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Echo Lake

Echo Lake aerial view. Swan Range in the background. Bigfork, Montana

Bigfork’s Echo Lake with the magnificent snow capped Swan Range in the background.

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, Kellie and Dane live on or by 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, Abbott Lake and Peterson Lake  homes and land currently for sale
(or with access on Echo):
420 Alpine Drive, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$249,000
3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms
Living Area: 1440 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.52 acres
Waterfront: Access Only
MLS Number: 21602979
150 Alpine Drive, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$350,000
4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms
Living Area: 1820 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.52 acres
Waterfront: Access Only
MLS Number: 21605268
810 Echo Lake Road, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$375,000
2 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms
Living Area: 824 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.87 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 336711
636 Echo Chalet Drive, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$380,000
Land: 1.00 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 337550
712 Echo Lake Road, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$475,000
3 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms
Living Area: 845 Sq. Feet
Land: 1.30 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 336938
Echo Lake Island, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$495,000
Land: 5.20 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 332222
962 Echo Lake Road, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$530,000
5 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms
Living Area: 1994 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.90 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 324606
1026 Echo Lake, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$779,000
4 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms
Living Area: 1815 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.57 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 334438
Nhn Echo Bay Trail, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Peterson Lake
$850,000
Land: 4.70 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 332902
Nhn Echo Bay Trail, Bigfork
Scott Hollinger Team Exclusive!
Bigfork, Abbott Lake
$899,000
Land: 5.20 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 332924
1945 Echo Creek Road, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$975,000
4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms
Living Area: 3728 Sq. Feet
Land: 5.29 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 21600501
381 East Village Drive, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$1,250,000
3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms
Living Area: 3201 Sq. Feet
Land: 1.10 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 337602
836 Abbot Village Drive, Bigfork
Bigfork, Abbot Lake
$1,500,000
3 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms
Living Area: 1845 Sq. Feet
Land: 21.15 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 337212
Nhn Echo Chalet Drive, Bigfork
Bigfork, Echo Lake
$1,795,000
Land: 10.00 acres
Waterfront: Navigable
MLS Number: 21605368

 

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