The Lodge at Palisades Creek is located a few miles beneath Palisades Dam on the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. The South Fork is hands-down one of the finest dry fly fishing rivers in North America – or for that matter anywhere on the planet. The river sees prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, and midges throughout the season. And with 5,200 trout per mile, and a daily size average of Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows, and brown trout in the 14 to 18 inch range, the South Fork of the Snake should be on every serious fly angler's must-see list. The Lodge at Palisades Creek is Yellow Dog’s first choice for fishing on the South Fork. A beautiful facility that is perfect for groups, couples, and families, the Lodge also offers great non-angling options as well as good fishing within walking distance of the Lodge. Options include the South Fork, Palisades Creek, and also a private “spring pond” on property that is absolutely loaded with trout and insects.
LOCATION: Swan Valley, Idaho
SEASON: Year-round fishing. May through November lodging.
CAPACITY: Maximum of 22 guests
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Idaho Falls, ID (IDA)
TARGET SPECIES: Cutthroat, rainbow, cut-bow, and brown trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid ID for Idaho fishing license and air travel
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The Lodge at Palisades Creek sits on 22 acres of riverfront property on the South Fork River at the confluence of Palisades Creek. The Lodge has a variety of lodging options.
South Fork House
This is the premier rental on the property. This A-frame has two bedrooms, two baths and an incredible deck that sits twenty feet above the river. The master bedroom and well-appointed sitting area are right next to Palisades Creek and have private access to a full master bath. A winding wooden staircase leads to a second bedroom and full bath. Additional space for kids can be made with a roll-away bed.
Open Floor Plan Cabins
The riverside Open Floor Plan Cabins offer a bit more "stretching room." These studio-style cabins are nice for couples or close friends. The cabins can be set up with two twin beds or one king size bed. There is a private bathroom in each. All cabins have an outdoor sitting deck with chairs and a table.
Two Room Floor Plan Cabins
These riverside cabins are a bit more confined, but offer more privacy than the open floor plan cabins. There is a bedroom with two twin beds or a King bed, private bath, and a separate lounge area with a couch and chairs at the entrance of the cabin. The Two Room Cabins also have a comfortable outdoor sitting deck with furniture and parking.
Duplex Cabin (Jane’s)
This unit is actually two in one: Jane A and Jane B. With a door separating the two rooms, this is a great unit for families. Each unit has it’s own private bathroom. Jane A is set with two twin beds. The bed frames dictate they remain that way, as does the queen-size bed in Jane B. A spacious outdoor deck and close proximity to the casting pond make this a favorite for the kids!
Food and Beverages
The Lodge at Palisades Creek serves delicious "Wild West" inspired gourmet dinners created by the in-house chef. Fish and steak entrées are accompanied by organically-grown local vegetables and fruits, desserts and hearty wines. Breakfasts are served in the "Cowboy Bar" – a refurbished antique diner. Picnic lunches are prepared and sent with guides in individual coolers for the day of fishing or hiking. Dinners are prepared by the chef nightly and served in the dining room or the Lodge’s “Liar's Den.” The "open bar" offers a wide range of excellent wines, scotches, whiskeys, gins and vodkas.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, from single day trips, to multi-day family lodge packages, to full-blown corporate retreats. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend trip or a week-long Idaho fishing package, we can make it happen. Please contact Yellow Dog for all information and options.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For most of the summer an incredible variety of wildlife, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors are present in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. The Snake River ecosystem is formed by deep canyons, pounding waterfalls, islands and flood plains, all framed by carpets of wildflowers and sprawling cottonwood forests. In addition to a fish population estimated at 5,200 per mile, local wildlife includes moose, bison, elk, whitetail deer, cougar, bobcat, black bear, river otter and mink. The Lodge is happy to arrange a variety of non-angling activities to compliment your stay. Horseback riding, white water rafting, and tours in nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are just a few of the options available.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is available at the Lodge. Most cell phones work in Swan Valley, although coverage can be spotty.
Fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River ranks among the best trout fishing experiences on earth. The river is full of native Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow, hybrids (cut-bows) and brown trout. While anglers commonly catch fish over 20 inches, most fish fall in the 15 to 17-inch range. The Lodge utilizes a solid group of experienced, seasoned fishing guides whom have the highest level of knowledge of the South Fork. Further, the Lodge demands the highest level of professionalism from their guides on and off the river to ensure your experience is always positive.
The South fork starts fishing well early in the spring, mostly nymphing with some dry fly fishing in late April until the runoff begins. The runoff is usually winding down by the third week of June. Anglers are typically fishing dry fly flies by the end of June. Fall offers great dry fly and streamer fishing. The Lodge has five different sections of the South Fork available for guided fishing trips. These sections cover a total of 55 miles of the South Fork and include some of the best trout waters in the country.
Boats and Equipment
Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed specifically for fly fishing. The Lodge has a complete fly shop with rods, reels, flies, waders and boots as well as sunglasses, sun block, bug spray and any clothing you might need.
How To Get There
The closest major airport to the Lodge is the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), located 30 miles away in Idaho Falls. The other nearby options is the Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) airport. Both airports usually require a connection in Salt Lake City (SLC). The drive to the Lodge from both Idaho Falls and Jackson is approximately one hour. Rental cars are available at both airports, or Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange a shuttle to drive you to and from the Lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
A shuttle service is available, but many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing for a scenic trip to Jackson or even Yellowstone National Park. You can arrive and depart the lodge on any day of the week at any time.
An Idaho Fishing License is required for anyone age 14 years and older. A license can be purchased at the Lodge, or online, here: Idaho Fish and Game. You will need a driver’s license or state ID to obtain a fishing license.
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 rates are per person and based on double occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
May 1 - May 31
3 Nights / 2 Days = $1,515.00
4 Nights / 3 Days = $2,122.50
5 Nights / 4 Days = $2,730.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $3,337.50
7 Nights / 6 Days = $3,945.00
June 1 - Nov 30
3 Nights / 2 Days = $2,040.00
4 Nights / 3 Days = $2,822.50
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,605.00
6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,387.50
7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,170.00
- Number of nights lodging as specified in package
- Number of days of guided fishing as specified in package (two anglers per boat)
- All meals, beer, wines and spirits
- Complimentary fishing equipment and six flies each day
- Daily round-trip transfers to and from the river and all shuttle fees
- Lodge activities such as mountain biking, hiking, casting and use of the Conference Center
- All GSTs
What's Not Included
- Transportation to and from Swan Valley, Idaho
- Idaho state fishing license
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Flies in addition to the six per day included
"I've been coming to TLAPC for years and it keeps getting better. The South Fork is the best dry fly fisherie I've found and this lodge is top notch. Great fishing (both numbers and size),knowledgeable guides, super staff and good food. Can't ask for more than that!"
- Sherico (Dallas, TX)
"The Lodge at Palisades Creek is a phenomenal resort offering you one of the best fly fishing experiences that you will find anywhere. The staff and service is excellent. The food superb and the ambiance of the resort is just plain relaxing. The Lodge offers some of the best guides in the business (and we have fished a number of places). This was our third visit to the Palisades and we are booked to go again this next year. Great Experience Overall."
- Jim (Santa Teresa, NM)