You don’t see a lot of “Top 17” lists, which is maybe why they settled on that rather attention-getting number.
But, when you’re Number 1 in the nation, it really doesn’t matter how many others are on the list. And that is what we have with one of Montana’s best-known resort towns. Like they really need all the extra publicity, right?
Boatline is a massive online outlet for buying and selling boats of every style, shape and size, offered by private individuals and dealerships. Thousands of boats featuring photos and descriptions of each item for sale appear to be well planned out.
Boatline has released its Top 17 Boat Towns for 2022. And who should land in the top spot? None other than Bigfork, Montana!
According to Boatline, “Bigfork, situated along Montana’s Flathead Lake, offers a mix of outdoor recreation and Rocky Mountain charm. This year-round resort village is home to whitewater rafting in the spring, boating in the summer, fly fishing in the fall, and ice fishing in the winter. In town, you’ll fall in love with the storybook scenery, local artisan community, and annual events such as the Bigfork Festival of the Arts.”
Boatline’s methodology involves a comprehensive search for lake communities that offer ample opportunities for boating and water activities in general. Another requirement to be considered is how communities complement the lakes in terms of downtown areas and seasonal and year-round activities off the water.
The final list of towns is selected as preferred destinations for weekend visitors or for people searching for their next waterside residence.
Besides Bigfork at #1, Boatline’s 2002 Top 17 list includes:
Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake George, New York
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Osage Beach, Missouri
South Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Summersville, West Virginia
Traverse City, Michiugan
Winter Haven, Florida
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Our thanks to Madeline Day and Brandon Kazimer with Jill Schmidt Public Relations, who let us know what we Montanans already knew: Bigfork is awesome!
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