History

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.


History of Flathead Lake Lodge Then and Now

A timeless destination



1932

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

1945

Les Averill acquires the camp after returning home from WWII

1950's

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

1960's

The famous boot shaped pool is constructed

1968

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

1971

Doug Averill and family takes the reigns as the second generation

1984

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

1990

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

1995

The Ranch celebrates its 50th anniversary

2007

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

2017

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

 





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.