Flathead Lake Lodge, a family-owned and operated guest ranch on the shores of Flathead Lake, announced this month Chase Averill as the lodge’s new general manager. Chase is the third generation of the Averill family to manage the operations of the ranch since 1945.
“The legacy of this ranch is incredible,” Chase said. “It’s an honor for me to build upon the foundation laid by my grandfather and father and share what makes this place so special with our guests.”
Chase was raised in Montana and brings diverse experience in outdoor recreation and hospitality, as well as first-hand knowledge from growing up on the property and the ranch.
Originally home to the 1932-constructed Flathead Recreation Ranch for Boys, the property was purchased in 1945 by Les Averill upon his return from World War II. Over the years, the Averills turned this wild piece of land into a family vacation destination that has welcomed guests for more than 70 years. In 1971, Doug Averill – Chase’s dad – took over as the second generation at the lodge and after 47 years, Doug said he is proud to turn the ranch over to his oldest son.
“When I think about the vision my father and I had for this ranch, and the work, sweat and love that’s been poured in over the years, I’m excited to turn the reins over to Chase,” Doug said.
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