Luxury Montana Lodging on the Madison River
New for 2019! The property was previously a historic cattle ranch, and in fact, the neighbors across the river still have a working cattle operation that provides a classic Western vibe to the area. Madison Double R’s name was inspired by the original name of the property, which was the River Ranch. Owners and hosts, John and Krista Sampson, came to Montana in the early 1990s, and soon thereafter opened Ruby Springs, one of the top lodges in the West, with friend and partner Paul Moseley. Over the years they continued to learn what it takes to create the ultimate fly fishing lodge experience, helping develop a first-quality fly fishing guide program, superb cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and the right balance of sophisticated service with an easygoing atmosphere. The Sampsons are joined by Russ and Susie Milam, experienced lodge managers, in welcoming guests. Today, the Sampsons and Milams are energized to bring over 25 years of experience in the lodging and fly fishing world, along with a hand-picked staff, to launch and grow this new endeavor.
The Main Lodge
This beautiful 3500 square foot lodge is comprised of two pods connected with an outdoor trellised terrace. The lounge portion of the Main Lodge features a full bar with premium wines, beers, and spirits, a river rock fireplace, two TVs, and an outdoor covered fireplace porch with stunning views where hors-d’oeuvres are served as the sun dips below the horizon. In the other half, the spacious dining room boasts massive windows with views across the pond and meadows and views of the mountains in the other direction. And for much of the summer, the windows slide aside for an immersive outdoor dining experience. Also, in the Main Lodge is an office for check-in, as well as a shop stocked with sunscreen, sunglasses, and Madison Double R branded items to help you remember your stay.
These five spacious cabins provide simple luxury in a very private setting. With views that look out over a beautiful meadow ringed by towering cottonwoods, it’s not uncommon to see deer, eagles, coyotes, elk, the occasional moose, and an abundance of other classic Montana wildlife. Two queen beds, oversized showers, soaking bathtubs, wood burning fireplaces, flat panel TVs, hardwood floors, outdoor cedar decks, and small kitchenettes are some of the amenities that make these cabins a supremely comfortable hideaway at the end of each day.
Two 1700 square foot, 2-bedroom cabins thoughtfully-positioned next to each other are perfect for those who have something sophisticated, spacious, and possibly social in mind. Sleeping up to 8 guests comfortably, the Mountainview Cabins are ideal for up to 4 couples, 8 friends, or a sprawling single-occupancy option. Each of the 4 guest rooms has 2 queen beds, oversized showers, soaking tubs, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplaces, flat panel TVs, attractive shared living rooms, huge cedar decks, and kitchenettes. The prevailing views of the Madison Range are jaw-dropping!
Back Eddy Saloon
Looking to belly up to an authentic 1800’s western saloon? They have it right here for you, just steps from the main lodge. A 20-foot regulation shuffleboard table, pool table, gas fireplace, dance sound system, massive TV, and a beautiful bar from the historic Norris Bar where you can sit and tell stories about the size of the fish you caught that day. Two glass garage doors open for access onto a spacious cedar deck for soaking up those beautiful Montana nights while you’re having fun!
A 1000 square foot workout facility with exercise machines, weights, sauna, hot tub, outdoor shower, private bathroom with changing room, televisions, and the best views ever for yoga or simply relaxing can be found at our well-appointed facility.
Food and Beverages
From breakfast through dinner, meals at Madison Double R provide more than just sustenance. The culinary program, crafted by Chef Scott Warren, features local foods and ingredients, fresh fruits and nutritious snacks, thoughtful wine pairings with dinner, and creative riverside lunches. Chef Scott was trained at Le Cordon Blue and Culinary Institute of America, and he has managed first-quality ranch culinary programs for over 21 years.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
And throughout your stay, the staff will always be available to ensure you have what you need. Want to take a day trip to Yellowstone Park? Wonder about art galleries in Ennis? Interested in playing the most beautiful mountain golf course in the US? Looking for the best area hikes, or have special dietary requirements? Whatever your request, we’ve got you covered.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available in all onsite buildings, and cell phone reception throughout the property is dependent on the provider.
How To Get There
The nearest commercial airport is Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), located in Bozeman, Montana. Serviced by Delta, United, Alaska, Frontier and Allegiant Airlines, the airport is approximately 1.5 hours from the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
If you would like to drive directly to the lodge on your own or rent a car in Bozeman, a map will be sent to you prior to your departure. A pre-arranged shuttle service between Bozeman and the lodge is also available at $50 per person / per way. Check-in time is any time after 2 PM and check-out time is before 10 AM.
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.
Two miles of the Madison River runs along the property, and guided float trips on what some would call the world’s most famous trout river are certainly the main focus at Madison Double R. This stupendous river boasts numerous stretches as its courses from Yellowstone Park down to the headwaters of the Missouri, which gives our clients an amazing mix of fly fishing.
They are extra fortunate to be within easy striking distance to several more of the best wild trout rivers in the country – the lower Big Hole offers excellent fishing for browns and rainbows, along with with a wild and remote setting and always the chance to see wildlife like moose and bald eagles. The Jefferson River is nearby as well, with its undercut banks and always surprisingly strong brown trout.
Fishing the smaller Ruby River can make for a fun day, and trips down to explore the waters in and around Yellowstone Park is a lot of fun. If you want to try stillwater fly fishing, Hebgen and Ennis lakes offer the potential for huge fish, as well as (when the conditions are right) tremendously fun “gulper” fishing for surface-cruising trout.
They also have a partnership with an outfitter down in West Yellowstone, should you want to experience the fabled Henry’s Fork (of the Snake) and Henry’s Lake, known for its monster hybrid trout.
If you’d like to brush up on your casting skills, our stocked pond is a great place to start. And finally, if you’d like to combine fly fishing with an adventure, horseback trips up to high mountain lakes and streams can be a supremely memorable experience.
But this wealth of world-class trout fisheries wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without guides who know them. The Madison Double R guides are experts at knowing the water, knowing the fish, and being sensitive to their clients’ needs. Novice anglers will get patient casting lessons, while expert fly fishers will find their guide can help take their skills to the next level. And most importantly, our guides are fun to spend the day with, ensuring a great day on the water.
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 = $3,225.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $4,300.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $5,375.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $6,450.00 per person
– Guided fishing
– Ennis Airport transportation (charter flights only)
– All meals (cooler lunch while fishing)
– All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
– Guide pick up & drop off on each day of fishing
– River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
– Rods/reels, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
– Waders and wading boots (if needed)
– Bozeman Airport transportation (can be arranged at an additional cost)
– Gratuities for lodge staff
– Gratuities for guides
– Fishing licenses
– Massages and other extra on-site or off-site activities (additional charges apply)
– Lodging taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)