Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Emigrant, Montana.

Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, MT


Two-time recipient of the "Orvis Lodge of the Year" award including 2008. Perched on its own mountain in the heart of Paradise Valley in Montana, the massive log lodge offers the finest fly fishing, five star cuisine, and beautifully appointed guestrooms with majestic views from the decks. With Merrell Lake--an 85-acre spring fed mountain lake full of trout at the front door, the enchanting Yellowstone River at the back, Montana's famous spring creeks and Yellowstone Park minutes away, it's hard to decide where to fish! Horseback riding on our working cattle ranch, hiking in our mountains among pine forests, and picnics next to our secluded mountain stream await. Our reputation is built on our variety of blue-ribbon trout fishing and 24 years experience.

Date Range

Our lodge usually opens within the first 10 day of June and remains open until October 1st.

What is Provided to Customer

We will provide rods, reels, and waders to anyone that does not want to bring their own gear or to those that do not have their own gear. There is no charge for this. We have a fully stocked fly shop that can handle most of your fishing needs, including fishing licenses.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

We fish between 5000 and 7000 feet above sea level, with our lodge right in the middle at 6000 feet. The lodge is on the shore of 85 acre Merrell Lake, which is a great place for a drift boat ride while fishing for large rainbows and browns. Tom Miner Creek flows through our property for almost four miles of brushy pocket water full of trout. We float almost fifty miles of the Yellowstone River, mainly near Gardiner. The Livingston spring creeks (DePuy's, Nelson's, and Armstrong's) are awesome private waters. And we wade fish the whole northern half of Yellowstone Park - ranging from the Firehole River to Soda Butte Creek. There are literally thousands of miles of water to choose from. We can even hike into Grebe or Cascade to target grayling.

Typical Weather by Season

The month of June is typically cooler with chances of rain. July and August are usually dry and warm, and September cools off again with a little rain again. The heat of summer can reach 90, and cold fronts in June or September can have short lived snow. Layers are key!


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Once you arrive at Hubbard's - you'll be taken on a short tour of the lodge. This tour will show you everything you need to know to have a successful trip. You'll learn about the dining room and meals times, the bar and when happy hour starts. You'll be introduced to the chefs or any other employees that are around and you'll be taken to your room. That evening you'll meet up with your guide and put a little game plan together. All itineraries can be changed with a moments notice to accommodate weather or just a change in feeling. Each day's activities are up to you - if you want to do it, we'll make it happen.


On-site Activities

Hubbard's Lodge offers fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, trap shooting, ranch tours, shopping tours, Yellowstone Park tours, and massage.

Off-site Activities

We are more than happy to help you navigate the surrounding area. Whitewater rafting is a very popular activity and it's located just 17 miles from the ranch. There are also rodeos, plays, festivals, and farmer's markets all waiting to be explored. We'll show you the way and get you going.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Hubbard's Lodge is made up of four lodges and all four have guest rooms. The main lodge was built in 1988 and all six of the rooms in this lodge open to a huge great room. The other 12 rooms all open to covered decks and porches. The rooms are all basically the same but some have two queen beds and some have one queen bed. We have decorated in Pendleton style with high thread count sheets and L'Occitane amenities. We always say our meals are "comfort gourmet" and it really is true. From the giant breakfast buffet to the river side lunch, it's all good. Our favorite dinner selection so far this year is Chef Dakota's Beef Tenderloin Medallions with homemade Goat Cheese Stuffed Ravioli.


Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows, browns, cutbows, brookies, and grayling. June can have some spring runoff so we fish the Firehole, Madison and Gibbon in Yellowstone Park, and on Merrell Lake. The Park will have a lot of PMDs and caddis at that time. The lake will fish well with beadheads and large chironimid patterns. Late June and early July is Salmon Fly and Golden Stone time. We chuck huge dry-fly patterns all over as the hatches move upstream. The Yellowstone River is renowned for its stoneflies. Drakes come next, providing great dry fly action while floating the Yellowstone and wade fishing Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park. By late July we are into hopper season, usually trailed by an ant or beetle. September brings more drakes and some baetis. Late September can be a great time to pull streamers on the Yellowstone River. We will do some nymphing throughout the season, but are predominantly a dry-fly fishery.


What Should Customers Bring?

Most of the guests in our lodge are in jeans and shorts. Some guests might "dress up" for dinner or our Saturday night cookout, but comfortable casual is the dress of the day. Most mornings and evenings are chilly, so remember to layer when packing. Also, don't forget a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and your camera!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where should I fly into?
A. If you're flying to us, then you'll want to fly into Bozeman. The lodge is located an hour and fifteen minutes from the Bozeman airport. Our shuttle is $200 roundtrip per vehicle.

Q. Are gratuities customary?
A. Like most lodges, our employees rely on gratuities. We ask that you take care of your wranglers and guides directly. Our house staff pools all of the gratuities left to them. Though this gratuity is not automatically added to your bill, we recommend 8% to 12% of your lodging bill if everything was great.


Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge, MT is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 37.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Perfect Trip This was our fifth trip to Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge and it is still worth every penny. The staff is amazing, the food is fantastic and the experience is unbeatable. It is truly a place you can return to year after year. If you haven't been, add it to your bucket list. It is worth completely worth it. An experience you will never forget.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Place Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful time that we shared at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge. Our time with you was intended to be special for me and my two sons. Now that they have families of their own, it’s much harder to have father and son time. You we’re the perfect place, time and group of activities for us. Thank you for helping us to enjoy the beauty, of your area and for your being so respectful of the blessings of mother nature’s magnificience. You should be proud of your people , your, facility and your accomplishments as it is my belief that you are in the memory business. You certainly were successful in our case as we will always have wonderful memories of our family time together at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge. Your courtesy, hospitality, food and attention to detail is no less than Five Star! Last weekend we had a customer appreciation day and I shared, with my company employees, my expectations for customer service based on my experience at Hubbard Lodge. At the end of the event, we got great reviews. Thanks for being such a perfect example of how to create a great experience for your clients! We’ll be back soon.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Visit! Our favorite place to escape Arizona's awful summer. Hubbard's doesn't disappoint. Beautiful property, amazing staff, something for everyone. We will be back!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful This is the second year my wife and I have visited the Lodge. It has activities for people of all ages, from the serene tranquil beauty of it's surroundings, to fishing or watching the indigenous wildlife or the rugged jeep and horse trails that makes it an experience to remember. Gourmet meals are included, and the staff always there to attend your every need. It truly is a red carpet experience on a Ranch.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lodge Hubbard's Yellowstone Ranch is one of my family's favorite places to go every year. The rooms are cozy and beautifully done the amenities are wonderful. The staff is one of the friendliest staffs I have ever come across, always greeting you and with a smile. The food is absolutely amazing and so Yummy!! Hats off to the Chef!! My family and I were able to see a lot of wild life while we were there, and my son loved seeing all of the cows!! We got to enjoy the hiking, the scenery, and the amazing food. We can't wait to come back next year. Thank you Hubbards!! We will see you next year
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a Great Time This year marked our tenth trip to Hubbard's! We have always enjoyed the lodge, but it keeps getting better each year. The food is amazing, the hospitality is second to none and the lodging is just gorgeous AND so comfortable! The horseback riding is a blast, the fishing is phenomenal and the food is always amazing.
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2014 Summer Vacation Hubbard’s Yellowstone is a first class ranch all around! The scenery is absolutely amazing, the staff makes you feel like family, the food is incredible and lodging is comfortable and relaxing. What makes this ranch so special is the attention to every detail that makes up the entire vacation experience. We signed up for a 3 day riding package. On the first day, the wranglers paired us up with a horse that was a match for our riding ability, and we rode for 3 days. In the mornings we moved cattle and in the afternoons we rode to different parts of the mountains where we saw bald eagles, elk, deer and all the amazing scenery you could imagine. Our wrangler, Wraymond, brought us to some of the most remote areas in the mountains that you would never see by car. In addition to the riding package, we visited Yellowstone for 2 days with our guide, Rachael. She was very knowledgeable and gave us a unique perspective of the park and its history. This was a truly amazing vacation and we will definitely be back!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Perfect Wow- what a place! Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge was a dream come true for my husband and I. We didn't really know what to expect but on the advice of friends went to the lodge to relax and get some guided fly-fishing in (I had recently completed a 2-day Orvis fly-fishing course and was eager to catch some fish!). From the moment we pulled up to the lodge and Sheree so happily welcomed us and checked us in, we knew we were in for something pretty special. The view of the valley was heart-stopping, with a never-ending view of the Yellowstone River meandering below. Our lakefront room (within a few steps of the main lodge) had a large front porch with a table and chairs where I spent hours reading and relaxing and gazing out onto the lake. The lodge itself is gorgeous- large, inviting, and beautifully furnished, with backgammon, chess, checkers and board games out and ready to be played, not to mention all sorts of homemade treats available throughout the day and night. Guests gathered in the bar area each afternoon to relax, play cards, and compare adventures of the day, and dinner was served outdoors if there was a BBQ scheduled (we had a whole barbecued pig one night) or indoors for fine sit-down gourmet service (but still casual dress which we loved!). The food is spectacular, and the chefs/cooks are all graduates of the finest culinary schools throughout the country. Service was spot-on all the way around and you could tell the staff loved working there. Our fishing guide Dave Force was the absolute best (I had asked for someone patient and of good humor since I was new to fly-fishing), and we have already booked him for next year when we return. We caught tons of fish both days, and Dave was great at knowing exactly where they liked to hang out. He was so fun, and so patient (I did lose a *few* flies lol), and a great teacher- and having talked to other guests, they were all equally impressed with their guides as well. It's obvious the Hubbard family takes great pride in their lodge, and their staff, and for good reason. They provide superlative service and experiences for their guests, from fishing to horseback riding to herding cattle to shooting skeet to hiking to playing soccer to letting guests simply be- and they do it always with a genuine smile and warmth in their hearts. It doesn't get any better than that.
Date published: 2014-07-29
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Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Nancy Hubbard Schaefer
287 Tom Miner Creek Road
Emigrant, MT 59027

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