River Highlands in Montana Columbia Falls, Montana  |  County: Flathead

  • 48.5 Acres
For Sale
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River Highlands is a unique opportunity for a savvy developer, investor or for a single user to own river front property in prestigious Flathead County, Montana. This 48.5-acre parcel is a pristine property is on the Flathead River with over 1,500 feet of River frontage and 360-degree views, including the Glacier National Park area. Currently, the property is zoned Urban Residential, however the owner has a Planned Unit Development (Multi Use) that was approved by the City in 2008, but expired in 2011. This leaves the property open to most any kind of development potential that any owner may want, with the city indicating a desire to accommodate any reasonable use. Whether you want a personal farm or ranch, or want to develop the land into a hotel site, high-end RV resort, golf course or mixed use site, this special property is ready and waiting for a knowledgeable buyer to make a great investment.


River Highlands lies just off of US Highway 2 and River Road where it crosses the Flathead River just a half a mile southeast of Columbia Falls. The property adjoins the Flathead River along the northwest side of the site, with approximately 1,500 feet of river frontage. It is within minutes of Glacier National Park, Big Mountain Ski Area, and Flathead Lake, which is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi with over 200 square miles of lake and 185 miles of shoreline and a known depth of 370 feet. In addition, nearby is Hungry Horse Reservoir and Lake MacDonald. World-class fishing and hunting at its best. The Flathead National Forest, just minutes to the north and east encompasses 2.4 million acres. To round it all out, all city amenities including fine dining, shopping and daily needs are just a few minutes away.


The 48.5 acres is typically flat, with the exception of a portion that borders US Highway 2, which has a large earthen ridge that buffers the entire property from the Highway, making it very private. The land borders the Flathead River for approximately 1,500 feet along the northwest side and actually extends out into the river. In the past, it has been used for grass and hay cultivation. There are no significant structures on the land, other than a small wooden shed, with no historic valve. The property, with a 125-foot setback from the river for structures, is not within a designated flood plain.


All manner of recreation is enjoyed in this area. Lakes abound including Flathead, Lake McDonald, Hungry Horse and St Mary Lake to name a few. Recreation on and around the lake include sailing, power boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing and camping. World class fishing on the lakes, Flathead River and the Swan River include native bull trout, cutthroat, trophy Mackinaw, salmon and whitefish to name a few.

Within minutes of the property is Glacier National Park, which sees two million visitors a year. Within the million acre park are 26 glaciers, 70 species of mammals, 200 waterfalls, 700 miles of hiking, and 12 large lakes. River Highlands is minutes away from the Flathead National Forest and three wilderness areas including the million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness. Skiing and winter sports are also just minutes away at the Whitefish Mountain (formerly Big Mountain) Ski Resort, which also boasts summer sports of mountain biking, zip lines and the unique Walk the Treetops.

In addition, there are over twelve golf courses in the area, nine of which are Championship Courses. Wildlife in the region include moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, bear, lynx, mountain lion and mountain goats to name a few.


The property has a well located on the northern most parcel. This domestic well is rated at 10 gallons per minute, with a maximum volume of two and one-half acre feet. It is permitted for year round use.


Although the property has been historically used for hay production, the remarkably mild climate in this region allows for cherry, apple, pear and plum orchards. There are also vineyards as well as vegetable, honey, nursery tree and Christmas tree farms in the area.


With the City already approving the multi-use Planned Unit Development, and with the indication that they are willing to accommodate any reasonable use, the potential of this Flathead River front property is huge. The current PUD plan includes a Village market, cabins, single family lots, townhomes and condos, clubhouse, river path, realignment of River Road and over 20 acres of park areas. Complete PUD documents are available for a serious investor or developer to review. In addition, this property would be idea for a high end RV park or mixed use such as cabins, cottages or a resort. A nine hole golf course would fit nicely within this property.

In addition, a small scale agricultural based farm or ranch would be a nice fit for the discriminating single user who is looking for river front property, with views, unlimited year round recreation, yet with close access to all conveniences.

TAXES: $712.00


The 48.5 acres of River Highlands with 1,500 feet of Flathead River frontage is a rare find. The many development possibilities are awaiting the astute buyer to put this land to its best use and potential. Being located in a highly desirable area of Flathead County, within minutes of many recreational opportunities makes this property an excellent investment.

Co-listed with Susan Kratt at National Parks Realty LLC

Broker: Kimberly Lowry

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