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Wild Horse Island - Flathead Lake State Park

Wild Horse Island

The largest island in the largest freshwater lake (Flathead Lake) west of Minnesota. The 2,000 acre 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 three 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. There is a public restroom and trail. It offers bird watching, fishing, photography, picnicking, sailing, walking and wildlife viewing.

Day-use only is allowed, and there are other strict rules to ensure maintenance of its natural character. There is a composting toilet at Skeeo Bay.

Access is via boat, Latitude 47.845, Longitude -114.218

For more information and maps visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks listing for Wild Horse Island State Park .

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