Updated: Feb 9, 2020
Combine magnificent scenery, temperate climate, abundant lakes, streams and wetlands, lush forests, rich farmlands and well developed communities and you have the Mission Valley. The valley is nestled against the rugged and unsurpassed beauty of the 10,000 foot high Mission Mountain Range in the northwestern portion of Montana. Flathead Lake, the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi, is the last remnant of Glacial Lake Missoula and the centerpiece of the valley. This fertile basin known as the Mission Valley abounds with natural resources such as several wildlife refuges, and the Flathead River, which is harnessed by the massive Kerr Dam, 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
Commerce and industry in the area are headed by a strong agricultural base and the timber industry. Lake County ranks third in the number of farms in Montana and fourth in the number of cattle ranches. Valley residents contribute to the local economy by raising cattle and sheep and growing crops, such
as hay, table and seed potatoes, small grains, apples and the famous Flathead cherries.
The valley boasts three of the finest golf courses in the Northwest with the longest golf season in Montana. Theater and art galleries are located throughout the valley. There are several museums to discover the proud cultural heritage of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation and the colorful history of homesteaders, steam boaters, cattle ranchers, and other key figures in the area’s growth.
The Mission Valley, with its cultural amenities, unsurpassed recreation, scenic wonders, and outstanding quality of life is a fine complement to Montana’s reputation of “The Last Best Place.”
Locations: Polson, Ronan, Pablo, St. Ignatius, Thompson Falls, Plains, Paradise, Noxon, Hot Springs, Heron & Trout Creek