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Flathead County, Montana

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Flathead County was founded in 1893. It contains much of Flathead Lake, the Flathead Valley, and the Flathead River. These natural treasures, originated by glaciers, are named for the unique geological formation of a broad flat valley surrounded by mountains at the head of a deep glacial lake. Some sources cite the supposed practice of the Salish tribe flattening infants' heads as the origin of the name Flathead, but there is no record of Salish Indians ever having that appearance. Several tribes have long made use of the magnificent Flathead Lake, and the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreilles tribes are represented on the Flathead Reservation.

Adjacent Counties & Provinces


  • Columbia Falls
  • Kalispell (County Seat)
  • Whitefish

Other Communities: Apgar, Batavia, Bigfork, Blacktail, Coram, Creston, Crystal Ford, Essex, Ford, Forest Hill Village, Helena Flats, Hungry Horse, Kila, Lakeside, Little Bitterroot Lake, Lupfer, Marion, Martin City, Niarada, Nimrod, Nyack, Olney, Pinnacle, Polebridge, Redrock Point, Singleshot, Snowslip, Somers, Trailcreek and West Glacier



Pacific Northwest National Trail (part)

Flathead National Forest (part)

Glacier National Park (part)

Kootenai National Forest (part)

Lolo National Forest (part)

Lost Trail Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places