South Fork Lodge, Swan Valley, Idaho

South Fork Lodge, Swan Valley, Idaho

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South Fork Lodge, Swan Valley, Idaho 

South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho's world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley. This angler lodge in Idaho has stunning wilderness locations that effortlessly blend rustic elegance with outstanding activities and exceptional hospitality.


South Fork Lodge specializes in corporate retreats where the only distractions are the sound of the rushing river and calls from the local population of bald eagles. Productive group sessions and amazing fishing experiences go hand in hand. Groups can confer in our private meeting room, which features a secluded patio and river views. Accommodations are available for up to 50 individual guests or 39 couples. You can have a total private buyout or partial booking packages that include lodging, meals, meeting space, cocktails, and fly fishing in Swan Valley, Idaho. Or simply escape the office for a day meeting.

Fishing Program

Winding through 65 miles of waterfalls, lush valleys, and steep canyons, the South Fork is widely regarded as one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the country. It's home to native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout. From the Palisades Reservoir to the confluence with Henry's Fork, the South Fork is immense, and every mile offers unmatched trout fishing. The "Upper" South Fork starts at Palisades Dam and ends at the Conant Valley boat access. This section encompasses approximately 15 river miles and is the most accessible. From the Irwin access, the river opens up as it meanders through Swan Valley. The side channels and the shallow riffles offer excellent wading opportunities. Some of the best dry fly fishing on the river happens at our angler lodge in Idaho.


Lower down, the "Canyon" is the section of the South Fork beginning at the Conant Valley boat access down to the Byington boat access. The float from Conant to Cottonwood is about 15 miles, so once you're in the canyon, you're in for the day. South Fork Outfitters can also offer guests use of their private access about 12 miles down from the Conant boat ramp. Private ramp access ensures your day in the canyon is tranquil and unrushed, allowing you to spend a day in some of East Idaho's most dramatic country. Below Byington, the nature of the river once again changes and flows through a cottonwood forest. This stretch of the river covers approximately 25 miles.


Anyday you decide to fly fish the river, you're bound to get a catch; guides exude patience and are adept in teaching you precise techniques to help you hook your trout-cutthroat. You'll even stop to rest and meander serenely along the river. All guides at the South Fork Lodge are accomplished fly anglers, excellent instructors, and experienced boatmen. All our fishermen will work hard to provide you with a quality experience tailored to your specific requests. You probably won't want to leave Snake River fishing lodge.


Fishing is active all year round; however, the South Fork angler lodge in Idaho is open from May through October.


The South Fork Lodge is an elegant Western lodge built along the banks of a striking bend of the renowned South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. The lodge's rustic beauty provides world-class fly fishing and exceptional neighborliness, all in a stunning wilderness location. Its secluded setting and luxury amenities offer an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience for each angler that visits the Snake River fishing lodge.

Cabin Rooms:

Relax in a cabin room with majestic views over the Snake River. After a day spent fishing on the South Fork of the Snake river, there's nothing like returning to one of our beautiful Deluxe Suites. You'll experience paradise at the angler lodge in Idaho, with accommodations in charming two-story log cabins adjacent to the casting pond with scenic views.

Lodge Rooms: 

Lodge rooms offer rustic elegance with sweeping views of the Snake River. Conveniently located within the main lodge, these suites provide the perfect mix of rustic elegance and modern amenities. In a Lodge Suite, you're only steps away from the bar, guest lounge, and dining room. Each suite offers two queen beds, comfortably sleeping up to four guests, and an en suite bathroom. A private terrace overlooks the river providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful sound of the moving waters. The suites are equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and wireless internet for your convenience.

The River House: 

River House is a private home located a mere 75 feet from the riverbank; you never have to be too far from the tranquil sounds of the South Fork in the River House. Ideal for families, sets of couples, or groups of up to eight people, the secluded, rancher-style house is the perfect setting for memories that will last a lifetime. Imagine fly fishing Swan Valley, Idaho, from the banks of the property or spending evenings watching the wildlife from the wraparound back porch. Serenity is just a cast away with windows for walls and the flowing river as your soundtrack. The flexibility and privacy of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom River House allow our guests to customize their stay and enjoy a comfortable house full of amenities. Guests are invited to come up to the Main Lodge, where they can experience memorable, locally-sourced meals created by our Chef to satisfy the appetite built on the river.


The menu at the South Fork angler lodge in Idaho may be the best in the entire state. Seasonal fare and local ingredients are centric menu underpinnings. Offerings include:

  • Grilled Rocky Mountain bison ribeye
  • Prime center-cut filet mignon
  • Slow-roasted pork prime rib with crimini mushrooms

Lighter Choices Include:

  • Pasta plates
  • Signature soups such as smoked trout chowder
  • Refreshing salads with lobster
  • Brie quesadillas, and a world-famous macaroni and cheese


The Lodge's Riverside Bar & Grill also provides guests with one of the region's finest wine lists, and the wait staff's exceptional service rounds out an evening to remember. Walking into the dining room at any time of day inspires a sense of breathtaking awe. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the South Fork's magnificent cottonwoods swaying in the breeze while drift boats and fishermen toil in the nearby river. The dining room's atmosphere is complete with the light of guest conversations, hearty laughter, and contagious joy as you share the space with fellow anglers, guides and guests.

Getting There

The lodge is built directly on a notable curve of the legendary Fork of the Snake River in picturesque Swan Valley, Idaho. The largest airport, Idaho Falls Regional Airport, is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a 43-minute drive from the airport to South Fork Lodge (41 Miles) via U.S. 26 West.


Prices listed are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to change and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Price does not include applicable tax or indigenous fees, fishing license, or domestic and international flights unless otherwise expressed. 

What's Included?

  • Rooms
  • Meals
  • House drinks
  • Guided fishing
  • Packages Do Not Include
  • Transportation to the lodge
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Taxes
  • Terminal Tackle


Terms and Conditions–Cancellations

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is due within ten days of booking for all reservations, and final payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. All cancellations must be received in writing. No refunds will be given unless a replacement is found. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment acknowledges that the registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses for their reservation. We strongly recommend purchasing