Lost Prairie Sky Diving
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Local Post Office
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Photo courtesy: McGregor Lake Resort
Marion is southwest of Kalispell on Little Bitterroot Lake. First settled in the late 1870s, Marion was a base camp for the construction of the Great Northern Railroad into Kalispell. It remained on the main line until 1904 when a new route to Whitefish was established. When Lewis Kelsey moved his sawmill from Somers to Marion in the early 1900s, timber became an important part of the local economy. Today, visitors can enjoy the recreational opportunities found on Little Bitterroot Lake or any of the many surrounding lakes.
Logan State Park is located in northwest Montana. The campground offers tent and trailer sites, restrooms and drinking water. With frontage on the northern shore of Middle Thompson Lake, Logan is heavily forested with western larch, Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine. A channel connects Upper, Middle and Lower Thompson lakes. Attractions include swimming, boating, camping, waterskiing, and good fishing.
Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge is not far from Marion. The habitat diversity of the Refuge supports a wide variety of wildlife species. At least 14 species of migratory and breeding waterfowl utilize wetland areas. Resident mammal species include white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, black bear, pine martin, lynx, wolverine, and bobcat. Muskrat, badger and Columbian ground squirrels are also present on the Refuge. The threatened grizzly bear and the endangered gray wolf are also known to inhabit the Pleasant Valley Area.
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