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Paradise on Bitterroot Lake

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)



Sample the beauty of Northwest Montana as you retreat to this custom Bitterroot Lake-front house in Marion, Montana. The house sits on one acre and includes 150 feet of private lake frontage, as well as 700 feet of frontage on the adjacent community property - a haven for wild birds and other native animals. Bitterroot Lake is a 3,000 acre lake, located just 20 miles West of convenient Kalispell and 40 minutes from Glacier International Airport. .

Designed for efficiency, you will enjoy the coziness of this spacious, smoke-free house which is furnished to sleep up to 10 people. This charming house was designed by the owner, who has college degrees in architecture. Rooms include: three bedrooms (two with lofts), two and a half bathrooms, a family theater/game room, a living room facing the lake, a kitchen opened to the dining room, an office, and an upstairs study desk area. Additional rooms include a laundry room with front-loading washer and dryer, and an outdoor shower with hot water.

Amenities include: wood burning stove for warmth or mood-lighting; audio and visual entertainment system, including multi-room and outdoor patio speakers and a large LCD flat screen television; outdoor Weber propane barbeque; a fire pit; and rock patio with adjacent grass lawn. Enjoy the lake in your personal or rental boat that you may put in at the adjacent public boat launch near the Lions Camp. Or go fishing for Kokanee salmon and trophy-sized rainbow trout; enjoy a barbeque with family and friends; and end the evening with a campfire, games around the dining table, or a movie in surround sound. Winter fun activities include ice-fishing, snowshoeing, skate-skiing on the lake, as well as skiing at three different ski resorts (Big Mountain, Blacktail, and Turner) - all located about an hour from the house. In any season, this beautiful lake-house will warm your heart with memories for a lifetime.


Keywords: Lakefront House, Lake front, Bitterroot, lake, front, Marion, home, Lions Camp, camping, reunion, wedding, vacation, cabin, peaceful, waterfront, water, bedroom, rental, Flathead County, Kalispell, Libby, Whitefish, Somers, Lakeside, Creston, Big Fork

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We cannot thank you enough. It's absolutely beautiful. The entire family had just

a really great, great time. What a gorgeous home you have and an absolutely

gorgeous setting. Thank you very much!
Aug 2008
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Marion House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , with laundry chute
    Downstairs Bath - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Great for rinsing off after playing in the lake
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Room has a door for privacy
    Tree Tops Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This room does not have a door
    Top of Stairs - 1 twin/ single , At the top of the stairs, this bed has no door or privacy
    Loft Bedroom - 1 double , Double bed in a high loft, must climb ladder
  • You must have a sense of adventure to sleep at this custom home. Adult couples who are not staying in the master bedroom, must either climb ladders, sleep in separate twins, or sleep on a hide-a-bed downstairs. Please discuss bed arrangements with entire party before reserving.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
'outdoor shower, campfire pit, sandy beach, LCD flat-screen TV, surround sound, sound system including outdoor speakers, kid toys and books available'


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Paradise on Bitterroot Lake
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews
Eden Prairie, MN

Lovely home in and outstanding setting

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved our stay in your home! Awesome views of the lake no matter what we were doing, and very comfortable facilities. Very quiet area where it was so easy to relax. Previous reviews indicate the wifi is a bit slow, but that only seemed to be an issue for me when looking at maps of the area online (to research daytrips and activities). I had good cellular data coverage while outside. I guess I don't care much about the internet at such a beautiful place!

Very nice property. I'd definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Summer Vaca Ever!!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful week at the Paradise Cabin on Bitterroot Lake. The accommodations were just as described. The home was well equipped, clean and maintained. The sleeping quarters are best suited to a family with two adults and up to 5 children. We had 3 adult couples, 2 kids and 2 dogs but we made everything work! The location is spectacular, clear lake water, fresh air, warm days and cool nights....could not have asked for a more perfect setting to enjoy Montana and all its beauty. Days were spent fishing, swimming and exploring the surrounding area. The drive to Glacier National Park was well worth it! Evenings we would cook a big family meal for all to enjoy and late nights were spent around the lakeside fire pit toasting marsh mellows, telling fish stories and a lot of laughter. We hope to return for a future visit and would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a private lake front vacation spot. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Cindy, Las Vegas, NV

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing lake home

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a family vacation. The house is beautiful and unique in its design. There are great views of the lake from every room. Plenty of space for relaxing and many toys and games to keep busy. Play on the warm lake on sunny days, relax by the fire on rainy days. Take day trips to Glacier, Flathead lake, or even Canada. Perfect location.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Paradise on Bitterroot with our family of 5. It was a wonderful location right on the lake. The water is crystal clear and the kids were able to play in the lake for hours. The home is a great place to start and end your days as you are away from town and can watch the sun set over the lake. We would absolutely stay here again, one of the best vacations our family has had.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora, CO

Better than Disneyland!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 to include 3 children (5,7, and 9) +Dog stayed at Paradise on Bitterroot Lake last summer for 10 days. Bitterroot Lake is a best keep secret for the Kalispell area. It is mostly locals and not many tourists. Our kids spent HOURS playing in the lake (which was gorgeous)! You can go out on the lake and even at about 10-15 feet deep you can still see clearly to the bottom. The house was delightful and charming all in one. It had everything we needed and more. We rented a canoe from in town for the week, purchased some inexpensive inner tubes and with that the kids never wanted to come inside. They fished, we made smores in the fire pit and truly had the time of our lives! Every other day we would go into the National Park and hike and sightsee and on the off day we would just hang out at the house and enjoy one another. We haven't taken the children to Disneyland yet and so we asked them if they wanted to go there next summer for our next vacation. With a resounding "NO!", they unanimously stated that they wanted to come back to this house on this lake! Now that is a testament to sort of vacation we had! Thank you, thank you Angela!!! Your home is perfect and you were a delight to work with! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingsley, MI

Aesthetic triumph, functionally lacking

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, but it was suboptimal.


•Home is beautiful inside and out.

•Gorgeous lakefront site.

•Firewood provided for fire pit.

•Most appliances are high quality.


•Of the 3 bedrooms, only 1 is suitable for adults. The others are only fit for kids; the beds are located in lofts. If your group includes more than 1 adult couple, then someone will be relegated to 2nd-class status on a fold-out futon. There's only 1 traditional bed in the house: in the master upstairs.

•No A/C. At this latitude it's not uncommon to find homes that have an attic fan instead of A/C. I was stunned to discover this home has neither. Consequently if you or your loved ones have a medical condition that requires a more controlled climate on hot days, you may want to reconsider.

•No television content. What, you say? Isn't there a LCD TV? Yes, there is but the only connected inputs are from a DVD player. THERE IS NEITHER CABLE NOR SATELLITE at this house. So unless you're willing to settle for DVDs, or unless you bring your own Roku or other internet media device, too bad.

•No TV in the main living area. The only TV is in the media room. A big problem when a second adult couple was forced to sleep on the fold-out futon in the media room and you want to watch TV.

•Slow internet connection. Barely passable.

•Ant problem. When we arrived, there were hundreds of large black carpenter ants in the living room. Most were clustered on the wood beams near the south windows, where it was apparent the ants had a point of entry. We contacted Angela immediately upon arrival and she arrived with a can of Raid and some ant baits. This temporarily solved the problem, but a professional exterminator should offer a more lasting solution.

•Lack of additional furnishings in the bedroom areas. Especially true in the master bedroom, where there is no dresser, no nightstand, and only a tiny bedside table with under 1 sq.ft. of surface area. Suitcases and clothes are relegated to the floor, although the closet is an option for hanging some items. Need a bedside spot for a CPAP machine or to charge your phone? Too bad.

•Dearth of kitchenware. The kitchen is beautiful, but without a blender we couldn’t make mixed drinks, and without tongs it was difficult to grill. Surprising these little things were overlooked.

Not recommended if anyone in your party has mobility issues. Various rooms on the main level are raised or sunken; one must ascend and descend frequently.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate a few of the legitimate criticisms that we have already begun to address. The rest is false. *BEDS: we have standard adult beds (please see photos), and two are in lofts, which may pose difficulty to those with mobility issues. Yes, rooms other than the Master bedroom are "second-class" in that way. In addition to the 3 bedrooms, there is the media room that includes a futon. There is also a full-sized hide-a-bed in the living room. *CABLE/SATELLITE: The attentive reader of our VRBO site will see that this amenity is not included. We exclude satellite/cable for two reasons: (1) many of our guests come to Montana to enjoy the outdoors, although we provide a very large, brand new Plasma television with DVD players and HDMI-capability for streaming from laptop; and (2) we lower the rental cost for you. *INTERNET: Technology is more limited in Marion, Montana (population=900) than for the reviewers from Statesville, North Carolina (population=25,000), or our good friends in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The internet speed is sufficient, and we’ve never had complaints. *AC: None is needed, given our use of ICF (insulated concrete form) walls, and passive/solar heating/cooling with large ceiling fan. *ANTS: the reviewer failed to mention that they called at 9 pm and that hiring a terminator for a handful of ants made no sense, nor was it healthy to bomb a house with tenants in there and whose elder parents had medical and breathing problems (at least one used a CPAP machine). We didn't want to take the risk. We also consider the impact of poisonous sprays on future tenants (many come with children!). *DRESSERS/TABLES: We have added these to increase storage space. We have added more endtables. *KITCHENWARE: We replenish kitchenware throughout the summer, as they disappear. While we hope that tenants return kitchenware to the house, sometimes people forget. We do our best to replace these items quickly. **CONCLUSION: We are sorry the reviewer did not reach out to us, beyond the ants, as we would have jumped to help. We agree that the house presents challenges for folks with mobility problems or in a wheelchair (house is listed as 2-story). *Vacations are few for most of us, and we enjoy taking care of you during yours. We agree with the reviewer’s title for our lakehouse – an “aesthetic triumph” - and we take pride in the fact than many families have found our home a paradise. We think you will too, and we hope to accommodate you. All best, Angela.
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
FCA, Glacier National Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 2
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Marion Hitching Post
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Blacktail Resort and Whitefish Mountain

'ice-fishing, skate-skiing, snow shoeing, and a little over an hour from Glacier National Park'


Rates & Availability

Marion House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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2017 Summer Rates
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

Check-in is at 4:00 pm Mountain Time and check-out is at 11:00 am Mountain Time.

Rates are subject to change until reservation has been confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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