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Fly Fisherman's Lodge on the Bitterroot River, Lolo Mt

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms plus two sleeping rooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16-18

This is a wonderful home situated just minutes south of Missoula on the Bitterroot River. The downstairs offers a game room with a pool table and foosball, workout area with a treadmill and free weights, wet bar and theatre area.

Outside activities on the property include a firepit (for storytelling and s'mores), horseshoes and a newly added volleyball court as well as swimming, fly fishing and rafting.

The main level features an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen and island, a timberframe post and beam throughout with a rock fireplace, and a master suite with all amenities, including a gas fireplace, TV, artist easel, master bath, walk in shower and gas fireplace. Lots of outdoor decking and living areas overlooking the river, including a hot tub and covered porch/barbecue deck. Included is a river view apartment over the garage.

A magical place in both summer and winter, this home is a stones throw to Missoula.

Wildlife viewing opportunities include year-round ducks, geese, eagles, fox, deer and elk, and the occasional beaver trudging upstream. For the fishing enthusiast in the family, there are opportunities to take Rainbows, Browns, and cutthroat trout, and well as a place to put in or take out a raft. This home is also available for weddings. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Albert Zepeda
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Albert Zepeda

Albert Zepeda has been a Montana resident since his family moved from California in 1974. What started out as a family trip across the northwest ended as a complete change of venue. The confluence of river, mountain, and stream led his family to buy a rickety house and ten acres on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula. It was here that Al first began learning the construction skills that would later become a profession, transforming the old structure into a sturdy home that would last 30 years and counting. Al attended Rocky Mountain College where he spent four splendid years playing defensive back for the Battlin’ Bears and earning a degree in Psychology, while diversifying his college experience with a myriad of extracurricular activities such as President of the Karate Club, Resident Assistant for Jorgensen Hall, and a Senator at Large as well as various other positions within the student government. For the past ten years, Albert has devoted himself to the Construction Industry, keeping current with industry standards and building products to offer his clients the very best in construction materials and value. As a builder of fine residential homes, Albert believes that more money spent on a project does not always translate into a better product, and his clients can be assured that decisions always involve a balance between cost, benefit, durability, aesthetics, and function.

The home sits at the end of private drive, Hugo Way, named after Hugo, (the handsome german shepherd featured on the Zepeda Homes Logo). Currently, Al and his new shepherd Strabo are in the process of building the new Lolo Peak Brewery!! While Strabo doesn’t make many decisions, he does seem to provide a mental clarity for his owner. Don’t be surprised if you see him in the back of Al’s truck and you’re sure to make a friend if you have a ball for him to fetch. Al is also a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Montana, but that is another story...

Albert Zepeda purchased this house in 2007

Why Albert Zepeda chose Bitterroot Valley

The Bitteroot River is a very desirable destination fly-fishing trout fishery, offering many excellent opportunities for rainbows, browns and cutthroat Trout.

What I love most about this property is the close proximity to wonderful Missoula, yet when you are at the property you feel like you are in the great outdoors…It is comfortable for one or two people, or large groups...

This location also offers convenient access to the outdoorsman that Western Montana is known for.

What makes this house unique

Close to missoula, yet feels like you are in the wilderness. Lots of wildlife can be observed from the many decks and outdoor patio, as well as a panorama of mountains.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks Al for the great place and comfotable setting. Having the river outside the front door was very enjoyable. We look forward to making another Montana Trip and will definately book with you! Very convenient and close to Missoula. Thanks again and cheers!
Jul 2010
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Lolo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Level - toilet
    Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master - 1 king
    Upstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs loft - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs - 1 king
    Riverview - 1 queen
    Down Sleeping room - 2 queen , 1 double
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Fly Fisherman's Lodge on the Bitterroot River, Lolo Mt
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 38 reviews

Perfect for large family gathering

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our large family thanksgiving. There were many kids and there is lots of room and things for them to do (tv's, pool table, foosball, ping pong, fire pit, hot tub, lots of tabletops for games). Adults were very comfortable and had a great time too with plenty of room for cooking and visiting. It was the perfect set-up. Would definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WVU Fly Fishermen Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Ten college buddies from all over the country just converged on Missoula and the Fly Fisherman's Lodge in Lolo MT for our annual fly fishing getaway. What an awesome place!!! This was our first trip to MT as a group, and the first time ever for many of us, and this "lodge" helped make it a memorable one. It's a huge, beautiful home right on the Bitterroot River, convenient to everything including fishing, dining and shopping. It has all the comforts of home and then some, including just about every activity to keep a large group having fun at home in the evenings (pool table, ping pong, hoops, foosball, hot tub, fire pit, and much more). Al, the owner, makes himself readily available if and when necessary. Our group likes to move around the country each year, but considering the accommodations at the Fly Fisherman's Lodge, and the success we had fishing the many waters in the Missoula area, we'll be back. Fabulous place!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking home in breathtaking country.

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased to stay in this well appointed, beautiful home for our vacation time near Missoula, MT. There was not one thing missing from this luxury home, except more time. The caretaker was extremely helpful in accommodating our plans and giving us information on local outfitters. The town of Lolo is quaint with small town feel, great restaurants, and friendly folks. A quick drive into Missoula was convenient, but the best part of this home is the immediate access to uncontested fishing in so many breathtaking riverways, forks, and tributaries. Not one of us, including our teen/twenty year old children wanted to leave. Packing... was dreadful. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good time for all

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in the house for a couple days and hosted a 50th anniversary for my parents at the house. It was the perfect centralized location for family in Florence, Missoula, and people flying in. The only issue was finding Hugo Ln for many of them, it's not on map services/apps. Other than that everyone appreciated the setting the house/property provided. Great house for the kiddos too, although their worm chucking skills didn't land them any fish this time. Al was great at getting back to me quickly when questions came up about logistics of party rentals, parking etc. Would stay there again and got a lot of comments from the local guests "great place to keep in mind for future gatherings"

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for a Winter Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for our winter rendezvous with friends. The lodge was huge and very nice. Al was great to work with and the lodge was well stocked with everything that we needed. The only surprises were pleasant ones. The lodge was much closer to town than it originally seemed. And there weren't any pictures of the garage, but it had a treadmill, elliptical, dumbbells, and a ping pong table.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place - BUT.............................

  • 3 of 5

My daughter booked this property for an after Christmas family gathtering. It was all the listing portrays it to be but there were a few concerns that we encountered upon our arrival and throughout the 4 days there. After the first night we discovered that a mouse (or mice) liked our peanut butter cookies as much as I do and the Cheetos left in the pantry. We bought a mouse trap and then the little sucker took it too, not sure but after the discovery we sat all of the package food on top of the washer and dryer to be safe. One of the upstairs bedrooms had a number of LARGE spiders and several dropping down on the king bed and in the bathroom. One of my daughters was not as impressed by this as were others - but she was the one sleeping in that room. Problem during the entire stay. The hot tub was working great but needed the chemical balanced out and one of my son-in-laws is a whiz at that kind of stuff and had it in balance within a couple hours. Although the outward appearance of the interior looked clean I did notice the furniture had tons of crumbs and dog hair in every crack and crevice and even found a Leatherman tool in one of the couches.

My wife and I stayed in the apartment upstairs and it looks to be fairly new or remodeled. A great location for some peace and quiet as needed. Shower was an elbow bumper but not a big deal. It was really cold out side and you had to go outside to climb the snowy steps to get there, but well worth the trip.

The garage was heated and nice for the kids to play in as well as having the really nice game room downstairs. Kitchen and dining room were more than adequate to prepare and serve meals and play games. The location and the scenery were great from inside. Internet pictures appear out in the wilderness by yourself but there are other residences on both sides and in front of the place.

It was quiet except for the New Years celebration beginning about 11:00 pm until after midnight. If you don't like guns you would not have enjoyed it as much - anyway, those around us spent several hundred dollars celebrating the New Year with live ammo. I guess if you don't like guns - Montana would not be a place for you anyway??

All in all we had a good time and glad we went. I do think that spending more time getting it ready for clients with a through cleaning would be worthwhile. We got the feeling somebody lives there when it is not being rented as a fishing lodge.

Thanks for sharing!!

Jack Simington

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Missoula international
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kt's Hayloft
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lolo Creek Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Snowbowl ski area
Car: recommended

Western Montana is your backyard!

Other Activities: volleyball, horseshoes


Rates & Availability

Lolo House Rental Rates

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Seasonal Rate
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $275
Tax Rate 7.0%

Weddings are a standard 1500.00 Fee. Group events of over 20 people are an additional 600.00 fee. Your well behaved pet is welcome to accompany you with approval, there is a 200.00 pet fee. For larger events, an additional field can be rented for 50.00 day to accommodate vehicle parking.

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