Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Lake McDonald 'Boathouse' Inside Glacier National Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms (one loft style), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Lake McDonald Boathouse

Location: In Glacier National Park, Montana, USA (20 miles from Glacier International Airport, (FCA.) We are located off the Grist Road inside Glacier National Park. We are located on the lake inside the park.

Accommodations: Cabin, Sleeps 4 (four), one bedroom with King Size Bed and loft style bedroom with two twin beds;

Enjoy your vacation in historic Glacier National Park while staying on the shores of beautiful Lake McDonald. This newly built, privately owned cabin is the perfect place to re-energize after a day of hiking the trails of the Park or floating the rapids with a guided tour on the Flathead River.

Awaken to the priceless view of Logan Pass and the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road. The cabin sleeps 4, with sleeping areas on the 2nd floor. The cabin is not handicap accessible.

The property has its own beach with a boat dock for sunning or swimming. A public boat launch is a short distance away in the village of Apgar. The cozy living room will assure your relaxation after serving up a meal in the full kitchen or on the outdoor barbeque.

Scenic golfing (18 holes) is available 2 miles down the road in West Glacier, or, if you choose, drive a scenic route to Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Whitefish or Bigfork where you will find World Class Championship Golf Courses, all within 30 minutes from the 'Boathouse.' Several fine restaurants are available in Apgar, within walking distance, or in West Glacier. There are also small general stores in these two locations.

The Visitor’s Center in Apgar can assist you in planning your activities. If you prefer not to drive, you may choose to utilize the shuttle system for your tour through the Park.

After you have explored Glacier Park, you can travel west on highway 2 to find many more fun filled activities, all within a 30 minute drive. Whatever the days’ adventures bring, find rest and relaxation at the Lake McDonald 'Boathouse.'

The owners and their family will probably be occupying cabin #1 next to the 'Boathouse' but will respect the renter’s privacy. No smoking on the premises will be allowed.

Come and stay at the Boathouse and witness the history and grandeur of Glacier National Park!

Keywords: Cabin

More Details


West Glacier Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom
  • Large bathroom and located on the main level
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Private room with large windows and views of the lake
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Loft Style room, separate from other bedroom. Views!
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Both bedrooms do require one flight of stairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Lake McDonald 'Boathouse' Inside Glacier National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Calgary, AB CANADA

The perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

I stayed the Boat House in late June with my husband and a couple of my friends. Four of us had a great time here as it has amazing lake access along with great mountains. The water in the lake was still slightly cold so we didn't swim much but I guess it will get warmer in July. This place was really peaceful and private and it offered exactly what we wanted. I will definitely visit this place again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Could not have been any better!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in The Boathouse turned out to be one of the nicest surprises ever in Glacier! Owners are terrific and went out of their way to make us comfortable! Everything is at your feet! I could stare at that view forever! Beats the Ritz-Carlton in any city any day!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0
San Francisco Bay Area

Ideal Rental!

  • 5 of 5

The Boathouse has it all! It is very clean, nicely furnished, thoughtfully supplied and well situated in both a beautiful and convenient location in the spectacular Glacier National Park. There was plenty of space in the common areas for our party of two couples. Both the master bedroom and the loft room were spacious and private. The family members we met were all very friendly, warm and welcoming and the property manager (also a family member) was extremely responsive and helpful. We absolutely loved our week at the Boathouse and look forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The boathouse is a piece of heaven in glacier national park. Everything you need is there. House is clean and comfortable. Best of all are the views from the house, sitting on the dock and watching the deer right in the driveway. Easy walk to apgar village. Absolutely perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Delaware, OH

Lake McDonald Boathouse

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 1 week at the Boathouse. We were very comfortable there. Being located within Glacier NP meant for shorter drives to trailheads. We also liked going to ranger talks at the campgrounds in the evening and we were a few minutes from Apgar campground and Fish Creek campground. The beach area on Lake McDonald right out the back door was beautiful and very relaxing in the afternoon and early evening. I liked the touch of providing bear spray canisters for the guests. We carried them on hikes but did not use them. This saved us from having to buy them.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Perfect Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

As already mentioned, I'm pretty sure there's not better accommodations available in the whole park. We loved being within walking distance of Apgar and a short drive from hikes and everything else on the West side. When it rained for the last 2 days of our stay, no one complained about having to curl up with a book & cup of hot cocoa on the couch or window seat and watch the rain falling on the lake -- can't imagine what we would have done in a hotel room for that long! We're definitely planning to come back and use the Boathouse as home base again to do the hikes we weren't able to do this time.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Property Manager

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 1, 2018

About Christie

My name is Christie. I am helping the Boathouse family with making reservations and managing reservations for their beautiful property. I live in the area and have also worked in and around the park for over 15 years. I enjoy hiking in Glacier as much as possible, rafting and swimming in Lake McDonald. Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions you may have regarding the home, location or activities in the area.

Why Christie chose West Glacier

The owner's family homesteaded on land further north on Lake McDonald prior to it becoming a National Park. A devastating fire destroyed the original home so the family was able to acquire the present land. The original house on the current land was taken down to accommodate the current homes.

What makes this cabin unique

Our cabin is located in Glacier Park and has a phenomenal view of Logan Pass and the Going-to-the-Sun Road. We enjoy the 'hidden away' private cabin but we have access to restaurants, shopping and golf in Apgar and West Glacier and other activities located in surrounding towns.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a magical place. We are filled with inspiration and appreciation for the natural beauty of the lake, mountains, birds, fish, bears, goats, sheep marmots, snakes, clouds and sky! Thank you for building The Boathouse and renting it to us. We will be back!
Aug 2011
  • 1 of 6


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Glacier Park International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
West Glacier Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Glacier View
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Belton Train Depot West Glacier
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
Lake Front


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

We do have a 30 day cancellation policy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

You might like these similar properties