Are you going to finish your coffee on the deck while watching elk graze across the river as the sun peeks over the Sapphire Mountains, or are you going to step off the deck and catch that 18 inch Westslope Cutthroat feeding at your feet? Life is full of tough choices.
Whether your day is filled with fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Lost Trial Powder Mountain, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, browsing antique shops, exploring small town Montana, visiting the Big Hole National Battlefield, tracing Lewis & Clark’s steps without leaving the property (what a great history lesson if you have kids!), or exploring the Nez Perce Trail, horseback riding, enjoying a good book, or a napping on the deck while listening to the river gurgle... you’ll love coming home to The Riverhouse and an evening that’s likely to include sites of big horn sheep, moose, deer or elk. Then smores at your campfire next to the river and the sight of more stars in one night than you’ve likely seen in a life-time. Leave your "Sounds of Nature" CD at home and crack the sliding door and nod off to the sounds of the river just a 33 feet from your King Size "Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed" in the master bedroom. You might even be treated Coyotes singing you to sleep from Coyote Gulth (yes, that's the real name of the gulch) across the river.
The Riverhouse is a unique experience, away-from-it-all, yet in the middle of everything the Bitterroot Valley and Mountains have to offer. So close to all of the activities you want to experience in the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains, yet once you enter the grounds, you’re away from it all - ready to enjoy the river, the mountains directly across the river, the wildlife, and the peace and serenity of The Riverhouse.
Whether you're looking for relaxation, wildlife viewing, fishing, or hiking you can do it all and more right here at The Riverhouse and still be only minutes away from everything the Bitterroot Valley, Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains have to offer.
If you're the adventurous type you'll want to walk a couple hundreds yards upstream and follow some of the small streams coming from the west and explore the Beaver dams.
You'll love the extra touches that make The Riverhouse your home for a few days, a week, or a month. Touches like:
* King Size Sleep Comfort Sleep Number bed in the master bedroom. Ever wonder what it was like to sleep in perfect comfort? Find out while you're at the Riverhouse.
* The huge deck that starts 18 inches from the river bank.
* Fitted bottom sheets. Don't you hate it when you stay in a hotel and you're ready to jump into bed and you end up remaking it because the bottom sheet comes untucked?
* Large soft snuggly bath towels.
* Snuggly comforters
* Themed decorating that highlights local history and the great outdoors of Montana (The Lewis & Clark trail, Nez Perce Indians, Big Sky country, Montana Wildlife, and of course Fly Fishing).
* Give yourself a history lesson and study the wall maps and artwork that show that Lewis & Clark likely had lunch right on the property. The Nez Perce trial runs right through the property also.
* Outdoor fire pit
* Comfy deck chairs
* The balcony off the 2nd floor bedroom with it's wonderful view of the river and "The buffet" just across the river where deer, elk, big horn sheep and moose graze on the grasses and willows. We call the grassy area across the river the buffet because the wildlife are over there grazing so much they must think it's a "buffet".
When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana, I literally said, "O-MY-GOD Patty, You have to see this" when our realtor sent us information on The Riverhouse. It's location, right on the East Fork, with its reputation for great dry fly fishing... and its close proximity to a half dozen world class rivers and dozens of great creeks blew me away! Then we found out about Lost Trail Powder Mountain skiing 16 miles away - all of the great trails (if you're used to skiing the mega resorts with huge crowds you won't believe how much room you have to yourself). The history, right here - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - a great wonderful "Real Montana Home Cooking" restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surronding mountains have to offer... The minute we drove onto the grounds of The Riverhouse, Patty and I knew this was our second home.
When we bought the Riverhouse I expected to spend a lot of time fishing those other world classes rivers and streams close by, but after fishing up and down the river right off the deck, I seldom go anywhere else. I’ve fished all of the famous rivers in Montana and scores of creeks, and it doesn’t get any better than up and down the river right here at the Riverhouse.
I was shocked at how good the fishing was and then I realized that it’s not easy to get on the river right around The Riverhouse unless you own property, or know someone who does, so it’s likely that during your stay you will not see another angler. Other than my friends, staying with us, I only saw one other angler last year.
Please remember, it is always illegal to keep any cutthroat trout on the East Fork. To keep this one of the best places to fish in the world, please practice catch and release with all fish.
Remember what Lee Wulff said in 1938, “A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once. Releasing the fish is your gift to other anglers.”
If you need a fishing guide, just ask us.
We're sure you'll love The Riverhouse like we do.
Give us a call, see phone number below - Pacific Time.
Call between 8am and 10pm please.
Keith & Patty Lee
The Riverhouse is 76 mile south of Missoula, 30 miles south of Hamilton, and 14 miles south of Darby on Montana on Hwy 93.
No pets, please.
You'll want to take incredibly scenic drives up the East Fork Road, five minutes away and explore beautiful East Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains, You'll also want to drive up the West Fork Road - 5 minutes away on the other side of the Bitterroot Valley and see the picturesque painted rocks and Bitterroot Mountains that surround you along the way, Be sure to visit The Big Hole National Battlefield - another wonderful drive through the Sapphire mountains to the Big Hole Valley, You'll also want to set aside a day to explore Darby, a quaint old west town 14 miles north on hwy 93, and don't miss historic downtown Hamilton. Most of all you'll want to enjoy the sounds of the river, the deck and the mountains from the deck.
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