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.
LOCATION: Island Park, Idaho
SEASON: May 25 through October 15
CAPACITY: Maximum of 28 anglers
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Idaho Falls, ID (IDA) Other regional airports include Bozeman, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid ID for air travel and fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
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!
Typical Length of Stay
A typical package at the lodge is six (6) nights / five (5) fishing days, although a trip of any length can be arranged. The Henry's Fork Lodge does require a three (3) night minimum stay. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
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.
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 and TroutHunter. 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 originaates 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.
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 require 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 8AM to 8PM 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 2PM and check-out time is before 11AM.
Idaho, Montana, and Yellowstone Park fishing licenses are available at the fly shop, or by logging onto the following websites: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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. All prices listed below are per person. The Henry's Fork Lodge requires a (3) night minimum stay, although an extended trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Packages can be totally customized. Please call Yellow Dog for details. Prices listed below are in US dollars.
Lodging & Meals
$570.00 per person / per night
(based on double occupancy)
$740.00 per person / per night (based on single occupancy)
The lodge offers a 10% discount on stays of (6) nights or more, as well as deluxe suite upgrades for either an additional $55 and $90 per person / per night.
- Number of nights lodging as specified in your package
- All meals including pre-dinner beverages and appetizers
- Airport transportation from either Idaho Falls, ID or West Yellowstone, MT (between 8AM to 8PM)
What's Not Included
- Additional airport transportation outside the above parameters (can be arranged at additional cost if needed)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuities for staff
- Lodging taxes
Guided fishing trips are not included in the above rates. However, guided fishing trips can be easily arranged through a Yellow Dog partnered outfitter and added to your package.
The Salmonfly hatch on the Henry's Fork typically begins during the third week in May and marks the beginning of the summer dry fly season. The period from the middle of June through July is by far the busiest time of the year at Henry’s Fork Anglers. During that period availability of guides and accommodations can be very limited. The fishing season on the Harriman State Park is open to fishing from June 15 through November 30. There is almost always something hatching every day of the season. The fishing season in Yellowstone Park opens on Memorial Day weekend and continues through the first Sunday of November. Some waters, including the Yellowstone do not open until July 15. The Upper Madison in Montana below Quake Lake is open from the third Saturday in May through the end of February.
"The friendliest people I met all year were the staff at Henry’s Fork Lodge in Idaho, who shared the mysteries of fly fishing on one of the great rivers of the Rockies as if it were the meaning of life itself. Which, of course, it is.”
- Stanley Stewart (London, England)