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LAKE FRONT Log Home - Private Beach

Troy, MT, USA
  • House2084 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

3 stories: 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths + Family Rm Beds & summer screen porch beds

Our home is located in NW Montana on Angel Island. We are ON THE LAKE (not the canal). Angel Island is 60 miles east of Sandpoint, Idaho and 30 miles southwest of Libby, Montana. The island is situated on 5 mile-long Bull Lake, with bridge access over a canal.

Our beautiful house sits on a pie shaped lot with 150' of beach frontage. It sleeps 13 people comfortably on 3 levels with an open spiral staircases between loft, main floor and lower level. There are lake views from all three levels with loads of light from the many windows.

TOP FLOOR: ~ Large Loft overlooking the lake ~ King bed ~ Full bath with over-sized Jacuzzi tub ~ Convertible couch bed ~ Queen bed cubby ~ Desk, Phone, TV/DVD

MAIN FLOOR: ~ Fully equipped kitchen ~ Laundry room ~ Full bed ~ ¾ Bath ~ Open beam living space with views across Bull Lake ~ opens up to Large log rail deck… take in the views of NW Montana's Big Sky.

LOWER FLOOR: ~ Family room with Queen sofa sleeper ~ Twin daybed ~ Player piano ~ TV/VCR ~ Queen Bedroom with porta-crib ~ Bunk room with adult friendly built-in bunk beds ~ Opens out to a covered screened in porch with a set of bunk beds

The home's private beach includes boat dock and floating swimming dock. Guests have a fire pit area and barbecue. Privileges on Angel Island include 2 public swimming areas, boat launching spot and tennis courts.

Local area offers wildlife and recreational activities that are plentiful and numerous. Take a hike in the Cabinet Mountain wilderness or to the Kootenai River suspension bridge and falls. Fish for perch, bass and fresh water salmon out your front door; bird watchers will delight to see blue heron, woodpeckers, grebes, loons, osprey and a wide variety of other wild birds and waterfowl. Different seasons bring beaver, muskrat, deer and moose.

Keywords: Lake Front, Beach, water ski, Ross Creek Cedars, Cabinet Mountains, Log Home


Karen McKean Updike

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 30, 2018
About Karen McKean Updike

This is a picture of my family. I was born and raised in Libby, MT. My parents, Les and Shirley McKean, built this home. When they needed to move closer to town, we bought it in order to keep it in our family. Setting up the vacation rental is what makes it possible to keep it. Greg and I live in SE Alaska and get to MT as often as possible. Our daughter is a Realtor in Kalispell, MT and our twin sons live Eugene, Oregon where they work part time and run professionally with their eyes on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics (steeplechase)

Karen McKean Updike purchased this House in 1999

Why Karen McKean Updike chose Troy

This home is an easy 2.5 hours drive from 3 major Airports: Spokane, WA (GEO), Kalispell, MT (FCA) and Missoula, MT (MSO)

What makes this House unique

Destination Retreat Property or Base camp for exploring the Kootenai Valley


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
      • Queen Room
        1 queen, 1 baby crib, Quiet & Cool with Full Bath near by
      • Bunk Room
        2 twin/ single, Built-in Sturdy bunks for child or adult
      • Loft Area
        1 king, 1 queen, Lakeview Loft, Jetted Tub ensuite, Queen in Eave space
      • Lower Level Living Room
        1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Queen Sized Sleeper Sofa & Twin day bed
      • Main Floor Bedroom
        1 double, Full bed next to 3/4 bath & laundry
      • Lake View Screen Porch
        2 bunk bed, Warm Weather Bunks, Elec. access & just outside Family Room


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • 3/4 Main Floor Bath
          toilet, shower, Bathroom has comfort height toilet and safety grab bar
        • Lower Level Bath
          toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Heated Tile Floor, Comfort Height Toilet, Safety grab bar
        • Loft Master Ensuite
          toilet, tub, jetted tub, Large jetted tub on it's own hot water heater
        • 3

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            Interact with family and friends on the Beach or in the Water from the home's water front large deck.
          • Beachfront
            Private sand and pebble beach plus dock
          • Lake View
            Enjoy Big Sky sunsets from the deck, beach or fire pit.
          • Lakefront
            150 Feet of Private Lake Frontage
          • Mountain View


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


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Bedding and towels
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Private in the home laundry area
                      • Fireplace
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Within USA
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Propane Grill
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Propane stove, wood stove and electric baseboard
                      • Internet
                        WiFi onsite
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Living Room
                        Gorgeous view from the windows and vaulted ceiling
                      • Parking
                        Parking on our lot and the end of our cul-de-sac
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        We have an area for your RV with outside electric outlet.
                      • Telephone
                        All USA long distance for free
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Private in the home laundry area
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Fire pit near beach
                      • Wood Stove
                        On main floor


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Coffee maker and Coffee Grinder
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Service for 12+
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully Outfitted - Everything from rolling pins to Margarita glasses, Crock Pot to Coffee Maker. Let us know if there is a specific item you are hoping to have available.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                            Beautiful Jen-Air, new in 2014.
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            2 Refrigerator/Freezers onsite. Kitchen one has ice maker. 2nd one is in screen porch near beach.
                          • Stove
                            Deluxe Jen-Air - new in 2014.
                          • Toaster
                            4 slice


                              • Dining
                                There is seating inside and out. Large table and bar/counter inside. Tables and Chairs on the deck for another option. Plus bench seating and lawn chairs at beach side fire pit
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                    For the PLAYER PIANO - Over 50 Song Rolls.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Local HD Digital TV includes Network Channels, several Public other Local Stations
                                  • Stereo
                                    CD, Cassette, Aux or Bluetooth
                                  • Television
                                    2 HD


                                      • Boat
                                        Bull Lake Bull River Kootenai River
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        30 miles - Cabinet View in Libby, MT 60 Miles - Sandpoint, ID 120 Miles -Whitefish, MT
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Bull Lake Bull River Kootenai River
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Turner Mtn http://www.skiturner.com/ Schweitzer http://www.schweitzer.com/ Whitefish http://skiwhitefish.com/
                                      • Tennis
                                        Angel Island Community court available on the island


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • jetted tub
                                                IN Master Loft


                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • library
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                16 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Gorgeous Setting BUT... just understand its Off The Grid too (4.5 stars)

                                                                Donna D.Virginia Beach, VA

                                                                We had a very pleasant stay at Bull Lake during September 2017. Very quiet location, wonderful lake views, and convenient to nice sightseeing spots at the Falls and Cedars- The home was Very Clean, Pet friendly - but no pet smells, Had a well stocked kitchen, and very important- it also has Comfortable Beds. There was only one thing that did not meet our expectations and that was the internet connectivity. To say this home has internet- is almost only a half truth. One of our guests we knew was going to need to be able to access their email each day, and this was a key reason we chose this home - because it had internet. However, the internet we found was sometimes non existent or other times just too slow to really be of much use at all. Signal was simply too weak. We even tried using our own Verizon hot spot and there isn't any cell signal to be found here either. So just be prepared that you may need to drive into Troy before you can get a cell signal. All that said, we would still recommend this home, but just feel it should be clear that internet is not really an amenity here you should count on.Now If you're looking for a true "get away off the grid" kind of relaxing vacation - then this place is simply awesome.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                After this review was posted, we called a technician right away because we didn’t know there was a problem.

                                                                We found out that our modem needed to be replaced. The carrier thinks it was shorted out during a power outage caused by lightening or winds.

                                                                The internet is now working. We are here at our home using it. I am looking out at the beautiful lake with fall colors and critters coming and going. While at the same time, I am working remotely on my laptop. I am able to stream radio, receive and send emails with attachments and watch short video clips. It is not the fastest internet but it has been reliable for me to work remotely while we are here.

                                                                Awesome Stay

                                                                Jesse Y.

                                                                It was a cute and nice cabin with the lake right at the tip of your toes. Had towels, blankets, pillows, dishes, pots and pans for use. Great stay! Thank you!

                                                                Wonderful atmosphere on Beautiful Bull Lake

                                                                Linda B.Billings, MT. USA

                                                                The home is very warm feeling with loads of charm and a wonderful view and access to Bull Lake. They have tried to have everything there, that you could want to help make your stay a memorable experience. We loved eating out on the deck, watching the humingbirds and swallows. The kids liked the bunk beds, and playing tunes on the player piano. We caught bass and pike off the dock. The evenings by the campfire were wonderful. We also enjoyed using the canoe, row boat and paddle boat. The only reason I gave this home four stars is that the dock is not really set up to tie a boat to. We had two surfing boats so had to rig up anchors, with bouy's to tie the boats to, off shore.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Our dock is about 100 yards from bird nesting grounds and our beach is located on a beautiful corner of the lake near where underground springs bubble up all year round attracting a variety of wildlife. This natural setting has also been a great spot for our family and 20 years of vacation renters to have loads of fun playing in the water with all sorts of watercraft. Our children, nieces, nephews and friends learned and continue to water ski on Bull Lake.

                                                                Over the years, the dock has been used to tie up 1 to 2 power boats at a time. The dock is 36’ x 6’ and anchored with six - 3” steel rods (10-20 feet deep). We have fender bouys on one side of the dock and metal cleets to tie up to. The water depth under the dock changes throughout the seasons. Although we have never needed to do this in the past, renters with vessels that have a deeper draws may want to check with us about water levels if they are coming in the mid to late summer.

                                                                Still The Best Outfitted Stay

                                                                Tom W.Rescue, CA

                                                                We returned to Bull Lake a second time and the location did not disappoint our expectations. The house was just as we remembered it. We were here a few more days this time around and we left with a bigger appreciation for the location and amenities of this rental. We were in the rental supplied canoes every day. We enjoyed the warmth of the wood burning fireplace on the rainy days and we enjoyed the lakeside deck on the sunny days. We roasted marshmallows on the open fire pit and the swim area off the dock. The location on the lake itself is ideal. The house is on a corner lot and the neighbors are not as close as virtually all the other homes in this neighborhood. The place is quiet and the grounds are spectacular. I don’t know about other times of the year, but in June, the fishing in the shallows to the east of the property is great fun from the canoes. Just after sunset, big pike and bass go hunting up the shallow boating channels of the reeds and a simple balsa fish lure will snag you some big fish, some too big to bring in on my woefully undersized line. The fishing poles provided by the owner work great for this fishing, but bring your own tackle. If you didn’t, just visit the Bait ‘n Booz shop in Troy for the little lures you will need to catch what you want alongside the edges of the reeds where motor boats won’t go. My family is already scheming about when we will return.

                                                                Breathtaking fall getaway

                                                                Cindy S.Portland, Oregon

                                                                My friend and I stayed here for a week. My family had a cabin on Bull Lake when I was growing up but it's no longer there so I wanted to revisit the lake and share it with an old friend. The cabin had everything anyone could want, had comfy beds with great separation for privacy. It was well stocked for cooking and the views were amazing! Saw bald eagles and deer in the yard every morning. Karen advised us on where to hike and what to see while we were there. I will definitely be renting this cabin again and inviting my family next time.

                                                                Excellent, Again

                                                                BillUnited States

                                                                This was our third stay at this property. Again, everything was as advertised. Love this cabin and how it sit right on the lake but back out of the flow of other boaters and traffic. Already thinking ahead to another visit.


                                                                Troy, MT, USA

                                                                The Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area (5 mi.), Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area - Hiking, KOOTENAI Falls and Swinging Bridge, Glacier National Park - Day trip

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Pet Fee
                                                                Additional Guest Fee
                                                                $37 - $56
                                                                Damage Deposit
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                We have NO hidden CLEANING Fees on our pricing. Summer rentals are a 7 night minimum from Friday to Friday. Children 12 and over are included in the 10 person quest count. ONLY add "Children" for the quote who are 12 and older. We have Beds for 13 plus a set bunk beds in the screen porch (2 Twins).

                                                                16 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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                                                                Property # 402962