'Tis the Season!

Once again the Bigfork Elves Decorating Day was a huge success. Over 200 community members came out on a cold Saturday morning to hang garland, lights, trees and bows, filling downtown Bigfork with Christmas cheer. Check out the link below for the NBC Montana News clip! Happy Holidays from your friends at Flathead Lake Lodge!
Bigfork Elves Decorating Day!

Bigfork Elves Decorating Day!

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Bigfork Summer Events


Summer is almost here, and with the long sunny days bringing everyone out of their winter slumber, the picturesque village of Bigfork is coming to life for another great summer.

Bigfork Festival of the Arts


Although it is hard to leave the ranch during your vacation, (Often we have to remind guests to save some time for some R & R) the quick walk to downtown Bigfork is a great way to spend some time away from the ranch.


Aside from the great galleries, shops and restaurants, there are many exciting events happening throughout this summer that just might coincide with your stay!


Here is the schedule of some the big events! For more events visit www.bigfork.org


36th Annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival

May 26th & 27th

Watch local and regional professional and armature kayakers take on the ‘Wild Mile’ as it flows through Downtown Bigfork.


National Wildlife Federation Fundraiser w/ special guest Jack Hanna

June 29

Join special guest Jack Hannah for a entertaining and fundraising night to bring a wild her of Bison back to Montana


July 4th Celebration

July 4th

Famous and recognized nationally for it’s small town spectacle. The Bigfork celebration and parade is something to see.


Saddle Up and Paint

July 17th

Join local and regional artists as the create lasting works of art for charity.


34th Annual Festival of the Arts

Aug 4th – 5th

Downtown Bigfork hosts Artisans & Musicians Sat. & Sun. Over 160 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment and children’s activities.


Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

Aug 10th – 12th

The Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival is an annual celebration of the elusive wild huckleberry. Visitors can enjoy music, kids’ games, raffles and a silent auction, and sample the fruits of the baking contest, locally made huckleberry pies and ice cream.


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Dragon Boats in Montana

It looks like Kid’s Rodeo is no longer going to be the biggest competitive event held at Flathead Lake Lodge! Next September the Kalispell Chamber will be hosting the 1st Annual Montana Dragon Boat Races at Flathead Lake Lodge. This is going to be an awesome event for the entire Flathead Valley, and is expected to draw around 3,000 people and 600 competitors! Teams of 20 paddlers will race traditional 46′ Hong Kong dragon boats along the shore of Flathead Lake, just in front of Flathead Lake Lodge. Want to race? Learn more? Or are thinking about attending? Find all the information at: http://montana.racedragonboats.com


We hope to see you all here next September! It is going to be a blast!

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Photo of the Month – December


Happy Holidays! This is the historic one lane bridge into Bigfork all decorated up thanks to the Bigfork Elves!
Happy Holidays! This is the historic one lane bridge into Bigfork all decorated up thanks to the Bigfork Elves!
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Out of the Sea

Former employee Fred Fellows is at it again…sculpting that is. Not afraid to get close to his subject matter, Fred grew up on, and in, the waters of Maui, Puget Sound and Flathead Lake and is most interested in the animals and fish of the sea. His bronzes are a clear reflection of his love of the water.

It is great to see Fred back sculpting and all of us at Flathead Lake Lodge wish him the best. For more information on his bronzes and other art work, feel free to call 406.837.0011

The Gentle Giants
The Gentle Giants
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Taste of Bigfork 2010

Serving up some Smoked Bison Lasagna
Serving up some Smoked Bison Lasagna

Nothing quite reminds you  it is spring in Bigfork like the abundance of food, wine, music and over-fed happy people wandering around town during the annual Taste of Bigfork. Each year the many different restaurants, bars, and wine shops put their award winning talents and dishes in front of the hungry locals  for an all day eating peruse through town.

The Lodge’s very own Chef Brian Lesyinski prepared a Smoked Buffalo Lasagna to much praise. His Recipe is below, so now the only thing to do is go whip it up and enjoy!

Smoked Buffalo Lasagna – (Serves 8…or 2 Cowboys)


2 yellow onions (smoked and diced)

8 tomatoes (smoked and diced)

1/2 lb all natural, grass fed ground Buffalo

3 bulbs of Garlic (smoked and diced)

1/4 c tomato paste

1/4 c chopped fresh basil

2T brown sugar

2Tchopped fresh oregano

1T fresh thyme

1/2t dried red peppers

1c tomato sauce

15 lasagna noodles

30 oz ricotta cheese

1c grated parmesan cheese

2 1/2 c smoked mozzarella

16 oz fresh spinach – (Sauteed in olive oil, cooled and chopped)

2 eggs

Salt & Pepper


Cook buffalo in large pot over medium heat. Add smoked onion, dried red pepper, smoked garlic. Turn heat down and add smoked tomatoes, tomato paste, fresh basil, fresh oregano, thyme, brown sugar and tomato sauce.


Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salt waer until almost tender…about 7 minuets. Drain, cover with cold water. Combine ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, salt and pepper to taste. Mix in eggs._LWA1318

Drain pasta & pat dry. Spread 1/2 c sauce over bottom of 13″x9″ baking dish. Place 5 noodles overlapping to fit. Spread half of cheese & spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Spoon 1 2/2 cup sauce over cheese, spread with spatula. Repeat layering with 5 noodles, remaining cheese and spinach mixture 1 1/2 c sauce. Arrange remaining 5 noodles over sauce, spread remaining sauce over noodles and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of smoked mozzarella.

Cover with parchment paper & aluminum foil. Bake lasagna 40 min at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake until hot and bubbly…about 40 minuets. Let lasagna stand 15 min. before serving and enjoy!

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Clean the 'Fork' for Earth Day

Cleaning the streets before the sun comes up.
Cleaning the streets before the sun comes up.

A little unknown fact about Bigfork is that the village is actually not incorporated. This means the town runs on almost 100% vollunteerism to keep it character and accomplish the towns issues.

Earth Day is no different. Each year hundreds of Bigfork residents spread across Greater Bigfork with gloves and garbage bags in hand, pitching in to Clean the Fork before the busy summer season arrives.

However, on the Sunday following Clean the Fork might be when the true die-hards show up to clean. For over 30 years a group of Bigforker’s and Averill’s have shown up at 6am the following Sunday to ‘Hose the Streets’, often braving near freezing temperatures. Thanks to all those who helped get Bigfork cleaned up for the Summer, and especially gang who always show up to help clean the streets downtown. It is the continued spirit of volunteerism that truly makes Bigfork the unique little town it is.

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