high quality so that you can clearly hear any dialogue and music from the audience.  Apart from plays, this theatre is also used for organising musical concerts.

4. Hiking at Swan River Nature Trail

Hiking is one of the interesting things to do in Bigfork which is allowed in Swan River Nature Trail. The site has a beautiful shaded road for hiking. While hiking, you can enjoy the scenic view of the Swan River that is flowing adjacent to the spot. If you get tired, there are benches at the side of the road where you can sit back and relax for some time. There are many hotels and lodges close to this spot where you can reserve your accommodation.

5. Chilling at Echo Lake

If you want to spend some time in solitude, then the Echo Lake is an ideal destination for you. While you are chilling at the shoreline of the lake with your morning coffee in hand, you can notice few ducks in the water. You can stroll around and enjoy the serenity of the nature here. If you are interested in water activity like swimming, then visit this place during afternoon for enjoying so.

6. Wine-Tour at Whistling Andy

Visit Whistling Andy to observe the processing of different types of spirits- rum, whiskey, vodka and others which are processed here. It is one of the famous distilleries in Bigfork for processing the famous Bourbon Whiskey and the Hibiscus Coconut Rum. Before placing order for a particular spirit, taste some of them at the separate tasting room. You can organise birthday parties here too.

7. Car Observation at the Flathead Ford Museum

Flathead Ford Museum is one of the famous places to visit in Bigfork for observing various vintage models of Ford cars. It is a privately-owned museum and the owner will provide you with a lot of information about the amenities of the exhibited models of the Ford cars. Besides the cars, many Ford trucks and autos are also exhibited here.

8. Fishing in Bigfork

Spend some spare time by enjoying trout fishing in the lakes of Bigfork which is organised by Howe’s Fishing - A Able/Mo Fisch Charters and Tours. If you opt for morning charter, you would be able to get the view of sunrise. You need not bring any fishing equipment as the boats provided for the tour are well-equipped with fishing equipment including electronic system for catching fish.

9. Aerial Tour at Backcountry Flying Experience

Enjoy different types of aerial tour with private planes which are offered by Backcountry Flying Experience. Before the tour, you should go through the safety measures and rules for flying the planes. There will be a guide with you in the plane who will help you in takeoff and landing. During the tour, you can enjoy the aerial view of the city including Whitefish Lake and Glacier National Park.

10. Play Golf at Eagle Bend Golf Club

Eagle Bend Golf Club is a point of interest in Bigfork for those who are interested in playing golf. The 27-hole golf course of this club offers a challenging game to skilled players. The fairholes and green course are of excellent shape. As it is surrounded by the mountains you would be able to enjoy its scenic view during the game.  The onsite grill has a covered deck where you can sit to devour some food after concluding the innings.

11. Water-Skiing in Bigfork

If you are looking for an exciting water adventure like water-skiing while you are in Bigfork, then Shockwave Rentals is the place for you. This is a rental shop from where you can hire equipment like the boat, water scooter and water- ski equipment to enjoy water activities. There are guides to help those who are not so skilled. Moreover, the guide will provide the detailed information about the safety measures you should take while you are in the water.   

12. Pick Jewelleries from Kehoe's Agate Shop

As jewelry is a part of dressing for women, Kehoe's Agate Shop becomes a point of interest in Bigfork for them. Among all types of jewelleries, the Indian jewelry is the most preferable. The shop has a good collection of stones, fossils, agates, and gems. The specialty of the shop is the large collection of frog-themed carving items.

13. Enjoy Different Activities at Imagineif Bigfork

Rather than a library, ImagineIF Bigfork acts as an amusement center where you can enjoy different activities. If you visit here during the summer season, you can learn the processing of making different types of sauces. One of the most interesting activities of the library is “Map It” in which you have to point out the places which are famous for particular activities like hiking, bird watching, skiing and others. For pre-schoolers, it organizes “Ready to Read” in which the kids can learn to read alphabets and numbers.

14. Enjoy Bowling at Pick's Bowling Center

Spend some time by indulging yourself in cosmic bowling at the Pick's Bowling Center. It is one of the best places to visit in Bigfork for organizing seven different tournaments like Coffee Trio, Lucky Strikers, Alley Oops and others throughout the seven days of the week. There are comfy couches where you can sit and enjoy pizza, fried mushrooms and beer. This bowling centre is also used for organizing birthday parties.

15. Evening Hangout in Garden Bar

Stop at Garden bar for enjoying the tasty beers and for having lunch with different types of foods like mushrooms, barbecue bacon cheeseburger, chicken burger and French fries. Among all the draft beers, Mexican chocolate porter is the most preferable one. If you want, you can also organize a beer fest here.

Author: Seema Nande
A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternal...

Must see places in Bigfork ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Bigfork and point of interests to visit.

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    Bridge Street Cottages

    Tags: Leisure

    Address: 309 Bridge St, Bigfork, MT 59911, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Garlands, Fairy Lights, and cozy cottages –the Bridge Street Cottages are all about providing you the luxury getaway experience at their idyllic set up full with all the necessary amenities such...Read more

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    Lake Mcdonald Image

    Address: Lake McDonald, Montana 59936, USA

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    Traci Cappiello

    Lake McDonald is a must-visit during your trip to Glacier National Park. As it's off the main road, get there early so you can stop at all the pullovers and "exhibits" to learn about Lake McDonald's h...

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    Bigfork Summer Playhouse

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance, Concert

    Address: 526 Electric Ave, Bigfork, MT 59911, USA

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm Details

    The Bigfork Summer Playhouse is a quaint and elegant performing arts theatre where the rising performers from the local colleges perform in the Broadway musicals. This summer stock theatre started its...Read more

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    Persimmon Gallery Image

    Address: 537 Electric Ave, Ste C

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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    Judson W

    Great collection of works from local artists.

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    Bigfork Anglers Fly Shop Image

    Address: 405 Bridge St

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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    Maria Cross

    I loved my fishing trip! First of all, I emailed the day before my trip and they still found a guide for me and got me booked! It was my second time fly fishing with my first time being 15 years ago. ...

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    Bigfork Center For Performing Arts Image

    Address: 526 Electric Ave, P.O. Box 1230

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    Danyal Wendt

    We went to see The Nutcracker and really enjoyed the experience. The theater is pleasant and not too large, but not too small. The lobby was a nice area to hang out in and the placement in Bigfork is ...

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    Community United Methodist Church Image

    Address: 750 Electric Ave

    Timings: 09:00 am - 01:00 pm Details
    Google Reviews

    Easily the friendliest, most grace filled, and musically wonderful church I have ever seen. I felt welcome from day one.

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