Fine Lodging on the Mighty Mo
The Missouri River has quickly become known in the fly fishing world as one of the most productive trout fisheries in North America. The Lodge at Eagle Rock is the first all-inclusive, full-service luxury fishing lodge on the Missouri River. In addition to some of the finest trout fishing in the world, guests at The Lodge at Eagle Rock will enjoy attentive service, gourmet meals, luxury accommodations, and personalized packages that pair them with professional outfitters and guides. Whether you want to pit your skills against the browns and rainbows of the Missouri, take a jet-boat ride to the “Land of the Giants,” wade-fish hoppers on Prickly Pear Creek or raft down the Dearborn, the Lodge at Eagle Rock is the one destination on the Missouri River that can put it all together for you.
The Lodge at Eagle Rock is an impressively-renovated, 8,000 square-foot historic inn that combines a magnificent setting, rustic elegance, and high-end amenities. The Lodge was designed using local, antique, and natural materials to provide a sense of history and harmony with the area. From the 100-year-old barn wood floors to the hammered copper back-splash behind the bar, to the river-rock fireplace in the Great Room, the Lodge feels like Montana. It is an absolutely ideal destination for large groups seeking a private lodge experience. Every room features two full beds, travertine-tiled bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, and wireless internet. The Lodge offers a full bar that is the perfect place to relax after a long day of fishing. After dinner, you can also relax in front of the river-rock fireplace or take advantage of the Lodge’s small business center with computers, satellite internet, printers, scanners, and fax.
Food and Beverages
The Lodge at Eagle Rock prepares the finest in Montana cuisine with mostly locally-raised meats and vegetables. The Lodge has a full kitchen and dining room where you will enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast each morning. Streamside lunches include creative sandwiches, homemade pastries, fresh fruit, salads, and more. For dinner, the Lodge offers four-course gourmet fare from a classically trained chef.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls provides an ideal view of terrain similar to what the Corps of Discovery encountered along their portage of the Great Falls of the Missouri River. You can also visit the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Air in Great Falls. This beautiful building with its ornate interior was originally built in 1895 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Great Falls was also the home of the famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell, whose original home and log studio are now part of the C.M. Russell Museum, one of our nation’s greatest collections of Western art.
Internet / Communications
There is Wi-Fi access at the lodge. Cell phones work in the area, but reception may be a little spotty near the lodge depending on your provider.
How To Get There
The Lodge at Eagle Rock is almost directly between the cities of Great Falls and Helena, Montana. Both cities have airports with commercial flights from Delta, United, Alaska, and Allegiant Airlines.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
You can rent a car at the airport in either Helena or Great Falls and follow Interstate 15 (north from Helena or south from Great Falls) approximately 45 minutes to the Dearborn Exit 240, which will take you directly to the Lodge at Eagle Rock. The Lodge at Eagle Rock can also provide complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off at no additional charge. Check-in time is after 4 PM on your arrival date, and check-out time is 10 AM on your departure date.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online by visiting the following website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. You will need to present a valid driver’s license in order to purchase your fishing license.
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 Missouri River below Holter Dam near the town of Craig, Montana is a classic “tailwater” fishery. Cool temperatures and steady water flows, combined with prolific insect life, provide an ideal environment for trophy trout. Because of these factors, the Missouri River has some of the highest fish counts of any trout stream in the country. For guests staying at the Lodge at Eagle Rock, the Missouri River will be your primary focus. That said, the outfitters and guides that work with the Lodge are also able to fish many of the Missouri River tributaries and other fisheries such as Prickly Pear Creek, Belt Creek, the Blackfoot River, the Dearborn River, Flat Creek, the Sun River, and others. Nearby Holter and Hauser Lakes are also popular spots. The “Land of the Giants” jet boat trip on the Missouri is a trip that is only offered by a few outfitters in the area, and one that can be arranged by the Lodge at Eagle Rock. If you already have a favorite guide on the Missouri River, chances are that we can arrange fishing with that guide.
MISSOURI RIVER SEASONS
March – April
If you enjoy solitude on the water, then this is the time to consider visiting the Missouri. With little pressure, aggressive trout will be predominately feeding on midges and blue-winged olives. If there are overcast skies you can almost count on rising fish for hours a day.
Late May – June
Since the Missouri is a tailwater, conditions are never as bad or as dirty as with other area rivers, and the food of choice for trout on the Missouri will be PMD mayflies and caddis. The mayflies will be out during the morning and into mid-day, with caddis mostly in the evenings.
July – August
Middle of the summer will provide great weather and great dry fly fishing. Tricos, caddis, and hoppers will bring fish to the top, with streamer fishing providing action for larger fish in the lower sections of the river. If you are looking for a great dry fly challenge, hit the river early in the morning for the trico hatch.
September – October
The fall season brings cooler fall temperatures and shorter days. However, this is one of the best months to fish the Missouri, with psuedocleons, blue winged olives, and midges providing solid top-water action. Caddis and hoppers will also bring fish up, and don’t forget to try big, ugly streamers down low on the river towards Cascade.
Boats and Equipment
Most Lodge trips on the Missouri are done while float fishing from McKenzie drift boats and skiffs. Trips to the Land of the Giants section are done utilizing small jet boats. The guides may also utilize rubber rafts for some of the small rivers like the Sun and the Dearborn. The Lodge carries rental and demo gear available, and there are several fully-outfitted fly shops in the Craig area.
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.
2020 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $2,175.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $2,900.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $3,575.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $4,200.00 per person
– Guided fishing
– Airport transportation (if flying into Great Falls or Helena)
– All meals (cooler lunch while fishing)
– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
– Rods/reels, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
– Waders and wading boots
– Beer on guide trips
– Guide pickup & drop off on each day of fishing
– River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
– Laundry service
– Lodging taxes
– Fishing licenses
– Gratuities for guides
– Gratuities for lodge staff
– Massages (can be arranged at an additional cost)
– Surcharges for fishing Land of the Giants