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Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

Ranch Overview

Situated on the shore of Flathead Lake in northwest Montana, Flathead Lake Lodge is a family-owned and -operated dude ranch. It’s also the only place in the country where you can combine a guest ranch experience with an all-American lake vacation.

Originally built as a boy’s camp in 1932, Les Averill acquired the property in 1945 upon his return to Montana after serving in World War II. Over the years, Les and his family restored the vacant lodges and built new lodging accommodations, welcomes visitors from near and far to hang their hats at Flathead Lake Lodge for an authentic Montana vacation.

In 1971, the second generation of the family – Doug Averill – took the reins at Flathead Lake Lodge and continued the family tradition of hospitality in the wilds of Montana. Today, Doug’s son Chase is at the helm of the ranch and is proud to carry on the legacy of his father and grandfather, while also raising the fourth generation on the ranch. While Doug has officially retired form his daily duties, you’ll still find him welcoming guests in the morning by the fireplace in the Main Lodge.

Flathead Lake Lodge offers all-inclusive weeklong stays during the summer season, as well as adults-only retreats during the fall. A stay at the ranch includes accommodations, meals, drinks (including adult beverages) and on-ranch activities like horseback trail rides, sailing, watersports, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, kids camp and more.
Guest Capacity150
SeasonsMay - Oct
Dates OpenMay to mid October
Min. Age for Independent Riding6
Adult-Only WeeksYes
Nearest AirportKalispell/Glacier Park (FCA)
Wheelchair AccessibleYes

Ranch Rates

Accepted Payment MethodsCheck, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Adult All-Inclusive Rate$4,858
Adult Rate2024 cabin, homestead & suite rates: $5,985; Lodge rooms: $4,858
Child RateAges 6-17 cabin rates $4,893, lodge accommodations $3,962; Ages 3-5 cabin rates $2,401, lodge accommodations $2,261; Ages 2 and under no cost.
Service Charge/Tip RateFor parties of 6 or more a 10% gratuity is automatically added.
Tax Rate2% accommodations tax is added to the rates.
Travel Agents AcceptedYes

Ranch Accommodations

The accommodations at Montana’s Flathead Lake Lodge are cabins, suites and lodge rooms. The cabins are a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom options. Lodge rooms can be found in the South Lodge and Main Lodge and have flexible accommodations, while the South Lodge also has a central lobby area with a fireplace. Suite options have shared walls and can be configured to accommodate guest needs.
Cabin Accommodationsincluded
Lodge Accommodationsincluded
Weekly Stay ScheduleSunday to Sunday

Ranch Activities

During a week at Flathead Lake Lodge, guests will enjoy a beautiful look at life in Montana, from dining options that include locally sourced ingredients to horseback trail rides and soaking up sunset from the shore of Flathead Lake. The ranch has a robust assortment of activities that are included with a stay, making it an ideal destination for multigenerational travelers and families. Guests can do as much or as little as they’d like, from setting out on an afternoon sailing adventure to a heart-pumping mountain bike ride on our on-ranch trail system. A week here also includes our world-famous Wednesday night steak fry, evening entertainment, beach fires, rodeo fun and a barn dance.
Nature Programsincluded
Fishing Instructionincluded
Swimming Poolincluded
Campfire Gatheringsincluded
Hay/Wagon Rideincluded
Additional Cattle & Ranch Workincluded
Children's Programsincluded

Area Activities

Fishing (River)extra
Fishing (Lake)nearby
Swimming Lake/Streamincluded
River Raftingextra
Guided Hikingincluded
Mountain Bikingincluded
Shooting Sportsextra

Ranch Dining

At Flathead Lake Lodge, we offer fine dining with a Western flare. Chef Rob and his kitchen team serve made-from-scratch meals, while Bri brings her special touch to desserts and pastries. All meals are served in the Main Lodge or in our Outdoor Kitchen, with dining-centric activities that include a breakfast ride, lunch ride and mountain meadow steak fry.
Family-Style Diningincluded
Fine Diningincluded
Onsite Cateringincluded

Special Events

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge is happy to accommodate the following special events. Please reach out to us for more information!


Flathead Lake Lodge has hosted a vast array of beautiful weddings ranging from country chic to extravagant elegance, wedding destination packages available.
Wedding Planningincluded

Conventions, Meetings, Retreats

Capacity for Meetings100
Season for MeetingsMay, June, September & October
Activities (Meetings)Lots available including water sports and horseback activities, team building events.
Minimum Nights (Meetings)2

Family Reunions

The ranch hosts a number of family reunions each week during the summer months.
Family Reunionsincluded
Book Entire Ranch?Yes
Capacity (Family Reunions)150

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