Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Cascade, Montana

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The Lodge At Eagle Rock


Phone icon406-468-0095 Phone icon406-465-2230 Email iconmanager@lodgeateaglerock.com Link iconlodgeateaglerock.com
4 Cooper Drive
Cascade, MT 59421

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The Story

The Lodge at Eagle Rock is the number one destination resort on the Missouri River. You can expect world-class fly-fishing with top guides and luxury accommodations. We are located in the middle of the widely-renowned 30-mile tail water stretch known as the "Worlds' largest spring creek." You can look forward to catching large, hard fighting rainbow and brown trout in beautiful settings during the day. In the evening, relax in front of the large stone fireplace or tell tales around the outside campfire overlooking the river and historic Eagle Rock, and enjoy the fabulous cuisine prepared by our chef. We truly enjoy meeting you as a guest and then saying goodbye/see you later as friends.

Date Range

We have great fishing year-round! However, weather dictates that our season typically runs March through November. Please see FAQs for When is the Best Time to Fish the Missouri? as this provides information about specific hatches and other details.

What is Provided to Customer

Whether the guest brings their own fishing equipment, prefers to travel light or is new to the sport of fly fishing, the Lodge has waders and boots available in all sizes and our outfitter and guides have rods and reels to suit most anyone. We also have a fully stocked pro shop in case something catches your fancy or is forgotten in the bustle of packing.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Missouri River, Dearborn River and Prickly Pear Creek

Typical Weather by Season

The Montana mantra may be "wait 5 minutes and the weather will change", but we can boast an amazing average of 270 days of sunshine most years.

April-May: Spring in the Rockies! 40-70 degrees. Can be beautiful, sunny and still chilly or very warm t-shirt weather; or rain/snow and cold abound, but the fish are aggressive and hungry this time of year.

June: 50-75 degrees. Tough to determine as it decides whether to remain spring or move into summer! The fishing is wonderful though, and June bookings fill up fast.

July-August: 70-95 degrees. Summertime fun and fishing! Great weather to be on the water!

September: 50-80 degrees. The last few years we have had incredible weather and phenomenal fishing.

October/November: 35-75 degrees. Fabulous fall colors and oh, the fish!

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Most of our guests fish 2-5 days and stay 3-6 nights, arriving late afternoon from a flight into Helena or Great Falls in time to get settled and have dinner. You will fish a variety of water – depending on your interest and ability. A typical day: breakfast made to order, depart for fishing from the Lodge with your guide between 7:30-9:00 am (weather dependent), stop in a beautiful spot along the river to enjoy a packed lunch and return to the lodge about 4-5:30 pm. Guests typically depart on their last day after breakfast or, if you are unable to get a flight out until later, many decide to fit an additional half day of fishing in, go for a walk along the river, sleep in or get a massage!

Activities

First and foremost, we are a fishing lodge so we pride ourselves on taking very good care of folks looking to fish and relax in comfort. Aside from world-class trout fishing with excellent guides, there are a few other things to do in and around the lodge. The lodge sits on the river with an astounding view of Eagle Rock, named by the Lewis and Clark expedition. You can relax by the fire and connect with friends, or challenge them to a game of pool, shuffleboard, darts, horseshoes, or corn-hole. There are short hikes nearby that you can drive to and plenty of wildlife can be viewed, including Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles. We do work with a local guest ranch for horseback trail riding and can drive you there for a small fee. We are happy to suggest local historic points of interest and eclectic shopping or eateries in nearby towns and cities. However, if you are looking for a first-class fishing expedition, fantastic food, friendly faces, and extremely comfortable beds, we would love to have you book a trip with us for boatloads of fishing fun!

Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for a variety of species throughout the season. The most commonly pursued are Rainbow and Brown Trout. We have access to Cutthroat Trout and some Brook Trout as well. We even offer charters for Walleye, Yellow Perch, and even Carp!

Lodge at Eagle Rock Rates

1 day fishing, 1 night stay: $1,150
1 day fishing, 2 nights stay: $1,500
2 days fishing, 3 nights stay: $2,150
3 days fishing, 4 nights stay: $2,750
4 days fishing, 5 nights stay: $3,300
5 days fishing, 6 nights stay: $3,900
6 days fishing, 7 nights stay: $4,500

2021 Rates:
2 days fishing, 3 nights lodging: $2,250
3 days fishing, 4 nights lodging: $3,100
4 days fishing, 5 nights lodging: $3,750
5 days fishing, 6 nights lodging: $4,500
6 days fishing, 7 nights lodging: $5,300

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. When is the best time to fish the Missouri?
A. That is a tough question, because there is never really a bad time to fish the Missouri. We are spoiled by the tail-water system controlled by several dams, so runoff and high water are not much of a concern. Our prime fishing season usually begins in March and ends mid-November. Fishing in the spring and fall is usually very good, but the weather can be unpredictable.

The best dry fly fishing is typically mid-May through mid-August and picks up again in mid-September through the end of the Autumn.

The small streams we fish are usually best in June and July.

March/ April- Baetis and midges, and the ever-present aquatic life of a tailwater.

May/June/July- March Browns Caddis and PMD's

July/August- Trico's and Terrestrials

September/October- Psuedo's and Baetis

The Nymphing is always pretty good.

Q. How do I get to the lodge?
A. The lodge is located near the town of Craig, which sits halfway between Helena and Great Falls on interstate-15. Depending on where you are traveling from and connecting flights, one airport may offer a better itinerary than the other. Each airport is within an hour of the lodge. The lodge does offer a shuttle service for those who do not wish to rent a car.

Q. How are gratuities handled?
A. The average Missouri River guide tip is $100-150 per boat and it's preferable that the tipping be handed directly to your guide. If you would like to leave a tip on a card or by check, our manager will see to it that guide tips are paid out as requested. We utilize a gratuity pool for staff tipping and the manager can advise which staff are included in the pool. Most guests tip 10% percent of their invoice total towards the staff pool. These are guidelines and suggestions only.

Q. Directions to the lodge?
A. The Lodge is very easy to find. We are located right on the river near I-15 and just off the Dearborn Exit, or Exit 240.

From Helena: Take I-15 north towards Great Falls to Dearborn Exit (240). The lodge is located off to the left of the interstate on Cooper Drive.

From Great Falls: Take I-15 south towards Helena. Take Dearborn exit (240). The lodge is located directly in front of you on Cooper Drive.

Q. What should customers bring?

Clothing:

  • Socks (2 polypro/wool/cotton)
  • Light weight shirts (2 long sleeved/1 short sleeved)
  • Fleece pullover or sweater
  • Warm jacket (mornings can be below 40 degrees)
  • One pair thermal wear (2 pair if no fleece pants) – early/late season
  • Pants: one pair quick dry; one pair casual (jeans/chinos); one pair fleece for underneath waders – (early/late season)
  • T-shirts and shorts (quick dry)
  • Gloves or convertible mittens (fleece) – (early/late season)

(Of course, how much you pack will be determined by how many days you are staying. Housekeeping will do your laundry the day it best fits with your stay or every other day if it’s a long stay)

Footwear:

  • Slip-ons for comfort wear in and around the Lodge
  • Wading boots or river sandals/shoes
  • Camp shoes or Hiking shoes

Fishing Gear:

  • Hat (wide brimmed)
  • Sunglasses (polarized are best)
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants if not using waders – (early/late season)
  • We provide any/all fishing equipment, as needed. Or you are welcome to bring your own. Guests usually fish 8 or 9 foot; 4-6 weights.

Montana Fishing License: MT fishing licenses can be purchased in advance on the Montana FWP Online Licensing link: https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html You can also visit one of the several fly shops in Craig or go to any Montana sporting goods store.

Miscellaneous:

  • Camera
  • Book or journal
  • Sunscreen & lip protection Species Tab

 

 

 

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Our all-inclusive fees include:

Spacious rooms have two extremely comfortable double beds per room, full private bathroom, flat screen television with satellite and decorated with Montana outdoor touches and log furniture.

Breakfast, lunch, gourmet dinners, snacks, packed lunches for outings as well as a variety of beverages are included. The majority of our guests return and always ask, "Is Chef Geoffrey still there?" Yes!!! Since the Lodge opened its doors, he has been serving up cuisine everyone raves about.

Two common areas: one with the bar area, dining tables, pool table, shuffle board, darts, fireplace, sofas and much more; the other near the coffee/tea bar, fireplace, lounge chairs and more dining area.

Shuttles from/to Great Falls or Helena airports.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Place! What a place! The Lodge at Eagle Rock completely surpassed all of my expectations. I planned the trip for 4 of us, the 3 others had never been fly fishing and didn't know what to expect. Angie and Shaunna were extremely helpful in getting everything set up ahead of time. Upon arrival, we met the staff and they couldn't be nicer people. The food is amazing. The chef, Geoffrey, prepared incredible breakfasts and top of the line dinners. It is so much fun to sit in the Lodge bar after fishing and talk about the day with the other guests and their fishing guides and the staff. Laura serves up some amazing cocktails. The owner of the Lodge happened to be staying at the Lodge during our stay and we became fast friends. The Missouri River didn't disappoint. Everybody on our trip caught a bunch of trout and many large ones, as well. It didn't matter that 3 people in our group were new to fly fishing. The Lodge set us up with guides that were a perfect match. The views at the Lodge are amazing and there were deer grazing on the property every morning and evening. The whole trip was incredible. I am already planning my next trip to The Lodge at Eagle Rock.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lodge-Great time! This is my 3rd time to The Lodge at Eagle Rock and won't be my last. Angie, Laura, Geoffrey and Matt are wonderful hosts. They attend to our needs, are enjoyable to be around (actually they are one of the big reasons I keep coming back) and are key in making our trip enjoyable. You won't go hungry staying at the Lodge as Geoffrey's meals are incredible. Casey does a wonderful job of aligning us with really great guides. They are all wonderful, knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around. I look forward to this trip every year.
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent accommodations! The lodge was great! Great food! Eddie was an excellent guide!
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever!! The accommodations, the staff, the food, and the fishing are the best of all the lodges I have stayed in in Montana. I recommend it enthusiastically Oh yes, the guides were great
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome first time experince! This was our first time visiting the Lodge at Eagle Rock and it was an awesome experience. My son & I spent 4 nights at the Lodge at Eagle Rock and wish we'd stayed longer. We didn't want to leave. We'd have to say the staff played a major role in this experience. Angie, Laura, Geoffrey, Matt and the rest of the staff are very accommodating and go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. The fly fishing guides (Klay, Eddie & Casey) are the best at what they do and made sure we had a great experience on the water. They were more than happy to provide instruction and tips to ensure we had an great fishing experience. We will definitely be returning to the Lodge at Eagle Rock. We hope to make it an annual father/son trip.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lodge, Staff and Fishing I've visited the lodge over the last 6 or 7 years and it is incredible every time. The lodge is 5 star. Angie, Laura, Geoffrey and the rest of the staff are very accommodating and strive to make sure everything is perfect. Casey (the outfitter) and the guides are top notch. They provide an excellent fishing experience for everyone from first timers to avid anglers. I will continue returning to the Lodge at Eagle Rock.
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spoiled a first timer What a great place to start fly fishing! Spent 4 days on the river with 3 guides. Every one of them was first rate - very knowledgeable, capable and personable. As a novice to fly fishing, they had me up and catching 20” trout in no time. No grumps in this group and we caught lots of fish. The lodge staff were great as well. Very accommodating and made you feel at home. The food was excellent and cooked to order. (Try the blueberry and pecan pancakes.). The facilities are spacious, clean, and comfortable. Having started fly fishing at the Lodge, my biggest challenge will be finding someplace to top it. That’s why I’m already planning my next trip there for 2020.
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Rate! Recently visited The Lodge at Eagle Rock for three days of fly fishing. Simply put, a great experience. The lodge, service, meals, guides and most importantly the fishing were outstanding. Plan to book again and take some friends.
Date published: 2019-06-24
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