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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse w/ Dock

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Boathouse right on Flathead Lake w/ patio, deck and fire pit

This unique waterfront property is he last surviving boathouse with living quarters above it. From the road you will walk down a wooded path to a private incline tram system that will carry you a hundred feet down to a world of lake shore living. When you get to the covered open-air deck, it is complete with a Weber gas BBQ, patio heater, table, chairs and a swing for two. In 2015 we added a new deck to the front of the Boathouse. Stepping through the sliding glass door you will see that the living level is decorated with fishing motif. In the corner is a wood stove which can be enjoyed from the overstuffed sofa-bed. The kitchen is well-furnished with cooking utensils and all appliances except for a dishwasher. There is an adorable bath with shower only. Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet plus a dormer niche with a bench. The dock and lake level of the property is shared with the property owners. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area, swim ladders, & canoe, (2) kayaks and a paddle boat.

The boathouse level is totally private. The lower level with the dock and lake area of the property is shared with the property owners and their guests occasionally. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area and swim ladders. There is plenty of wood provided for having a bonfire in the fire pit. The lakefront also has a romantic footbridge, patio area with picnic table. You are welcome to use the canoe, paddle boat and kayaks which are easily launched from the beach area.

Somers Bay Boathouse is conveniently located: 12 miles west of Bigfork which has live theater and dining; an hour from Glacier Park; 10 miles from historic downtown Kalispel; 5 miles from Lakeside which has a grocery store and dining; great restaurants are within 5 minutes driving toward downtown Somers. The street above the boathouse is part of a biking/walking path which takes you to historic Somers.

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More Details

Karen Bach
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Karen Bach

Earl and Karen are a middle aged couple with 2 older teenagers. Our daughter is in college and will be working in Portland this summer and our son will be graduating from high school. We have owned the property for 15 years. Earl began remodeling the boathouse in 2003 and finished it in 2005. We thought we would use it more than we did and decided rather than have it stay empty, we would share it with others. If we had a motto, it would be 'the more the merrier.'

Why Karen Bach chose Montana

Quiet, private setting, right on the water

What makes this cabin unique

Where to start...the way the property is set up, it feels like we don't hardly have any neighbors, which attributes to the privacy. The view is gorgeous and changes constantly. There are many birds/water fowl, including bald eagles (though they don't come around as much once the osprey move in for the summer). Even though there is so much to do in the area, many guests claim they find it hard to leave the boathouse.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Del's Bar, Somers
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Bend
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Whitefish Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 93 and US 82
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Somers Bay


Flathead Lake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Elevator ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , loft
  • Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet. There is a dormer niche with a bench, ideal for enjoying the view while sipping your morning coffee.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Elevator: Funicular lift takes you from the street down to the boathouse * Lakefront: Historic Somers Bay * Mountain View: Rocky Mountains & Mission Range Dock w/ boat slip, 200+ feet lakefront w/ two small pebble beaches, fire pit, canoe, paddle boat, 2 kayaks, games & puzzles.


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(31 traveler reviews)

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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse w/ Dock
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews

Idyllic Spot of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute gem of a rental! Immaculately cared for, pristine inside and awesome views. We spent a beautiful week at the cabin and enjoyed every minute of it. We enjoyed the views across the water, use of the two kayaks and canoe, the fishing rods conveniently left for us to play with, the floaties, the well-appointed kitchen, the masks, and everything else the owners have so thoughtfully provided. We used the cabin as a jump off point for adventures into Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain and, being close to the north shore of the lake, it was conveniently situated for both. We were kindly greeted with a bag of fresh-picked Flathead cherries (amazing), huckleberry jam and sodas. The owners were awesome about indulging our early check-in request. We would rent this cabin again in a heartbeat! A previous review mentioned how hot the upstairs gets and it does, but the owners have installed a window unit and it cools everything off quickly when it's time for bed. Otherwise, during the day the breeze off the water is perfect. Thank you for a memorable week!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We look forward to having you stay with us again and will incorporate your good suggestions as well.
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Great hideaway on the lake.

  • 5 of 5

The boathouse was perfect in every detail! We all felt it was a special place. Quiet, beautifully sited on the water, with canoe and kayaks ready to go. I would love to spend a month!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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just what the doctor ordered!!!

  • 5 of 5

It had evertything you need on the lake, beautiful

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Disappointments Diminished our Pleasure with the Place

  • 3 of 5

The location of the boat house could not be better, and the house itself was nicely decorated and mostly well-kept. We loved sitting on the deck in the evenings watching the ospreys and cedar waxwings hunt, and it was lovely to start our mornings watching the sun rise over the lake. We enjoyed the privacy of the location as well. Based on the information on the VRBO site, we arrived expecting wifi, only to be told we'd have to sit in our car at the top of the hill to access it. The sleeping loft was more claustrophobic than romantic. Between the air conditioner blowing and blasting over the headboard, and the beam extending over one side of the bed, the two of us were unable to sleep there. We made do with the sofa bed downstairs, which had its own issues (not laying completely flat), but which at least allowed us to sleep.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like to qualify that if you look at the amenities, Internet shows three dots which if you hover your mouse over it explains that the WiFi is not available at the boathouse. We are unable to find a company which will provide internet service down to the boathouse. On second thought, I've decided to take "Internet" off the Amenities so that future guests can't be disappointed that it is not available at the boathouse. We used to have a picture of the bed, but I don't see it now. I will make sure to get a picture on so people know what to expect. The sofa bed was purchased brand new in 2016. It is top of the line plus we purchased a high quality mattress for it. The head is a little higher, but we have still found it to be pretty comfortable for a sofa bed.
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amazing location

  • 5 of 5

This boathouse is everything you could possibly want in a vacation stay. The owners are helpful and friendly. So much to do there--paddle boats, kayaks etc.. Can't beat the view. Watch everything that is going on Flathead Lake right from your private deck or the couch in the living room. Elaine T.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind review!
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  • 5 of 5

Two years in a row, our family has experienced the most relaxing and amazing vacation. We canoe, kayak, and paddle boat nonstop. This was the year for fishing - we made a haul! We don't leave much, because everything we need is right there. This is THE place to vacation on Flathead Lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $3 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
* During July and August a week is from Saturday to Saturday
~ Monthly rate is considered to be 4 weeks.
* An additional $75/week cleaning fee will be added for stays over 1 week for change of linens and towels, plus a light cleaning.
**Opening/closing dates may vary according to weather conditions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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