The Solstice on Flathead Lake, MT

June 23, 2022 by jarndt
Flathead Lake Sailing

After witnessing 22 years of Summer Sailstice celebrations from all corners of the blue planet we should no longer be surprised by any of the places people sail. Regardless, it's always fun to get photos of a new lake where people are celebrating sailing on the solstice. This time it was Flathead Lake in Montana that caught our attention. Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake (by surface area) in the western US is also one of the cleanest in the world. It is 28 miles long and 15 miles wide. It's also where San Francisco sailor Matthew Sessions went sailing on the solstice with friend, Meg Gordon, aboard her Cal29, Room with a View along with 22 other sailboats.

Cal 29 Room with a View
It's hard to beat the view on Flathead Lake aboard the Cal 29 'Room with a View.'
Flathead Lake Sailing
At 48N the sunlight on the solstice lasts well into the evening. 

Flathead Lake is at about 3,000 feet over sea level and has a maximum depth of 370.7 ft (113.0 m), and an average of 164.7 ft (50.2 m). Montana may not be the first state you think of when you think of sailing but, after looking at these photos, you can see why it's another great place to celebrate Summer Saisltice.  

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