Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge: The Best Holiday Gift

This holiday season instead of getting your family more electronics or toys treat them to a family vacation next summer. It is the perfect gift to bring your family together and put down the distractions and spend some quality time together. With a ton of amenities at our Montana Dude Ranch, there will be something for everyone on your summer trip. It truly will be the ideal present for everyone.


Enjoy endless recreation at our Montana Dude Ranch. If one kid loves the water let them jump in and enjoy all the water sports such as sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. If another child loves sports set them loose and let them play basketball, volleyball, tennis, and so much more. During the summer there are friendly and trusted counselors to help guide your children and offer activities to entertain children of all ages, so you can take a moment for yourself and relax and enjoy your vacation too.


During your trip, you will be able to explore nature and spend your time outdoors. It can be hard in the summertime with sports and activities to make sure that you spend some quality time outdoors. At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge we embrace the outdoors. Surrounded by Flathead Lake you will have endless water activities, but you can also explore the surrounding forests. Enjoy our 2,000-acre private ranch on horseback exploring mountain wilderness, lake views, and our secluded elk preserve. Our riding program allows you to choose how much or how little you would like to ride during your week at the Lodge.

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Our Montana Dude Ranch offers a rustic ranch atmosphere, endless recreational activities, and unmatched hospitality by the Averill staff. You do not have to worry about cooking meals or cleaning because we take care of those details, so all you have to do is spend time with your family. Put down the phones and the ipads and this year gift your loved ones with quality time together.

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Hurry Before The Snow Comes!


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Before the snow falls get out and enjoy the great outdoors one last time. Flathead Montana is the perfect place to experience the ground before it is encompassed by plush white powder. Go hiking, biking, and so much more one last time before you start to hibernate. We have a list of the top things to do before the snow comes at our Montana Dude Ranch.

Go Horseback Riding

Our 2,000-acre private ranch offers a ton of sites to see and explore on horseback. From the mountain wilderness to the spectacular lake views you will experience some of Montana’s most beautiful landscape. Choose to ride as much or as little as you like on your trip; our riding program is focused on you. Our program offers a variety of riding options, for all ability levels, different durations, and all ages so that guests can pick and choose what riding experience they would like day to day.

Get Out On The Lake

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The ranch is located directly on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The weather is getting colder, but that does not mean the water is off limits. Go sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. You can even go on a Lake cruise and take in the stunning views as the sun sets beneath the mountains. The water offers endless opportunities for the whole family, and we provide everything you will need so all you have to do is enjoy.

Play A Game

After you have explored our trails and enjoyed the lake, investigate the number of on-ranch, all-inclusive activities. Go for a bike ride or start a game of Basketball, Tennis, and more. Your vacation will be filled with fun games and activities for everyone.

Lure In The Fish

Learn to fly fish on the river or board one of the fishing boats for a day of catching monster Lake Trout. Whatever you choose, the Ranch is the perfect place for your fishing adventures. We will introduce you to the friendly and skilled guides who will help you find the perfect catch.

Take a Breather

Before the holidays come and your schedule gets busy, this is the perfect time to get away one last time and take a breath. Our ranch offers a cozy lodge atmosphere, ideal for family bonding! Warm up by the fire, sit by the lake and read a book, or go hiking and take in the breathtaking views. There are plenty of options for you and your family to get out and have some time to yourselves. Our Montana Dude Ranch has everything you need for one last hurrah before the winter rolls in!

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A Couple Reasons Why We Love Fall At Flathead Lake

Fall is Montana’s most colorful and quiet season. Combine the fall colors with fewer visitors and wide-open spaces and autumn is perhaps one of our loveliest seasons. Flathead has plenty of leaf peeping options coupled with a charming Montana Dude Ranch and friendly folks. All working together to create the perfect backdrop for your fall getaway.

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The Hues

Every autumn, the valleys and mountain peaks of Montana say goodbye to the green shades of summer and hello to the colors of fall. At Flathead Lodge, the colors compliment the mountains and the gorgeous lake. Get out on the lake or go hiking and be submerged by the canopy of colorful leaves. You will never have to leave the Montana Dude Ranch to experience fall. Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the West. Hike the ranch’s paths and take pictures and collect leaves. Gather leaves that are unique in color and shape and press them into a journal. You can either leave the dry leaves or take them off and see the imprint. Post your pictures from the trip on top and create a unique scrapbook to commemorate your trip.

The Breeze

Fall is in the air. There is nothing better than hiking with the cool weather and wrapping up in a blanket next to the fire. That is why at Averill’s Flathead Lodge fall is our favorite time to be outside. It is the best weather to go biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Our riding program is focused on you, meaning you can ride as much or as little as you like. Pick and chose what riding experience you would like from day to day. In Fall you can enjoy our 2,000-acre private ranch on horseback and see all the fall foliage. Exploring the mountain wilderness, spectacular lake views, and our private elk preserve while feeling the wind in your hair.

The Trout

Montana is famous for its waters and hard fighting trout. You can fish any time of the year in Montana, but in the fall it is the best time. There are fewer people on the river, and the fish are abundant. The river cools down, and the fish come out to eat before winter hits. This leads to a good chance of catching a huge brown trout! Learn to fly fish on the Flathead River, where the fish can be as big as the river is wide or board one of the fishing boats for a day of looking for monster lake trout. Whatever your passions or dreams are, our Montana Dude Ranch is the perfect place for your fishing adventures. We are happy to introduce you to the friendly and skilled guides who will help you catch the perfect fish.

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At Flathead Lake Lodge we are excited to welcome in the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the abundant fish! We are also happy to welcome you to our Montana Dude Ranch. Experience all the fun amenities that come with staying on Flathead Lake. After a day of fun, autumn adventure enjoy the cozy ambiance of our historic log and rustic cabins. Grab your sweater and get ready for endless fall activities at flathead lodge.

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Tips For Your Flathead Lake Vacation


Surrounded by 2,000 Pristine Acres, bordering National Forest, Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is the ideal Montana Dude Ranch vacation. Experience the tranquility of the lake, speed up and explore the forest on horseback, or take a moment to rest. Our lodge offers a ton of activities, and it is important for you to have the information on what you do and what you need to bring. We are here to help you plan your adventure vacation to Flathead Lake Montana.

What To Do

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There is an abundance of amenities at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge. If you want to see the great outdoors; saddle up and explore the mountain wilderness and some of Montana’s most beautiful landscape. Cool off and take a dip in the fresh water lake. Enjoy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and the stand-up paddleboards. Stay inside and have some fun competition in the game room with Ping Pong and Pool Table. Whatever you want to do you can do it at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge.

What To Bring

Figure out the activities that you want to take part in to know what to bring. If you want to do everything water, pack a swimsuit that can handle all types of water sports. Sunscreen and a hat and will come in handy when out and about during the day. If you want to go horseback riding grab the boots. Comfortable jeans and closed toed shoes will be a necessity. Go on an adventure and hike around the lake. Bring hiking boots and a backpack to hold your water bottle, sunscreen, and a mini first aid kit. That way there will be no stopping you. The most important item to bring is your camera. Document the amazing time you and your family will be having at Flathead Lake.

Where To Stay

With fantastic views and the fun atmosphere of our Montana Dude Ranch, your trip will be one to remember at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge. Enjoy the cozy ambiance of our accommodations ranging from 1-3 bedrooms in our log cabins or our historic log lodges. You will have access to all the on-site activities providing you with all the fun your family could need. Our Montana Dude Ranch is the perfect place to relax and explore the world on your family’s next adventure!

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End of Summer Fun at Averill’s Flathead Lodge

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Before you know it the children will be going back to school, summer will be coming to an end, and colder weather will be upon us. So before this happens, there is still time for you to book that last minute summer vacation! At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge we pride ourselves on making sure the whole family is having fun. That is why we look at each perspective from the parents to the kids and how their vacation will be spent at our Montana Dude Ranch.
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Averill’s Flathead Lodge is the perfect spot for your family vacation. We offer plenty of activities for every age each day. There will be plenty to do, so there is no fighting over what the kids want. Scheduled activities are offered for the whole family and give you the chance to spend quality time together. We also want to make your vacation easy, so you are not overwhelmed and packing up the whole car for your vacation. We have fantastic amenities such as our All-Inclusive Western Fine Dining. There will be no need for you to go grocery shopping or for you to take the time out of your vacation to make a meal. This is your time with the family, and we want to make sure you spend it with them.


On vacations, you might hear “I am bored,” but this will not happen on your vacation to our Montana Dude Ranch. They will want to come back year after year.  There are plenty of activities that will keep the kids occupied all day long. From jumping into the water, horseback riding, and tennis the kids will have a blast. Children are a focus for activities and recreation at the Lodge. We have a unique children’s program where the kids have the freedom to roam the property and the various activities as they would like. This way all kids are taking part in what their interested are. With all of these attractions, the kids will be exhausted by night time and ready to take on the next day. While you are taking pictures to remember these awesome memories, they will be taking selfies to show their friends how much fun they are having!

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is the ultimate location for fun family vacations in Montana. With an extensive selection of family activities, each day will offer new memories for the whole family. Whether you are interested in spending the morning on horseback and the afternoon on the water, the day is yours for you to decide. As summer comes to an end receive 10% off on Lodge accommodations, August 13th-20th and August 20th- 27th, for your all inclusive Montana Dude Ranch.

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Wedding Bells at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge

Imagine walking down the aisle and seeing your partner standing in front of the gorgeous Flathead Lake as blue skies hang over your head and your loved ones watch in the beauty that is your wedding day. At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge we offer the ideal location for all things wedding in our Montana Dude Ranch. Over the years we have hosted a vast amount of wedding ranging from country chic to extravagant elegance. So we know a thing or two when it comes to weddings, and we have some great tips to make your wedding the best day of your life!
Pantone’s color of the year is Greenery which is perfect for our stunning property. We are surrounded by natural forest and blooming flowers. Greenery is the perfect pop of color but in a neutral and earthy way making it the perfect color for all seasons. Going green does not mean that your bridesmaids have to wear it or table clothes need to be in that color. Using greenery can be creative and using it in your surroundings. Use potted flowers on the tables, such as succulents. It is an easy way to decorate tables but can also be a gift for your guests. Use blooming flowers as an alter backdrop or grab some fallen pine to make garlands for the head table. Use the trees around to hang linens or flowers to create an intriguing space. Using the materials around you can create a simple and elegant design. Greenery is symbolic for fresh beginnings, which is perfect to represent your big day!
A fun way to get guests to interact and mingle are games. Have an interactive wedding program with mad libs or a fun scavenger hunt describing some of your guests. These will lead people to talk to one another and have an excuse to do so! Another fun way to break the ice is to have reception lawn games. Have games laid out such as Jenga for people to verse each other. However, you have the whole resort to use and have fun. Your guest can join in on a game of basketball, beach volleyball, and more. Alternatively, maybe while you are having your pictures taken let them get out on the canoes and explore the lake. There are so many options at the resort that your guest will not be bored during their stay.
When picking a destination, it is important to think about your guests as well. Is there enough room for them, will they have things to do while you are prepping for the wedding. At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge the answer is yes! Guests will have comfortable and cozy accommodations ranging from one to three bedroom log cabins to one of our historic log lodges rooms. They will have plenty to do from all of the games to horseback riding, lake activities, and guided adventures. At Averill’s we want to make sure that everyone is having the time of their lives which means you should too. Your wedding day can be stressful, but that is why we are here! We will make sure on your wedding day you can relax and take in the exciting moments that come on your wedding day.

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is a truly magical spot for your destination wedding. We offer a ton of helpful guidance and tips for your wedding day, so you are prepared and relaxed. The shores of Flathead Lake provide a picture perfect backdrop, and the rustic ranch atmosphere makes for a fun filled and unique experience for you and your guests at our Montana Dude Ranch. Now say “I Do” under the big sky on the stunning shores of Flathead Lake!

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Family Week at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is the ultimate location for a fun family vacation in Montana. Each day offers a ton of activities for every age at our Montana dude ranch. Spend the morning horseback riding and the afternoon on the water, whatever you chose to do there are more than enough activities for the whole family. Receive 20% off when you stay June 11th -18th 2017 for family week. Experience the ultimate family destination and Montana adventure at a great price.

Day Activities
Start your day with an experience you will not forget. Explore the Montana wilderness on horseback. We have horseback riding activities for all ages and skill levels. Spend as much or as little with the horses during your week at the Lodge. Our riding programs are focused on you.

The ranch is located directly on the shores of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The pristine waters provide endless opportunities for summer fun. Jump in and go sailing on one of the varieties of sailboats our lodge offers. Every afternoon you can enjoy water skiing and wakeboarding. A great activity for the whole family and we provide everything you will need. Also available are paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. Cool off after a long day of fun and enjoy the fresh water and the fantastic views.

After you have explored our trails on horseback and enjoyed, all that Flathead Lake has to offer, explore the number of on-ranch, all-inclusive activities. Go for a bike ride or join a game of Basketball, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, and more. Your vacation will be filled with fun games and activities for everyone.

Night Activities
The fun does not end when the sun goes down. We provide fun all day long and for the whole family. Relax by a warm fire and enjoy live music. Put on those boots and bring the whole family to the barn for dancing and a live band. Enjoy a steak fry cookout and mingle with guests and enjoy time with the family. We love competition, so there will also be mouse races, a must see, staff versus guest sand volleyball game, and so much more. There is never be a dull moment at our Lodge.

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge wants to make sure that your family is taken care of when you stay at our Lodge. This June we want to make your next family vacation the best yet at our Montana dude ranch! We have been rated in the top 2% best family vacations spots in America. From horseback riding to water skiing you will never be bored. This next vacation will be a Western Montana Vacation to Remember.

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Spartan Race at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge

We’re excited to once again host this year’s, May 6th-7th, Montana Spartan Race at our Montana Dude Ranch! Spartans, prepare for the amazing views and rewarding climbs. Our Ranch is located on the shores of Flathead Lake. Breathe in fresh air and get ready for the pristine rugged trails. The terrain, covering 12+ miles, features punishing obstacles that will leave you breathless at the finish line. The views of Glacier National Park are not to be missed; and yes, you’ll just have to climb a hill, and crawl under barbed wire, then throw a spear, and so much more just to get there. But trust us, the reward for your hard work is more than worth it.

Get Ready
Spartan is a mission driven company committed to making the world a better place. They live to compete and compete to live, they believe you can’t have a strong body without a strong mind; they believe that obstacles make us stronger. Spartan provides racers of all levels a proving ground to test themselves. Spartan is the world’s best obstacle race.

Spartans know the importance of leaving no man or woman behind. This is as true off the course as it is on it. With that in mind, they are uniting with fundraising partner everyday hero to bring Spartans across the country a new platform to raise both money and awareness for those in need. Start raising money for one of our 40 official charity partners, or raise money for a personal cause!

Get Set
Callout your friends, co-workers and loved ones to get off the couch and into the mud. Whether they’re helping you over the wall or running up a mountain, make sure they’re with you at the starting line. Teams can be any size but must have at least 4 members to be included in the team rankings.
Bring your friends and family to the race to watch you conquer obstacles, dominate the finish line and receive your medal!Fans will enjoy music, raffles, entertainment, and festival challenges. Most importantly, fans will receive a front row seat to watch racers from the Spartan Race festival ground area.

Here the sky goes for miles, and the views from the course give you a taste of natural beauty at its finest.If you’ve ever wanted to see some real wildlife, you’ll likely get a healthy dose while you visit and maybe even while you’re racing. There are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in after the race. Check out Swan Lake, Echo Lake, or the Jewel Basin hiking area just to name a few. Take comfort in resting at one of our nearby lodges that offer a peaceful retreat to top off your Spartan vacation at our Montana Dude Ranch. Join the race and get ready to feel invisible.

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Spring into Nature with Horseback Riding

The snow is melting which means a new world is appearing from under the snow. In spring there is so much to see from fresh flowers to animals exploring the land. The best way to experience what Mother Nature has to offer is on horseback. At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge we provide horseback riding throughout your stay. It is a chance for you to see what a Montana Dude Ranch has to offer.

On our 2,000 acre private ranch, we have a ton of sites to explore on horseback. From mountain wilderness, spectacular lake views, our private elk preserve, and some of Montana’s most beautiful landscape. Our riding program is focused on you, the guest. What this means is that our guests can ride as much or as little as they would like during their week at the Lodge. Our riding program offers a variety of riding options daily, for all ability levels, and various ride lengths and ages so that guests can pick and chose what riding experience they would like from day to day.

At our ranch, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to ride a horse. That is why our wranglers offer private riding lessons for beginner riders in our arena so that everyone feels comfortable out on the trails. For the experienced equestrians, our wranglers will take out smaller groups, ride faster, and cover some serious distance while venturing into some of the most untouched wilderness in the country.

With so much to see in Montana and on our ranch, we want to make sure you can see it all. Our Montana Dude Ranch provides the most fun and exciting way to view everything and that is on horseback. We pride ourselves on making the experience enjoyable for you as well as the horses. So spring into action and grab your cowboy hat and book your stay at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge.

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What To Expect On A Montana Dude Ranch Vacation

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge is a Montana Dude Ranch that is unlike any other. With an upscale rustic atmosphere, this ranch has a lot to offer. You’ll experience endless recreational activities and amazing hospitality from the Averill Family and staff. You might think what is there to do in Montana? And the answer is too much!

Life On The Ranch
Along with so much to see around the ranch, you’ll find that there is also a lot to do on the ranch. We offer an endless amount of fun with horseback riding activities for all ages and experience levels. This is a great way to explore the Montana wilderness. We are located on a private bay on the largest natural freshwater lake in the west. So you can imagine how much fun water activities can be at our beautiful lakeside ranch. You can enjoy lake cruise to experience the spectacular views, as well as sailing, paddle boarding, kayaks, canoes, and of course fishing. If you aren’t sure if your kids will want to do everything listed above. We do have children and teen activities to keep the littlest cowboys and cowgirls busy. Our friendly and trusted staff will help to guide your children through arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, laser tag, wrangler program, and a kid’s rodeo.

What To Bring
So with all these amazing and different activities you must be thinking what should we bring? Expect a wide range of weather conditions. With sunny summer days and cooler nights, layers are key. Blue jeans or comfortable pants are good if you are planning on horseback riding and of course, don’t forget those cowboy hats and boots! Sweatshirts, light jackets, and rain gear are perfect for bundling up by the campfire or layering up for Glacier National Park. For days by the lake a bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sandals. On athletic days, think of spending your day biking or hiking, which means you’ll want to bring athletic shoes or hiking shoes. Then of course whatever else you want to bring to enjoy your amazing vacation at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge.

The Great Outdoors
When planning your vacation to the Ranch there is a lot to take note of. It is only 35 miles from Glacier National Park. Located in the Rocky Mountains, this national park has glaciers carved in peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. The mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road crosses Glacier National Park. If you love to hike plan to spend some time pre or post ranch life with the opportunity to hike over 700 miles of trails, backpacking, and cycling. Plus, there is a possibility to see diverse wildlife from mountain goats to grizzly bears. If hiking isn’t your thing, we are walking distance to Bigfork, Montana. A Charming western artesian village on the bay with a wide assortment of fine art galleries, restaurants, and unique shops.

We want to make sure you have an amazing time on your Montana Dude RanchEnjoy 2,000 Acres of Private Ranch Riding.

Bordered by National Forest overlooking Flathead, explore the beauty of the ranch and Montana on horseback. Our ranch has been around since 1945, and we pride ourselves on giving guests the experience of western Montana hospitality combined with unparalleled recreation opportunities. We’ll make sure you and your family have the best vacation with us. Continue a legacy for generations when you experience Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge. Grab your boots and head down to Montana for a rodeo of a good time.

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