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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!

More Details

Brendan Schilling
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

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 Polson

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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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Affordable Lakefront Family-Friendly Home with Private Beach & Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Great Family Getawawy!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house with warm hospitality, and a crystal clear lake!

Our kids had a blast, swimming, and doing cannon balls off the dock, while we joined in as well and then relaxed on the swing and watched.

The house had everything we needed- comfortable beds and a nice kitchen and great movie selections for the nights.

Couldn't have been any better!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! Steps to the lake and dock, clean and well stocked! Brendan was awesome to deal with and Nana was so very nice to talk to. Highly recommend for families, we will be back! Thank you for a wonderful stay Brendan and Nana!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect week at the lake!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely spot, lovely house, just perfect. We stayed with 4 adults and 6 teenagers, had plenty of space and were very comfortable. The porch is amazing. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit! Nana really enjoyed meeting you and the kids - she was very impressed with how kind and respectful they were! I do hope you can visit us again.
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home exceeded all expectations ! It has EVERYTHING you could ever want, from beach towels to spices! The kitchen is stocked with everything you would ever need, the rooms are beautiful, and did I say CLEAN?!

Nana is an absolute delight. We loved getting to know her. We will definitely return with friends and family. This place has it all.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you SO MUCH for visiting! I'm glad we were able to provide a fun and clean property for you, and hope to see you again! Nana enjoyed talking to you and meeting the family!
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Beautiful, Majestic and Peaceful. The Getaway of Getaways - Indian Bay at Flathead Lake, Montana

  • 5 of 5

The hidden gem on Flathead Lake located on Indian Bay, has beautiful views of the bay, Wild Horse Island and Glacier National Park. The amenities and hospitality are second to none. This location is has easy access to all of Flathead lake and it's surrounding towns as well Glacier National Park. The getaway offers all the amenities of home and it is fully connected. We enjoyed every aspect of the lake including swimming, fishing, watercraft and boating. In the nearby town of Polson, MT they offer the watercraft and boating rentals on a daily or weekly basis. The days on the lake are LONG and SLOW, perfect for a getaway with family or friends. The sun sets so late and rises early over the bay, but this spot offers a shady spot to sip your morning coffee while looking at the mirror reflection of the trees and sky in the glass like calmness of the bay. Do not miss an opportunity to stay here. I totally recommend this getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having repeat renters is a huge goal of ours - to give you a place that you feel comfortable visiting time and time again. We really enjoyed your visit and are amazed at how your son has grown. Hope to see you again soon!
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A perfect experience

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing you will need staying at The home :) comfortable beds, everything you need in the kitchen, great neighbors and we will come back ... and Nana is a dream! We can't wait to be back next time

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Casey! We really appreciate your coming to stay with us and are thrilled that all of your guests had such a great time! Nana said that the days were full of fun and it looked like everyone had a great time. We really look forward to seeing you next year and appreciate your rental - see you in July 2018!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $215
Damage Insurance $59

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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