Horse Island, Montana
Wild Horse Island is the largest island on Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Montana. It is accessible only by boat. For centuries, the Salish Kootenai used the island, approximately 2,164 acres in size, to pasture horses and keep them from being stolen by other tribes. The island was part of the Flathead Indian Reservation from the time of its creation in 1872 up until its dismantlement in 1904, when the island was divided into individual plots of land. Several attempts were made on the island towards agricultural development, but none succeeded. On the day I was there, we didn't see any horses, but did see rams among the old growth Ponderosa Pine Forest in this state park. Photo © copyright by Debbie McCulliss.