kayak to wild horse island!


Wild Horse Island is the most iconic location on Flathead Lake. Sea Me Paddle is able to assist you in kayaking to and from the island. There are not many truly primitive islands that offer such abundant wildlife viewing opportunities-Wild Horse Island does just that. Walk along the established trail system to see mule deer, bighorn sheep and many native birds, not to mention the wild horses!


In the spring the wildflowers are abundant, which makes the nature hike truly spectacular! The 360° view of Flathead Lake is definately worth the hike to the top!



wild horse trip specifics:


Wild Horse Island

We offer a kayak service to and from beautiful and primitive Wild Horse Island. We are unable to provide guided hiking on the island itself due to the fact that we are not currently permitted to do so.


We do provide a kayak for every guest and all the gear to keep everyone safe, and comfortable while paddling. We also provide maps and all the information necessary for you to safely complete your self-guided hike and exploration of Wild Horse Island.


We will kayak with you to and from Skeeko Bay at Wild Horse Island where the trailhead begins. The kayak paddle is aproximately two miles each way and takes approximately 45 minutes. To view map of Wild Horse Island click here!



Paddle Experience Required:

Beginner and beyond



5 hours


Rendezvous Point:

The SMP Office in Lakeside, MT at 7220 Hwy 93 S, Suite 3, be prepared to follow us approximately fifteen miles by car to our launch location in Dayton.



$170.00 per person. This includes kayaks and all gear necessary to paddle safely to Wild Horse Island. In addition we provide the items needed to help you enjoy your self-guided hike including: a backpack, trail map, binoculars and a snack lunch and water for each paddler/hiker.









2160 Acres. Largest island in a fresh water lake west of the Mississipi River. Lat/Long: 47.84715/114.23458. It is designated as a primitive island.



Includes bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, falcons, osprey, coyotes, and five wild horses. This wildlife diversity makes Wild Horse Island a premier location for wildlife watching and photography.



Day use only.


Joint state/tribal fishing license required at this site due to the location of the Flathead Indian Reservation.


Fires and smoking prohibited at all times.


It is a violation of park regulations to feed, pet or intentionally approach within 100 feet of any wildlife including wild horses.


It is a violation to remove any artifacts from the island including antlers and horns.


Private Property:

Is found along parts of the perimeter of the island, visitors are asked not to utilize private docks or encroach on private lots.



Wild Horse was established as a state park in 1978.

The Kootenai tribe that inhabited the shores of Flathead Lake had a name for this island, "Qwil Qanqami" (Kwiss-con-ka-may) that translated as "big" or "huge Island."



An exisiting homestead from circa 1911 still stands on the island, along with remnants of a corral and root cellar.



Wild Horse has a designated trailhead that starts at Skeeko Bay and Eagle Cove. A public restroom is located up the trail from Skeeko Bay, this is the only designated restroom on the island.


Trail System:

The trail system includes approximately three miles of designated trail, beginning at Skeeko Bay and Eagle Cove.





We Are easy to find:

Across from Volunteer Park
(7220 Hwy 93 S, Suite 3)
Lakeside, Montana 59922

Phone: (406) 249-1153

Your Paddle Headquarters

We strive to make your paddle trip extremely safe and enjoyable for the entire family.

Making your outting perfect is our goal!!! We would love to work with you to create a custom adventure.