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.
LOCATION: Craig, Montana
SEASON: April 1 - November 30
CAPACITY: Maximum of 16 guests in 8 guest rooms
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Helena, Montana (HLN) or Great Falls, Montana (GTF)
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow and brown trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Montana fishing license and valid I.D.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
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 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.
Typical Length of Stay
A typical package at the Lodge is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days. Although a trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please contact Yellow Dog for full details.
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.
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.
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 4PM on your arrival date, and check-out time is 10AM 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 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 and based on double occupancy lodging and fishing. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,500.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,900.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,300.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $2,750.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $2,150.00
- Number of nights lodging as outlined in your package
- Number of days of guided fishing as outlined in your package
- All meals at the lodge
- On-the-water lunches with non-alcoholic beverages
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
- Transportation to and from fishing area and the lodge each day
- All flies, terminal tackle, and use all necessary equipment (rods, reels, and waders)
- River shuttle fees
- Airport shuttles to and from either Great Falls or Helena
What's Not Included
- Fishing licenses
- Gratuities for guides or lodge staff
*Other surcharges may apply such as jet-boat excursions
Local Lewis and Clark History
The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent several weeks exploring the rivers and creeks in Southwest Montana in June and July of 1805. The various journals kept by team members detail everything from vegetation to wildlife. Just Northeast of Great Falls, Lewis describes the local fish: “these trout [NB: caught in the falls] are from sixteen to twenty three inches in length, precisely resemble our mountain or speckled trout in form and the position of their fins, but the specks on these are of a deep black instead of the red or gold co lour of those common to the U' States these are furnished long sharp teeth on the pallet and tongue and have generally a small dash of red on each side behind the front ventral fins; the flesh is of a pale yellowish red, or when in good order, of a rose red.” “after the shower was over I continued my rout to the fountain which I found much as Capt. C; had discribed & think it may well be retained on the list of prodigies of this neighborhood towards which, nature seems to have dealt with a liberal hand, for I have scarcely experienced a day since my first arrival in this quarter without experiencing some novel occurrence among the party or witnessing the appearance of some uncommon object. I think this fountain the largest I ever beheld, and the handsome cascade which it affords over some steep and irregular rocks in it's passage to the river adds not a little to it's beauty.”
On July 16, in the Expedition Journal Lewis describes a large rock above their campsite, “at this place there is a large rock of 400 feet high wich stands immediately in the gap which the missouri makes on it's passage from the mountains; it is insulated from the neighboring mountains by a handsome little plain which surrounds it base on 3 sides and the Missouri washes it's base on the other, leaving it on the Lard. as it descends. this rock I called the tower. it may be ascended with some difficulty nearly to it's summit, and from it there is a most pleasing view of the country we are now about to leave. from it I saw this evening immense herds of buffaloes in the plains below.” Based on compass readings noted in the Journal, modern historians believe “the tower” to be Eagle Rock. The Lodge at Eagle Rock is situated on the site of the expedition campsite.
"We felt spoiled during our stay at this beautiful lodge. The lodge makes you feel right at home, the great room is beautiful with a warm atmosphere and the food was absolutely fabulous. Our fishing was amazing, even with our winter conditions, lots of amazing rainbows and browns each day, then a lunch on the river that was a treat with delicious sandwiches, sides and salads. Our evenings were filled with great food, wine, ping pong and shuffleboard - fun time had by all. Can’t wait to go back in the summertime - Thanks to all the staff for making our stay so much fun!"
- M.P. Harris (Bozeman, MT)
“What an incredible place to experience the mighty Missouri River and all it has to offer. The lodge itself has some of the finest amenities, meals and operations, and the lodge owners and staff have gone the extra mile to make sure you feel right at home during your stay. The lodge has a great feel and incredible location, and the nightly dinners, cocktails and rooms made me want to stay forever. The fishing is hands down some of the best in Montana, with different options and classic big trout fishing at its finest. I want to go back every year to Eagle Rock and visit the awesome guides, owners, lodge managers and the trout waters of the Mighty ‘Mo.”
- T. Melvin (Cicero, IN)