Coal Creek Mountain Lodge

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Last updated: 10/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Relax in this serene 5+ acre setting while Elk, Deer, and Moose wander through the Ponderosa Pines. Enjoy the stunning drive following the winding West Fork river, coming upon the breathtaking Painted Rocks Lake, and a little further to mile marker 26. 7 miles further along the road is the Idaho boarder. The drive alone is breathtaking.

March through November you'll see fly fishermen along the West Fork River and the many creeks that flow that flow into the river trying to coax five different species of trout

Summer nights are frequently in the mid 40's with days in the dry 70's at this elevation of 4,800. The road is well kept in winter, allowing easy driving access to Lost Trail Ski Resort on the MT/ID border where you'll discover great skiing and snowboarding. It's locally owned, so come prepared with equipment or stop in Hamilton and get stocked up at Bob Ward's Outdoor store that carries everything for the year round avid outdoors sports person.

Our favorite activities are fly fishing the West Fork River and Overwich Creek, hiking, and riding ATV's. There is nearly 3,000 miles of Forest Service trails plus the 101mi Magruder Road Corridor which separates the 1.1mm acre Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness from the 2.3mm acre Frank Church River - River of No Return Wilderness.

Or, simply enjoy the front porch swing and read a good book. Afternoon naps are wonderful, especially with the refreshing mountain air, snuggled under a wonderful down comforter. There's also plenty of sightseeing to do from Glacier National Park to historic battle sights, and Hamilton's famous Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

'A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root'
- Wheeler, 1898 -

Keywords: Log cabin, West Fork River, Bitterroot mountains, fly fishing, trail riding, hunting, remote, wildlife, 55+, relaxation, peaceful, solitude, R&R, fishing, hiking. nature, family reunions.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1560 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    So many fun things for kids, outside and inside....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No-smoking inside cabin....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Upon approval from owner, $350 refundable deposit will be required....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Guest cabin: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Separate guest cabin, close to main cabin....moreless

  • Bunkhouse: 2 bunk bed


  • Bunkhouse: 1 king

    separate building 100 yds from main cabin...moreless

  • Main Cabin: one queen bed in master, two twin beds in guest bedroom. Guest Cabin: one king and double sleeper sofa. Bunkhouse: one king in master, one bunk bead in living area....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Games, puzzles, cards in hidden living room closet; BOSE iPod player in main cabin....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) Large flat screen TV and DVD player in Main Cabin; standard TV in Guest cabin. DISH network service in both cabins.Bose player for iPod's in main cabin....moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    Brand new PS3 in main cabin....moreless

  • Video Games:

    007 Golden Eye; Need for Speed, the run; and Skyrim....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Numerous recent DVD's in main cabin....moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Out large kitchen picture windows is view of the Coal Creek Mountains. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    The West Fork River gives 36 miles of pristine trout fishing, both sides in places to fish up and down. But these are definitely the flyman's dream waters....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Seating for 10 requires two chairs from guest cabin....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We are in the Bitterroot Mountains....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet:


  • Linens Provided:

    Bedding and towels. High quality down comforters and 3' memory foam toppers on all beds. ...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:


  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Cabin number will be provided upon executed rental agreement. Make sure to bring a calling card, or check with us about limited long distance usage....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Over sized river rock fireplace in Living Room and plenty of firewood just outside the kitchen door....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Main cabin also has large wood burning stove that heats entire cabin. Mostly used in winter along with electric heat....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully stocked kitchen, everything you need is here, even a 6 qt new crockpot, large griddle, waffle maker, 4 slot toaster, 2 sets of cookware, 12 place setting dishes & flatware. 3 coffee makers in main cabin, a 32 cup auto drip coffee maker, 10 cup regular coffee maker, and new Keurig single cup maker. Bring your favorite singles for the Keurig. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    In Main Cabin only, all necessary soaps are provided....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Oversized fully stocked kitchen with Jenn-Aire down draft stove in island and new counter tops. 10 seat custom log wood dining table right next to two large picture windows. Pantry is stocked with seasonings, flour, sugar, coffee, etc... ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    (3) One in each of Main Cabin, Guest Cabin and bunkhouse....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (3) Two refrigerators in Main Cabin, one in kitchen and one in utility room. One small refrigerator in Guest Cabin....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Peaceful wrap around deck with custom wood porch swing for nature watching. Hummingbirds race back and forth in summer to two feeders hanging outside kitchen large picture windows. Excellent wildlife viewing at dusk....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Large separate covered pavillion building on property with electric and picnic table....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Six person hot tub. Very private, just steps out the utility room door. ...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$1,239 $4,460
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $350
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Cleaning - main cabin $199
  • Cleaning - guest cabin $40
  • Cleaning - bunk house $75
  • Tax Rate 7%


A bunkhouse is also on the property that sleeps 6 with a full bath. This is a private cabin with a king size bed in the master bedroom, two sets of bunk beds in the living area area, kitchen with under counter refrigerator, two burner gas range, convection microwave and sink. The bunkhouse can only be rented as part of the main cabin and is $150/night.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/07/2016
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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
West Fork Lodge
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
West Fork Lodge - excellent steakhouse
38 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lost Trail Ski Area
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Painted Rocks Lake Beach

Car: Necessary

Amazing fly fishing on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River; great cut throat, rainbows, cut bows and brown trout all around in the creeks and rivers. Guide trips available from numerous professionals. Gym, gas, hunting supplies in Darby; grocery stores, salon/tanning beds, shopping, golf in Hamilton. Swimming and water activities in Painted Rocks Lake near cabin and Lake Como in Hamilton.

The Bitterroot Chamber:

has a very good video that gives you an idea of what there is to see and do in the area


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: I have been exploring Montana, Colorado and Idaho since 1966. When we found the Bitterroot Valley, we fell in love with the land and the people of Ravalli County. Home is Florida for us, but our hearts are in the Bitterroot Valley.

Why the Owner Chose Darby, MT, USA:
The West Fork area is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. There are over 3,000 miles of trails to ride, and we haven't even discovered the winter activities yet! All the locals tell us how great the local ski slopes at Lost Trail are for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Plus, there are thousands of miles to ride snowmobiles that await our exploration this winter.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I love exploring the high mountain lakes, trails, and creeks that surround the West Fork area. Sleeping is so refreshing with the fresh mountain air under the down comforters and memory foam topped beds, so I love taking naps at 4,800 altitude.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Elk herd in the fall

    Elk herd in the fall

  • main cabin kitchen and dining

    main cabin kitchen and dining

  • Living room with wood burning fireplace, leather sofas, and flat screen TV.

    Living room with wood burning fireplace, leather sofas, and flat screen TV.

  • main cabin guest bdrm

    main cabin guest bdrm

  • Guest Cabin bedroom

    Guest Cabin bedroom

  • Guest Cabin wet bar

    Guest Cabin wet bar

  • bunkhouse master bedroom

    bunkhouse master bedroom

  • bunkhouse kitchennette

    bunkhouse kitchennette

  • Horse Creek Hot Springs

    Horse Creek Hot Springs

  • bison


  • fly fishing West Fork River

    fly fishing West Fork River

  • view from West Fork Road

    view from West Fork Road

  • front of main cabin

    front of main cabin

  • main cabin living room

    main cabin living room

  • main cabin master bdrm

    main cabin master bdrm

  • Guest Cabin Living area

    Guest Cabin Living area

  • Guest Cabin bathroom

    Guest Cabin bathroom

  • bunkhouse bath

    bunkhouse bath

  • Painted Rocks Lake
driving in

    Painted Rocks Lake driving in

  • Baker Lake

    Baker Lake

  • Road to Baker Lake

    Road to Baker Lake

  • West Fork River

    West Fork River

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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