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West Glacier River Home on the Wild and Scenic Flathead River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft (twin), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9

This 2300 square foot rustic retreat is located across the river from Glacier National Park, in West Glacier, Montana. The home features an eight-person hot tub on the back deck, which is 20 feet from the river's edge, and a large front deck.

There are 5 sleeping areas: 4 bedrooms (2 w/ queen, one with 2 twins, TV rm with double foldout) + single foldout in mezzanine, 2 ½-baths.

Our vacation home is located in West Glacier, Montana — one mile from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. It fronts directly on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River at the confluence with McDonald creek.

Across the street is the 18 hole Glacier View Golf Course, and across the river is Glacier National Park. The location at the dead end of River Bend Drive affords much privacy. It is common to see deer, elk, moose, beavers, bears, wolf, eagles, osprey and all sorts of wild fowl.

As the river level lowers, fly-fishing is excellent from the gravel bar just outside your back door.

We have furnished the cabin with comfortable Arts & Crafts-era antiques, and the walls are adorned with wonderful, western artwork. The home is equipped with Satellite television with a DVD player, CD player, wireless Internet.

The Village of West Glacier is at the entrance to Glacier Park. The famous “Going to the Sun” road starts in West Glacier and goes all the way across the Park, offering countless opportunities for access to the Park interior.

West Glacier features 4 raft companies who offer exciting rafting, fishing and hiking trips. For dining out, there are several options to choose from. A grocery store, saloon (this is Montana after all), gift shops, post office and gas stations complete the amenities available.

Apgar Village is just inside the Park on Lake McDonald and offers lake access (boat rentals), a restaurant, and gift stores. The Lake McDonald Lodge is ten miles away and offers a fine restaurant, lake tours, and “Jammer” tours of the “Going to the Sun” road.

Available mid-May - October.

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Property Manager
Susan Calkins
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

As soon as we glimpsed your magic ‘cabin in the woods’, we all sighed. On exploring the fabulous interior…it was pure love… The girls in our group toured your treasures on the walls and ran our fingers over the timber furniture attempting to discover the past history of your collectibles.

Although rain fell and the misting clouds obscured our view into the valleys deep below, the Park in October was serenely beautiful. Our hope for bear sightings will have to be on another visit.

For Australians peeking into your National Parks and staying in your personalized home, it gave us a taste of Montana bliss.

Thank you for sharing.
Oct 2011
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West Glacier House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Main Floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Room also serves as TV room w/ sliding door to back deck
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep sofa twin (1), sleep sofa full (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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West Glacier River Home on the Wild and Scenic Flathead River
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

great description of property

  • 5 of 5

Nice property with all amenities needed on site. Plenty of room for family and extended family. Close to the park. Great area for morning or walks at dusk.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect summer vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We have spent 4 summer vacations at this gorgeous home on the river and near the entrance to Glacier National Park. The home has all the comforts of home plus a hot tub. It is located at the end of cul-de-sac making it ideal for kids to play in the front yard and light fireworks on July 4th. Our family rides bicycles from the home directly into the park for hikes, ice cream, events or just for fun. The boys learned to fly fish in the river in the back yard and caught their first trout. The house is also walking distance to the golf course. We can't say enough great things about this home and location. It's worth every penny.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Trip to Glacier National Park

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three couldn't begin to fill up the comfortable and well appointed house,

but it still seemed so cozy for the nice dinners and fires we'd return to after exploring

and hiking in the park. The owner was super helpful with what we wanted to see and do in our limited time. The river was gloriously full, and such a pleasure to watch

from the porch, and rafting on it was a blast. No matter the agenda, this place is really well located, and we'd love to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glastonbury, CT

Fabulous vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

The River home was the best part of our trip west. It was spotless and has all the amenities you would expect and need including a large capacity washer/dryer; dishwasher, etc, It is beautifully and personally decorated. The furniture is elegant yet comfortable and inviting. We enjoyed breakfasts in the sunny kitchen and dinner in the dining/living room space. But what is most memorable is the location. The view from every window is of Glacier National Park. I spent hours just walking along the river- rock shore of the crystal clear stream in the back of the property. And I enjoyed walking down the quiet road that passes a golf course with mountains in the background. I was prepared to see a bear, but instead encountered friendly neighbors who were enjoying their strolls in this unique location as much as I was. The River home is at the end of a cul de sac so it's very quiet at night. The entire stay was relaxing and rejuvenating and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation home close to GNP

  • 5 of 5

The River home was perfect for our 2 small families. The location was ideal and very private.

We really enjoyed the abundance of artwork, the sunny decks and views, and sitting in the hot tub after a day of hiking and exploring Glacier Park. The home is decorated with a western flair and beautiful oak furniture.

We had a black bear in the back yard eating berries and saw lots of deer, eagles and even a beaver.

The fishing was outstanding right out our back door. We golfed, hiked, explored and enjoyed just relaxing and listening to the River.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Doesn't get any better than this

  • 5 of 5

Aside from feeling right at home you have the river in the back yard and a golf course in the front, quick access to hikes, town, lake, and Glacier.

I had the ultimate Birthday with friends and family. Watching a bear cross the bridge above me while fly fishing for my first time, lunch on the deck, a peaceful nap, then off for 18 holes of golf in the afternoon.

"Doesn't get any better than that". Our last day we sat on the deck and watched two bears climb a tree and eat berries for quite some time. All that without even getting in the car.

Fantastic house and location, comfortable, festive layout, and well maintained.

Quick and easy to get to Glacier and lots of hikes. You can go up to the lake in town and float the river right back to behind the house.

It was the perfect location and house for any and all activities, as well as comfort

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
West Glacier Bar
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Amtrak Station West Glacier/Whitefish
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 2
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
West Glacier Cafe
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

Glacier National Park is across the river from this home on a quiet, dead end street.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead River is the eastern most boundary of the Park.

It is approx. one mile back around the golf course into West Glacier where the bridge crosses the River into Glacier National Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

July and Aug. 7 night min.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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