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The Bighorn River Lodge provides the ultimate in Montana comfort and Bighorn River fishing adventures. The lodge specializes in creating the perfect fly fishing experience for guests; everything is piloted by expert Montana fly fishing guides, resort-style accommodations, and gourmet cuisine! 

Guests may choose to stay in one of the five comfortable lodge bedrooms, fitted with two beds and Big Sky charm, or rent the spacious private Caddis Cabin with its 3 bedrooms, accommodating up to 6 guests. With its warm log cabin atmosphere and western hospitality, the Bighorn River Lodge is ideal for fishing charters in Bighorn River, Montana.

Fishing Program

The Bighorn River is known as the finest trout river in the country. It boasts an abundance of trout ranging in size from 14 to 18 inches, many exceeding 20 inches. Recent fish counts indicate an unsurpassed fish population of 5000 - 6000 brown and rainbow trout per river mile. 


The Bighorn River is situated on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains just north of the Wyoming- Montana state line. Our lodge is your destination if you desire a once-in-a-lifetime Montana fly fishing vacation.


With the completion of the Yellowtail Dam in 1967, the Bighorn River has become a cool, clear tailwater. With controlled water flows and over 26 miles of fishable river, guests are often surprised by the abundance and size of trout caught daily. Fly fishing the Bighorn River is a truly unforgettable experience.

  • 26+ miles of diverse waters and fish habitat

  • 5,000-6,000 strong and healthy trout per mile

  • Controlled water flows through a serene undeveloped agricultural valley

Bighorn River Lodge prides itself on providing guests with the opportunity to be assisted by highly professional and seasoned guides. Not only is the lodge foremost for fly fishing in the Bighorn River, but it also attracts some of the most talented guides in the industry. These men are devoted to their craft and typically spend over one hundred days Bighorn River fishing each year. It’s hard to find a better expert anywhere along the river’s course!

Whether you are a beginner casting a fly rod for the first time or a world-traveled fly fisherman, the guides adapt to your needs and requests to ensure your time on the water is the best Montana fly fishing experience you can get.


Fly fishing on the Bighorn River is fantastic all year round, but especially ideal between June and September. Are you looking to stay with us? Our lodge’s doors are always open; check our availability to find out when we are and aren’t booked.


Your accommodations are exclusive and private as the Bighorn River Lodge is the only lodge located directly on the upper Bighorn River bank. The lodge is crafted in a rustic log-style construction representative of historic Montana, and guests can enjoy luxurious double occupancy rooms. 

The Lodge comprises 5 different bedrooms, each with its unique personality and décor. Each room features a pair of soft, warm beds adorned with fine linens, a private bathroom, and plush accommodations. King size beds are available for couples on request.

Guests have described the Bighorn River Lodge as "a gourmet restaurant disguised as a fishing lodge." Guests can expect hearty Montana-style breakfasts, delicious handmade boat lunches, and savory home-cooked dinners that are beyond compare. A typical dinner might include your choice of Merlot Glazed Beef Short Ribs or Cornmeal Crusted Walleye with Lemon Caper sauce, served with Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Bacon wrapped Asparagus. It is truly exquisite cuisine, prepared from scratch every day. You can practically taste it in the air if you’re nearby while we cook.

Bon Appetit

The food is as memorable as the fishing. Executive Chef Shawn Smith and the culinary team prepare fresh and locally-grown produce with the finest cuts of meat, poultry, and fish to prepare 5-Star cuisine. Awaken each morning to the smell of Montana roasted coffee brewing while bacon sizzles on the griddle!

Fly fishing the Bighorn River wouldn't be iconic without farm-to-table home-style breakfasts. Warm banana bread, French toast, Montana huckleberry syrup, apple chicken sausage, and Mexicana scrambled eggs help to dissipate your morning grogginess. Have your pick of blueberry pancakes, homemade cottage potatoes, Canadian bacon, Montana apple smoked bacon, and blueberry pancakes, that appeal to every sense. We'll also prepare healthy steel-cut oats, fresh fruit, and yogurt options for those who desire lighter options in the morning!

Boat Lunches as Enjoyable as the River Itself

Ask any guide: the Bighorn River Lodge is known for having the best boat lunches on the river. No peanut butter and jelly sandwiches here (unless requested, of course!)

When lunchtime rolls around, your guide will find a quiet spot on the banks to rest and eat after a hearty morning fly fishing the Bighorn River. On warm days, meals may consist of deli-style sandwiches and side salads such as:

  • Turkey club and pasta salad or taco salad with chipotle ranch

  • Cubano and a Caesar salad or crispy fried chicken with potato salad

  • Pulled Pork (brined overnight and slow cooked in the smoker).

**All boat lunches are accompanied by a variety of chips, homemade cookies, snacks, cold water, and soft drinks.

When the weather turns cooler, enjoy hot soups all made from scratch in our kitchen, including:

Minestrone, clam chowder, chili, cream of broccoli, or potato soup.


If you are flying out to join us, Billings Airport is the ticket. After leaving the airport, it's a short 1.5 mile drive to the lodge from Billings. 301 BigHorn River Lodge Loop, St. Xavier, Montana. You can’t miss it!


Prices listed below are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to change and may be modified or withdrawn without notice. What's Included?

Packages include:

  • All food and lodging.

  • Guided fishing charters in the Bighorn River.

  • Double occupancy in the rooms and two anglers per boat

  • Single supplement charge is $200 per fishing day

Packages do not include:

  • Alcohol

  • Room tax

  • Gratuities for guides and staff

Other Rates Types and Activities 

  • Food and lodging only: Call for pricing and availability.

  • Non Sporting rate: $275 per night.

  • River day trips:  $525 for 1 to 2 anglers.

  • Jet boat day on the lake:  $550

  • Rental gear: $50 per day

  • Skeet Shooting: $50 per person. Minimum of 2 people.

  • Caddis Cabin: $350 per night for 4 people and $50 per additional person with a maximum of 6. Minimum 2-night stay.

  • Fly Fishing School: $2,495