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Missouri River Keene Life is Good Lodge

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Last updated: 04/30/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

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Wade or enjoy a private take out/put in on the Dearborn River in the green back yard where no one else fishes in this custom house on 10 acres with sprinkler-fed fruit trees. Don’t be surprised to see deer, geese and ducks in the window nudging their way near the deck, or a bear eating huckleberries along the river in the early morning. if you are especially quiet and observant, the hundreds of acres of park and ranch across the river also have mountain goats, bears, antelope and even the mountain lion.

Help yourself to the library, watch satellite television or DVD movies, or read from the house’s library.

Only few miles from the Missouri Inn over the bridge where the Untouchables was filmed, enjoy the canyon or visit the Lewis and Clark’s Tower Rock and surrounding Park. From this base, see the spetacular Glacier Park or the continent’s largest dinosaur digs to the northwest, float the Lewis and Clark Trail by pontoon boat and lunch at the island where one of the nation's most famous fires occurred, or travel south to Yellowstone National Park or Jackson Hole, each an easy day’s visit.

Hike with tremendous rock views, or enjoy the new, custom kitchen and fisherman’s décor. In the evening, take your pick of 3 spacious bedrooms where at the end of the day 6 extra long beds await or tie a few at the fly-tying table.
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/30/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    18 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    a perfect place for children with wide vistas so you can watch them from inside the house while they feel free......moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Plenty of room to smoke on the deck but save the house for non-smokers like me. If you do smoke, make sure all windows are closed in this house....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    there should be plenty of room in the bath and first floor bedroom for a walker or wheelchair to fit, there are rails on the upstairs beds but not on the ground level. we can add a high toilet seat, courtesy of a guest. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    downstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    upstairs left...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 bunk bed

    two twins/separate living room -- cabin must be requested...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    twin over double (bunk bed) + futon upon request...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bedroom number 3 includes a vanity and sink for shaving and primping outside of the bathroom -- Donna had to fight hard for this renovation but it is a huge comfort for ladies and teenagers!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Private fly fishing, guide cabin with bunk beds, lazy long quiet summer days and few neighbors on the river. ...moreless


  • Books:

    We keep a selection of books and a lending library upstairs....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table:

    In the great hall with all the pieces to play. Please DO NOT set fishing poles, equipment and detritus on the pool table, it ruins the play. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:


  • Television:

    Yes, a modern television...moreless

  • Toys:

    A few toys andsome water sport floats, but they do pop or disappear fast, three year olds with an attachment can get clingy and persuasive....moreless

  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    part of the Rocky Mountain range, high plains...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    these rocks are only in two places in the world, the striation is straight up!...moreless

  • Resort:

    A resort area on the "blue ribbon" section of the Missouri River, we are in the center of most fly fishermen's bucket lists but people hike, ride the rails, and hang out. I pick berries!...moreless

  • River:

    Wade, float, swim, fish!...moreless

  • Rural:

    we are on 5 acre lots minimum, both neighbors have 10+ A like we do...moreless

  • Water View:

    from every window in the back of the house and two decks....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The Dearborn River with a park on the other side...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    dine inside or outside on the deck where mornings and nights are cool and it is always low humidity. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Yes, but most guests prefer 'Montana air conditioning' -- open the windows in the cool evenings, close them during the heat of the day. It is amazing, works perfectly when there is no humidity! ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In the mud room in the house....moreless

  • Dialup Access:

    Residential high speed internet is still slower than you're used to ... so fish!...moreless

  • Heating:

    Propane heat and a well-insulated house....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free at the local library, your cell will usually work with the booster we added for hotsposts. Good cell wherever the mountains break in the road. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    We provide linens and our housekeeper will wash up after you leave. Please leave beds unmade when you leave so we don't wash everything for nothing!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The real Montanan seldom sits still!...moreless

  • Parking:


  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of parking but remember our typical Montana roads, gravel is designed for an SUV or truck, not a sports car. ...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    large driveway...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Long distance calls are inexpensive, no charge for under $20 use....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Yes based on number of guests in reservation....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In the mud room in the house. Water is scarce in the high desert ... you may use the washer but full loads only please (see California drought!). ...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    wood at the cabin...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    nearby restaurants will cater...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Appliances and utensils included...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    enough for dining inside or outside meals...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    please wash hand washables so sink is running hot before starting dishwasher. This is typical (inspected) well water but be careful of water use; but this saves repairing dishwasher heating element....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    fully renovated modern kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    some basics and spices included...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Third bedroom, Dearborn house....moreless

  • Boat:

    fly shops rent them for you, or with a guide you don't need them....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The Dearborn house has an uncovered raised patio, partially shade; the Missouri River house has a covered patio and a sunny one -- and they all face the river. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    In town....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    all manner of boating sports abound but reserve your boats from the fly shops early....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    just space, any garden would be eaten by critters ... but they are fun to watch. We had a buck on the deck one night!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal, or use the fire pit!...moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    The river is a terrific swim....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • major holiday $150 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • 4+ person cleaning $10 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%


Rate may include a major holiday fee ($150 for New Year's, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas) or a fee for opening the kennel ($50/pet, no pets in the house) or the historical cabin (listed on your GPS) with one bedroom and a wood stove in the living room. A $10 pp/night fee may apply for the extra cleaning with larger groups.

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Last updated: 04/30/2017
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42 Miles
Nearest Airport
Great Falls International
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Isaak's, several in Craig and Cascade
42 Miles
Nearest Golf
TriR, Great Falls has many course
130 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Chicago to Seattle in Glacier
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 15 from Great Falls to Cascade
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Isaak's, some in Craig and Cascade
58 Miles
Nearest Ski
Great Divide in Maryville

Car: Necessary

there is so much to do the teens may put down their cell phones! Most guests are fly fishing, hiking, dinosaur digs, bird watching, or riding the rails. Glacier Park /Yellowstone Parks are 3 hours away, Lewis & Clark Tower Rock is down the road as is The Untouchables bridge. The Charlie Russell Museum in Great Falls less than an hour, there is live music in Craig, and the Museum of the Rockies (dinosaurs) in Bozeman is two scenic hours away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We are avid outdoor people with political jobs that keep us indoors or reading the news all too often. The men were driving thousands of miles on annual 'vacation' fly fishing the West. One year I persuaded them to rent a week in Montana, and they found hundreds of great spots to fish all where the Dearborn and Missouri Rivers connect. The next year we bought not one but two great houses -- and have not looked back.

Why the Owner Chose Cascade, MT, USA:
We fish in the summer and hunt in the winter ... and there is nothing like leaving the humidity of DC and hanging out on the water.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We drive through Yellowstone to Jackson Hole, go to Fort Benton for the statue of a dog (Shep) and the most famous Wild West block north of Great Falls, visit the Charles Russell Museum to see the new exhibits, float the historic tour of the places Lewis and Clark saw, and endlessly fish or sunbathe. There are shrimp-fed edible pink fish at the dam, and someone is always giving us elk or venison to roast (which you can actually buy), yum! And the galleries and jewelry are fabulous, but you may even enjoy the gambling. The first time I read in the yard, three deer were curious and came closer to visit!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/30/2017

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  • contact for more photos, our interior ones are too small for VRBO now!

    contact for more photos, our interior ones are too small for VRBO now!

  • this could be you this year; scientists come from all over to see these rocks

    this could be you this year; scientists come from all over to see these rocks

  • near the house

    near the house

  • taken by an Irish guest

    taken by an Irish guest

  • my happy husband

    my happy husband

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 30, 2017

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