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Duck Lake frontage, near Babb,Glacier Park, St. Mary's, Many Glacier,Waterton Pk

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lovely 3 bedroom + 3 bedrooms downstairs, 3 bath home, w wrap-around deck & dock

Our Duck Lake home is a family-friendly, warm and inviting three bedroom (plus 3 more downstairs!) hideaway with all the comforts of home. We (Don and Irene) bought our lake-front lot about 6years ago as a place to park a camper and enjoy this lovely area alone or with our children and grandchildren. We loved the view from this lot (the lake to the east, & Glacier Park & Chief Mountain on the west), the neighbors (many professionals from all over the northwest), the fishing ( Duck Lake is one of Montana's premier trout-fishing lakes!), and world class magnificent scenery (Glacier Park) that feeds the soul. God's handiwork and His incomparable creative genius is so evident to us that it is hard to imagine not being totally in awe of this Creator of the wonderful universe! And you can enjoy this paradise without the long lines, and hustle and bustle of crowds of people! We decided to build, then found a nice home to move onto a styrofoam-formed daylight basement on our large lot. The large master bedroom has a king-sized bed, and private bath. This bedroom has a lake view. Bedroom #2 has a four-poster queen bed literally 'fit for a queen'. Bedroom #3 is our "kid's room & features a bunk bed with a full bed on the bottom and a single on the top. Children's books and family games are stored in the dresser there. In the closet there is a single 'taco' bed, and a port-a-crib. An air mattress (provided) could be used in the living room. A full main bath (with heated tile floor) has a tub and shower, large living room, dining room, and full kitchen complete the main floor. A small laundry area with washer and dryer is next to the kitchen. The walk-out basement should be finished this spring, adding three more bedrooms, (each with a king or queen beds), a bathroom with a shower, and a family room with a queen hide-a-bed.

As all the homes in this beautiful area, we get our water from a well. And as all the homes in the area, the water has a high iron content. A water conditioner and iron filters have been installed, but there is a slight iron smell detectable. This water has been tested by a state-approved lab and is safe for drinking. The septic is a holding tank that must be pumped--so water conservation is appreciated.

Large windows in every room brings the outdoors 'in'. There is a lovely deck on the lakeside accessible from the dining room on the main floor. Another large deck cantilevers the lake shore by the garage area! A gas grill, a charcoal grill and table and chairs is available there. This is a historic deck--having been "rescued" --re-purposed---from a remodeling project at Yellowstone Park. It graced the front of the Old Faithful lodge for many years. It is fun to think about the thousands of pairs of feet from all across the world that strolled, skipped, or ran across its planks! Watching the sun come up with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate on the deck overlooking the lake couldn't get any better! It is also not uncommon to see wildlife stroll or run across the yard, and certainly always lots of water fowl on the lake, as well as large trout jumping. A word of caution, however. Grizzly & other bears have been sitghted not far from our place. Be bear aware!! Cows and horses roam this area as well, and a few friendly neighborhood dogs. This is rural Montana, where livestock and wildlife outnumber people!

We also have a small area between the house and the lake that is set up with a small fire pit and chairs, and some rustic seating logs where you can build a fire, roast hot dogs, or marshmallows (s'mores! Mm, mm!) get out the guitar and sing "Home on the Range", "How Great Thou Art" or any other tune at the top of your lungs if you should choose to. Neighbors would smile, or maybe even sing with you!

The iron pickets in the front fence were salvaged from the recent construction of the new East Glacier bridge. We love the historic touches to our place!

Our garage is still full of construction materials, but a full curved driveway makes room-a-plenty for parking vehicles and/or boats, and there is space to park in the front by the road.. A 'roll out' boat dock is available for our lot's lake access. Glacier National Park is about 15 minutes away. Hiking into pristine mountain areas with roaring waterfalls, snowy banks, nonchalant wild game, majestic trees and beautiful delicate flowers is an experience of a lifetime! Seasonal restaurants, small shops, as well as St. Mary's Lake and other attractions are close by as well. Bring warm clothing if you decide to go over the famous 'Going to the Sun' highway, ( a 'must see')! Snow, icy waterfalls and wild flowers, and wild life plus PEOPLE do co-exist nicely here!

We pray that all who come and stay sense the peace we feel when we and friends and family have enjoyed our Duck Lake home. We welcome you to "Big Sky Country", and know you will fall in love with the views and friendly neighbors you will meet.

More Details

Irene Martin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 5, 2017

About Irene Martin

Don, a retired health systems administrator and business owner is an avid sportsman and Irene, a registered nurse, have lived in and loved Montana most of our lives. About 5 years ago, A friend and Duck Lake year-around resident friend called and told us about this beautiful, lakefront lot that was for sale. We, with daughter Dawn, bought it and spent many months building, upgrading, and enjoying it. Warm, solid wood doors and woodwork complement the warm earthtones in the rooms, Comfortable beds and furnishings give you those 'ahhhhhh' moments when you slow down and relax. It has been mostly a labor of love (but yes, there have been some 'X#*m%vm' moments we'll have to admit). We haven't yet finished all the upgrades that we plan, but the warm and serene atmosphere of the home and it's setting now make it a wonderful place for children and grandchildren to gather, recreate, and relax year around. Winter months here are not for 'sissies', however. Often there is an abundance of snow and frigid weather that makes the surface of the lake becomes a skating rink a foot or two thick, which make the ice-fishermen smile from ear to ear as they sit around their heaters in the icehouse! Yes, a few of the over-eager have dropped vehicles into the lake through ice not quite thick enough. We love this area, and we think you will too!

A sad footnote from Irene: Don, my husband and the love of my life, went to be with Jesus this last year. Besides taking half of my heart, his contributions to our place are missed every day. I know he is watching with love and interest as we continue to pour into our place.

Irene Martin purchased this house in 2009

Why Irene Martin chose Glacier Country

Location, location, wonderful location! Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park, and Waterton Park close by, and seen from the living room window, the lake seen from the kitchen, dining room, & master bedroom, with premier trout fishing in your own back yard, wildlife, wild flowers, many species of birds, and all the comforts of home. You may see a bushy-tailed fox strolling across the back yard, or a deer, and even a moose. There is solitude when you want it, yet there are social activities when you want them, as well. The neighbors are friends as soon as you meet them. Everyone smiles and says hello. There are no crowds to fight, and no standing in long lines to see or do what you would like. This area is why Montana has been called 'The Treasure State' and 'Big Sky Country'! We've lived and roamed through this area longer than anywhere else, although we have seen quite a bit of the U.S. & the world. But despite some long, hard winters, we choose to live here. The benefits certainly out weigh any negatives!

What makes this house unique

We've chosen not to bring the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to this place. We don't have cable or dish T.V., although music, books and movies, and games (and a radio) are there if we want them. We do have a cell phone booster and auxilliary phones if we need or want to communicate. But this is a 'get-away-from-it-all place', where a bushy-tailed fox trots through the yard. A white-tailed deer reaches up to munch the leaves on a low-hanging branch, a nervous fawn close by. Loons call from the lake. Fish arc as they jump in the water. Graceful swans gliding on a placid lake surface between boats that float or bob as the fishermen they carry cast graceful arches of line on either side of their boats. Ducks quack, quack, quake their silly-sounding call. An eagle swoops and picks a fish right out of the water. Johnny-jump-ups and other wild flowers riot across fields and hillsides. And all framed by majestic, snow-capped mountain peaks. Could there be a sweeter place?


Babb House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom., Queen size Beds (1) Bdrm #2, Baby Cribs (1) Port-a-crib and highchair., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) single 'taco' bed (roll-away)., Bunk Beds (1) Has double bed on bottom, single on top in Bdrm #3.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Family friendly, warm and inviting hideaway in one of the most beautiful places on earth. All the comforts of home. A deck is still in the planning stages, and the walk-out basement is still under construction. The main floor is ready for guests! There is a boat dock into Duck Lake, one of Montana's premier trout fishing lakes. Our grandchildren, Emily and Josh, loved skating, sledding and sliding on the frozen lake that was dotted most of the winter with ice-fishing houses.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Duck Lake frontage, near Babb,Glacier Park, St. Mary's, Many Glacier,Waterton Pk
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

Comfortable, beautiful, real-Montana setting

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous location on Duck Lake with spectacular sunrises and sunsets every day, the lake on one side and the mountains on the other. Incredibly close and convenient to the best hiking and the most striking mountain view in Glacier (the Many Glacier and St. Mary's Valleys and the Grinnell Glacier trail). Though the west side of the park is ritzier, the east side is much more beautiful. Since there aren't as many restaurant options on the east side it was great to be able to cook for ourselves; Irene made sure the kitchen was well-appointed and stocked with basics like spices, butter, flour and cooking oil and charcoal and propane supplied for grilling. Her home is cozy and comfortable; located on a real-Montana road (not touristy -- a big plus for us!) with cows grazing out front and a herding dog and young women on horseback rounding them up at night. And Irene herself was very gracious, attentive and helpful.

If you're coming in from Great Falls, buy your groceries there (at Smith's, just off the interstate). Shopping closer in is just for the basics.

Overall we had a great stay and would definitely go back! Thank you, Irene!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you my city friends. Glad you enjoyed our rural, real Montana area. It is true we are not a carefully developed tourist area. I hope that never happens. That is part of the "ambiance". We are accessed by a gravel road. Most of the homes, many of them trailers, around Duck Lake are summer hideaways for folks from all over Montana & the northwest, including Canada. They are intended to be comfortable--a place to come recreate & enjoy the beauty & outdoors--not to impress or for show. There are engineers, doctors, lawyers, contractors, & many other professional people (along with the cows, horses, & wildlife) who own these homes close to us, despite their low-key appearances. But as stated, the scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities are breathtaking & spectacular even in the fall when the wild flowers are sparse and green grass is turning brown. There are few places left unspoiled like this! Thank you for coming, & your honest review.
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Wonderful stay at Duck Lake

  • 5 of 5

The Martin's home on Duck Lake is conveniently located to experience the beauty of the eastern side of Glacier National Park. Both the Many Glacier and St. Mary's entrances are about a 15 to 20 minute drive away. However, you don't need to drive at all to experience the serene Duck Lake right behind the house. The home is very comfortable and clean and well stocked with pantry basics like sandwich bags, coffee filters, condiments, bottled water and non-perishable food items. This made meal preparation so easy. We used the gas grill every evening. All the beds are comfortable and inviting. After a full day of hiking, we relaxed in the evening with a movie and never missed the TV. While it would be nice to have internet service, we made do with the cell phone booster system to get essential information like weather reports. Thanks, Irene, for all your personal touches which made our stay at your lake home so comfortable. We'd like to visit again.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty all around!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this great Duck Lake home away from home! The accommodations were great; we were so comfortable. Beautiful scenery, and a great hostess. We will be back! Thanks Irene!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a lovely time we had at the duck Lake home. We would definitely stay there again.

  • 5 of 5

We certainly enjoyed our stay at the Duck Lake home. Irene was very helpful and the home was well stocked. The bowl of fruit was such a welcome addition when we arrived and we all enjoyed it. Irene even brought us over more firewood so we could have another bonfire! The sunsets over chief mountain and the sunrises over Duck Lake were spectacular! The water was not an issue as we could refill the jugs of water at the St. Mary's visitor center. We were close to the St. Mary's entrance, the Many Glacier entrance, and Waterton national park so that was a real plus! Our grandkids loved to throw rocks into the lake and some neighborhood dogs came over and played with them which they loved. We definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Close to Glacier NP

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated having a comfortable home to stay at after long days of hiking in Glacier National Park. The home is very close to the Many Glacier region. Lots of awesome hikes nearby and in the morning and evening, you can wet a line for trout in Duck Lake. Great views to east and west of this house. We enjoyed a campfire and smores on our last night. Thanks for sharing your home, Irene!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel IN

great property, perfect location, great views of the lake and mountains

  • 5 of 5

Last time we visited Glacier we stayed in the park. Irene's was so much better. Location was perfect for east park entrance. Kitchen totally equipped, beds comfortable and our family was able to spread out an relax after a day of hiking. I was on crutches and this was a perfect place to relax on the day I did't go to the park Would stay here again in a flash.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
175 Miles
Great Falls or Kalispell, MT
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Duck Lake Lodge
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
East Glacier
Nearest Train
50 Miles
East Glacier
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Leaning Tree
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Whitefish, MT
Car: necessary

Enjoy stargazing, Northern Lights displays, viewing and photographing spectacular wild flowers and exquisite nature views, getting acquainted with friendly local folks, meeting and swapping stories with visitors from all over the globe, including the students who spend their summers working in and around Glacier Park, view Blackfeet Indian cultural activities and enjoy breathing CLEAN Air! Live theater and music 'happens' in the Glacier Park lodges in the summer. Winter activities include ice fishing, back country skiiing, snow mobiling, sledding. Close to Canadian border and Cardston, Alberta. Lethbridge, Alberta (Costco, and shopping centers) is about 1/2 hour away. Kalispell, Montana and Great Falls, Montana are about 2 hours away.

We are located about 1/2 mile off Hwy 464 on West Shore Duck Lake Road on the right side (lake side). It's a gray house with a wood and wrought iron fence in front. Hwy 464 can be accessed from the east end of Browning (turn at the concrete Expresso tipi, or from St. Mary/Babb side as well.


Rates & Availability

Babb House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 15 2017 - Sep 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Aug 16 2020 - Oct 30 2020
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

$150 cleaning fee will be added. We require 2 payments: 1/2 due at booking, 1/2 due 30 days before arrival. No refunds within 30 days of reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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