About Us

My mother and father, George and Evelyn Backen, built our family home in 1947 from logs harvested from this land. George and Evelyn raised eight healthy and happy children here; our family has been truly blessed.

Deer, elk, bear, moose, and turkey also call Montana home and can often be seen from the front window. Have your morning coffee or tea and watch the mountain humming birds feast off the nectar we provide or watch eagles gracing the sky.

In addition to the wildlife that calls our ranch “home” Bobtail Lodge is also a working agritourism farm. We have several species of domesticated ducks, chickens, turkeys, quail, and pigeons. We are especially proud of our beautiful pheasants and peacocks. All of our exotic birds are actively producing eggs, so guests that have a taste for the exotic can try turkey, duck, pheasant, or quail eggs for breakfast.

Finally, don’t forget to say “hi” to our Great Pyrenees dog “Buddy” and his lovely partner, “Girlie”, the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bobtail Lodge wouldn’t be home without them!

Area Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Boating, rafting, kayaking, waterskiing and swimming
  • Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling and four-wheeling
  • Skiing and snowshoeing

We have hundreds of lakes, streams, creeks, and rivers – our outdoor activities are endless. You are welcome to bring your own horses; we have a place for them also.

The great Kootenai River holds the record for the largest trout caught in fresh water. The Kootenai River also sports many hiking trails and the ever-popular Swinging Bridge. Our Kootenai was also used in the filming of the 1994 movie “The River Wild.”

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