Flathead Lake water levels are regulated by a hydroelectric dam on the Flathead river just after it exits the lake’s South end. It was Kerr dam all my life, but was recently acquired by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe, on whose land it was built. So now it is officially known as Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe. I’m not sure how to pronounce this, but I think it is an infinitely better name.
Anyway, the lake is 100% natural but during the late winter more water is let out and the level drops, starting to rise again in April. During this time a large stretch of sand is revealed on the North end of the lake, fondly called ‘Africa’ by locals. At some point during this low water we like to venture out on an adventure along the shore near Somers Bay, Exploring all the wreckage and mess left from the days of steamboats, trains and mills. We cut through the marsh back to our back yard. I count us lucky if we arrive home without any wounds. I took too many pictures, and thought I’d share this day with you (back a few weeks now).