Always check the weather before you go. Be aware of clouds, wind direction, or other changing conditions. Weather in Montana is unpredictable. If you see a storm approaching give yourself plenty of time to reach your launch area or a safe place. Keep in mind there maybe several boats at once wanting to load at the ramp area.
Lightning can happen miles in front of a storm-watch for hair standing on end, tingling sensations, etc. Get everyone down with Pfd's on and head for shore. Put down antennas, stay low, you could be the tallest object out on the water and the target of a lightning strike.
During high wind-wave activity you may want to wait out the storm on the back side of an island, in a bay, or on shore. If you are not close to a safe area keep your bow to the wind, go slow, take waves at a 45 degree angle, and work your way to safety or anchor facing the wind.
Check the brief forecast below, and for more detailed information go to: National Weather Service forecast for Flathead Lake surface conditions.