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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.

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.  A good sized State of Montana boat launch is located on the north side for public access. 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, wake boarding and paddle-boarding.  According to the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, fishing opportunities on Echo Lake include Brook Trout, Kokanee, Lake

Morning reflections on Echo Lake.

Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch.   Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks 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. 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 Hollinger Team and we will keep a look out for you.

Echo Lake, Abbot Lake and Peterson Lake homes and land for sale
(or with access on Echo):

828 Abbot Village Drive, Bigfork
828 Abbot Village Drive
Bigfork, Abbot Lake
Land: 0.58 acres
Waterfront: Lake,Navigable Water,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30025984
1854 Echo Cabin Loop, Bigfork
1854 Echo Cabin Loop
Bigfork, Echo Lake
5 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms
Living Area: 3263 Sq. Feet
Land: 1.12 acres
Waterfront: Lake,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30020449
1802 Echo Cabin Loop, Bigfork
1802 Echo Cabin Loop
Bigfork, Echo Lake
Land: 5.29 acres
Waterfront: Lake,Navigable Water,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30012664
1818 Echo Cabin Loop, Bigfork
1818 Echo Cabin Loop
Bigfork, Echo Lake
Land: 1.12 acres
Waterfront: Lake,Navigable Water,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30013198
1712 Labrant Road, Bigfork
1712 Labrant Road
Bigfork, Echo Lake
Land: 1.87 acres
Waterfront: Lake,Navigable Water,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30013127
1894 La Brant Road, Bigfork
1894 La Brant Road
Bigfork, Echo Lake
2 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms
Living Area: 800 Sq. Feet
Land: 0.65 acres
Waterfront: Dock Access,Lake,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30026622
365 Echo Chalet Drive, Bigfork
365 Echo Chalet Drive
Bigfork, Echo Lake
2 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms
Living Area: 6960 Sq. Feet
Land: 3.57 acres
Waterfront: Dock Access,Lake,Navigable Water,Pond,Waterfront
MLS Number: 30022513


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Echo Lake – State Lease Properties:

A note about State Lease Property on Echo Lake …. 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.