Thompson Falls Montana, MT Info

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Thompson Falls Montana

Thompson Falls is located in a lush valley along the Clark Fork River, featuring year-round land and water-based recreation as well as amenities and several attractions, just 100 miles northwest of Missoula. Read More

  • Thompson Falls is located off MT-200, 100 miles northwest of Missoula.
  • Enjoy water activities on the Clark Fork River and Thompson Falls and Noxon Reservoirs.
  • Visit the Old Jail Museum. 
  • Camp, hike, backpack, hunt, and more in the surrounding national forests. 
  • Thompson Falls offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, and shops. 

Overview

The small town of Thompson Falls is nestled in the verdant Clark Fork River Valley in northwest Montana. Originally founded by a British explorer and fur trader, by the end of the 19th century, Thompson Falls was an important mining location linked by the Northern Pacific Railway. Today, the town offers visitors an array of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, horseback riding, and hunting in the surrounding national forests. Sight-seers can take in views of waterfalls, creeks, peaks, and vast amounts of wildlife. Water recreationalists can spend time fishing and floating the Clark Fork River as well as boating, fishing, swimming and paddling on the river’s two reservoirs – Thompson Falls and Noxon. Town attractions include the PP and L Dam, the Old Jail Museum, and plenty of amenities.

Location

Thompson Falls, MT is located off Highway MT-200, just 100 miles northwest of Missoula.

Services/Amenities

During your visit, stay in a motel, lodge, ranch, RV Park, bed and breakfast, or in national forest, state park, or private campgrounds. Eateries include an ice cream parlor, cafe, lodge, and grill; meanwhile the gift shops, boutiques, and galleries will satisfy shoppers. Thompson Falls also has two banking locations, service stations, local airport, and Chamber of Commerce.

Activities

Lolo National Forest, Clark Fork River, Thompson Falls State Park, and Thompson Falls and Noxon Reservoirs serve as the main backdrops for all sorts of year-round activities including boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

Local annual events include the Rose and Perennial Garden Show, Heritage Days, and the springtime Flat Iron Quilt Show.

Attractions

Visit the Historic Old Jail Museum and learn about the local history, featuring great early photographs taken by the photograph E.J. Frazier. (Open from Mother’s Day through Labor Day.)

Another popular attraction is the Thompson Falls PP and L Dam. Tour this amazing manmade creation before recreating on one of the reservoirs.

Getting Here

From Missoula, head west on Interstate-90 for 8 miles before taking exit 96 and merging onto MT-200 W/US-93 N. After 27 miles, turn left to remain on MT-200 W and continue another 65 miles.

Along the journey, take in great views of the Clark Fork River or pull over for a picnic or for a few hours of fishing or floating.

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Sanders County

Sanders County is located in north western Montana and home to the city of Thompson Falls.