Luxury on the Banks of the Henry's Fork River
Henry’s Fork Lodge offers some of the finest accommodations and dining, and one of the most diverse fishing programs in the entire Yellowstone region. On any given day, anglers staying at the Lodge have the option to fish the Henry’s Fork, South Fork of the Snake, the Madison River, Hebgen Lake, Yellowstone Park, and many other stillwaters and smaller streams in the area. Designed by award-winning architect Joseph Esherick, the Lodge has been nominated for architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Henry’s Fork, the scenery and setting are incredible. Henry’s Fork Lodge is Yellow Dog’s first choice in the region for families, groups, or couples looking for a high-end and elegant lodge setting. The Lodge’s attention to detail and customer service is second-to-none. Henry’s Fork Lodge works with most of the area’s outfitters, so if you have a favorite guide in the area, chances are Yellow Dog can arrange it. Fly fishing Idaho’s famous Henry’s Fork should be on every serious trout angler’s bucket list.
Henry’s Fork Lodge was designed by award-winning architect Joseph Esherick. Mountain buildings were one of his specialties, and because he was an avid fly fisherman, he included all the special features that anglers require. As a result, Henry’s Fork Lodge has been nominated for national architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort. The view of the Henry’s Fork from the Lodge deck is incredible. There are six rooms in the Main Lodge, including two deluxe suites with fireplaces and expansive views of the river, and one unit with a separate bedroom and living room. The eight cottage suites all offer separate bedrooms and sitting rooms with fireplaces. The Lodge’s decor is highly distinctive, featuring wood paneling, original paintings, antique furniture and curated Native American wall hangings. The Lodge offers phones in each room and offers high-speed Internet access throughout the lodge.
Food and Beverages
Dining is always an amazing experience at the Henry’s Fork Lodge, and the menu changes daily to reflect what’s fresh and in-season. Henry’s Fork Lodge was the first restaurant in Idaho to become a member of Seafood Choices Alliance, showing their commitment to economically and socially sustainable fisheries. A cold breakfast buffet offers fresh fruit, yogurt, housemade granola and cold cereals, and fresh pastries, made by the in-house Pastry Chef. Lunches are custom-made to guest preferences for guided days, complete with fresh made-to-order sandwiches, homemade soups, housemade pasta and fruit salads and delicious baked goods. Non-anglers remaining at the Lodge for the day can be assured an equally satiating lunch, served on the porch overlooking the river. The Lodge managers will adjust dinner times to “match the hatch,” so you never have to choose between dinner and the evening rise. The Lodge culinary team – experts from top restaurants in the country – work hard to create a new menu every night during your stay. New, sumptuous surprises will be available every night, from elk tenderloin to Hawaiin opah. Simply put, we predict that the food at the Lodge will be the finest you have ever experienced at a fishing operation, anywhere in the world!
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Only a 45-minute drive from Henry’s Fork Lodge, Yellowstone National Park is a great place to spend a day. You can go on your own or combine touring the Park with some fishing with your guide. There are also outstanding hiking opportunities in Harriman Park and through the nearby area. Additionally, there are excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing in Harriman Park and Wildlife Refuge, Yellowstone Park, Red Rock Wildlife Refuge (one hour) and many other nearby areas. Moose, otters, bald eagles, osprey, trumpeters and other wildlife are often seen right from the Lodge.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available at Henry’s Fork Lodge, and most cell phones work in the Island Park area.
How To Get There
The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), 80 miles away, provides the best and most reliable airline service and the best options for airline carries, car rental and shuttle service to Island Park. There is also a small airport in West Yellowstone (WYS), about 50 miles away. Either airport requires a connection in Denver or Salt Lake City.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Henry’s Fork Lodge offers complimentary airport shuttles to and from the airport from 8 AM to 8 PM each and every day of the season. Some guests prefer to rent a car so they can enjoy the luxury of sight-seeing and other non-fishing activities. The guides will happily transport you to and from the Lodge on your fishing days. Check-in time is any time after 2 PM and check-out time is before 11 AM.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The Henry’s Fork Lodge works with most of the guides and outfitters in the area including two of our Yellow Dog outfitting partners, Henry’s Fork Anglers. If you have a favorite guide in the area, chances are we can book your guided fishing with them. Please call Yellow Dog for details and specific guide requests. Fishing from the Henry’s Fork Lodge location, anglers have an incredibly diverse line-up of area fishing options.
The Henry’s Fork
The spring creek sections of Harriman Park and the fast water of the Box Canyon are world-famous. Guides can also show you lesser-known downstream sections. This river offers the ultimate challenge to sophisticated anglers and can also be very productive for novice fly fishers. It can be fished both by wading and floating in a drift boat. The Henry’s Fork is spring fed and its flows are moderated by a reservoir, so it runs clear throughout the season.
The South Fork of the Snake
This Idaho river can be fished from the lodge with certain South Fork licensed guides. The South Fork offers prolific hatches and eager cutthroats along with some chances for large browns. August, September and October are the most consistent months. Boats are essential, though some fishing can be done by wading the mid-river riffles and islands.
The Madison River
The Madison originates in Yellowstone National Park from the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers. In the Park, it has the quiet character of a spring creek, and you may be accompanied by bison, elk or swans as you wade for browns and rainbows. Outside the Park, the river flows for more than 40 miles offering great dry fly and nymph fishing, either from a boat or by wading. The Madison fishes best in the heart of summer, when prolific caddis hatches and an abundance of terrestrials like hoppers and ants draw the fish to the surface and to dry flies.
The Firehole and Gibbon Rivers
Small to medium-sized rivers located in Yellowstone Park. They are largely spring fed and flow together to form the Madison. Influenced by geysers and hot springs, they fish well with dry flies early and late in the season.
The home of the “gulpers” – rainbows and browns that cruise the surface gobbling mayflies on summer mornings. You can use float tubes and canoes here for a stealthy approach. It is common to fish Hebgen with dries until midday, then go to a river for a different experience in the afternoon.
One of the best and most famous fly fishing lake in Idaho and home to the state record brookie. Primarily a Yellowstone Cutthroat fishery, you can also fish for big brookies in the fall and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids up to 6-7 lbs. on sinking lines or with dry-dropper rigs.
Boats and Equipment
The guides on the Henry’s Fork use several different types of boats, depending upon the type of water to be fished. River drift boats are used by all of the guides to float the more than 30 different float sections on the Henry’s Fork, South Fork, and Madison Rivers. Twin pontoon catarafts are used to float some of the whitewater canyons of the Henry’s Fork. Some of the guides also use powerboats for the lakes where they can move and maneuver quickly from one spot to another. There are several local fly shops in the area that carry the finest in flies, tackle, and equipment.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
2020 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
June 1 – July 31
3 nights / 2 days = $2,335.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $3,217.50 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $4,100.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $4,982.50 per person
7 nights / 6 days = $5,865.00 per person
August 1 – September 30
3 nights / 2 days = $2,310.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $3,180.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $4,050.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $4,920.00 per person
7 nights / 6 days = $5,790.00 per person
Small discount applies on lodging if you book 6 or more nights. And a small discount applies on guide trips if you book 4 or more days of guide fishing between August 1 – September 15
– Guided fishing
– Airport transportation (restrictions apply)
– All meals (cooler lunch, sodas, waters, etc on guide trips)
– Guide pickup & drop off on each day of fishing
– River shuttle fees for guides’ vehicles
– Alcoholic beverages at the lodge (bar tab)
– Alcoholic beverages on guided trips (BYO)
– Gratuities for lodge staff
– Gratuities for fishing guides
– Flies, tackle, and any needed equipment rentals (will be put on fly shop bill)
– Fishing licenses (will be put on fly shop bill)
– Teton slide trip surcharges
– Lodging taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)