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Thompson Falls, Montana Information

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The picturesque town of Thompson Falls, Montana is the Sanders County seat, and is located in the Clark Fork River Valley about 90 miles NW of Missoula, Montana.

Located in the lush Clark Fork Valley, Thompson Falls has the mildest climate in Montana. With a population of around 2100, and an elevation of 2419', Thompson Falls has an average of 20" of precipitation per year, and averages 115 frost free days. It is known as part of the "Banana Belt" of NW Montana. The climate along with its breathtaking scenery make this quaint little town an ideal place to live. Thompson Falls is surrounded by an abundance of National Forest land, providing endless recreational pasttimes, including camping, wild life viewing, hiking, fishing, and much more! The reservoir created by the dam on the Clark Fork River provides uncrowded fishing, boating, swimming and other water recreation. A number of boat accesses are available.

Within close proximity to Thompson Falls, are Glacier National Park, the Ross Creek Giant Cedars, Flathead Lake and Lake Pend Oreille. Other attractions in the area include the Historic Jail Museum, Wild Goose Landing Park and Recreation Center, Bighorn Sheep Viewing Station, Graves Creek Falls, and the scenic Blue Slide area. If you are looking for a community with that small town atmosphere, as well as all the ammenities needed for everyday living, then Thompson Falls is the perfect size town for your needs!

This quiet portion of Montana with its lush green Valleys, rugged mountains, lakes and streams offer a lifestyle of tranquility away from the centers of large industry, congestion, and pollution. Quaint Communities lie nestled in the valleys and along the banks of both the Clark Fork River and the Flathead River close enough for comfort yet far enough apart to feel uncrowded. Realty Northwest is proud to offer a variety of Montana real estate in Thompson Falls, as well as in many other NW Montana towns.


Thompson Falls was named after David Thompson, the British explorer, geographer and fur trader. He was called the Koo Koo Sint (star gazer) by the Indians. He established a fur trading post, the 'Saleesh House', in 1809, which was used sporadically until the 1820s. The Saleesh House is no longer in existence.

Thompson Falls Park SceneThere was little activity in the area until 1881 and the coming of the railroad. The townspeople boarded the train, and persuaded passengers to settle in Thompson Falls. Soon after in 1883, the gold rush hit Couer D'Alene mines came and the town grew to accommodate the men going over the Murray trail to the mines. In 1885 John Russell bought 40 acres and platted the townsite.

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On average, the warmest month is July. The highest recorded temperature was 107°F in 1961. The average coolest month is January.
The lowest recorded temperature was -30°F in 1990. The maximum average precipitation occurs in December.
While areas of western Sanders County receive in excess of 36" average annual precipitaion, the eastern communities of the county may experience less than 10", making them fairly arid. The wettest area of Montana, and the dryest area of Montana, are both located within Sanders County!

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Mean Avg. Precip Record High Record Low
Jan. 35°F 22°F 28°F 2.59 in. 58°F (1989) -22°F (1979)
Feb. 43°F 25°F 34°F 2.04 in. 71°F (1995) -16°F (1956)
Mar. 52°F 29°F 41°F 1.78 in. 80°F (2004) -5°F (1956)
Apr. 63°F 34°F 48°F 1.51 in. 93°F (1987) 15°F (2002)
May 71°F 41°F 56°F 2.27 in. 99°F (1986) 24°F (1972)
June 78°F 47°F 63°F 2.17 in. 100°F (2003) 32°F (2002)
July 88°F 51°F 69°F 1.22 in. 106°F (1994) 35°F (1971)
Aug. 88°F 50°F 69°F 1.22 in. 107°F (1961) 32°F (1965)
Sept. 77°F 42°F 60°F 1.20 in. 105°F (1988) 20°F (1985)
Oct. 61°F 35°F 48°F 1.66 in. 88°F (1987) -2°F (2002)
Nov. 43°F 29°F 36°F 2.66 in. 74°F (1999) -13°F (1959)
Dec. 35°F 23°F 29°F 2.75 in. 58°F (1965) -30°F (1990)

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Clark Fork River

Town from across river

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View of Town from River

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