Located at 2,900 feet above sea level, the small village of Bigfork sits beside a sparkling blue bay where the wild, white waters of the Swan River run into the Flathead Lake. With more than 180 miles of shoreline, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, providing visitors a playground for fishing, boating and all varieties of water sports.
For its elevation and latitude, Bigfork and The Flathead Valley have a relatively mild climate, and can best be described as an area of climatic transition between coastal and continental. The high mountains of the Continental Divide at the east provide protection from the Great Plains climate while the mountains to the west interrupt passage of the Great Basin Climate found in Spokane. In addition, water surfaces associated with the many existing lakes and rivers tend to moderate temperatures in both winter and summer. The weather ranges from moderately dry summer and autumn to a moderately wet winter and spring. Annual precipitation in the Flathead averages 20.27 inches of rain and 49.0 inches of snow