January 23, 2018

How to Enjoy Whitefish Lake in the Winter, Whitefish, Montana

Whitefish Mountain Resort reflecting into Whitefish Lake in December, 2014, Whitefish, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014

Whitefish Lake in northwest Montana is a completely different sight in the winter than in the summer.  Summer makes for great swimming and boating.  In winter, the lake freezes (or most of it) and allows you to cross country ski, ice fish, and possibly ice skate.  I would not recommend going onto the ice unless you are absolutely certain it is frozen and thick, starting around January when it is cold enough and the ice is preferably 6 inches deep.  You can ask ice fishermen how thick the ice is, or judge it by whether anyone else is on the ice.  Early winter and the spring are not good times to be on the ice.  Please be careful, and enjoy the winter wonderland!  {The lake is not yet frozen as of December 30, 2014.}

The three places with public access to Whitefish Lake are Whitefish City Beach (closest to the town of Whitefish), Les Mason State Park, and Whitefish Lake State Park.  All of these are open year-round, and are accessible in summer and winter.

No matter when you visit Whitefish, Montana, a stop by one of these beaches will surely be a treat.  The following photos are from Whitefish City Beach in December, 2014:

Whitefish Mountain Resort reflecting into Whitefish Lake in the middle of winter with an abandoned lifeguard stand at Whitefish City Beach, Whitefish, Montana, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog 2014

An abandoned lifeguard stand and Whitefish Mountain Resort reflecting into Whitefish Lake at Whitefish City Beach, December 2014, Copyright Montana Vacation Blog


Whitefish City Beach with Whitefish Mountain Resort in the background at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014Whitefish City Beach, Whitefish Lake, Montana, Montana Vacation Blog 2014


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