Before I begin spinning a few [short and tall] tales, I’d like to post a few pieces of background information.
When you think of Indian Land, do you imagine the dessert or a picture paradise? My hometown of Polson, located on The Flathead Indian Reservation, rests on the southern shore of Flathead Lake. Nearly 30 miles in length, all but the Northern tip of the natural freshwater lake rests within the Reservation boundaries. Flathead Lake was formed after the last ice age, approximately 10,000 years ago. The deepest area of the lake reaches nearly 400 feet in the East Bay. I’ll be writing a piece about The Flathead Monster, a creature rumored to live within the lake. Hundreds of people have encountered the legendary lake monster.
Established in 1855, The Flathead Indian Reservation [Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes] is located in Northwestern Montana and has land in four counties; Lake, Sanders, Missoula, and Flathead. The Reservation consists of nearly 2000 square miles of beautiful forested mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers. I’d wager the US Government is kicking themselves for surrendering this land, even if all of it and more had been settled by the tribes long before the white man invaded.
With the exception of a few sport birds, non-natives cannot hunt anything on the reservation. This includes Elk, White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Grizzly Bear, Moose, Wolves, and Bison. Bald Eagles are common, and I can remember seeing one perched in front of my childhood home on more than one occasion.
The list of native and non-native fish species is extensive. I will add this piece of information, though. The Flathead Lake and River System holds a population of White Sturgeon and Squawfish. I’ve hooked into a few large Squawfish but never landed one. Now that I’m older and have quite a bit of fishing experience, the species is protected.
Here are a few examples of upcoming pieces. Thank you for reading. It’s a humbling experience.
Ice Caves and the Minotaur
Camping on the river island
Flathead Lake. The largest natural freshwater lake west of the Missouri River
The Flathead Monster
Being a white boy on the Rez
Discovering Hidden Underground Homes
Rumbles with neighboring small towns
Mysticism and Witchcraft
The murder on the hill
Scared of school
The best fishing of my life
Meth labs come to Polson
Tales of Bigfoot
The creature at the damn dam
People disappear on the Rez
High mountain clannish folk
Forth of July Pow Wow
Huckleberries and Grizzly Bears
June 26, 2021