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Lake McDonald 'Boathouse' Inside Glacier National Park

West Glacier, MT, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights

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!

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Property Manager


Member Since 2009
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 08, 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 Apgar

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Large bathroom
      • Large bathroom and located on the main level

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
        • Lake View
          Views from the home can be seen from the main living area & bedrooms
        • Lakefront
          On the shores of Lake McDonald inside Glacier Park. Steps to soaking your feet in the crystal clear water
        • Mountain View
          Belton Hills across the lake as well as views of the Garden Wall and surrounding Glacier National Park peaks
        • Village
          Apgar Village located a small hike from the home. Apgar offers gift shops, ice cream parlor, boat rentals & dining
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      The boathouse does offer wifi but due to the heavily wooded area, it affords only spotty service with NO guarantees of access. Not far from the home you can pickup services as you exit park.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Our living room sits 4 guests comfortably with a couch & arm chair. Outside this space you are steps to the pristine Lake McDonald.
                    • Parking
                      up to two vehicles
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Telephone
                      Cell phones do work in our area as well as the Village of Apgar inside Glacier. Many cell phone providers work in Montana, but Verizon host many of our towers here.
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully setup with all your cooking needs and all the amenities of home.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              We offer a dining table for 4 as well as 3 additional bar stools for the bar dining in the kitchen.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 7 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Television
                                  We do not offer satellite or direct tv as our area does not offer the best signal. We do have Roku Tv (media streaming). Our tv is located in the loft area.
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      West Glacier Golf Course is just minutes away. Enjoy the most scenic courses in our area.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Apgar Village offers rentals for enjoying the day on Lake McDonald, paddle the shores of the lake and past your home base inside Glacier Park.
                                    • 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

                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • rafting
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • spelunking
                                                    • swimming

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                      11 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      The perfect vacation

                                                      Cindy A.Calgary, AB CANADA

                                                      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!!!

                                                      Ideal Rental!

                                                      EricSan Francisco Bay Area

                                                      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.

                                                      Beautiful and peaceful

                                                      Deborah D.

                                                      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!

                                                      Could not have been any better!

                                                      Victoria H.

                                                      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!

                                                      Lake McDonald Boathouse

                                                      GaryDelaware, OH

                                                      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.

                                                      Perfect Place to Stay


                                                      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.


                                                      West Glacier, MT, USA


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                                                      We do have a 30 day cancellation policy.

                                                      11 Reviews
                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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