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The Blackfoot River Runs Through it! Fish in Your Front Yard.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8) + a 2 bedroom, 2 full bath guest cabin

Private family retreat with 500' of frontage on the Blackfoot River. It is a perfect location for an escape from the urban scene while close(10 min.) to the downtown and the University. One can easily fish and float more than 100 miles of rivers in the surrounding area. It is a float in float out location! The Clark Fork, Bitteroot, and Rock Creek provide a great variety of opportunities for the floater or fisherman.

This spot is a wonderful place to watch birds, and mammals from the deck. We see beaver, big horn sheep, bobcat, bear, deer frequently. The river is a major flyway for eagles, osprey, ducks, geese, and provides nesting sites for many smaller species. With more than an acre of lawn along the river, there are plenty of places to read, play cards, or nap in the hammock.

On 3+ acres of secluded riverfront, the primary house has @ 3,000 sf with 4 bedrooms, 4 twin beds, 2 king beds, 3 baths, 4 fireplaces, with a wonderful view deck looking across the lawn at the gazebo and river. .It has a great kitchen for cooks with all needed cooking supplies.

The guest cabin with 1,000 sq ft, full kitchen ,washer dryer, 2 bedroom, with 4 xl twin beds, 2 full bath right on the river can be rented separately, $300/night.

The property is offered for rent on a limited basis for 20 years, as it has been primarily for family and friends. It is very child friendly and a great place for families and or friends to relax, cook together and have fun.

Keywords: Riverfront recreational house with adjacent 2 br 2 bath cabin

More Details

Brian Rapp
Member since: 2010
Speaks: french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Brian Rapp

I am a retired professional who has enjoyed fly fishing since a child. Our family's primary residence is Santa Barbara, CA. When looking for a retreat spot, I wanted to be in nature and the feeling of privacy. I was unable to find any place that had the feeling of being away from the busy world of today, while still providing access to the stimulation of a great town and University near by. I have been one to spend my spare time in nature. My last job was as Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Brian Rapp purchased this house in 1991

Why Brian Rapp chose Bonner

It is a rare spot for a family gathering or for a group of friends to share the Montana experience. Live in privacy on the Blackfoot river, yet only 10 minutes from downtown for shopping, dining, and movies.


Bonner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • list all names of occupants, and the primary responsible person with all contact information, who agrees by booking to be responsible for all damages
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3, all with shower, one with shower and large soaking tub main house Cabin, 2 full bathrooms with showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large room with love seat with river views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , private full bath,reading chair, river view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , river view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , bath adjacent on main floor, easy flat access
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4) 2 bedrooms with twin beds in main house and 2 more bedrooms with XL twin beds in the optional guest cabin, Sleep Sofa (1) a day bed In the family room area
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting


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The Blackfoot River Runs Through it! Fish in Your Front Yard.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was simply one of the most relaxing vacations we have taken. You couldn't ask for a better location. We thought everything about the house was very nice.

Bill, the property manager, was very professional and accommodating.

Thank you Brian for an exceptional place to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missoula, MT

Perfect Family Gathering Location!

  • 5 of 5

Riverbend was the most amazing location for our family reunion this last summer. We rented both the main house as well as the small cabin on the property. The small cabin accommodated our elderly parents and two aunts. It was ideal, as they needed extra rest during the day, and could escape to their little oasis when needed but still be close by.

Their small house was adorable! The house was clean and well stocked, with everything they needed in the open floor plan. My father, who is 89, enjoyed watching the fish jump from the window in the living room, and was able to navigate down the path on the property to throw a line. His quote was "this is just fantastic!"

The large house was welcoming. We had over 40 for dinner one evening in the beautiful back yard, and many of us were prepping food in the large kitchen and sprawled out on the dining table preparing and visiting. There were spices that we had forgotten in the kitchen, which we really appreciated! We had the perfect view of grandkids playing in the yard, the river, an eagle, and floaters going by.

The house itself is a bit older, yet has character and was well kept and stocked....towels, blankets, toys for the youngsters, just about anything we needed. The large soaking tub in the bathroom downstairs was my Sister-in-laws dream! Plenty of bathrooms, beds, and extra spaces for all to sleep comfortably. Beds were comfortable and all the bedrooms downstairs had a beautiful view right out the windows.

Location wise, this property can't be beat! There are many options for tubing, floating, fishing and swimming right from the property. Going to town for a few staples was easier than getting across Missoula. We spent one day at Salmon Lake, a short 30 minutes from the house.

Our family was truly appreciative to spend our time together in this lovely setting. We will certainly continue to rent it for large events, as well as recommend it to others. And for a quick romantic getaway, the small cabin would be beautiful any time of year.

Family reunions can be busy and stressful. Renting the right place was key! Our best memories of the entire 5 days would be our dad playing his ukulele in the beautiful back yard, sitting around 40 other relatives...from 1-80, singing songs in a circle while the sun set with the river flowing by.

Thank you for providing us with such a beautiful space to make memories!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boise. Idaho

Family reunion

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful Property. Very peaceful setting.Yard is very nicely maintained. Owner and property manager were great to work with. Lots of room for cooking, visiting, sleeping,Great place!

My one complaint is that the main house hasn't had a good cleaning in quite some time. The shower in the master had hair in it and the shower stalls are pretty dirty if you look close. Lots of creepy crawlers in the basement,Kitchen counter tops, drawers and floors haven't had anything but a quick wipe down in quite some time. A good cleaning is needed. If you don't mind it not being very clean you can not beat the location and room. Caught some nice Rainbows right out the back door!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I attempted to tell all the August guests that the turn around time between stays was very tight. Sorry for the superficial cleaning, I was not able to get the normal cleaning service in before these guests arrived.
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  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at Riverbend House! We stayed in the main house and the bedroom setup was perfect for our group. Plenty space in the rooms and bathrooms. No one felt crowded. The kitchen has everything a cook could ask for and the pantry was stocked with great spices/condiments (not found in a lot of rentals). Since it has been one of the hottest summers Missoula has experienced, we spent a lot of time on the balcony, gazebo and the backyard. The hugh pines gave the yard much needed shade and the river felt great on those hot days. We didn't even miss not having a TV or internet connection, it was a nice break from the media world. I would definitely recommend Riverbend to friends/family. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Fun on the Blackfoot

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home with a beautiful view of the river. We took a guided fishing float on the Blackfoot, caught and released 30 or more trout and ended our float at this property. The home is very comfortable and nicely furnished. The only minor issues were that it was warm upstairs in the living areas with no air conditioning and there wasnt Internet service or TV. The downstairs with three bedrooms was very cool and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This summer has been the hottest since we purchased the house over 20 years ago. Global warming in MT? A/C has been unheard of along the Blackfoot, but may become necessary. Internet access is actually slower and less reliable in the Blackfoot canyon than the 3G networks on phones and pads.
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Rhode Island

River house

  • 5 of 5

This house was fantastic for our large family gathering. I would highly recommend this house. The property is on a beautiful setting right on the river. We rented tubes and paddle boards and had a great time in the river. It was even fun for the little kids too ( ages 3-8)..they loved looking for interesting rocks and small crabs. The large lawn made it fun also for the kids to play frisbee. The kitchen was well equipped and it was nice to have some stocked spices to be able to use ( most rentals don't leave you anything in the cupboards). There is plenty of space for everyone to sit and not feel crowded. The beds were all very comfortable and it is especially nice to have a great pillow when you are away from home. The owners were lovely and very easy to work with. If you need a house in the Missoula area this is a great spot!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Missoula, MSO
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Canyon Ranch
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
River Cafe
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Snowbowl, local family area
Car: necessary

Live in the Blackfoot canyon in a secluded, pristine rural setting, fishing, floating, walking, but only 10 minutes from downtown Missoula.

House and adjacent guest cabin, 2 bedroom, 2 bath also available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $250

A cleaning fee of $200 and a refundable damage deposit will be added to your total.
If additional space is needed, the 2 bedroom cabin on the adjacent property may be rented separately for an additional $300/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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