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PADDLING — Although the event is still months away, it's not to soon to consider forming a team to paddle to fame in the 2013 Montana Dragon Boat Festival Sept. 6-8 at Flathead Lake.
Sponsored by the Flathead Community Foundation at Flathead Lake Lodge, the 2012 inaugural event drew so much interest that organizers were forced to turn away a number of teams.
Race competition was fierce, but friendly. Thousands of fans and spectators viewed the event.
Check it out.
PADDLING — Kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards will go 4.5, 9.5 or 24 miles on Montana's Flathead Lake on Aug. 24 in a race event to benefit First Descents, a non-profit organization providing outdoor adventure therapy for young adults with cancer
The Epic Shore to Shore race is open to all paddlesports enthusiasts.
Paddlers can race as teams or solo as they crisscross the bays and inlets along the west shore of the lake.
“We are a local group of outdoor enthusiasts who have a passion for paddling,” said event organizer Chuck Ludden.
Registration includes a T-shirt for each competitor, a free drink ticket and a pasta dinner ticket.
Registrations will be accepted until one week prior to the race.
Solo entry for Epic/24 miles = $75
Solo for Intermediate/9.5 miles = $60
Solo for Recreation/4.5 miles = $45
Team: Each member pays $45
WILDLIFE RESEARCH — A young female grizzly bear fitted with a satellite collar for more than a year embarked on several lengthy swims across portions of Flathead Lake, wildlife officials in Montana said.
Sometimes the bear was in the water for 8-12 hours at a time, according to an Associated Press story.
Rick Mace with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the 4-year-old grizzly made the swims after being captured on the west side of the lake near Flathead Lake Lutheran Camp late last summer.
Mace said the bear was fitted with the satellite collar she wore from June 2010 to earlier this month when it automatically dropped off as planned.
Read on for details, and watch out Michael Phelps.
WILDLIFE — The first wild horse born on Montana's Wildhorse Island in more than a century stands next to her mother last week in the photo above.
The unexpected birth pushes the population past the maximum called for in the management plan for the state park, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the foal will live out her life on the Flathead Lake island.
The horses often are visible to boaters on the lake.
WATERWAYS — Inconclusive test results showing signs of invasive mussels in Flathead Lake still have downstream interests on edge.
“Part of me still stands strong and thinking positive that it’s going to be OK,” said Erin Mader of the Pend Oreille Basin Commission in Sandpoint.
Results from a second round of tests to verify whether invasive quagga and zebra mussels have taken root in Flathead Lake could be revealed next week, according to officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
“I’m optimistic because a similar thing resulted from initial tests on the Snake River last year and they later were deemed negative,” Mader said.
FISHING – Signs of exotic mussels have been found in a routine plankton sample taken in July from the northern end of Flathead Lake, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials announced this afternoon.
Verification testing is still under way.
Test results from independent labs in the Midwest suggest that tiny organisms within the sample have characteristics consistent with zebra and quagga mussels. Results from a lab in Oregon, however, suggest the sample shows no sign of mussel contamination.