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A Visit to Wild Horse Island

Wild Horse Island, one of the largest islands in the inland United States at 2,000 acres, is run as a wildlife preserve by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (tel. 406/752-5501; fwp.mt.gov). It contains one of the last remnants of Montana's endangered Palouse prairie plant and provides a habitat for bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, and a few wild horses. The island was originally created more than 17,000 years ago as a result of heavy glacial activity that formed the entire area. Sensitivity by the human visitors who visit this unusual environmental preserve is essential -- please leave no traces of your visit. The park is open for day use only, and can be reached only by boat. Take your own or rent one from the Kwa Taq Nuk Resort (tel. 406/883-3636). Several boat tours go to Wild Horse Island as well. You can take one from Bigfork with Pointer Scenic Cruises (tel. 406/837-5617). Note: There are no visitor services on the island.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.