Salish Point - Flathead Lake

Polson, Montana

Our recreational water quality monitoring program is complete for the season. Thanks to our 2020 partners:

Tom, Adam, Sydni, and Meghan at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS)
Rich Janssen at the Confederated Salish & Koonentai Tribes (CSKT)
Joslyn & Mark Shackelford at Alpine Designs
Kate Sheridan at The Flathead Lakers
Glenn Malloy at UBS Denver
John Cole and Mark Johnston of the Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers (FLOW)

Look for us again in July of 2021!

Thanks to Flathead Lake RV and Riverside Recreation for adopting Riverside Park and Salish Point for the summer of 2019!

Flathead RV is the premier RV park in the valley and is located just to the west of the Polson bridge. Riverside Recreation, located adjacent to Riverside Park, serves all your boat rental and water recreation needs.

Flathead Lake in northwest Montana is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi; slightly larger than Lake Tahoe at 27.3 mi. long, 15.5 mi. wide, and max depth of 370.7 ft.

As one of the cleanest in the world, Flathead Lake is perfect for OPEN WATER SWIMMING! No sharks, no jellyfish, and no lane lanes...just clear, clean, and crisp water!

Salish Point is located on the lake's southern shore in Polson, MT. The park offers a very large, roped off swimming area between two fishing docks (about 250m apart) and stretching 30m out from the beach. In addition to a nice area for open water swimming, kids can be found during the summer months jumping and playing on the intermediate docks located within the swimming area.

Unless you like your water COLD, the effective swimming season is June through September. Average water temps in June are in the 60s, 70s in July and August, and then back down again in September.

Summer air temperatures average in the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Bathrooms are available and parking is easy. There are no available concessions, so bring your own food and beverages.

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

Beach conditions change constantly, and it is never wise to swim in open water up to 48-hours after a heavy rain. Please use caution!

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 4th, 2020. Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 12:18 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Monitoring Frequency

Salish Point - Flathead Lake is sampled weekly from June 26th to August 28th.

Source Information

Flathead Lake in northwest Montana is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi; slightly larger than Lake Tahoe at 27.3 mi. long, 15.5 mi. wide, and max depth of 370.7 ft.. As one of the cleanest in the world, Flathead Lake is perfect for OPEN WATER SWIMMING! No sharks, no jellyfish, and no lane lanes, just clear, clean, and crisp water!

Water at Flathead Lake's bathing beaches is monitored for recreational water quality during effective swimming season: July 1st through September 1st.


In 2017 FLOW Swimmers (Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers) launched a sampling program of three local beaches. In 2018, the program has grown to 10 beaches around the lake. Samples areprocessed by Flathead Lake Biological Research Station. The water at the bathing beaches will be tested for E.coli


Monitoring Status
Montana follows federal guidelines for the monitoring of its recreational waters.
The guidelines for freshwater levels of E. coli are a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL and an STV of 320 cfu per 100 mL, measured using EPA Method 1603, or any other equivalent method that measures culturable E. coli.

E. coli
A beach is marked Green when two consecutive single sample results are under a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL and an STV of 320 cfu per 100 mL


A beach is marked Red when two consecutive single sample results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL or aSTV of 320 cfu per 100 mL


A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

Water Quality Graph

Salish Point - Flathead Lake

Polson, Montana

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 4th, 2020. Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 4th, 2020 at 12:18 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Our recreational water quality monitoring program is complete for the season. Thanks to our 2020 partners:

Tom, Adam, Sydni, and Meghan at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS)
Rich Janssen at the Confederated Salish & Koonentai Tribes (CSKT)
Joslyn & Mark Shackelford at Alpine Designs
Kate Sheridan at The Flathead Lakers
Glenn Malloy at UBS Denver
John Cole and Mark Johnston of the Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers (FLOW)

Look for us again in July of 2021!

Thanks to Flathead Lake RV and Riverside Recreation for adopting Riverside Park and Salish Point for the summer of 2019!

Flathead RV is the premier RV park in the valley and is located just to the west of the Polson bridge. Riverside Recreation, located adjacent to Riverside Park, serves all your boat rental and water recreation needs.

Flathead Lake in northwest Montana is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi; slightly larger than Lake Tahoe at 27.3 mi. long, 15.5 mi. wide, and max depth of 370.7 ft.

As one of the cleanest in the world, Flathead Lake is perfect for OPEN WATER SWIMMING! No sharks, no jellyfish, and no lane lanes...just clear, clean, and crisp water!

Salish Point is located on the lake's southern shore in Polson, MT. The park offers a very large, roped off swimming area between two fishing docks (about 250m apart) and stretching 30m out from the beach. In addition to a nice area for open water swimming, kids can be found during the summer months jumping and playing on the intermediate docks located within the swimming area.

Unless you like your water COLD, the effective swimming season is June through September. Average water temps in June are in the 60s, 70s in July and August, and then back down again in September.

Summer air temperatures average in the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Bathrooms are available and parking is easy. There are no available concessions, so bring your own food and beverages.

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

Beach conditions change constantly, and it is never wise to swim in open water up to 48-hours after a heavy rain. Please use caution!

Monitoring Frequency

Salish Point - Flathead Lake is sampled weekly from June 26th to August 28th.

Source Information

Flathead Lake in northwest Montana is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi; slightly larger than Lake Tahoe at 27.3 mi. long, 15.5 mi. wide, and max depth of 370.7 ft.. As one of the cleanest in the world, Flathead Lake is perfect for OPEN WATER SWIMMING! No sharks, no jellyfish, and no lane lanes, just clear, clean, and crisp water!

Water at Flathead Lake's bathing beaches is monitored for recreational water quality during effective swimming season: July 1st through September 1st.


In 2017 FLOW Swimmers (Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers) launched a sampling program of three local beaches. In 2018, the program has grown to 10 beaches around the lake. Samples areprocessed by Flathead Lake Biological Research Station. The water at the bathing beaches will be tested for E.coli


Monitoring Status
Montana follows federal guidelines for the monitoring of its recreational waters.
The guidelines for freshwater levels of E. coli are a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL and an STV of 320 cfu per 100 mL, measured using EPA Method 1603, or any other equivalent method that measures culturable E. coli.

E. coli
A beach is marked Green when two consecutive single sample results are under a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL and an STV of 320 cfu per 100 mL


A beach is marked Red when two consecutive single sample results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 100 cfu per 100 mL or aSTV of 320 cfu per 100 mL


A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

Water Quality Graph

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Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

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