Another of those many destinations in the world which offers much more then what originally met the eye, the beautiful state of Montana, located in the heart of America’s west, is home to cattle, national parks, horses, cowboys, cultural Native American sites and yes, islands. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we take a closer look at this lesser known fact with a review of Montana’s amazing islands.
While many of its islands may be privately owned, some of over 110 named islands in the great state of Montana are open to visitors just like you. Located in rivers, reservoirs and lakes throughout the state, these islands range from uninhabited islands preserved for nature to extraordinarily extravagant and home to the rich and famous.
Wild Horse Island – Largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota, Wild Horse Islands is over 2100 acres and has a long history which have made it a landmark to the state for many years. Once believed to have been a pasturing area to keep their horses safe by the Salish-Kootenai Indians, the island is now protected and part of the Wild Horse Island State Park. Home to diverse wildlife, thousands of birds and wild horses, it is also known as a home to rare and endangered plant species and ecosystems. A popular place to hike and explore, visitors are also welcome to camp as well providing they have a permit from the park in advance. Other popular activities found around the island include swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking and boating as well.
Pirogue Island – Another popular lake located within the great state of Montana is the lovely and rustic island called Pirogue Island. Located just one mile from Miles City, Pirogue Island is part of Pirogue Island State Park in the mighty Yellowstone River. Isolated and remote, this river island is famed for its natural bounty in addition to its beauty. Covered in cottonwood trees, it is a phenomenal place to spot wildlife and birds located throughout this region including belted kingfishers, bald eagles, shore birds, mule deer as well as many smaller mammals. Situated at 2300 plus feet above sea level, this island is truly wild and perfect for the adventurous. A featured wilderness destination, Pirogue Island is a truly unique 269 acre wilderness area.
Eagle Island – A popular day use area located near Great Falls Montana, Eagle Island is located in the Missouri River. Just 22 acres in size, this small island is open during established hunting seasons. Perfect for hunting or fishing, provided you have the right permits, Eagle Islands is an undeveloped island and is amazing for fishing, wildlife viewing or just exploring.
Whether exploring Pirogue Island for the day or perhaps spending some more quality time of the lovely island of Wild Horse Island or Eagle Island, Montana’s Islands are unique and beautiful choices for you when you are exploring. Be inspired and enjoy travel more when you spend time traveling with Island Trader Vacations reviews.