Making Memories Since 1945

Les Averill created a concept and philosophy at Flathead Lake Lodge that successfully survived more than half a century of dramatic changes in travel and vacation trends. Transportation, technology and family values have changed since 1945, yet the Averill’s idea of an authentic and memorable family vacations filled with genuine hospitality has remained the same.

A timeless destination


Flathead Recreation Ranch, a boy’s camp, was built on the shores of Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana


Les Averill acquires the camp after returning home from WWII


Les and the family open up outfitting camps in the Bob Marshall Wilderness


The famous boot shaped pool is constructed


The Averill’s expand into cattle ranching at the Hubbard’s Ranch


Doug Averill and family takes the reigns as the second generation


The Questa Sailing sloop is added to the ranch’s fleet


The Main Lodge kitchen is expanded, a new staff dormitory and barn are built


The Ranch celebrates its 50th anniversary


Grandpa Les’ ashes are spread over the ranch via a ride in a vintage B-17 bomber


Kevin Barrows, the ranch’s general manager (and folk hero) of 33 years retires


Chase Averill, Doug and Maureen’s oldest son, takes the reigns as the third generation


Flathead Lake Lodge celebrates 75 years of tradition and making memories


First-ever Week of Hope welcoming critically ill children and their families to experience the magic of the Ranch


The kitchen gets a massive remodel adding an outdoor kitchen and new upper level dining

The Finest Tribute

Flathead Lake Lodge has received national acclaim from Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Expedia, Vogue and many more.

The finest tribute of all, however, is that well over half of our guests return to the ranch each year. Many who return are second-generation guests who want their children and grandchildren to experience Flathead Lake Lodge as they did when they were young.

The experience is the same today as it was when Les Averill started the ranch. Combining warm, authentic Western hospitality with unparalleled recreation opportunities, all to enjoy at your own pace in one of the most beautiful settings.