Sports and Local Adventures

 

  • Banana Tube Rides and Flyboarding -- Riverside Recreation, 412 2nd Street W, Polson, (406) 883-2300.  Recreation equipment rentals also includes Sea Kayak rental, stand up paddle boards, personal water craft, ski boats, pontoon boats, etc.
  • Cross Country Skiing - right out your front door!
  • Cycling -- There is a designated bike trail past the Walmart/Safeway shopping center. A hundred yards north, the old railroad bed has been converted into a 15-mile non-motorized walk/bike path.  Several nice biking loops using this path and the country roads south of town are available. 
  • Fishing events 
  • Freshwater Fishing -- The Jocko River offers excellent catch-and-release trout fishing. Kerr Dam spillway provides oxygen rich water for a variety of species from trout to bass and pike. Flathead Lake is a well-known lake trout fishery with an unlimited catch limit during Mack Days when anglers can win prize money of up to $5,000 for tagged fish.   The Flathead River and several mountain lakes offer still more fishing opportunities. 
  • Golf -- Polson Bay Golf Club, 406-883-8230.  
  • Hiking -- Glacier National Park -- (406) 888-7800.
  • Hunting -- Hunting is available on thousands of acres of State and Salish Kootenai Tribe lands.
  • Ice Skating -- right out your front door!
  • Jet Skiing -- Flathead raft rents sea kayaks, jet skis and paddleboards for your own use.  We also have paddleboards you can use.
  • Kayaking -- right out your front door!
  • Mountain Biking -- Polson Bikes -- They offer tours and rentals.
  • Running -- Polson Triathlon is a locally run, locally inspired Olympic Distance Triathlon.
  • Sailing -- Dayton Yacht Harbor -- Lessons and Rentals -- We offer sailing tours, weather permitting!!
  • Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
  • Skiing -- Snowboarding -- Nearest ski area is 21 miles away at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snow forts, snow people and making angels in the snow!
  • Snowmobiling -- Winter Wonderland Sports
  • Swimming -- right out your front door!    
  • Water Parks -- Boettcher Park, Big Sky, Woodland Water Park (406) 758-7812
  • Water Skiing -- right out your front door! -- Wild Wave.
  • Waverunners -- Riverside Boat Rental, 412 2nd Street West, Polson, (406) 883-2300.  They also have boat rentals, runabouts, ski boats, pontoons, and deck boats.
  • Whitewater Rafting: 
    • Glacier Raft, (406) 888-5454.  You will find daily white-water river trips, chartered fishing, sea kayak and paddle board trips and instruction. 
    • Flathead Raft Company and Lake Tours, (406) 883-5838.  Whitewater rafting through class II and III, as well as tours to Wildhorse Island.
  • Wind-Surfing -- right out your front door!
  • Winter swimming -- Mission Valley Aquatics, (406) 883-4567 -- Excellent facility open every day.  It has a 25-yard competitive/fitness pool with eight lanes and a warm water therapy/instructional pool along with party room, locker rooms and lobby.
  • zip-lining -- Glacier ZipLines, (406) 892-8020

Attractions

 

  • Aerial Adventure Park -- Glacier Highline, (406) 387-5007 --17 low ropes course | 30 high ropes course
  • Art gallery -- Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery 306 Main Street, Suite A, Polson, (406) 883-5956 -- All-volunteer gallery with workshops, exhibits, a library and other resources (see art shows).  Take Horse Gallery carries museum quality original fine art pieces ranging from contemporary western to abstract and Native American art. They feature established artists, as well as emerging artists.
  • Art Shows -- two art festivals annually:  second weekend of August -- on the courthouse lawn during the car show.  Third weekend in August -- Flathead Lake Festival of Art in Sacagawea Park during the Blues Festival.
  • Blue Goose Aviation Tours -- (719) 393-5550 --  offering aviation tours of our Mission Valley, over the beautiful Flathead Lake, as well as over the amazing Bison Range National Park.
  • Blues Festival
  • Cherry Eating/Drinking -- (970) 532-3887 -- sweet cherries, located behind the Polson Museum.  Tabletree Montana, in partnership with Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, produces delicious, nutritious juice from fresh fruit and was named "Best Pure Juice" at the 2012 World Juice Awards in Barcelona, Spain.  Tabletree juices are available at Mission Mountain Natural Foods, 319 Main St., Polson, 406-883-2847 -- They have been in business 44 years!!
  • Cherry Festiva
  • Creamery -- 208 1st Avenue East, Polson, (406) 883-0343 -- Flathead Lake Cheese makes artisan cheese by hand in small batches and uses solar powered heat to pasteurize their locally collected milk. You'll find their schedule online. Stop by the Creamery for tours, tasting and sales.  
  • Good Food Store -- One of the best health food stores in the nation -- worth visiting!
  • Kerr Dam -- 5.1 miles southwest of Polson on Kerr Dam Road; (406) 883-4450.  Kerr Dam is a three-unit hydroelectric plant on the Flathead River, the natural outlet of Flathead Lake. The units have a total generating capacity of 196 megawatts.
  • Live Theater -- Port Polson Players
  • Museum -- The Miracle of America -- (406) 883-6804.  Montana's largest and most diversified museum. Kid friendly, lady friendly, just plain friendly.  Interactive objects in the museum village of 40 buildings.  Mostly metal, mostly whimsical sculpture art scattered around the grounds and in the gift shop.  Picnic tables and benches on the grounds. -- Polson-Flathead Historical Museum -- offers many displays and memorabilia.
  • Parks -- Riverside Park, Glacier National Park, Boettcher Park -- picnic area, swimming, showers, zero-entry beach for young swimmers, playset, swings, horseshoes, volleyball, concessions, paddleboat rentals, and the Port Polson Players live summer theater.
  • Polar Bear Tours -- Great Bear Foundation offers the only truly low-impact, economical, non-exploitative Churchill polar bear tours.
  • Polson-Flathead Historical Museum
  • Powwow 
  • Rodeo -  Arlee Rodeo, Mission MT NRA Rodeo, and Flathead River Indian Rodeo. 
  • Skate Park 
  • Shooting Ranges -- Clay Target Shooting  and Polson Shooters Association, 38386 Kerr Dam Rd., Polson, (406) 883-1110 -- NRA associated organization that provides facility for rifle and pistol target practice and training
  • Wildhorse Island -- Horses run wild along with big horn sheep, deer and many more.  Picnic, swim and be amazed -- Wild Horses  or More Wild Horses 

Local Restaurants and Businesses

 

  • ATM/Bank available 5 miles away
  • Catering -- Hog Boss, (406) 249-5007 -- a mobile catering service specializing in BBQ and pig roasts.  Meats and seafood available -- Pie --  Genevieves Hot Pies, (406) 207-2408 -- fresh baked fruit pies for special delivery.
  • Churches
  • Cinemas -- Showboat Cinemas -- 416 Main St Polson
  • Crows Nest Gallery -- 214 Main Street, Polson, ( 406) 883-2488 -- art gallery, frame shop, gifts
  • Farmer's Market -- both Missoula and Polson have great farmer's market well worth the outing! The Missoula Farmers Market is a gathering of food and friends since 1972.  Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 vendors.  Located in Circle Square (at the north end of Higgins Avenue -- by the XXX's).
  • Fitness Gym -- Big Sky Strength and Fitness -- Tanning, Weight lifting, Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Cardio and more.  Polson Medical Fitness Center, 101 Whitewater Place, Suite A, Polson, (406) 883-7450 -- A day pass is $8.
  • Gluten Free Restaurant  -- Betty's Diner, 49779 US Hwy 93, Polson, (406) 883-1717 -- steaks, burgers, and hand-cut fries. Nothing processed and the largest gluten-free menu in the northwest.  Flathead Lake view from our outdoor deck.   Open daily 7am-10pm, except for Sundays 7am-4pm. 
  • Groceries -- 5 miles away you will find:   
  • Safeway -- 40774 MT Hwy 35 Polson -- deli, bakery, meat, produce, Rx, floral, Starbucks, fuel station.
  • Walmart -- next to Safeway
  • Health Food --Mission MT Natural Foods, 319 Main St, Polson, (406) 883-2847 -- Organic groceries and supplements.  Kalispell's organic grocery is Mountain Valley Foods.
  • Restaurants minutes away worth checking out: 
  • Finley Point Grill, 35427 MT Hwy 35, Polson, (406) 887-2020 -- Steaks, Chops, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta.  Native American & Western Decor.   
  • East Shore Smoke House, 35103 MT Hwy 35, Polson, (406) 887-2096 -- Inside and out, it reflects what "Old Montana" was!  Fantastic Angus steaks, prime rib & ribs from our hickory smoker. Full service bar. Outdoor event patio dining. Family friendly.
  • Restaurants -- About 5 miles away or more you will find:
  • Pizza Hut -- 50417 US Hwy 93 Polson
  • McDonald's -- 51154 US Hwy 93 Polson
  • Richwines Burgerville -- seafood baskets, burgers, chicken, malts. known for their 100% bull hamburger, hand ground, fresh on the premises, hand pressed daily and made to customer specifications. 
  • The Hot Spot -- 50440 US Hwy 93 Polson -- Thai cuisine.
  • Boardwalk Cafe -- FISH-N-CHIPS thick and creamy Huckleberry Milkshakes or real Huckleberry ice crème.
  • Fiesta En Jalisco -- Authentic Mexican Restaurant with full bar
  • Cove Deli & Pizza -- Sandwiches, pizza and 16 flavors of Montana made Wilcoxson’s ice cream.  
  • China Gate -- Chinese cuisine, bar, lounge, family restaurant.
  • Lake City Bakery and Eatery -- 49493 US Hwy 93 Polson -- Bakery-Breads, donuts, pastries, cakes, pie, Espresso, smoothies, frappes, shakes, etc.  Full breakfast and lunch menu.  
  • MacKenzie River -- 207 Ridgewater Polson -- Pizza
  • Swanee's Bar and Grill -- 820 Shoreline Drive Polson
  • Sweet Bliss -- 50599 Hwy 93 Polson -- Bagels, wraps, soup, baked goods and frozen yogurt.
  • Shopping -- The Rack -- A women’s and men’s clothing boutique -- 308 Main Street Polson
  • Special Shops -  Three Dog Down is a spot you don't want to miss in Polson! From the fantastic deals on down comforters and pillows (noted in several national travel magazines and consumer publications).

 

Leisure Activities

 

  • Bird Watching - Ninepipes and Pablo Wildlife Refuges 
  • Boating:
  • SK Marina offers boat put in, dock slips, jet ski/boat rentals and scenic lake cruises (part of Kwa Tuk Nuk Best Western).  
  • Flathead Lake Boat Company, (406) 883-0999 -- Boat and PWC rentals
  • Paddle Boating -- Boettcher Park
  • Bowling -- Sportspage Bowl Grill & Lounge, 101 Heritage Lane, Polson, (406) 883-4030 -- Friday night prime rib and seafood dinner specials. Lunch specials Mon-Fri with homemade soups. Breakfast served Sat & Sun 8am till noon. 9 TV's in lounge. Complimentary chili & hotdog bar for Football Sundays. DJ and "flip night" every Saturday at 9:00 pm. Karaoke Friday nights.
  • Casino -- Kwa Taq Nuk Best Western Casino
  • Massage -- For on site massage please book when you are making your rental reservation if possible.
  • Mission Mountain Winery -- Winery 
  • Pilates -- Caselli's Massage Therapy & Pilates Studio
  • Sledding
  • Spa --  Helios Spa -- Full service spa specializing in facials, body treatments, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling and problem skin.
  • Trail Rides 
  • Yoga -- Montana Om Yoga 

 

Questions?

The Polson Chamber of Commerce is awesome and the staff loves to help.   Visitor Information Center Telephone: (406) 883-5969.   

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