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LAKE FRONT Log Home - Private Beach - GLAMPING in comfort

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,084 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 stories: 4 Bdrms, 3 Baths + Family Rm Beds & summer screen porch beds

Our home is located in NW Montana on Angel Island. We are ON THE LAKE (not the canal). Angel Island is 60 miles east of Sandpoint, Idaho and 30 miles southwest of Libby, Montana. The island is situated on 5 mile-long Bull Lake, with bridge access over a canal.

Our beautiful house sits on a pie shaped lot with 150' of beach frontage. It sleeps 13 people comfortably on 3 levels with an open spiral staircases between loft, main floor and lower level. There are lake views from all three levels with loads of light from the many windows.

TOP FLOOR: ~ Large Loft overlooking the lake ~ King bed ~ Full bath with over-sized Jacuzzi tub ~ Convertible couch bed ~ Queen bed cubby ~ Desk, Phone, TV/DVD

MAIN FLOOR: ~ Fully equipped kitchen ~ Laundry room ~ Full bed ~ ¾ Bath ~ Open beam living space with views across Bull Lake ~ opens up to Large log rail deck… take in the views of NW Montana's Big Sky.

LOWER FLOOR: ~ Family room with Queen sofa sleeper ~ Twin daybed ~ Player piano ~ TV/VCR ~ Queen Bedroom with porta-crib ~ Bunk room with adult friendly built-in bunk beds ~ Opens out to a covered screened in porch with a set of bunk beds

The home's private beach includes boat dock and floating swimming dock. Guests have a fire pit area and barbecue. Privileges on Angel Island include 2 public swimming areas, boat launching spot and tennis courts.

Local area offers wildlife and recreational activities that are plentiful and numerous. Take a hike in the Cabinet Mountain wilderness or to the Kootenai River suspension bridge and falls. Fish for perch, bass and fresh water salmon out your front door; bird watchers will delight to see blue heron, woodpeckers, grebes, loons, osprey and a wide variety of other wild birds and waterfowl. Different seasons bring beaver, muskrat, deer and moose.

Keywords: Lake Front, Beach, water ski, Ross Creek Cedars, Cabinet Mountains, Log Home

More Details

Karen McKean Updike
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Karen McKean Updike

This is a picture of my family. I was born and raised in Libby, MT. My parents, Les and Shirley McKean, built this home. When they needed to move closer to town, we bought it in order to keep it in our family. Setting up the vacation rental is what makes it possible to keep it.

Greg and I live in SE Alaska and get to MT as often as possible. Our daughter is a Realtor in Kalispell, MT and our twin sons live Eugene, Oregon where they work part time and run professionally with their eyes on qualifying for the 2020 Olympics (steeplechase)

Karen McKean Updike purchased this house in 1999

Why Karen McKean Updike chose Troy

This home is an easy 2.5 hours drive from 3 major Airports: Spokane, WA (GEO), Kalispell, MT (FCA) and Missoula, MT (MSO)

What makes this house unique

Destination Retreat Property or Base camp for exploring the Kootenai Valley

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know what an amazing week we had at your beautiful lake home! Your place IS the nicest on the island and we enjoyed every day! Thank you for everything and so glad you get to enjoy it next!
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Troy

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2084 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3/4 Main Floor Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Bathroom has comfort height toilet and safety grab bar
    Lower Level Bath - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Heated Tile Floor, Comfort Height Toilet, Safety grab bar
    Loft Master Ensuite - toilet , bath (no shower) , jacuzzi , Large jetted tub on it's own hot water heater
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Queen Room - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Quiet & Cool with Full Bath near by
    Bunk Room - 2 single bed , Built-in Sturdy bunks for child or adult
    Loft Area - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 large double bed , Lakeview Loft, Jetted Tub ensuite, Queen in Eave space
    Lower Level Living Room - 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen Sized Sleeper Sofa & Twin day bed
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 double bed , Full bed next to 3/4 bath & laundry
    Lake View Screen Porch - 2 bunk bed , Warm Weather Bunks, Elec. access & just outside Family Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • jacuzzi ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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LAKE FRONT Log Home - Private Beach - GLAMPING in comfort
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews
Virginia Beach, VA

Gorgeous Setting BUT... just understand its Off The Grid too (4.5 stars)

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay at Bull Lake during September 2017. Very quiet location, wonderful lake views, and convenient to nice sightseeing spots at the Falls and Cedars- The home was Very Clean, Pet friendly - but no pet smells, Had a well stocked kitchen, and very important- it also has Comfortable Beds. There was only one thing that did not meet our expectations and that was the internet connectivity. To say this home has internet- is almost only a half truth. One of our guests we knew was going to need to be able to access their email each day, and this was a key reason we chose this home - because it had internet. However, the internet we found was sometimes non existent or other times just too slow to really be of much use at all. Signal was simply too weak. We even tried using our own Verizon hot spot and there isn't any cell signal to be found here either. So just be prepared that you may need to drive into Troy before you can get a cell signal. All that said, we would still recommend this home, but just feel it should be clear that internet is not really an amenity here you should count on.Now If you're looking for a true "get away off the grid" kind of relaxing vacation - then this place is simply awesome.

  • Review Submitted: 09/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After this review was posted, we called a technician right away because we didn’t know there was a problem. We found out that our modem needed to be replaced. The carrier thinks it was shorted out during a power outage caused by lightening or winds. The internet is now working. We are here at our home using it. I am looking out at the beautiful lake with fall colors and critters coming and going. While at the same time, I am working remotely on my laptop. I am able to stream radio, receive and send emails with attachments and watch short video clips. It is not the fastest internet but it has been reliable for me to work remotely while we are here.
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Awesome Stay

  • 5 of 5

It was a cute and nice cabin with the lake right at the tip of your toes. Had towels, blankets, pillows, dishes, pots and pans for use. Great stay! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 07/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Billings, MT. USA

Wonderful atmosphere on Beautiful Bull Lake

  • 4 of 5

The home is very warm feeling with loads of charm and a wonderful view and access to Bull Lake. They have tried to have everything there, that you could want to help make your stay a memorable experience. We loved eating out on the deck, watching the humingbirds and swallows. The kids liked the bunk beds, and playing tunes on the player piano. We caught bass and pike off the dock. The evenings by the campfire were wonderful. We also enjoyed using the canoe, row boat and paddle boat. The only reason I gave this home four stars is that the dock is not really set up to tie a boat to. We had two surfing boats so had to rig up anchors, with bouy's to tie the boats to, off shore.

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our dock is about 100 yards from bird nesting grounds and our beach is located on a beautiful corner of the lake near where underground springs bubble up all year round attracting a variety of wildlife. This natural setting has also been a great spot for our family and 20 years of vacation renters to have loads of fun playing in the water with all sorts of watercraft. Our children, nieces, nephews and friends learned and continue to water ski on Bull Lake. Over the years, the dock has been used to tie up 1 to 2 power boats at a time. The dock is 36’ x 6’ and anchored with six - 3” steel rods (10-20 feet deep). We have fender bouys on one side of the dock and metal cleets to tie up to. The water depth under the dock changes throughout the seasons. Although we have never needed to do this in the past, renters with vessels that have a deeper draws may want to check with us about water levels if they are coming in the mid to late summer.
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Rescue, CA

Still The Best Outfitted Stay

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Bull Lake a second time and the location did not disappoint our expectations. The house was just as we remembered it. We were here a few more days this time around and we left with a bigger appreciation for the location and amenities of this rental. We were in the rental supplied canoes every day. We enjoyed the warmth of the wood burning fireplace on the rainy days and we enjoyed the lakeside deck on the sunny days. We roasted marshmallows on the open fire pit and the swim area off the dock. The location on the lake itself is ideal. The house is on a corner lot and the neighbors are not as close as virtually all the other homes in this neighborhood. The place is quiet and the grounds are spectacular. I don’t know about other times of the year, but in June, the fishing in the shallows to the east of the property is great fun from the canoes. Just after sunset, big pike and bass go hunting up the shallow boating channels of the reeds and a simple balsa fish lure will snag you some big fish, some too big to bring in on my woefully undersized line. The fishing poles provided by the owner work great for this fishing, but bring your own tackle. If you didn’t, just visit the Bait ‘n Booz shop in Troy for the little lures you will need to catch what you want alongside the edges of the reeds where motor boats won’t go. My family is already scheming about when we will return.

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Breathtaking fall getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed here for a week. My family had a cabin on Bull Lake when I was growing up but it's no longer there so I wanted to revisit the lake and share it with an old friend. The cabin had everything anyone could want, had comfy beds with great separation for privacy. It was well stocked for cooking and the views were amazing! Saw bald eagles and deer in the yard every morning. Karen advised us on where to hike and what to see while we were there. I will definitely be renting this cabin again and inviting my family next time.

  • Review Submitted: 11/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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United States

Excellent, Again

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this property. Again, everything was as advertised. Love this cabin and how it sit right on the lake but back out of the flow of other boaters and traffic. Already thinking ahead to another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Kalispell, MT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Halfway House
Nearest Golf
32 Miles
Cabinet View Golf Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Libby, MT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway MT 56
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Little Joes
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Schweitzer Mountain & (Turner Mountain 40 Miles)
Nearest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Ross Creek Cedars
Nearest Point of Interest
Kootenai Falls

The Ross Creek Cedars Scenic Area (5 mi.), Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area - Hiking, KOOTENAI Falls and Swinging Bridge, Glacier National Park - Day trip


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Troy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$41 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season 2019
16 May 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$41 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$47 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$271.3
Pet Fee AU$101.74

Children are counted as guest (under 2 - no charge)
Sleeps 10 private and 15 total
We have Beds for 13 plus a set of bunk beds in the screen porch (2 Twins).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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