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Randy Farr, Owner

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Payne Creek Cabin Just a Half Mile from Beautiful Bull Lake

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cabin, Studio + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)

This Amish-built log cabin is located right on Payne Creek on the western flank of the Cabinet Mountains. It includes a fully-equipped kitchen and bath, living room, and a large sleeping loft accessed by a spiral staircase. Also included are wireless internet and DVD/VHS player and library.

The 30 acre property is adjacent to the National Forest Service, and has over a mile of hiking trails through lush cedar-hemlock forest. Elk, deer, moose, black bears, and bald eagles are among many wild visitors to our property. A beautiful 60 foot waterfall on Payne Creek is just a 30 minute walk east into the National Forest Service.

Scenic Bull Lake is a half mile west, and boating and swimming access is available at Dorr Skeels National Forest Campground three miles northwest. The Bull River, just five miles south, has excellent trout fishing. The area has great hunting for elk, deer, moose, and turkey. There are several nearby trails into the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area with access to beautiful glacial lakes.

Other nearby attractions include the lush old-growth cedar forest at Ross Creek Cedars Scenic area (eight miles west) and Kootenai Falls (18 miles northeast) which are the largest waterfalls between the Cascades and the Rockies. There are local cross country skiing trails. Nearby downhill ski resorts include Schweitzer Mountain (65 miles west) and Turner Mountain (50 miles north). Lake Pend Oreille is just 40 miles west in Idaho. The nearest major airport is in Spokane, Washington 140 miles west. Glacier National Park is a three hour drive east.

Each year there are three to five great traditional outdoor country music festivals at the Halfway House bar and grill just down the road.

The area is a favorite scenic bicycle tour destination. It is home to the annual Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River (STOKR) in May and the Cycle Hard for Education (CHaFE 150) tour.

There is great rafting on the Kootenai and Yaak rivers as well as seasonal rafting on several other streams. We can provide transportation and logistical support for raft trips.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Randy Farr, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

About Randy Farr, Owner

I fell in love with this area while working as a geologist for the US Geological Survey in 1978. Amazingly when I returned looking for property to purchase in 2001, I found that this beautiful quiet secluded corner of Montana had somehow remained a wonderful well-kept secret.

Randy Farr, Owner purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Randy Farr, Owner chose Montana

I chose this 30 acre property because it contained a beautiful diverse conifer forest and snow-fed stream which bisects it. It affords privacy for both my home on the eastern edge of the property and the visitors to the cabin on the western edge. Being next to National Forest Service land was also a must!

What makes this cabin unique

Great views and a waterfall just off the property to the east!

Centrally located for easy day trips to the Pend Oreille area in Idaho and the Kootenai Valley. Lots to see and do!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)
Payne Creek Cabin Just a Half Mile from Beautiful Bull Lake
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews

A wonderful place to get away

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is impeccably kept, very clean and comfortable, and Randy has stocked it with all the things you need to make meals and have a pleasant stay. He has provided a guide to the area, with recommendations that were excellent - we tried several of his suggestions and loved each of them. We didn't have any needs during our stay, but it was clear by Randy's responsiveness that had we needed anything, he was ready to help.

The property itself is exactly what I was hoping for when I was looking for a slightly out-of-the-way place. The closest grocery store is about 15 miles away - a gorgeous drive. I could hear the nearby stream at night, which was lovely.

I highly recommend booking this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westminster, CO

Rustic, but peaceful

  • 4 of 5

We had some misconceptions on our part. This rental is correctly described as a cabin. It's not a modern condo, that my wife and I typically rent. It could be considered modern; for a Montana Cabin. After the first day, we really started to enjoy the peace and quiet, and natural surroundings more than we first imagined.

The owner was very helpful, inquiring about our comfort the morning after our arrival. Randy gave us several suggestions about local sites to visit and directions that greatly enhanced our impression of this relatively remote area of Montana.

The cabin has the basics such as running water, electricity, full refrigerator, stove and slow internet service. My wife cooked several meals and found the kitchen had most essentials. She suggested we should have brought our frying pan and a few other items from home. We did not try the nearby restaurant/ bar. It's about 15-20 minutes (one way) to the nearest grocery store or gas station.

One of the best things about this cabin is that it is surrounded by natural beauty. We had the bedroom window open and heard the nearby stream flowing in the background all night,. There were virtually no cars or typical city noises, only a variety of birds calling from the surrounding forest.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Conifer, CO

Great get-away!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property 'cuz the listing looked so lovely and since I'd be traveling on my own, so I wanted to enjoy some quiet time away from work, family, etc. (I was traveling up from the Denver area.) What I found was a perfect spot to unplug and enjoy some solitude and quiet. The cabin has everything you could need or want. It's easy to find, and Roger was so welcoming. Loved the bathroom and hair was amazingly soft --- it must be from the water being drawn right from the Payne Creek. I hate to rave about this place, because I'd like to keep it a secret!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for two and a dog!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I wanted to get away from the city for the weekend, I hate leaving our dog behind so found this perfect little cabin in the woods! After the stinky fridge incident, lots of laughs for us and the owner, the cabin was wonderful to kick back, relax, enjoy the outdoors and sightsee. We visited the Cedar Groove and went to the Swinging Bridge/Kootenai Falls. The cabin provided an excellent base for seeing what nature had to offer, hiking the woods, but having a place to relax, have a campfire, a kitchen to cook in and at times watch a movie. It rained off and on over our weekend, but the cabin and especially the loft stayed warm just with the plug in heaters. Would recommend this to others and stay again if in that area. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Have Told All Our Friends!

  • 5 of 5

Such a great cabin, everything you could need and more! Seclusion and absolute beauty surround this cabin! We had an amazing two night stay, the cabin was clean and perfect for our 15th anniversary getaway! It was a tiny bit off the highway but we were on a motorcycle and had no problems getting back into it. I loved laying in bed and listening to the creek behind the house, such a restful nights sleep! Randy was super hospitable and gave us great suggestions on things to go see! There's not a thing I can say negative about the cabin and it's smack dab in the middle of plenty of things to see and do but far enough away to get plenty of quiet time! We have had two other couples already asking us about this cabin and we were happy to share our little "secret"! Make sure you go and see the cedars, Kootenai Falls and hike up to the falls across from the cabin (though be prepared to take a fairly strenuous hike). We researched lots of cabins before we settled on this one and I'm so glad we ended up here! We'll be back and maybe next time we'll bring our kids........maybe......=)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint little cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted a getaway from the city, so brought our 3 young boys out to Montana for the weekend. It had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable. We had a campfire both nights and roasted marshmallows and ate smores. Randy had great hospitality and told us of some great fishing spots nearby. We also went to Ross Creek Cedars and our boys loved it! There was an old tree that had been hollowed out from a fire, and they crawled inside and took some cool pictures. We also went to Kootenai Falls and hiked around and crossed the swinging bridge. We drove around exploring the area and saw many cool lakes, and my husband and son did some metal detecting at a campground near Bull Lake. The area is beautiful and we can't wait to come back and visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Halfway House Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
31 Miles
Libby, MT
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Libby, MT
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
MT 56
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Halfway House Bar and Grill
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Schweitzer Mountain or Turner Mountain
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Dorr Skeels
Car: recommended

Boat, fish and ski on Bull Lake 0.5 mile west. Access from Dorr Skeels NFS campground 2.5 miles northwest.

Enjoy great huckleberry picking in August and other berry picking from early July to September. We might even share some of our secret locations.

Raft and fish Bull River 5 miles south, Lake Creek 6 miles northwest, or Kootenai River 18 miles north. Will provide logistical support and transportation for rafting upon request.

Lake Pend Oreille and Sandpoint attractions 45 to 65 miles west in Idaho. Lots of activities!

Call for information on upcoming festivals and other events including Festival at Sandpoint, Libby Logger Days, Libby Rodeo, Libby Nordicfest, 4th of July Parade, and Big Sky Rendezvous and Country Music Camp Out (1/2 mile down the road).


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Tax Rate 7.0%

Base Rate (Sept. 1 through May 31):
Nightly charge is $89 for stays of 2-6 days.
Nightly charge is $79 for stays of 1 to 4 weeks.
Nightly charge is $66.67 for stays longer than 4 weeks

Peak Season (June 1-Aug 31)
Nightly charge is $99 for stays of 2-6 days.
Nightly charge is $89 for stays of 1 to 4 weeks.
Nightly charge is $73.33 for stays longer than 4 weeks

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Troy Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 520 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Trundle or Single Beds (1), Full-size Futon (1) Queen with twin trundle underneath in the loft. Full Futon downstairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Phone(Local calls free, Long distance requires calling card, ), VCR/DVD player

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