Laughing Water Guest Ranch
Whitefish, MT - 220 Acres - $1,900,000
If you are searching for the dream recreational and riding property, take a look at the Laughing Water Ranch. Situated in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana, the 220-acre Laughing Water Guest Ranch provides the ideal backdrop for all types of outdoor activities. The ranch is a full-service guest facility offering activities such as pack trips, cattle drives and overnight trail rides, all with an award-winning children’s program. Surrounded by the Kootenai National Forest, an incoming owner and ranch guests are offered miles of wilderness to explore. Come and discover the unique beauty and secrets of this mountain country.
Laughing Water is a 1-hour drive from Glacier National Park with ranch excursions going to Glacier for enjoying lunch by Lake McDonald. Onsite angling on Laughing Water Creek and Deep Creek offer small stream fishing for brook and rainbow trout. Complete with a well-appointed 8-bedroom lodge and 6 guest cabins, the atmosphere of the ranch is classic western style. The Laughing Water Ranch provides for a large group getting together with a capacity of 32 guests enjoying western living amenities and full-service accommodations. The Laughing Water Ranch is an ideal choice for anyone who desires the operational guest ranch, family or corporate retreat.
The ranch encompasses 220 beautiful acres of mountain timber and rolling pasture. Nestled in a breathtaking mountain valley west of Glacier National Park and bordered on three sides by the Kootenai National Forest, the ranch has a wonderful trail system for scenic and challenging horseback rides. Majestic views of the craggy timbered hillsides are often seen with snow-covered peaks of the Salish Mountains to the southwest and the Whitefish Range to the west.
The Laughing Water Ranch is a full-service guest facility offering activities such pack trips, cattle drives and overnight trail rides, all with an award winning children’s program. The ranch is available for single guests, couples, families, weddings and reunions.
Laughing Water has so much to offer, and families are the specialty. Laughing Water provides a complete all-around package vacation for the entire extended family. There are enough activities and room to roam so that both the dedicated rider and the non-rider would feel comfortably satisfied. An incoming owner or guest can experience: cattle drives, hayrides, horseback instruction, riding and trail rides, overnight camp outs, rodeos, roping, pack trips, square dancing, fly fishing, hiking, indoor and outdoor games, single action shooting, swimming and whitewater rafting.
• Daily supervised children and youth programs per the calendar of events
• Weekly whitewater rafting included in weekly family vacation rate
• Glacier National Park excursions with lunch by Lake McDonald
• Summer special events including rodeos, salmon fishing, Amish auction and more
An incoming owner can hunt for mountain grouse, deer, elk and black bear on the property and in the national forest just minutes away. Moose, Bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat are also residents of the area. These animals require a specific tag from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to harvest; an incoming owner should apply and build up preference points for these tags. Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest are some of the nation’s best places to find protected animals like Grizzly bears, lynx, wolverines, wolves, Bald and Golden eagles. This is truly a wild area with an incredibly diverse list of wildlife.
Laughing Water Creek flows through the east side and Deep Creek through the middle of the ranch. Both offer small stream fishing for brook and rainbow trout. Blackhawks Lake is just down from the cabins and a great place to test your skill against rainbow trout.