Clean Crossing At Water Daze In Montana

Clean Crossing At Water Daze In Montana

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Montana or the Big Sky Country offers some excellent blue water open water swims.

The LAKE Monsters and Mission Valley Aquatics are hosting the 12th annual Water Daze on the southern shore of Flathead Lake in Montana. The 1.1-mile point-to-point crossing of Polson Bay is held on August 2nd.

At 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River. This picturesque lake is located in northwest Montana at the base of Glacier National Park.

Race director Mark Johnston explains, “The water ranges in depth from 0-20 feet along the course with an expected water temperature of 70-75°F in August. The water quality of Flathead Lake is considered the best in the country.”

Athletes meet at Boettcher Park at noon and are shuttled to the starting point at Salish Point near downtown Polson. The race begins with an in-water start from the fishing dock at Salish Point where swimmers head east across Polson Bay toward Boettcher Park. Participants are treated to a barbecue feast in Boettcher Park at the conclusion of the race.

In addition to the Polson Bay crossing, there is a 200-yard kid’s fun race after the completion of the main event. There are several children’s activities during the event including a waterslide and a bounce castle. LAKE Monsters also hosts the Lakeside Lighthouse Loop.

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Steven Munatones