Affordable Lakefront Family-Friendly Home with Private Beach & Dock
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- Minimum stay:5-6 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
A perfect vacation spot for families (including combined families) with plenty of room for kids! An easy 8 mile trip from Polson, the downstairs half of this duplex home is available for rental - and is right on the beach of Flathead Lake. The gentle slope of our pebble and rock beach makes it perfect for young kiddos and older folk alike.
The downstairs sleeps 10-12 comfortably, and can accommodate up to 15 people. Siblings and cousins will enjoy sharing the 'bunk room' that has 3 twin over full bunk beds. Two rooms feature queen beds; a sleeper sofa adds more sleeping space. The porch and beach swings also fold out to beds for a comfy open-air nap or night under the stars. A newly added 3000 sq feet of lawn overlooking the shoreline offers level camping space - and plenty of tanning sunshine if you wish!
Bring your own watercraft! We have a boat dock for your personal use. Use the boat launch in Polson Bay only 5 miles away by water (dock for fair weather use only). Or simply drop your kayak in the cool water and take a lap around the bay - or maybe out to Wild Horse Island. Sleep late, or get up early to fish for the massive lake trout that lurk in the deeper waters - it's all here, waiting for you!
Enjoy swimming and lounging on the beach by day and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs in the fire pit at night. Camp out under the stars on the lawn, or relax in a porch swing on the massive deck and watch the sun set! Two BBQs are available for your use. 'Beach appropriate' dining ware is also available, so find the place with the best view!
Nana, who lives upstairs year-round, will be happy to greet you and help make this stay as perfect as possible!
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Member since: 2013
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 12-15
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1 includes full size washer/dryer.
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 13 people
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Deck / Patio:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
July 4th 2017
Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2017
6 night min stay
Jul 7 - Sep 3, 2017
5 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning Fee $215 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 7%
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Rental agreement must be signed upon check-in.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 1956
About the owner: The Indian Bay property is a family-owned home built on land purchased in 1956. It has undergone many changes in the last 60+ years, including the building of the current home in 2005. Nana, the daughter of the original owners, and her two terriers Teddy and Lucy live in the duplex-style home year-round; her myriad children, grandchildren, and friends all visit whenever possible. You will probably meet them during your stay, though their presence will be almost exclusively upstairs. They are wonderfully friendly, and Nana makes outstanding jams, jellies, and syrups. My name is Brendan, and I am the grandson of the original property owners, as well as the favorite son (well, the only son) of the current owner 'Nana'. My grandparents and my mother, aunts, and uncles worked for nearly 10 years starting in 1956 cutting trees, leveling a spot for the original home, and carrying boulders by hand to preserve the shoreline and build paths around the property before the original cabin was built. Until then, the summer home was nothing more than a large tent. The original cabin still exists, preserved within the walls of a more modern structure built next door by my aunt and uncle a few years ago. I grew up at 'the lake' and vowed that I would do whatever possible to make my childhood experiences available to my own children in the same way my grandparents and Nana did for their own children. Though we live in Arizona now, my family and I still visit several times a year to check on Nana, as well as swim, fish, and play in the wonderfully cool, clear waters of the lake.
Why the Owner Chose Polson, MT, USA:
This property has been family-owned for as long as nearly any other property on the lake. When the original property owners passed away, their children kept the property intact within the family when two of the siblings purchased the remainder portion from the family in order to build permanent residences. Family, cousins, and third- and forth-generation friends all live and play within an easy walk of the property. As a grandchild of the original owners (I am Nana's son) I recall getting out of school in early June and making the drive to the lake shortly thereafter, staying each summer until a week before school started. After a summer spent barefoot, shirtless, and usually without a haircut, I felt more like I was being trapped rather than returned to society when it was time to scrub up and put on new shoes for school. I vowed to give my own children the same experience, which is why we siblings convinced Nana to build a home where she could retire quietly and yet still accommodate the large family that wanted to visit. The home was built in 2005 as two complete homes, with full kitchens upstairs and downstairs, as well as duplicate laundry facilities, dining areas, and the like. We tried to plan for a time when Nana would be able to live in peace and comfort, yet open the door for friends, family, and guests in a scaled manner. Simply by closing a door at the top of the stairs yields two complete homes where privacy can be maintained; and opening that door yields a family home where as many as 32 family members have slept in a single night! Renting the downstairs portion is a new experience, from which we hope to get your candid feedback on what we can do to improve the overall experience of staying on this beautiful lake. Please understand that this is indeed a year-round home for the owner; yet, we want to make it available for as many other people as possible to experience the idyllic summers that we had as kids. Enjoy!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The southern half of the lake is on tribal land and therefore has a unique set of regulations aimed at preserving this incredible natural resource. Recent changes to shoreline policies severely restrict development, and we will witness many gradual changes over time as older docks, boathouses and other structures which no longer meet the preservation standard will slowly be removed and returned to a more natural state. The Consolidated Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Orielle Tribes have worked closely with the State of Montana as well as Canadian government representatives to preserve and restore that natural waterways that flow from the Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park (the actual full name of what is commonly known as Glacier National Park). Mining, construction, farming, erosion and runoff - all are being addressed in order to continue Flathead Lake's stirling reputation as a lake of unparalleled beauty. Living and vacationing on the southern half of the lake reveals many benefits. If you plan to fish the lake, you need only purchase a tribal fishing permit which costs, on average, one fifth the price of a state non-resident permit. The towns of Polson, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Arlee, and others are steeped in the Tribal tradition of a deliberate and slower-paced lifestyle that is well-suited for a vacation. Tribal culture and history is on display as a living museum where you are allowed to touch and participate. Shops, restaurants, and other facilities tend to be small, family-owned businesses where the owners often work the tables and counters. And, if you desire more upscale experiences, there are several to be had in newer restaurants, golf courses, and shops that are starting to pop up (yet somehow still blend in). Access to the Missoula airport is an easy 75 minute drive; as is access to the Kalispell airport near the north end of the lake.
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Summer sunsets give way to a curtain of stars
View from the lower deck of the house
View from Old Baldy, a short hike from the house.
Bedroom 2 has a Queen bed, dresser, and a deep closet.
Large kitchen with all appliances, dining area, and living room with LCD TV
View of the house standing on the dock. Downstairs is available for rental.
Guest James L. and a nice fish caught June 2015
Play chess or checkers on a unique board
A local resident supervises our lunch.
Glacier National Park is just over an hour's drive.
A Golden eagle surveys the beach.
A huge deck overlooks the lake and is shaded by the upstairs deck.
Take the plunge!
Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed, closet, and dresser.
The bunk room can sleep up to 9 people with three windows overlooking the lake.
Plenty of cabinet and pantry space, and large windows overlooking the lake.
Just a few steps to the door, and only a few more to the beach and lake.
A blazing sunset under Montana's Big Sky
Impossibly clear, cool waters of the lake.
Bald eagles watch over their nest at the water's edge.
Osprey abound in the area.
The Northern Lights paint the horizon on a warm summer night.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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