BLUE RIBBON WATERS CABIN ON THE WEST FORK RIVER W/ HOT TUB

Gary and Missy Plum

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Bedrooms 3
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Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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BLUE RIBBON WATERS CABIN ON THE WEST FORK RIVER W/ HOT TUB

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Main cabin: 2/2, private Guest cabin 4/2, Bunk house 4/2

Relax in this serene 5+ acre setting while Elk, Deer, and Moose wander through the Ponderosa Pines. Enjoy the stunning drive following the winding West Fork river, coming upon the breathtaking Painted Rocks Lake, and a little further to mile marker 26. 7 miles further along the road is the Idaho boarder. The drive alone is breathtaking.

From May through September you'll see fly fishermen and women all along the West Fork and add in creeks, plus numerous float boats with guides and fisherman, after five different trout species.

Summer nights are frequently in the mid 40's with days in the dry 70's at this elevation of 4,800. The road is well kept in winter, allowing easy driving access to Lost Trail Ski Resort where you'll discover great skiing and snowboarding. It's locally owned, so come prepared with equipment or stop in Hamilton and get stocked up at Bill Ward's Outdoor store that carries everything for the year round avid outdoors sports person.

Our favorite activities are fly fishing the West Fork River and Overwhich Creek as the sun sets in the West, hiking, and riding ATV's. Summer activities are numerous, including hiking, fishing, and ATV riding the 3,000 miles of Forest Service trails we have behind us, including the Magruder Trail into the Frank Church Wilderness.

Or, simply enjoy the front porch swing and read a good book. Afternoon naps are wonderful, especially with the refreshing mountain air, snuggled under a wonderful down comforter. There's also plenty of sightseeing to do from Glacier National Park to historic battle sights, and Hamilton's famous Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/bitterroot

'A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root'

- Wheeler, 1898 -

Keywords: Log cabin, West Fork River, Bitterroot mountains, fly fishing, trail riding, hunting, remote, wildlife, 55+, relaxation, peaceful, solitude, R&R, fishing, hiking. nature, family reunions.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Gary- we had a great time at the cabin on W Fork Rd. Especially enjoyed the Salmon fly hatch! We caught some very large fish , both above and below the dam. We were surprised at the size of the fish above the dam, Cutthroats to 17 in or more. Salmon flies really brought up some nice fish. We even had a case of a fish lost by Steve, his Salmon fly in the fishes mouth and me catching the same fish downstream on another Salmon fly pattern.

Fishing was a bit tough on the main stem due to higher water this year. We also fished the Big Hole, East Fork, Blodgett and Blue Joint. The West Fork was overall the best fishing we've seen in years.

The cabin /bunk were great- tankless hot water a plus. Hot tub was not used as we kept late hours for dinner, etc. Blodgett was most stunning but not a good choice in 95 degree sun!

I made a new batch nectar for the Hummers and the Jays fed on unused bread products. What a beautiful view out the front window too!

I have a couple questions- the Beano Ranch may be suitable to bring my wife as she loves horses but I couldn't find any web info. Thanks for getting us ranch access for fishing- we fished there the first night and the fish cooperated nicely.

The mattresses were comfortable as were the pillows.



Overall it was quite an enjoyable stay and the cabin/bunk were just great and quite well equipped. We look forward to returning again to Montana.
Jul 2014
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Gary and Missy Plum

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We've been exploring Montana, Colorado and Idaho since 1966. When we found the Bitterroot Valley, we fell in love with the land and the people of Ravalli County. Home is Florida for us, but our hearts are in the Bitterroot Valley.

Gary and Missy Plum purchased this cabin in 2010

The West Fork area is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. There are over 3,000 miles of trails to ride, and we haven't even discovered the winter activities yet! All the locals tell us how great the local ski slopes at Lost Trail are for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Plus, there are thousands of miles to ride snowmobiles that await our exploration this winter.

I love exploring the high mountain lakes, trails, and creeks that surround the West Fork area. Sleeping is so refreshing with the fresh mountain air under the down comforters and memory foam topped beds, so I love taking naps at 4,800 altitude. I'm usually tired for the first three days as my body adjusts to the altitude.

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Blue Ribbon Waters Cabin on the West Fork River W/ Hot Tub
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
Missoula, Montana
5

GREAT GETAWAY.

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful getaway at your West Fork cabin. Living in Missoula, I think we sometimes take the mountains for granted, but being in such a peaceful and relaxing setting made for an outstanding vacation. It’s a beautiful cabin in a beautiful area. We look forward to returning next year.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
Bradenton, FL, USA
5

WONDERFUL VACATION

  • 5 of 5
Just returned from a week at this great property. We used the main cabin and my parents used the guest cabin. They both exceeded our expectations. Everything you could need for a relaxing stay. After long days of fishing and hiking we relaxed in the hot tub. The kitchen is fully stocked and ready for use but we also enjoyed grilling and cooking over the fire pit. The location is great, we found 3 hikes close by and although the creeks were running pretty swift this time of year we fished at both Lake Como and Painted Rocks Lake. We saw lots of wildlife and since we are from Florida were amazed at the beauty of this location. We are already planning a trip for next year. The beds were comfortable, the cabins were spotless and there is a great view from every window. We flew into Missoula and the drive down was beautiful and the property was easy to find. Would highly recommend.
  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
LOMA RICA/MARYSVILLE, CALIFORNIA
5

THE BEST IN THE BITTERROOT !

  • 5 of 5
OUR FAMILY HAD A LOVELY TIME IN THIS SPACIOUS AND CHARMING CABIN ON THE WEST FORK OF THE BITTERROOT. LOTS OF ROOM FOR KIDS, DOGS, ETC. GREAT FISHING NEARBY. OUTDOOR COVERED PATIO AND LARGE FIRE RING WERE AN EXTRA NICE FEATURE. WHOLE FAMILY AGREED WE WOULD CERTAINLY RETURN !
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
Hillsboro, OR
5

WONDERFUL VACATION TO BITTERROOT VALLEY

  • 5 of 5
This was our second stay at this cabin and we cannot wait to get back a third time! The cabin is in a beautiful location and we could not ask for better accommodations than this home offers us! Throughout our week stay, we were flyfishing, hiking, geocaching, and horse riding. Truly, something for everyone! The wildlife that we saw daily added to the trip. MANY deer and elk! This was especially fun for our kids! They became very good spotters for wildlife.
I would not change anything about the cabin. It has everything needed for a true "home away from home." Thank you for opening your home to us! We look forward to our next trip.
The Stone family
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
Rosemary Beach, FL
5

JUST WHAT I NEEDED...

  • 5 of 5
If you love fishing, hiking, exploring, or just hanging out in a cool place, then this is the place for you. The cabin sits just above the West Fork of the Bitterroot, 2 hours from the Missoula Airport. We could not have asked for anything more in terms of accommodations. It had everything that we needed during our stay, less the main ingredients to a meal, which you will need because there are no restaurants nearby.

We spent our first day slaying trout on a float trip for 3 miles that ended at Conner Cut-Off. Use Jim at the Orvis shop in Darby as your guide. There are a lot of access points down the West Fork and the East Fork, if you like to go at it alone, which we did for the remainder of the trip. We also broke up the fishing with a hike to Boulder Point. It is on the upper side of intermediate, but well worth it on a clear day. There are quite a few scenic hikes, but we just ran out of time.

I suggest the Naughty Moose just up the East Fork for dinner if you end up in the area after a day of fishing or hiking. It is informal and the food is great. For an upscale dinner, we hit the Triple Creek Ranch (20 minutes away). I don't think I would stay there, but the chef is excellent.

We will be back...
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Darby Bitterroot Valley
Melbourne FL
5

BELIEVER!

  • 5 of 5
Believer! I had heard about the beauty of Montana but like everything, I took the accolades with a grain of salt. Wrong! As we entered the Bitterroot Valley it soon became apparent that the beautiful streams and mountain vistas were indeed, a one of a kind. Beauty is everywhere. The rivers are full of native trout. We caught over 200 fish! That’s right 200. We saw Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Elk, Mountain Goats, Quail, Grouse and several Bald Eagles.
The accommodations are very good. We were 4 adults and 4 children; we found the accommodations to be fantastic. Spacious and well-appointed with beautiful stained glass and game trophy's everywhere. If you fly into Missoula be sure to stop for food on your way to the cabin. After a long day outdoors, it was nice to settle into the spacious living room to relax and recount our adventures of the day.
Hamilton offers three well stocked grocers. Darby, which is the closest town to the cabin, only has one grocery store and food choices become limited. Be sure to stop by the Bitterroot Fly Company for your fishing license and some local tips.
I have fished all over the world and this place is now on my top two list. Guess I'll be going back, I hate indecision!
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Missoula, Hamilton has a small private airport.
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Painted Rocks Lake Beach
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Lost Trail Ski Area
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
West Fork Lodge - excellent steakhouse
Nearest Point of Interest
West Fork Lodge
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Cutoff
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Frank & Michelle Hedrick
Car: necessary

Amazing fly fishing on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River; great cut throat, rainbows, cut bows and brown trout all around in the creeks and rivers. Guide trips available from numerous professionals. Gym, gas, hunting supplies in Darby; grocery stores, salon/tanning beds, shopping, golf in Hamilton. Swimming and water activities in Painted Rocks Lake near cabin and Lake Como in Hamilton.

The Bitterroot Chamber:

has a very good video that gives you an idea of what there is to see and do in the area

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Availability & Rates

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Darby Cabin Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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$1,180
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $69
Pet Fee $350
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes A bunkhouse is also on the property that sleeps 4 with a full bath. There is 1 private log cabin bedroom with a king size bed attached to the main bunkhouse that has a bunk bead, sitting area, kitchen with under counter refrigerator, two burner range, convection microwave and sink. The bunkhouse can only be rented as part of the main cabin and is $50/night plus $50.00 cleaning.
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Amenities

Darby Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Cabin bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main cabin bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Main cabin bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bunkhouse bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Guest cabin - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Separate guest cabin, close to main cabin.
    Bunkhouse - 1 king , 2 bunk bed , separate building 100 yds from main cabin
  • Main Cabin: one queen bed in master, two twin beds in guest bedroom. Guest Cabin: one king and double sleeper sofa. Bunkhouse: one king in master, one bunk bead in living area.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • winery tours
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • hunting big game
  • mountain climbing
  • whitewater rafting
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
  • hunting
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
Notes:
Games, puzzles, cards in hidden living room closet; BOSE iPod player in main cabin.
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