There is just no place on earth like the Flathead Valley. Below are just some of the reasons why Mission Bay’s Flathead Valley location promises a richly rewarding life.
Both Missoula Airport and Glacier International Airport in Kalispell are poised to take on the increasing demands of the flying public.
Glacier International is an hour from Mission Bay and offers eight daily flights from Delta Connection, three from Horizon, two from Northwest. Big Sky connects to Spokane and all major Montana cities.
Missoula Airport, also an hour away, offers daily flights from major cities across the country from Delta, Northwest, Horizon, United Express, Big Sky and Sky West. Flights serve Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle and major Montana cities. Allegiant Air offers direct flights to and from Las Vegas.
Polson Airport, a private airport, has the capacity and facilities to handle private jet planes.
The region is abundant in beautiful wildlife and rich in extraordinary natural treasures, including Flathead Lake and the soaring Mission Mountain Range.
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. It is 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, with 128 miles of spectacular shoreline. This remarkable lake provides unlimited fishing and boating adventures.
The Flathead River, which exits Flathead Lake at Polson, is one of the largest rivers in Montana and is known to provide the warmest whitewater rafting in the West.
Three impressive mountain ranges surround the Flathead Valley: the Swan Range in the north, the Salish Mountains in the west and the Mission Mountains in the east. These surrounding mountains offer not only stunning natural scenery, but an abundance of fabulous recreation- from exceptional skiing and snow-mobiling in the winter to hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding and fishing in the summer.
Whitefish Mountain Resort, one of the largest in the Northwest, is adjacent to the resort town of Whitefish at the north end the valley. It offers a multitude of year-round activities.
The nearby 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness contains some of the most extraordinary scenic & recreational lands in all Montana.
The weather in the Flathead Valley is unusually mild year-round. The surrounding mountains and Flathead Lake offer protection against the cold weather, creating a wonderfully comfortable climate. Summer day time temperatures generally range from the low 70’s to the high 80’s.
Lying within and adjacent to Mission Bay, the Polson Bay Country Club features a scenic and delightfully diverse 27-hole championship golf course.
There are an additional 10 golf courses, within a 1-1/2 hour drive of Mission Bay. In a recent comparison of the 36 top golf retirement communities in America, Golf Digest ranked Flathead County as the “Number One 4-Season County with Great Golf.”
Mission Bay is within the city limits of Polson, which has a full range of contemporary public safety services as well as utilities. The Polson elementary schools, middle school and high school provide outstanding public education.
Polson is Flathead Lake’s only incorporated city and is Montana’s only city with a nautical theme. Steamboats have historically played a significant role in “Port Polson’s” early transportation of passengers and freight.
Downtown Polson features a delightful variety of galleries, unique shops, and lakefront restaurants. The architecture blends treasured historical landmarks with contemporary buildings. The city is enhanced by parks, which offer swimming, water sports and playgrounds.
Polson fosters a culturally rich environment complete with art shows, theater, festivals, rodeos and county fairs.
Polson is newly renovated and expanded St. Joseph’s hospital consolidates all emergency and traditional hospital services plus physician offices under one roof. This modern facility will provide quality access to a broader range of health care services and programs at one location, including the latest in surgical and health care technology.
The region contains a wealth of highly regarded educational institutions, at all levels of study, including the University of Montana in Missoula, the Salish & Kootenai College in Pablo, and the Polson Elementary, Middle School and High School Systems.
The area offers an array of cultural activities. In addition to the Big Fork Summer Theater and Port Polson Players, nearby Missoula features the Montana Repertory Theater, the Missoula Children’s Theater plus a continuous flow of music, concerts, recitals, theater and dance from the University of Montana’s School of Fine Arts.