Temperatures are warming up, and summer is right around the corner in Montana. There's no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than jumping in a river or a lake to go for a swim. Fortunately, you have quite a few options in Montana.

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You could always go to a public pool, but that's nothing in comparison to swimming in a mountain lake. Swimming in a lake allows you to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. You can breathe in the fresh air and feel a sense of tranquility and peace.

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Swimming in rivers and lakes may be appealing, but it's important to prioritize safety. Make sure to check water conditions, be aware of any hazards, and follow any local guidelines or regulations to ensure a safe enjoyable experience.

USA Today has included a lake in Montana on its list of America's Favorite Lakes for Swimming. Whitefish Lake was included on the list of 20 lakes across the country.

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Whitefish Lake Named Montana's Favorite Lake for Swimming


Trout, sculpin and (of course) whitefish all call Montana's Whitefish Lake home, and they're far from the only creatures that spend their time cruising through the water. Throughout spring and summer, the area draws a wealth of campers, boaters and swimmers, all of which arrive to take full advantage of the balmy temperatures and beautiful surrounding landscapes.

You can actually vote for Whitefish Lake through June 5. Here are the details.

You can vote once per day until polls close on Monday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. MST. The 10 winning lakes will be announced on Friday, June 16. To learn more about Whitefish Lake, click here.

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