The Scott Hollinger Team

Your Montana Waterfront Real Estate Experts
REMAX of Bigfork

Echo Lake

A beautiful morning on Echo Lake shows still waters reflecting the mountain range and forest.

Echo Lake is one of those fun smaller lakes (and warmest in the valley) that is big enough to water ski on, but small enough to know your neighbors. Echo Lake is located northeast of the village of Bigfork, MT at the foot of the Swan Mountain Range at an elevation of around 2,998 feet. It is about a ten minute drive away from the village of Bigfork on paved roads with a State of Montana public boat launch on the north side. Echo Lake is about 695 acres in surface area and is considered the warmest lake for swimming in the Flathead Valley. The wandering, lightly wooded shoreline boasts of upscale homes and rustic cabins and would be considered relatively developed real estate. There is generally only a handful of homes or property for sale at any one time. A typical lake property on Echo is about 100 feet wide.

Wakeboarder on Echo Lake

A wake boarder launches on Echo Lake.

Echo Lake is dotted with small private islands and bays which make for interesting kayaking and canoeing along with residents and visitors enjoying skiing, jet skiing, and now paddle-boarding.  According to the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, fishing opportunities on Echo Lake include Brook Trout, Kokanee, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch.  The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks department has additional information on their website about Echo Lake and its boating & fishing access site.

Connected to Echo Lake via a seasonal channel is smaller Abbot Lake. There are only a very few homesites on this quaint small lake. From Abbot Lake, through an even narrower channel, is Peterson Lake.

Location of Echo Lake, Peterson Lake and Abbot Lake:

    State Lease Properties:

On the north shore there are properties you’ll find for sale that have really low prices in comparison to other lakefront home.  Why the huge difference?  These are “State-Leased” homesites where you don’t own the land, the State of Montana does.  The purchase price is for only the improvements on the property, like a cabin or outbuilding. In addition to real estate taxes on this personal property, you’ll also have to pay the State of Montana an annual lease amount (ie rent payment) for the use of the land.  These lease amounts currently range from about $5,000 – $12,000 per year depending on the market value of that particular piece of land.  Lease rates are adjusted every 5 years based on the market value at that time.

Scott and Kellie both live on Echo Lake.  They feel pretty lucky to have secured their spot on Echo as there is rarely any volume of property or homes for sale – So, you have to grab them when you can. Many are passed on to family, or friends and neighbors hear about them first and they are gone.  If you don’t find what you are looking for please call the Scott Hollinger Team and we will keep a look out for you. Here are the sales done by The Hollinger Team over the years.

Echo Lake homes and land currently for sale (or with access on Echo):


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