Ashley Lake is an “off the beaten path” treasure found in Northwest Montana. Only 13 miles from Kalispell, this unbelievably pristine body of water sits at an elevation of 3900 feet, surrounded by rolling hills and evergreens.
Ashley Lake is known for its unique emerald and turquoise colored water which shimmers from many areas of the lake. Thought to be due to sediment brought in by the creek which feeds it, these colors are stunning in their beauty. Recreational opportunities include all motorboat activities such as waterskiing and wakeboarding as well as canoeing, paddle boarding and fishing. Ashley Lake is known as a great spot for cutthroat and rainbow trout, yellow perch and kokanee salmon.
The road into and around Ashley Lake is a dirt/gravel road. Although maintained by the county and plowed well in the winter, some do not care for the road. This is a benefit for lakefront owners as they enjoy the fact that it is one of the more private, less used lakes since many boat owners driving to spend a day on the lake go elsewhere. The majority of Ashley Lake locals don’t want paved roads as they know it will bring more day use lake traffic. Home and land opportunities vary. The lakefront homes are a mix of humble cabin getaways to grand upscale homes. According to an “oldtimer” the southern shore of Ashley Lake was populated in the early to mid 1900’s by east side farmers and local families—many of which subdivided their large parcels. A large portion of acreage was owned by Plum Creek, which eventually sold off a parcel on the North shoreline to a developer in the 90’s who created the very popular Emerald Point Subdivision. The rest of the lake is dotted with a variety of lake front homes.
The Ashley Lake Neighborhood Plan was put together by property owners and adopted in 1997. Although it is not over restrictive and allows property owners to enjoy their land, it governs development to protect and maintain the beauty and pristine environment.
Current Listings for Ashley Lake