About the property
- Cabin1300 sqft
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay4 - 5 nights
RIVERSIDE CABINS, SLEEP 32+, FISH POND, MOUNTAINS, FLOATING, FAMILY FUN.
SPECTACULAR SWAN RIVER RETREAT!
Imagine waking up to the idyllic sounds of the rolling river, then relaxing on your deck sipping your first cup of coffee as the sun rises illuminating the majestic Rocky Mountains that rise to 9,820 feet beyond the river’s edge. Spending your day catching beautiful cutthroat trout from a river bank, a raft or a pontoon boat. Or maybe casting your line into one of the many mountain lakes or streams that are minutes away. Play pool or foosball on the covered riverside deck before dinner. BBQ dinners on the deck. Incredible sunsets. S'mores around the campfire at river's edge. Finally curling up in your bedroom overlooking the river, knowing that the white-tail deer will be in the yard when you wake.
Swan River Camp was built in 2001 by local artisans, using trees from our property. It consists of a main cabin with two bedrooms, three full bathrooms, living/dining area, with a large roofed deck adjacent to the river's edge. Behind the cabin is the bunkhouse, consisting of two bedrooms, each with a large loft for the kids, two bunkrooms with four bunks each. It also has a cold-water bathroom. Nearby are three two-story cabins which - along with a trout pond and the main cabin - circle the lush green yard, which itself is bordered by a stream that flows into the river. In the summer, the stream provides a fantastic sand beach swimming hole.
The main cabin has one king, one queen and a pullout in the living room. The bunkhouse has two private bedrooms, each with a queen and a large loft for kids. The three two-story cabins each have a queen bed on the second floor and couches on the first with one of them turning into a pullout. Very comfortable for 26, plus however many kids you want to squeeze into the lofts. There is bottled, but no running water in the three guest cabins; however they do have small refrigerators and microwaves.
The list of things to do at or near the camp is almost endless. Please see the list of amenities in this listing.
• Golf at the Jack Nicklaus designed 27 hole Eagle Bend Golf Course , or at the smaller course at Seeley Lake, both about 40 minutes away.
• There are at least a half dozen golf courses within an hour of the camp.
• Fishing is great, whether it be on the river, a mountain lake or going for the 'big ones' on nearby Flathead Lake.
• Biking. Hiking. The hiking is outstanding. There are weekly organized hikes for people new to the area, or take one of the easy long or short self-guided hikes along the wilderness boundaries up to cascading waterfalls right out of the travel magazines.
• Deer and elk everywhere. A nature paradise for young and old. The property is available year 'round, with great deer and elk hunting in the fall and snowmobiling in the winter.
• The camp is only about an hour south of Glacier National Park.
• The Swan River divides two mountain ranges and empties into Flathead Lake at Bigfork, Montana, a half hour away. The picturesque village of Bigfork is a premier visitor destination with five star restaurants, a world-class summer playhouse, shopping and art galleries that will amaze you.
Treat you and yours to the best Montana experience of a lifetime!! Welcome to the Swan River Camp!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
Why Doug Wold chose Bigfork
We bought this 10 acres in 2000 as a family retreat. We rebuilt and enlarged the main cabin and built three smaller cabins, one for each of our three children. We had so much company, we next built a bunkhouse with 8 bunks, a half-bath, and two bedrooms, each with a loft. We lived at the retreat for about 4 months a year for about 10 years. It is nicely furnished with quality items. Two of our children moved out of state, so three years ago we decided to make it available as a vacation rental. We have been fortunate in that our guests have all been very respectful of the property, and understand it is special, and not a regular commercial venture.
What makes this Cabin unique
Magnificent waterfront, inspiring mountain views and sunsets; family recreation on a wonderful river with countless activities of every description.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This is a great place ! There were 16 of us and we had lots of room and the setting is beautiful. Even with warm weather it was nice and shaded, everyone loved it. However you should be aware that the owner expects you to get rid of the trash. It is 24 miles to the transfer station and we did not have room with running people to the airport. The cleaning fee is just a starting point, we left it clean and he added more cost to be deducted from the security deposit as well as added charge for the trash.
Please bear with me, as we have a long history here. We own a cabin just 1/4 mile downstream from the Swan River Retreat (the SRR). Our oldest daughter always wanted to get married at our cabin on the Swan River, so we put the plan into motion. Everything was looking great but we were having problems finding accommodations for the wedding guests, since the remoteness of this area is a BIG part of the beauty. Our daughter was looking at VRBO to see if there was anywhere close which could accommodate us. She stumbled across the SRR. The crazy part is that my brother actually used to own this property many years ago. As we live in the Seattle area, we had never looked at the property since he owned it. Over the years, the Wold family had created a magical retreat, adding guest cottages that blended in with the surrounding area, and adding onto the main cabin. It was purely magical for us. We had guests from Missoula, Tucson, the Seattle area, and as far away as Bristol, United Kingdom (a mere two hour drive west of London). The covered deck was absolutely PERFECT for serving the rehearsal and wedding dinners. Plenty of room for all, with views that are indescribable (and nice sun screens for the late afternoon). The openness was conducive to having a large crowd, but everyone also had their privacy with the nicely appointed guest cottages, complete with upper and lower decks. The fire-pit was used every night, as our guests relaxed and unwound; a great place for a glass of wine and conversation. The ever-present wildlife and critters galore helped make this place even that much more special. Although our daughter's wedding was held downstream a quarter of a mile, the open lawn area of the SRR (well shaded by native MT trees) would be ideal for an even such as that. Plenty of room for MANY people, and a perfect place for yard games. Finally, the beautiful Swan River. With the hot weather came a lot of swimming and soaking in the cool stream.
To summarize, the SRR was the perfect place for us, and we are so happy that our daughter found it. Many thanks to the Wold family. They have truly created a magical gem in the Swan. Without reservation, we would highly recommend the SRR for any large gathering.
Steve and Ilene H.
Lovely spot. Quiet, private, peaceful.
We enjoyed a wonderful week's stay with family from home and abroad. We found plenty to do within a short distance: Glacier Park, Whitefish Mt., hike, boating. The property itself is great for kid activities and frequent swims in the stream. Everyone was comfortable. We highly recommend the Swan River Retreat .
This property is magical!
We had a family vacation with our children and 5 grandgirls. The property was exceptional in layout and details. Doug and Linda were most helpful in making the most of our experience. The cabins were all unique and provided space for all to settle in. Surrounding areas provided plenty of hiking and outdoor activites. The girls loved the fishing pond. We would reserve this spot again
Spectacular location for a Family Reunion!
The photos don't do this property justice, each of the cabins are so unique and well thought out, there was plenty of space for our group of 20. We had some initial concerns with the bathrooms being in the main cabin but it wasn't an issue at all.
Doug (the homeowner) was very helpful and showed us around the property upon arrival. The kitchen was well appointed with slow cookers, baking pans, knives, spices, and basics (sugar, flour, paper products, etc). There were also plenty of things for the kids to do, fishing poles for the kids pond, yard games, toys and video tapes, no one was ever bored!
With the river right out the door, a fire pit, plenty of spots to relax, the pool and foosball tables, croquet and volleyball, this place is like your own personal camp! We loved it and hope to return sometime. Thank you Doug and Linda for sharing your little slice of heaven in Montana!!
Quiet, beautiful retreat near the best of Glacier country!
The cabins form a lovely circle right by the side of the river, with a beautiful lawn area smack dab in the middle so that all our family's kids could play in the line of sight of adults sitting on the porches, by the fire pit, or in one of the hammocks. It is a really thoughtfully set up retreat. It was easily accessible to Bigfork and Flathead lake. The Swan River was the most beautiful backdrop and playground for our diverse family and made for a wonderful experience for all of us. Our week included floating on the river, boating on Flathead Lake, trips to Glacier, and countless hours relaxing and spending time together by the river.
Additional pricing information
Cleaning rate depends on number of guests and number of cabins rented. Porta potty fee applies when number of guests exceeds 25.