Wade the Dearborn in the back yard where no one else fishes in this completely renovated custom house on 10 acres of the former Gary Cooper Ranch. Don’t be surprised to see deer, geese and ducks in the window nudging their way near the deck, especially at the spring waterfall that cascades down the slope. if you are especially quiet and observant, the hundreds of acres of park and ranch across the river also have mountain goats, bears, antelope and even the mountain lion.
Help yourself to the library, watch satellite television or DVD movies, or read from the house’s library.
The public put-in is an 11 hour trip; private access to two shorter put-ins make this a recommended site for many Montana guides. Launch from the back yard and float one half mile down the Dearborn River to the Missouri River or from anywhere on the Dearborn to your own private fishing hole among some of nature’s oldest rock outcroppings.
Only few miles from the Missouri Inn over the bridge where the Untouchables was filmed, enjoy the canyon or visit the Lewis and Clark’s Tower Rock and surrounding Park. From this base, see the spetacular Glacier Park or the continent’s largest dinosaur digs to the northwest, float the Lewis and Clark Trail by pontoon boat and lunch at the island where one of the nation's most famous fires occurred, or travel south to Yellowstone National Park or Jackson Hole, each an easy day’s visit.
Bring your dogs to the kennel behind the house, hang on the deck with river and tremendous rock views, play pool or light the outside fire pit for a campfire. BBQ or enjoy the new, custom kitchen and fisherman’s décor. In the evening, take your pick of 3 spacious bedrooms where at the end of the day 6 extra long beds await or tie a few at the fly-tying table.
If you’ve worn out your guide, invite him to stay in the renovated 1898 historic Cooper house (often listed on your GPS). This guest house sleeps 2 more.
Keywords: fly fish, swim, wild life, hike Lewis & Clark, pool table, hunt, gamble, games, deck, fire pit, 10A of fields, waterfall, deck, lodge
We are avid outdoor people with political jobs that keep us indoors or reading the news all too often. The men were driving thousands of miles on annual "vacation" fly fishing the West. One year I persuaded them to rent a week in Montana, and they found hundreds of great spots to fish all where the Dearborn and Missouri Rivers connect. The next year we bought not one but two great houses -- and have not looked back.
We fish in the summer and hunt in the winter ... terrific!
We drive through Yellowstone to Jackson Hole, go to Fort Benton for the statue of a dog (Shep) and the most famous Wild West block north of Great Falls, visit the Charles Russell Museum to see the new exhibits, float the historic tour of the places Lewis and Clark saw, and endlessly fish or sunbathe. There are shrimp-fed edible pink fish at the dam, and someone is always giving us elk or venison to roast (which you can actually buy), yum! And the galleries and jewelry are fabulous, but you may even enjoy the gambling. The first time I read in the yard, three deer were curious and came closer to visit!
fly fishing, hiking, dinosaur digs, bird watch, ride the rails, Glacier/Yellowstone Parks a few hours away, walk to Lewis & Clark Tower Rock, play pool at the Dearborn house, Charles Russell Museum in Great Falls less than an hour, live music in Craig, Museum of the Rockies (dinosaurs) in Bozeman 2 hours away.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event||Minimum Stay|
|Property Damage Protection||$49.00|
|more than four guests||$100.00 + Tax|
|major holiday fee||$100.00 + Tax|
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