Welcome to the Mission Valley, home to a group of small towns situated against the backdrop of the spectacular Mission Mountains. With its Rocky Mountain setting, the Mission Valley is a recreational paradise. Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, offers incredible panoramic scenery, water sports, sailing, fishing, and is host to the annual “Mac Days” lake trout tournament. Hiking enthusiasts will find a limitless playground of trails in the Mission Mountains and can also take advantage of Glacier Park, one of our country’s most pristine National Parks, and reachable in less than two hours. Additionally, the area boasts bird hunting, white water rafting, Nordic skiing, mountain climbing, and ranks among many bird watchers’ favorite locations.
Centrally located in the valley is the National Bison Range, one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the nation. Self-guided tours offer unprecedented opportunities for viewing wildlife including elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bear, mountain lion, and, of course, bison.
Speaking of views, the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis can be seen a few times each year! And there are not many places left in which you can spot a horse-driven buggy clopping down the road, as there is a thriving Amish community beneath the mountains towering over St. Ignatius.
The area combines the “best of both worlds,” as wilderness solitude can be reached within minutes, and “big city life” in Missoula is less than 45 minute commute or Kalispell is beautiful two-hour drive away.
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Weather in the Mission Valley:
Mission Valley climate can be mild or extreme. But generally the weather is varied during summer when average temperatures tend to be in the low to mid 80's and very cold during winter when average temperatures tend to be around 15' degrees.
The warmest month of the year is August with an average temperature of 83.50 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average temperature of 19.40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be relatively BIG! During the summer with a difference that can reach 33 +/- degrees Fahrenheit, and winter with an average difference of 20 +/- degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation at St. Ignatius is 16.54 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is May with an average rainfall of 2.59 Inches.
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This is small town Montana at its best yet a short drive to larger cities such as: Missoula & Kalispell. St. Ignatius offers; Post Office, grocery store, 2 gas stations, 2 banks, 4 cafes, 2 barber shops, community building with fitness center, Amish general store, Amish garden & feed center, senior center, Amish custom wagon builder, saw mill, Amish meat processor & local organic food co-op (offers amazing local produce). The St. Ignatius School District has approximately 460 students enrolled from K-12 & LOTS of friendly people! Also new private school – Glacier Lake School – 406-745-2345. National Bison Range 10 minute drive. Great area for OFF the GRID networking!
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