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Wild Horse Island State Park

Flathead lake, MT

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Wild Horse Island State Park

Wild horse Island is 2,160 acres of virtually untouched natural beauty.  It is the largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota and is home to hundreds of wildlife creatures. How has it been kept so pristine and beautiful? Boat is required to even get to the island and as it stands there are no docks, just landing sites on the shore. This is as close to nature as one can get in this secluded lush island.

Its history started with the Kootenai Indians. Supposedly they used this island as a natural pasture for their horses. Its surrounding waters made it easy to keep enemy tribes away and to prevent them being stolen. Today five beautiful horses roam the Palouse Prairie grasslands of this island. Though they are sparse, considering the landscape, they have delighted visitors who manage to catch a glimpse.

Horses, however, are not the only wild animal on Wild horse Island. The park features many bighorn sheep, mules, deer, songbirds, waterfowl, falcons, and even majestic bald eagles. Wherever you go on the island you are sure to see at least a few of these creatures.

Other than animal watching the island offers other activities. Hikers can enjoy amazing views as the hike to the top. Picnics are also a fun way to enjoy the scenery. Many people like to Kayak and Sail around the island while searching sites of the horses and almost all guests bring cameras to catch the amazing views on the island. Swimming is also allowed, but if you fish off the island a state/tribal fishing license is needed.

Visitors will need to make quite a trip to get to Wild Horse Island, but it is well worth the effort to see the majesty nature has to offer. Venture down it's twisting trails to gather the true gems of this Island and who knows, you might just see a wild horse.
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