Wild Horse Island

One of the things we like to do in the summer is go out boating with the kids, with friends or by ourselves. When we go to Flathead Lake we like to stop at Wild Horse Island and go for a hike (I have still never made it to the top). It is a nice hike and there are a few trails you can take. Often, you will pass others along the way who are enjoying the Island. We have always seen big horn sheep and deer but have yet to see the wild horses. They say that when the tourists start to come the horses move to another area that is less traveled during the summer.

It is a beautiful Island that is peaceful and mostly untouched by society. They have a map and markers so you know some of the important facts about the Island. Below is a description of the Island that I pulled off of the web but all of the following pictures are a few that I have taken from our last trip.

WILD HORSE ISLAND-
STATE PARK in Montana

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.

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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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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.

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(Above pictures are the highest point on the Island that I have yet to conquer.)

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(Above…..look close, they are bedded down for an afternoon nap)

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