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Affordable Lakefront Family-Friendly Home with Private Beach & Dock

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps Up To 15 - only 20 feet from the water!

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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Brendan Schilling
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Brendan Schilling

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.

Brendan Schilling purchased this house in 1956

Why Brendan Schilling chose Flathead Lake

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!

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We very much enjoyed our stay at Flathead Lake. The home you and Nana have on the lake is wonderful. All of us felt at home and were able to enjoy great views, local walks, wonderful side trips, family gatherings, and met some wonderful neighbors. A plus for our group was that our son's boat could come right to your dock. That opened up lots of fun on the water to older folks that found the water too cold to play in for very long. Kids are always up for water fun and your supply of floating objects to delight and keep them safe in the water was much appreciated. Being able to prepare meals for our crowd in your well stocked kitchen was an added bonus. I totally recommend this sight for a family vacation, and hope we can revisit this coming summer.
Aug 2013
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Polson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 includes full size washer/dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 3 double , 3 twin/ single , 3 Twin over Full bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 Bedrooms, each have closet. Bedrooms 1 and 3 also have a dresser. Full size sleeper sofa available in the living room for extra guests. All bedrooms have additional under-bed storage.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Boat dock with mooring cleats. Room for two watercraft (maximum 4 feet of draft). Fair weather mooring only - no breakwater, seawall, or boat lift available for protection from inclement weather or heavy surf. No boat/jetski drop-in or recovery on property, but facilities are close by.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Affordable Lakefront Family-Friendly Home with Private Beach & Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

lovely, magical, perfect location. great parking. views stunning. friendly.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming - it was great to see so many folks enjoying a very special weekend!
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Pure Heaven

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything we expected and more! The view was breath taking! Love getting up each morning and having coffee on the deck or in a swing by the lake. The beach was beautiful and the landscaping immaculate. If you want to get away and totally reenergize, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to see you again! The lake is indeed a magical place, and we love having you visit, relax, and unwind. Please come again, and we will have the coffee waiting!
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Amazing waterfront destination!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property as our destination for a family gathering and comfortably fit 12 people (6 kids). Kitchen was fully stocked with any cooking and storage items needed, including spices. Plenty of towels, sheets, books, games, and life jackets available to use. The kids had a blast running and swimming around the dock (it's on the shallow side - 5ft). Nana was amazing, kind, and very enjoyable to chat with! Any questions we had were answered with a smile and great conversation. Flathead Lake is extremely beautiful. Crystal clear and very clean, but has many sharp rocks, so water shoes are recommended. Swimming area is perfect for all day fun, and a nice nighttime soak to cool off after the kids are in bed. Fire pit available with plenty of wood and skewers. Outside swings overlooking the water. It was very difficult coming back to reality after slipping into a week of lake-side relaxation. We would choose this place as a destination again, with zero hesitation.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Of course, you are welcome back at any time! There is nothing that Nana enjoys more than meeting people and watching them enjoy the lake. I am very happy that you found what you needed to enjoy your stay (skewers for hot dogs and marshmallows are a must!) and I do hope to see you again! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it an even better experience next time!
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Awesome vacation property!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property because we were attending a family reunion at nearby Lake Mary Ronan. We found the rental to be amazing! It was clean and well stocked with towels, bedding, games, float toys for the lake and even books. The kitchen had a great supply of dishes, pots & pans and spices. When we arrived there was even a gift basket of goodies on the kitchen counter. We absolutely LOVE Nana!! She is super nice and easy to talk to. We truly enjoyed the time that we had to just visit with her. Also, the lawn was lovely. We pitched tents and even had teenagers that chose to sleep on the lawn swings that fold flat. We enjoyed evenings at the fire pit with lots of laughter and stories. This place is so calming ----- we would definitely rent again if we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your visit more than we can put into words! Nana was very happy to have met your group and loved seeing how you were able to take advantage of the entire place - tents, swings, floaties, marshmallows, and all. She keeps talking about how nice it would be to see you again, so please keep us in mind for a future trip. And bring the tents! P.S.- we fixed the dryer (so sorry for the problem!)
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Phoenix area

Best ever vacation - at any price!

  • 5 of 5

What more can I say? The kids had the time of their lives swimming, tubing, and fishing. We rented a boat for a few days and explored this huge lake and the spectacular views. We saw a bald eagle glide in and take a fish from the water just 20 feet from where we were sitting. Somehow, this all seemed to be more like a movie than something real!

It was great to have Nana upstairs. She helped us find local points of interest, told us the best places to buy cherries, and even found the kids a replacement floatie when a favored one lost all of its air (poor Willy the Whale)! The house was very well stocked with everything we needed. All we did was buy some groceries. Lots of cookware, plenty of containers for leftovers, and even a fuel for the barbecues. What kind of rental has TWO barbecues to choose from? The adults loved the area. We hiked, took a horseback ride (followed by a long soak in the lake), went fishing (caught a LOT of fish), and boated. The bedrooms were adequate and it was obvious that this house was built to accommodate groups - large living spaces, a fully stocked kitchen, tons of landscaping outside, outdoor swings that fold into beds (slept outside a couple of nights) and room for family games like pickle ball.

Overall, we enjoyed this stay more than any other family vacation in memory. This was PERFECT!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your visit! It was great to hear that you and the kids enjoyed not only the house but the area - it is indeed a very special place to experience! And, yes, sometimes you just NEED to use a charcoal grill instead of a gas grill...or vice-versa, so why NOT have both?!? We look forward to your return - and will have plenty of charcoal and propane - your choice! - for your next set of burgers (which smelled spectacular, by the way...)
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Sandy, Utah, USA

Little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely LOVE it here and so do my kids. Flathead Lake is one of the most perfect places for those loving the mountains and water and this property has one of the most idyllic locations on the lake. It is so peaceful here. The water is pristine and Indian Bay (where this property is located) is a nice, sheltered location on the lake with lots of trees and no visible commercial presence, yet is just minutes away from Polson, where you can get everything you need. The beach and area sheltered by the dock provide a great place for kids or those without advanced swimming skills to play in the water. There is a big yard with a lawn to spend time in the sun. The decks are expansive and give lots of space to eat or sit outside with some shelter from the sun and elements. Dock is big enough to tie up a large ski boat and provides a great platform for jumping in the lake. Lots of sleeping space and a well equipped kitchen as well as gas and charcoal grills to keep the crew fed. Clean, in excellent condition and all the modern conveniences (including washer and dryer). Lots of movies available on the apple tv when you are ready to wind down for the day. Decent wifi is provided if you absolutely have to get online (but use your time to get away from it all instead!). Glacier National park is close by (a MUST for everyones's bucket list!) and there are lots of outdoor recreation opportunities right outside the door or within a short drive. Place was stocked with lots of towels, plenty of hot water and we even had a gift basket to welcome us with the makings of smores, popcorn and homemade jam. Lots of information in the guidebook provided by the hosts, who were awesome. Brendan was great to work with and Nana (who lives on site) was sweet, and very helpful. I can't wait to come back and would highly recommend this for any family vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you came for another visit. Nana was amazed at how the kids have grown since last your last visit! You are welcome back any time you can visit - we look forward to the next time!
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Highway 93
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Car: necessary

Boat launch in Polson, 5 miles by water to our dock.


Rates & Availability

Polson House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July 4th 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $215 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

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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