Bigfork, Montana420 Electric Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Wrapped around the northeast corner of Flathead Lake, Bigfork is known for its small town feel, famous cherries, and shining waterfront. Winter and summer activities at Whitefish Mountain Resort are only a short drive away, but most people are drawn in by the promise of boating on or fishing, swimming, and diving in the lake. The town hugs Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. For hikers and explorers, the beautiful mountains in Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, and the Swan Wilderness area are also only a short drive away. The name of Bigfork's main street, Electric Avenue, comes from the town's historical power plant, but it also serves as a fitting description of life downtown. Bigfork is home to many restaurants, including the award-winning brewery Flathead Lake Brewing. Named "One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns" in the nation, arts festivals run all year long, world-class art galleries line the streets, and The Bigfork Summer Playhouse, known as the theatre by the bay, claims Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons as an alumnus. The popularity of this area with tourists means that the town, with a population of 4,000, can support a flourishing, vibrant fine dining and art culture.