The Averill family invites you to bring your family and friends to Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork for an unforgettable, all-inclusive Montana dude ranch vacation. The Averill's have been hosting guests from around the world for over 70 years and welcome you and yours to the ranch, their home, and the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake to experience the family vacation of a lifetime!
For three generations, the family has curated a concept and philosophy of Western hospitality and adventure that has successfully survived more than half a century of dramatic changes in travel and vacation trends. Transportation, technology and family values have changed since 1945, yet the idea of providing an unmatched setting for memorable family vacations and family reunions has remained the same, and Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge strives to give guests the timeless experience of Western Montana hospitality – combined with unparalleled recreational opportunities from horseback riding to sailing to exploring nearby Glacier National Park.
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge has been rated in the top 2% best family vacations spots in America. This Montana dude ranch has received national acclaim from Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appetite, Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure and was named Best of the Best by Kilgore’s Ranch and Resort Guide. The finest tribute of all, however, is that well over half of guests return to the ranch each year. Many who return are second-generation guests who want their children and grandchildren to experience Flathead Lake Lodge as they did when they were young.
Guests at this Montana ranch enjoy the cozy ambience found in the historic log lodges and rustic cabins. Accommodations are Western with traditional log furnishings and country quilts. Comfortable and cozy accommodations range from 1-3 bedrooms in log cabins or one of the historic log lodges with massive rock fireplaces overlooking Flathead Lake. Cabins are nestled in the tall pines surrounded by lush green grounds filled with flowers on the lakes edge. Each lodge room joins a central lobby with a fireplace. All accommodations have daily housekeeping service. The historic lodges and cabins are the perfect base camp for your family’s adventures.
Meals at the Lodge reflect a mix of fine western dining and satisfying home cooking. The rustic Lodge and roaring fireplace enhance the Montana inspired cuisine highlighted by the fine cuts of meat, fresh local produce, and hearty Western flare.
From bison tenderloin, to fresh caught lake trout, homemade huckleberry pancakes, and the ranch's famous ‘un-done’ brownies-- Chef and kitchen team will make sure your taste buds leave with the same great memories as your family.
Don’t forget about happy hour! Each night enjoy drinks and appetizers on the deck of the Saddle Sore Saloon overlooking the lake while sharing stories of the days adventures.
For the younger ones, a special kid friendly dinner is served nightly. Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge's executive chef will happily accommodate special dietary needs. Please visit with the chef upon arrival.
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is proud to say that for over 70 years, it has been the ultimate location for fun family vacations in Montana. This lodge offers the widest selection of family fun, and recreational activities, sports for one all-inclusive rate of any ranch in America. Each day offers an abundance of activities for every age. Whether you’re interested in spending the morning on horseback and the afternoon on the water, the day is yours and there are more than enough options for the whole family. Quite simply, Flathead Lake Lodge offers the ultimate, fun family vacation with unlimited horse and water recreation for kids and adults.
Some ranch actvities and amenitites
• Heated Pool
• Biking/ Cycling
• Bird Watching
• Sailing Lessons
• Guided Mountain Bike Tours
• Guided Elk Preserve Tours
• Boat Cruises
• Live Entertainment
• Mouse Races
• Barn Dances
• Team Penning
• Wakeboarding / Skurfing / Water Skiing
• Kids Rodeo
• Destination Meals
• Breakfast / Lunch Rides
• Jr. Wrangler Program
• Golf (nearby)
• Horseback Riding Lessons & Clinics
• Beach Fire w Smores
• Whitewater Rafting
• Square Dancing
Averill’s Ranch, Flathead Lake Lodge is unique in its location; a Montana mountain dude ranch nestled in a private bay on the largest natural fresh water lake in the west offering an unparalleled experience both in the mountains and on the water. The Flathead Lake sits at the heart of the Flathead Valley, just west of the Continental Divide ringed by the Swan, Salish, Mission, and Whitefish ranges of northwest Montana.
The surrounding parks and wilderness areas offer an abundance of outdoor recreation and sight-seeing. Carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age, the Flathead Valley is rich with biodiversity and has a natural beauty unlike no other place in the US. Glacier National Park, the crown jewel of the continent, is renowned for its history, wildlife and scenic beauty. Glacier National Park is a beautiful 45-minute drive from the lodge and offers unparalleled hiking and sight-seeing. Jewel Basin Primitive Area is a short drive away and the hiking-only area provides breath-taking views of the Flathead Valley and the Rocky Mountains of Montana. If you need help planning your vacation, ranch staff can help you arrange your activities and transportation to any of these prime tourist destinations.
Bigfork, Montana, the “Village by the bay”, is a charming western artisan village on the bay with a wide assortment of fine art galleries, restaurants and unique shops. A short walk to town is an enjoyable afternoon foray following a day of horseback riding in the wilderness.
At a Glance
Flathead Lake Lodge is the perfect setting for multigenerational family vacations. Swimming, Sailing, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, and much more at our all-inclusive Montana dude ranch.
Glacier International (FCA)
Western Riding for All Skill Levels
May through October
Credit Cards – Cash – Checks – Wire transfer
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