For the best deals on travel insurance, be sure to use the DRA’s preferred provider! Purchase insurance here.

Trail ride at Averille Ranch
Lake trail ride at Averills Ranch
Trail ride at Averills Ranch
Two kids sitting on a fence at Averills Ranch
Elk bull and cows at Averills Ranch

Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch

Bigfork, Montana

Contact Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch

Contact the ranch using this form, or Add to Favorites to contact all your favorited ranches with one message.

  • Hidden

Nearest Regional Airport

Glacier Park International Airport, 25 miles

Nearest International Airport

Glacier Park International Airport, 25 miles


2979 Feet


May - October

Guest Capacity


Flathead Lake Lodge is a third-generation family-owned and -operated guest ranch on the shore of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. Founded in 1945 by Les Averill, the ranch combines lake recreation with a rich Western heritage. Offering all-inclusive stays, Flathead Lake Lodge operates from mid-May through mid-October and welcomes guests to play, explore and experience Montana on its 2,000 acres. All-inclusive activities include horseback riding, sailing, mountain biking, water recreation, live music, mountain-meadow steak fry, and more. The ranch offers weeklong family stays during the summer, as well as adults-only packages in the spring and fall. Flathead Lake Lodge is also an ideal location for destination weddings and corporate retreats.

In addition, Glacier National Park is a scenic 40 miles from Flathead Lake Lodge, while Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell is the closest airport.

By Day: Trail rides, riding lessons, guided hikes, guided mountain biking, water sports, sailing, canoe races, stand-up paddleboarding, boat cruises, happy hour cruises, fly-fishing lessons, art gallery tours, tennis, and camp cookouts.
By Night: Beach campfire with live music, team roping, steak fry, live music and dancing, mouse races, team penning, kids’ overnight tipi camp, staff vs. guest volleyball game, shoot the boot golf competition, and more.
Additional Offerings: Fishing at the pond, morning yoga, heated swimming pool, workout equipment, beach volleyball, basketball court, tennis court, daily arts and crafts, ping pong table, pool table, shuffleboard, laser tag, nightly family events, and babysitting scheduling available.
Off-site Activities (additional fee): Fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, tours of Glacier National Park, golf, sporting clays, backcountry flight tours, therapeutic massage, etc.

Two kids riding bikes at Averills Ranch


  • Archery/Shooting Sports
  • Childrens Programs (2-5)
  • Childrens Programs (6-8)
  • Childrens Programs (9-12)
  • Childrens Programs (13-17)
  • Dancing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking/E-Biking
  • Natural Water Swimming
  • Rock Climbing
  • River Rafting
  • Team Penning
  • Tennis Courts
  • Water Sports
  • Yoga


  • Beginner Rides
  • Horsemanship Lessons
  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Private Lessons
  • Trail Riding Ages 6+

Special Events

  • Adventure Week
  • Adults Only Weeks
  • Family Reunions
  • Weddings

Meals at this Montana dude ranch are a mix of Western dining and satisfying home cooking. All meals are made from scratch by Chef Rob and highlight fine cuts of local meat, fresh produce, and delicious desserts, with as many ingredients as possible sourced in Montana’s Flathead Valley. Ranch favorites range from bison tenderloin to homemade huckleberry pancakes and baked beans to Maureen’s famous undone brownies.
New for 2021, Flathead Lake Lodge added an outdoor kitchen to the property where guests can get a front-row view of the culinary stylings of Chef Rob, witnessing him whipping up your nightly meals, desserts, lunches, and more. The outdoor kitchen has a live fire, which is aesthetically beautiful and creates a natural connection to the wood, the smoke, the flame, and the ways it interacts with the food. A daily happy hour gathering for adults also offers a variety of hearty hors d’ oeuvres in our Saddle Sore Saloon, which opens to the patio overlooking the lake each evening.

Dining room at Averills Ranch

Food Options

  • Gourmet
  • Ranch/Western

The ranch has a mix of charming standalone cabins and historic lodge rooms. A stone’s throw from the banks of Flathead Lake, Flathead Lake Lodge’s cabins and lodges are “luxury rustic.” Each room is cozy and complemented with hand-hewn furniture and quilts. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, and laundry services offered twice per week.

Sitting area in the lodge at Averills Ranch

  • Lodge Rooms
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Babysitting Services
  • Cabins
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Saloon
  • Spa Services/Massages
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Length of Stay:

7 nights (May - October)

Cancellation Policy

A 30% deposit is required for confirmation for single-family reservations. Multiple family groups, consisting of three or more families require a 50% deposit. Reservations cancelled more than 150 days prior to arrival date will be refunded minus a $500 cancellation fee. Multiple family cancellations fall under the same guidelines, although there is a $500 cancellation fee per family unit. If the reservation is cancelled less than 150 days prior the deposit will only be refunded if Flathead Lake Lodge is able to rebook the reservation with the same number of people. The $500 cancellation fee will still apply. We highly recommend trip insurance to cover any losses or interruption of travel plans due to unforeseen circumstances.


Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch

Bigfork, Montana

Nearest Regional Airport

Glacier Park International Airport, 25 miles