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Kalispell itself isn't exactly a destination for the person looking for outdoor recreation, but its location between Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake makes it a good home base for those exploring this region during both the summer and ski seasons.

Biking -- Since motor vehicle traffic on U.S. 2 or U.S. 93 makes them less than ideal for bike riding, cyclists usually head to the back roads. Whitefish Stage Road runs parallel to U.S. 93 (from U.S. 93, go east on Reserve St. to reach it) and offers some great views of the mountains in a bucolic environment. For area information, as well as all kinds of bicycle accessories, try Wheaton's, 214 1st Ave. W. (tel. 406/257-5808).

Fishing -- There is good fishing on the main Flathead River between Columbia Falls and Kalispell for trout and whitefish. There is good shore access at Pressentine, which is 5 miles north of Kalispell on U.S. 2 (follow the fishing access signs). Or you can float from Pressentine downriver to Old Steel Bridge.

Golf -- Buffalo Hill (tel. 888/342-6319 or 406/756-4530; www.golfbuffalohill.com), just off U.S. 2 north of town at 1176 N. Main St., is an older course that's very hilly, with lots of trees and lots of memorable holes that can have serious golfers brushing up on their cursing. Cost is $42 to $58 for 18 holes, depending on the month and time of day. Carts are $28 to $34.

Hiking -- Lone Pine State Park (tel. 406/755-2706; fwp.mt.gov) is an attractive park with a few hiking trails. Go west on U.S. 2. At the intersection with Meridian, you'll see signs for the park sending you left (south). Take this road for about 5 miles (in the curve to your right, the road becomes Foys Lake Rd.) to the park. Once you're there, take in the views of the valley below or hike on the trails. The day-use fee is $5.

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