The Kootenai's beautiful lagoon-style pool and cabana is surrounded with a wet deck for small children. Along with a wonderfully restored stone grotto, there are barbecues, a whirlpool span and nearby area for lawn games such as croquet and badminton.
The cool waters of Swan Lake and Swan River offer an amazing array of recreational opportunities. They are ideal for everything from fishing to swimming to pedal-boats to just lazing away the afternoon in a soft and comfy inner tube.
Boaters and jet-ski enthusiasts enjoy plenty of open water. Canoes and kayaks can paddle around at the point where Johnson Creek spills into Swan Lake or anywhere in front of the property and beyond. Animal lovers can spy bald eagle and osprey wheeling overhead in predatory circles, while a relaxing paddle along the shoreline will often bring out an otter, turtle or beaver. Elk, moose, fox and white-tailed deer are also known to come down for a drink of the clean lake water.
Some of Montana's most outstanding bull trout fishing lies just yards away from any one of the Kootenai's forty-two homes. Both Swan Lake and Swan River ripple with these "grizzlies of the fish world." The bull trout—actually a member of the salmon family—is a fierce fighting fish that has been known to tip the scales at over twenty pounds. And though Swan Lake is the only water body in the state allowing anglers to catch and keep the line-busting bulls, Kootenai embraces a conservation ethic and encourages the practice of catch-and-release fishing.
Northern Pike, Kokanee and Cutthroat Trout are also plentiful.
Winter on the lake brings frozen shorelines perfect for ice-skating, snowball fights and competitions to see who can build the tallest snowman. The magic created where Swan Lake, Johnson Creek and the Swan River meet within this beautiful mountain valley is made even more powerful by the engaging history of the land and the exquisite restoration of the majestic Kootenai Lodge.
A small number of docks at the Kootenai are for the private use of owners and their accompanied guests. The first phase will consist of 8 slips and a seating area on the water. If demand warrants more slips, we will meet that need. In keeping with our mission and passion to preserve the original look of the Kootenai Lodge and the community's waterfront cabins, no docks will be allowed in front of private homes.