Affordable Lakefront Family-Friendly Home with Beach & Dock
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- Minimum stay:3-4 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Rocky Point house description
An easy 8 mile trip from Polson, the downstairs half of this duplex home is available for rental - and is right on the beach of Flathead Lake. The gentle slope of our pebble and rock beach makes it perfect for young kiddos and older folk alike.
Bring your own watercraft! We have a boat dock for your personal use. Use the boat launch in Polson Bay only 5 miles away by water (dock for fair weather use only). Or simply drop your kayak in the cool water and take a lap around the bay - or maybe out to Wild Horse Island. Sleep late, or get up early to fish for the massive lake trout that lurk in the deeper waters - it's all here, waiting for you!
The downstairs sleeps 10 comfortably, and can accommodate up to 15 people. Siblings and cousins will enjoy sharing the 'bunk room' that has 3 twin over full bunk beds. Two rooms feature queen beds; a sleeper sofa adds more sleeping space.
Enjoy swimming and lounging on the beach by day and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in the fire pit at night. Camp out under the stars on the lawn, or relax in a porch swing on the massive deck and watch the sun set! Two BBQs are available for your use. 'Beach appropriate' dining ware is also available, so find the place with the best view!
Please be advised that Nana lives upstairs. She is a very friendly person, and you will likely meet her (or smell the cookies baking) during your stay. Because this is her full-time residence and we have neighbors, we do ask that loud activities end at a reasonable hour.
- 1800 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 13-15
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1 includes full size washer/dryer.
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Hair Dryer
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Video Library:
- Deck / Patio:
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Cross Country Skiing
- Boat launch in Polson, 5 miles by water to our dock.
ReviewsWrite a review
Had a Great Time!Guest comment entered by owner
Had a Great Time!
We very much enjoyed our stay at Flathead Lake. The home you and Nana have on the lake is wonderful. All of us felt at home and were able to enjoy great views, local walks, wonderful side trips, family gatherings, and met some wonderful neighbors. A plus for our group was that our son's boat could come right to your dock. That opened up lots of fun on the water to older folks that found the water too cold to play in for very long. Kids are always up for water fun and your supply of floating objects to delight and keep them safe in the water was much appreciated. Being able to prepare meals for our crowd in your well stocked kitchen was an added bonus. I totally recommend this sight for a family vacation, and hope we can revisit this coming summer.
- Guest Trudy M.
- Date of stay 08/23/13
- Review Submitted 09/14/13
Great Family Cabin stocked to the brim with goodies
Great Family Cabin stocked to the brim with goodies
Our stay at the Lake was awesome. We were more than impressed with the amount of. "Extras" the house had. Everything from the Apple TV featuring Netflix and many other apps to the squirt guns, float toys, tubes and fishing gear. We brought our boat and left it on the dock and were delighted to have a bunch of life jackets ranging from infant size to adults in the closet to choose from. Also, there were a ton of beach towels which we were grateful for. The kitchen was stocked almost equivalent to my own kitchen. Most rentals you are lucky to find salt and pepper. There was Tupperware to store leftovers in, a ton of spices and cooking utensils for everything. In the cupboard there was even an ice cream maker. - we enjoyed bike rides/dirt bike rides - Glacier National Park - downtown Polson - the lake of course - wild horse island - floating on tubes in the lake while fishing :) - roasting hot dogs and s'mores on the fire bit -killing wasps for Nana upstairs We will be staying here again in the future. The water was warm, the weather was great and the cleanliness and quality of the home and amenities were exceptional!
- Guest Melanie C.
- Date of stay 08/17/13
- Review Submitted 09/11/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Owner response: So glad you and your family could come. We are working hard to make it an even more inviting place next year, so we hope to see you again!
AWESOME STAY! FRIENDLY OWNERS COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE ACCOMMODATING. BEAUTIFUL SETTING WITH LAWNS, BEACH AREA, DOCK, COVERED HOUSE DECK AND AMAZING SUNSETS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS STAY.
- Guest FLATHEAD (MONTANA)
- Date of stay 08/02/13
- Review Submitted 08/12/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thanks Theresa - We loved having you and meeting your family! We greatly appreciate your referral as well and hope they also have a wonderful visit.
Slice of Nature
Slice of Nature
Just steps from the lake thoughtful planning provides a slice of nature at its best without roughing it. This is an experience that provides tranquility as you enjoy a morning sunrise; a day of swimming, boating or jet skiing; or an evening gathered by the shore around the fire pit. I cherish the memories every time I have the opportunity to visit.
- Guest Deba (Spokane, Washington)
- Date of stay 07/08/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Owner response: So happy that you had a great time! Glad you think this place is as special as we think it is, and we look forward to seeing you again!
Addicted to Montana
Addicted to Montana
My family loves Flat Head Lake and have visited for several years in a row now. We absolutely loved staying here. Beach front lake entry makes it super fun and and easy for the kids to play and enjoy the day with a fit pit and lawn to enjoy. The home is very clean and very comfortable, three bedrooms. We slept very comfortable with two families and kids, plenty of space and everything you need. There are a couple grocery stores on your drive in to shop at before heading to the house which makes it possible to never have to leave, the kitchen is fully equipped to prepare all your meals etc. However there are a couple great places recommended by the owner to try that we loved, the local brewery and bakery. Full size washer and dryer for all the towels each day. Bring toys and floaty's for the kids to play, they will spend almost their entire time in the water. We had a jet ski that we dropped in the lake in Polson and drove it to the house to dock it, that made it really fun. The lake is so clear and clean and plenty of area to pull tubes behind the jet ski etc. We loved it so much we can't wait to go back - next time to stay longer!!! The lady up stairs makes these amazing homemade jellies from local Montana fruit. The jelly so was so delicious we bought a lot during our stay and ate a lot of huckleberry and PB sandwiches and even bought more to bring home to enjoy and be reminded of our great vacation. Pictures don't do it justice, we live in AZ and miss our cool mornings on the porch having coffee and watching the gorgeous sunrise and still lake. Love love love it here! Highly recommend this for families and couple get aways.
- Guest Addicted to Montana (Gilbert, Arizona)
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/28/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: I am so happy that your combined families had such fun! The pictures you sent were awesome, and Nana really enjoyed meeting you. You are right about her jams and jellies - I hope you had the opportunity to try the huckleberry syrup on ice cream... Please consider us for your next visit - we would love to have you!
An absolute gem!
An absolute gem!
We stayed five nights. Having the beach right outside the door was awesome! Nice place - the owner was doing some improvements outside while we were there, and was very careful not to disturb us. The kids had an great time even though the water was really cold. Plenty of room in the bathroom for all of the little ones to go in at once, shower up, and change. A huge porch - very nice place to eat lunch and dinner. Gorgeous views. And the kids really liked having their own TV in the "bunkroom" with just about every movie you could ever hope to see! That was a blessing on the one rainy day we had. Some places go way over board in decorating with priceless antiques and stuff you don;t want the kids to touch. This place was built and decorated with families and kids in mind - from the floors to the TVs to the plastic dinnerware for the porch and beach. We loved being able to "move in" and simply use the place without feeling like we were in a museum. A nice relief. A great deal on a very nice place. "Nana" is a wonderful lady - loved meeting her, and her jellies are out of this world! We will be back!
- Guest DesertRats (Phoenix area)
- Date of stay 06/21/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: It was great having you and your family! Kids are impervious to cold water I think, as long as you fill them with s'mores afterwards. Hope to have you visit again!
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- Tax Rate 3%
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- Nearest Airport: Missoula at 90 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 93 at 8 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Polson at 8 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Blacktail Mountain at 35 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Polson at 8 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Polson at 8 Miles
Year Purchased: 1951
About the owner: The Indian Bay property is a family-owned home built on land purchased in 1951. It has undergone many changes in the last 60+ years, including the building of the current home in 2005. Nana, the daughter of the original owners, and her two terriers Teddy and Lucy live in the duplex-style home year-round; her myriad children, grandchildren, and friends all visit whenever possible. You will probably meet them during your stay, though their presence will be almost exclusively upstairs. They are wonderfully friendly, and Nana makes outstanding jams, jellies, and syrups which get sold in local gift shops. My name is Brendan, and I am the grandson of the original property owners, as well as the favorite son (well, the only son) of the current owner 'Nana'. My grandparents and my mother, aunts, and uncles worked for nearly 10 years starting in 1951 cutting trees, leveling a spot for the original home, and carrying boulders by hand to preserve the shoreline and build paths around the property before the original cabin was built. Until then, the summer home was nothing more than a large tent. The original cabin still exists, preserved within the walls of a more modern structure built next door by my aunt and uncle a few years ago. I grew up at 'the lake' and vowed that I would do whatever possible to make my childhood experiences available to my own children in the same way my grandparents and Nana did for their own children. Though we live in Arizona now, my family and I still visit several times a year to check on Nana, as well as swim, fish, and play in the wonderfully cool, clear waters of the lake.
Why the Owner Chose Rocky Point:
This property has been family-owned for as long as nearly any other property on the lake. When the original property owners passed away, their children kept the property intact within the family when two of the siblings purchased the remainder portion from the family in order to build permanent residences. Family, cousins, and third- and forth-generation friends all live and play within an easy walk of the property. As a grandchild of the original owners (I am Nana's son) I recall getting out of school in early June and making the drive to the lake shortly thereafter, staying each summer until a week before school started. After a summer spent barefoot, shirtless, and usually without a haircut, I felt more like I was being trapped rather than returned to society when it was time to scrub up and put on new shoes for school. I vowed to give my own children the same experience, which is why we siblings convinced Nana to build a home where she could retire quietly and yet still accommodate the large family that wanted to visit. The home was built in 2005 as two complete homes, with full kitchens upstairs and downstairs, as well as duplicate laundry facilities, dining areas, and the like. We tried to plan for a time when Nana would be able to live in peace and comfort, yet open the door for friends, family, and guests in a scaled manner. Simply by closing a door at the top of the stairs yields two complete homes where privacy can be maintained; and opening that door yields a family home where as many as 32 family members have slept in a single night! Renting the downstairs portion is a new experience, from which we hope to get your candid feedback on what we can do to improve the overall experience of staying on this beautiful lake. Please understand that this is indeed a year-round home for the owner; yet, we want to make it available for as many other people as possible to experience the idyllic summers that we had as kids. Enjoy!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The southern half of the lake is on tribal land and therefore has a unique set of regulations aimed at preserving this incredible natural resource. Recent changes to shoreline policies severely restrict development, and we will witness many gradual changes over time as older docks, boathouses and other structures which no longer meet the preservation standard will slowly be removed and returned to a more natural state. The Consolidated Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Orielle Tribes have worked closely with the State of Montana as well as Canadian government representatives to preserve and restore that natural waterways that flow from the Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park (the actual full name of what is commonly known as Glacier National Park). Mining, construction, farming, erosion and runoff - all are being addressed in order to continue Flathead Lake's stirling reputation as a lake of unparalleled beauty. Living and vacationing on the southern half of the lake reveals many benefits. If you plan to fish the lake, you need only purchase a tribal fishing permit which costs, on average, one fifth the price of a state non-resident permit. The towns of Polson, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Arlee, and others are steeped in the Tribal tradition of a deliberate and slower-paced lifestyle that is well-suited for a vacation. Tribal culture and history is on display as a living museum where you are allowed to touch and participate. Shops, restaurants, and other facilities tend to be small, family-owned businesses where the owners often work the tables and counters. And, if you desire more upscale experiences, there are several to be had in newer restaurants, golf courses, and shops that are starting to pop up (yet somehow still blend in). Access to the Missoula airport is an easy 75 minute drive; as is access to the Kalispell airport near the north end of the lake.
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View from the lower deck of the house
Take the plunge!
Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed, closet, and dresser.
The bunk room can sleep up to 9 people with three windows overlooking the lake.
Plenty of cabinet and pantry space, and large windows overlooking the lake.
Just a few steps to the door, and only a few more to the beach and lake.
Summer sunsets give way to a curtain of stars
A huge deck overlooks the lake and is shaded by the upstairs deck.
View from Old Baldy, a short hike from the house.
Bedroom 2 has a Queen bed, dresser, and a deep closet.
Large kitchen with all appliances, dining area, and living room with LCD TV
View of the house standing on the dock. Downstairs is available for rental.
A blazing sunset under Montana's Big Sky
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