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Swan River Cottage + Private Dock on Swan River.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath ***** Perfect for Two *****

Let Swan River Cottage provide your DREAM VACATION! Enjoy views in every direction from this comfortably equipped cottage located on the very private banks of the "deep water" stretch of Northwest Montana’s famous Swan River. BRING your FLY ROD, fishing BOAT, FLOAT TUBE, KAYAK, CANOE, etc. Rental includes tie-down and kayaks at PRIVATE DOCK on this secluded10-mile section of the Swan River plus access to nearby public boat launch on Swan River as well as two additional nearby Flathead Lake boat launches. Enjoy fishing for big Northern Pike, Bull Trout, Walleye and Lake Trout while observing eagle, osprey, hawks and whitetail deer.

Whether you are a fisherman seeking the elusive 'big one;' a HONEYMOONer seeking a romantic getaway; or simply want to enjoy the real 'Montana experience;' you will find what you are looking for at Swan River Cottage.

And, there is still more!

Just a short 3.5 mile drive (or walk, or bicycle, on the Swan River Nature Trail), brings you to the charming Village of Bigfork, where you will find world-class art galleries; 5-Star restaurants; delicious breakfast venues; a grocery store; and numerous unique shops. This is also home to the Eagle Bend Golf Course, frequently rated among the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the nation.

2015 Academy Award winning actor, J K Simmons. began his successful acting career here, at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse. The Bigfork Playhouse is one of the Northwest's oldest & finest repertory theaters and is located in charming downtown Bigfork.

Also nearby are Glacier National Park; the spectacular and remote Jewel Basin; the Big Sky Waterslide/Water Park; and your choice of 7 additional golf courses!

Only 30 minutes from Glacier International Airport, Swan River Cottage combines the magic of a remote Montana getaway with the convenience of an ultra modern lifestyle including flat-screen, satellite TV with a multitude of channels.

Come stay with us and you will understand why Swan River Cottage is reputedly one of Montana's best kept secrets!

Keywords: Guest House/Cottage/Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for an amazing stay. The cottage is immaculate. I think we both fell in love with Montana - amazing scenery, abundant wildlife (right in the yard-love it!) and great people. I am sure we will be back!
Sep 2014
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Bigfork Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with access from each bedroom. (Jack & Jill)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1)
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Private boat dock accesses Montana's famous, deep-water section of the Swan River. Bring your fly rod, fishing boat, float tube, kayak, canoe, etc. No diving from dock. Small, grass, airstrip nearby.


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Swan River Cottage + Private Dock on Swan River.
average rating of 4.818182 based on 42 reviews
Portland, Or

Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Swan River Cottage is a perfect getaway for 2 people. It's private, clean, well appointed, has all the basic necessities for cooking meals and is very well taken care of. It's only a 10 minute drive to Bigfork, but with all the deer that wander the property plus the geese and ducks flying overhead, you feel far removed from it all. The dock area provided us with with a couple of relaxing and memorable evenings...incredible views!

The hosts are wonderful people, and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was the best possible. My wife and I would highly recommend this rental for a romantic getaway or a perfect place to decompress during hectic vacation travel!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Great Montana Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Meticulously clean, modern and well equipped cottage with river access and kayaks (just steps away from your front door). Located in sleepy wooded neighborhood with wildlife, (deer in the front yard!) just minutes from great restaurants, bars, and shops in Big Fork. Easy 45 minute drive to Glacier National Park.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cozy little cottage. Feels like home

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable setting. You will see ample wild life near the cottage and the river is gorgeous. I would recommend this to anyone!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We love our mountain retreat at the Swan River Cottage

  • 4 of 5

If you're looking for a place for quiet, peaceful rest and refreshment, this is your place. The location is close to Glacier National Park and to nearby Big Fork, but it's location near the Swan River and in the trees is superior. We left feeling refreshed and relaxed. We enjoyed being greeted in the morning and evenings by deer right on the property. I'm grateful for our week at Swan River. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Cottage in the Woods

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is beautifully appointed, very clean and charming. Nestled among trees, it was a pleasure to watch the deer every day come within feet of us as they grazed. The location is good, close to Bigfork, and the owners are extremely helpful and responsive. It's a great place for a calming, relaxing holiday away from it all. The downside is that it is NOT "waterfront," as listed. There is a path that leads to the river, and the descent to the actual waterfront is too treacherous for two old ladies like ourselves (in our late 60s) to risk. (A broken hip was not part of our plan!) A simple handrail would have made all the difference. Too, there was no place to actually hang out even if we had made it down there. We'd envisioned 4 days sitting on the deck or dock, reading books and catching up (we are two sisters who live 3000 miles apart), jumping in for a swim whenever we felt like it, and watching the water flow by. We'd both come a long way to actualize this vision, but alas, it was not what this lovely cottage provided. We were disappointed that the listing did not make it clearer that this is more a "cabin in the woods" experience. Nonetheless, we had a wonderful time (Glacier, Flathead Lake, Whitefish, Bigfork's Summer Playhouse, amazing cherries, sighting of a baby bear cub, etc.) We enjoyed the cottage and the surroundings very much. If being right on the water with easy access to the river is not that important to you, you could not do better than this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your comments are appreciated. However, I am sorry to hear the Cottage did not fulfill your perception of a "waterfront” property. Swan River Cottage is defined as "waterfront" by property tax records, by realtors, by Google Earth, and by our guests. This stunning, 10+ mile long, deep-water section of the Swan River is used daily for boating, kayaking, swimming, etc., and is accessible only from private, waterfront properties. The path to the river is not steep by most standards (see VRBO photos 2 & 3). Thus, Swan River Cottage is not (and never has been), represented as “Handicapped-Accessible.” Had you disclosed your handicapped status when reserving the Cottage, your disappointment could have easily been avoided.
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My favorite place

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Swan River Cottage in July and again in September. I love this beautiful place that is like a second home. The owner Cathy is wonderful to deal with and very helpful in every aspect. The cottage is beautiful and wonderfully decorated. My favorite place is to sit on the porch in the morning and evenings. I have stayed at the Cottage six times and will be back again this summer.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Glacier Intl Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Multiple choices in Bigfork
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Eagle Bend Golf Course
Nearest Train
44 Miles
Amtrak depot in Whitefish
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Montana Hwy 209
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Multiple choices in Bigfork
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Whitefish Mountain or Blacktail Ski Area
Nearest Beach
Dock on Swan River on property
Car: necessary

The Ferndale Airstrip: a small, public, grass, airstrip is located nearby. If you fly in, we will provide transportation to the cottage.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Signed Rental Agreement required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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