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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse w/ Dock

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Boathouse right on Flathead Lake w/ patio, deck and fire pit

This unique waterfront property is he last surviving boathouse with living quarters above it. From the road you will walk down a wooded path to a private incline tram system that will carry you a hundred feet down to a world of lake shore living. When you get to the covered open-air deck, it is complete with a Weber gas BBQ, patio heater, table, chairs and a swing for two. In 2015 we added a new deck to the front of the Boathouse. Stepping through the sliding glass door you will see that the living level is decorated with fishing motif. In the corner is a wood stove which can be enjoyed from the overstuffed sofa-bed. The kitchen is well-furnished with cooking utensils and all appliances except for a dishwasher. There is an adorable bath with shower only. Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet plus a dormer niche with a bench. The dock and lake level of the property is shared with the property owners. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area, swim ladders, & canoe, (2) kayaks and a paddle boat.

The boathouse level is totally private. The lower level with the dock and lake area of the property is shared with the property owners and their guests occasionally. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area and swim ladders. There is plenty of wood provided for having a bonfire in the fire pit. The lakefront also has a romantic footbridge, patio area with picnic table. You are welcome to use the canoe, paddle boat and kayaks which are easily launched from the beach area.

Somers Bay Boathouse is conveniently located: 12 miles west of Bigfork which has live theater and dining; an hour from Glacier Park; 10 miles from historic downtown Kalispel; 5 miles from Lakeside which has a grocery store and dining; great restaurants are within 5 minutes driving toward downtown Somers. The street above the boathouse is part of a biking/walking path which takes you to historic Somers.

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More Details

Karen Bach
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Karen Bach

Earl and Karen are a middle aged couple with 2 older teenagers. Our daughter is in college and will be working in Portland this summer and our son will be graduating from high school. We have owned the property for 15 years. Earl began remodeling the boathouse in 2003 and finished it in 2005. We thought we would use it more than we did and decided rather than have it stay empty, we would share it with others. If we had a motto, it would be 'the more the merrier.'

Why Karen Bach chose Flathead Lake

Quiet, private setting, right on the water

What makes this cabin unique

Where to start...the way the property is set up, it feels like we don't hardly have any neighbors, which attributes to the privacy. The view is gorgeous and changes constantly. There are many birds/water fowl, including bald eagles (though they don't come around as much once the osprey move in for the summer). Even though there is so much to do in the area, many guests claim they find it hard to leave the boathouse.


Flathead Lake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Elevator ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , loft
  • Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet. There is a dormer niche with a bench, ideal for enjoying the view while sipping your morning coffee.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Elevator: Funicular lift takes you from the street down to the boathouse * Lakefront: Historic Somers Bay * Mountain View: Rocky Mountains & Mission Range Dock w/ boat slip, 200+ feet lakefront w/ two small pebble beaches, fire pit, canoe, paddle boat, 2 kayaks, games & puzzles.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse w/ Dock
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 36 reviews

Idyllic Spot of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

What an absolute gem of a rental! Immaculately cared for, pristine inside and awesome views. We spent a beautiful week at the cabin and enjoyed every minute of it. We enjoyed the views across the water, use of the two kayaks and canoe, the fishing rods conveniently left for us to play with, the floaties, the well-appointed kitchen, the masks, and everything else the owners have so thoughtfully provided. We used the cabin as a jump off point for adventures into Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain and, being close to the north shore of the lake, it was conveniently situated for both. We were kindly greeted with a bag of fresh-picked Flathead cherries (amazing), huckleberry jam and sodas. The owners were awesome about indulging our early check-in request. We would rent this cabin again in a heartbeat! A previous review mentioned how hot the upstairs gets and it does, but the owners have installed a window unit and it cools everything off quickly when it's time for bed. Otherwise, during the day the breeze off the water is perfect. Thank you for a memorable week!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We look forward to having you stay with us again and will incorporate your good suggestions as well.
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Fantastic views an great space!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the boathouse! We wish would could have stayed longer. Great amenities, fun gondola down to the water, everything we needed for a short get away!thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Love, love, love The Boathouse! Have been coming for at least 3 years. So relaxing and comfortable. Has everything I need and the view is spectacular, plus there are different birds and otters to watch. Karen is amazing. Checks on your needs and then leaves you to yourself, which is why I am there. Lots of things to do nearby including Glacier Park. My daughter likes to visit the nearby breweries and distillery. Take home gifts and great pie can be found at the Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse. I take my craft tote and go for "me" time. If this is what you are doing, I would bring an extra lamp for light after the sun goes down. Kalispell is close if you need anything. This is where I go to rejuvenate and get ready for what the next year has to bring. Thanks for everything, Karen and Earl. See you next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We look forward to seeing you each year!
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Relaxing on the lake

  • 5 of 5

This was the best place to celebrate my 60th birthday. I wanted be on a lake and this boat house provided that! The house is surrounded by water on 3 sides, the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful. The house is well appointed. Only thing i wished for was warm weather so we could have enjoyed the kayaks. We'll have to come back in the summer.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boathouse on Flathead Lake

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous place to stay; quiet, comfortable, accommodating, very private, clean. Queen bed upstairs has a somewhat old mattress. We will stay there, again! Thank you for a great VRBO.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax!

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome! My husband loves to fish and we arrived in the late afternoon. He caught a decent small mouth bass that evening! It was so neat to wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the lake! The place was clean, well stocked, and we got cell reception too. The BBQ and fire pit were added bonuses! It's not real private with all the glass as other guests using the docks midday and any boats going by can see directly in...but at my age (over 50) I'm not shy and could care less. I loved the A/C wall unit over the bed upstairs as I Iike background noise to sleep. The hot water will run out if you take an ultra long shower, but is fine otherwise. There is a flat screen TV with dish satellite, and a collection of CD's for extra entertainment, but why spoil that view! The owners were super nice and even recommended some places to go eat. Somers Bay Cafe is a must for breakfast! Even if you're trying to cut carbs, splurge and get the home-made toast! We enjoyed the boat house very much and will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very kind yet objective review. We are happy for people to have an accurate understanding of what the place is like.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Del's Bar, Somers
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Bend
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Whitefish Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 93 and US 82
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Somers Bay


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
* During July and August a week is from Saturday to Saturday
~ Monthly rate is considered to be 4 weeks.
* An additional $75/week cleaning fee will be added for stays over 1 week for change of linens and towels, plus a light cleaning.
**Opening/closing dates may vary according to weather conditions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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