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Wayfarers State Park
Flathead Lake bei Lakeside (Pano).JPG
Flathead Lake with Wayfarers State Park on the opposite shore below the Swan Range
Location Flathead County, Montana, United States
Nearest town Bigfork, Montana
Area 67 acres (27 ha)
Elevation 2,923 ft (891 m)
Established 1969
Visitors 158,961 (in 2016)
Administrator Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Website Wayfarers State Park

Wayfarers State Park is a 67-acre (27 ha) public recreation area overlooking Flathead Lake, one-half mile south of Bigfork, Montana. The state park hosts the annual Northern Rockies Paddlefest at Wayfarers State Park, which in 2013 attracted over 200 participants. In 2016, nearly 160,000 individuals visited the park.

Flora and fauna

The canopy is dominated by pine and fir trees, beneath which bloom seasonal wildflowers. In 1998, the Harry Horn Native Plant Garden was planted, featuring botanical education opportunities and many wildflowers including arrowleaf balsamroot, indian paintbrush, silky lupine, and death camas

Activities and amenities

The park offers 30 campsites and a boat ramp. Visitors may access the boat ramp for aquatic activities, and fisherman may fish the waters of Flathead Lake. In 2016, development plans were announced by Montana State Parks for the improvement of a bicycle campground area to feature spots for 10 campsites and bicycle-related amenities.

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