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Owner/Property Manager

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Fly Fishing. Skiing. Family Retreat.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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4 bedrooms + family room (Sleeps 9-10) with 3 full baths and incredible viewss

The Bold Fisherman Ranch provides the ultimate escape yet perfect place for discovery. The house sits amidst 75 acres on the Gallatin River in the center of some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers with easy access to the Gallatin Highway as well as privacy and quiet for the ideal Montana retreat. Just 12 miles/20 minutes south of Bozeman, it's also 20 minutes from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) with readily available rental cars and shuttles to the property.

Perfectly situated between Big Sky Ski Resort and Bridger Bowl (40 minutes to each), 1 hour from Livingston and the Paradise Valley, and 1.5 hours from West Yellowstone or Gardiner, the western and northern gates to Yellowstone National Park.

The property features a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, fully furnished and equipped; a stocked trout pond immediately outside the home; and ¼ mile frontage on the Gallatin River, one of Montana’s renowned fly fishing rivers. Caretakers live on the property and are available for guidance and assistance, as well as maintenance. While close to the Gallatin Highway, the home and property afford incredible privacy, beauty, peace and quiet.

The house:

• Private and quiet, with views of the pond, 85+ year old barn, Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks of the Gallatin Range of the Rockies. Abundant wildlife.

• Sleeps up to 10

• 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths (one master bedroom with king; one bedroom with queen; one bunk room with double bed on bottom; twin on top and twin trundle bed; one family room with queen pull out couch, 2 twin futons and a queen airbed). Linens provided.

• Stone fireplace with firewood provided

• Full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, 2 refrigerators (one downstairs), fully equipped

• Gas BBQ Grill

• Eating areas indoors and on outside decks

• Phone service, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with satellite connection; CD player and Ipod dock

• Double paned windows and baseboard heating throughout

• Washer/dryer

• Mudroom for flyfishing and ski equipment

• Decks and covered porch

The property:

• 75 acres with private access from Gallatin Highway

• ¼ mile river frontage on the Gallatin River; trout pond; meadows, springs, row boat for pond, easy access for fly fishing

• 85+ year old barn

• Outdoor fire pit for evening camp fires, weather and drought conditions permitting

• Caretaker family living on property for guidance, concierge services, help and maintenance

• Views of the foothills and Spanish peaks beyond the pond and river

• Winter cross country skiing out the door

• Wildlife seen from the windows of the house include: many varieties of ducks, geese, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and other birds, deer, fox, beaver and the very occasional moose and bear

The vicinity:

• 12 miles and 20 minutes from Bozeman with access to all shopping needs, The Museum of the Rockies and local restaurants, bars, cultural events and movie theaters. Bozeman is a town of 37,000, home of Montana State University (10,000 students) and is the center of the Gallatin Valley.

• 20 minutes from the Gallatin Valley airport with easy rental cars; pickup can be arranged with property caretakers.

• ½ mile from The Gallatin Gateway Inn (hotel and restaurant) and the small community of Gallatin Gateway (get your bison burger fix at the locally popular Stacey’s Grill!)

• 40 minutes from Big Sky Ski Resort, Lone Mountain Ranch (a Nordic ski resort and summer dude ranch) and Bridger Bowl

• 1 ½ hours from the western and northern entrances to Yellowstone National Park

• 1 ½ hours to Virginia City (the original state capital of Montana, restored to its 1800’s condition)

• Floating on the Gallatin and Madison Rivers

• 1 hour from Three Forks, Montana, the site of Lewis and Clark’s camp at the convergence of the Gallatin, Jefferson and Missouri Rivers; and the Madison Buffalo Jump (a Shoshone site for buffalo hunting)

• Easy driving distance to dozens of trailheads for day hikes and backpacking in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area/Spanish Peaks, Gallatin Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and other areas

• Winter access to cross country ski trails

• Fly fishing river guides on adjacent property and available through local contacts

Caretakers live on the property and are available for consultation, guiding, airport pickup and dropoff, concierge services and maintenance. Arrange for the house to be stocked with groceries and other necessities prior to your arrival if desired. They will also make arrangements for fly fishing guiding, float trips and instruction in advance of arrival.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner/Property Manager (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Owner/Property Manager

This property has been owned by our family as a retreat for 25 years. Originally Chicagoans, we now live on both coasts. The second generation of our family now owns the ranch and is offering it as a vacation rental. The caretakers have lived on the property for 16 years and are available for guide services in the area, as well as any other needs.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 1990

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Montana

The Bold Fisherman Ranch was originally bought as a fly fishing retreat, but it quickly became a family gathering place given the beauty and serenity of the property. When you can pull yourself away, the ranch is in close proximity to the area's wonders, including the Gallatin River, the Spanish Peaks, Big Sky, Bridger and Yellowstone National Park. Twenty minutes from Bozeman, it offers a perfect combination of easy access to shopping and amenities with privacy and the feeling of a rural retreat. The trout pond and river access make it a rare property for both fly fishing afficianados and lovers of Montana beauty.

What makes this house unique

Traveling down the drive from Gallatin Highway, one enters the ranch and quiet and beauty descend. The views from the house include the fishing pond, an 85+ year old barn, expansive meadows bordered by the Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks in the background. Wildlife abounds, and the sky changes constantly: as beautiful on clear days as when clouds roll across the sky. We frequently see deer, fox, bald eagles, herons, ducks, sandhill cranes and more from the house. We never tire of the views and the sound of the river flowing through the bottom of the meadow, whether gathering by the stone fireplace in winter, or hanging out on the expansive deck in summer.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)
Fly Fishing. Skiing. Family Retreat.
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Great choice

  • 4 of 5

Brought my family together to visit my son in Boseman, plenty of room for 8 adults and 2 children. Great location. Amazing view.

House was thoroughly equipped and clean with many extra fishing amenities.

Loved the walk to the river and yes there are fish there!

Eric always got back to me with any questions and was very hospitable.

Mike Borgogna

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike! We are happy you enjoyed your time in Montana and it was a pleasure to meet you all. Safe travels Erik
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Sherwood Park


  • 4 of 5

There were 3 couples in our party - we came down from Canada for a family wedding in Bozeman. What a lovely spot! Tucked away from the main road behind trees, over a little wooden bridge.... It's a very quiet and private setting despite owner's house being next door; we saw Eric upon our arrival to show us the house, but didn't see anyone the rest of our stay - we felt like we were the only ones there :-). The house has a great floor plan with 1 bedroom up and 3 down (2 plus den). It was clean and well appointed. There's neat character to the decor in the house, nice porch area with swing chairs, lots of room in each bedroom, and great common space. Everyone in our group agrees it was a very relaxing place to be!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bold Fisherman Ranch

  • 5 of 5

The Bold Fisherman Ranch was fantastic for a family reunion with a group of older fisherman. Our experience could not have been better. The weather started stormy but ended in heavenly fashion. Sunrise and sunsets were unbelievable.Since most of us were rusty on fly fishing skill, the adjacent pond was a dream. Access to the Gallatin River is a super bonus that proved to be great fishing for rainbows. The bedroom and kitchen amenities were just like home and the owners were close so any need could be met.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laguna Niguel, CA

A very special place

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful home. We decided to stay here specifically because of the fishing access but there were many other reasons this home is special. The view is fantastic with lots of wild life in the early morning and early evening. Although the home sleeps 10, we were originally going to come on our own, but wound up inviting a few friends who stayed with us part of the time. The home was originally owned by a fly fisherman and he has accumulated a lot of fly fishing gear, all of which is there for you to use including rods, waders, fishing vests. We brought our own gear but did wind up using a fishing net when my husband lost his down the river. My husband and a friend caught a number of trout on the pond and several fish in the small, private stretch of river. The pond is not stocked so all of the fish in it are wild trout (catch and release by fly rod only). The access to the river is limited and a little difficult to get to if you are not wading. The river was low when we arrived and dropped substantially while we were there so fishing on the river was not at its best.

The house is just off the Gallatin Highway, but once you are there, you would have no idea there was a road nearby. It is very private and quiet. The house has lots of pots and pans and many unusual items such as a Cuisinart. It is well stocked with the basics such as spices, flour etc. It also has aluminum foil, handiwrap, sandwich bags, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap. Also, condiments and other items left by guests can be found in the refrigerator and cupboards so it's a good idea to check in and see what's there before you go grocery shopping. The only thing not supplied is bar soap (however there is liquid soap).

The location of the home is only 1 mile (almost exactly) from Gallatin Gateway and 5 miles from 4 corners. It's an easy drive to fish the Gallatin Canyon which is only about a 30 minute drive away. It's a about 40 minutes to Ennis Lake and fishing on the Madison. Although we didn't fish it, the Yellowstone River is about one hour away. So it's a great location for fishing.

It also is very close to a golf course, a gym with temporary memberships (The Ridge), an excellent grocery store (Rosauers) and downtown Bozeman. On the 4th of July we went to the concert and fireworks at the fairgrounds. Fantastic. Bozeman is a wonderful town, and the people are VERY friendly. We have already booked for next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Family fun and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at this property with our young son and my in-laws. This was a perfect location for this crew - lots to do and explore but also options to sit and relax. We spent a lot of time exploring the Bozeman area with great recommendations from the owners. From floating on the Madison to hiking in the Gallatin/Hyalite canyons to eating at the great restaurants in town, we had a wonderful time in Bozeman. The house has everything you could possibly need and a lot of space for our group. I highly recommend this property and hope to get back to it soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Graduatation Celebration

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I booked this house for our family as they came in for our college graduation. We stayed here for 5 nights. The house is beautiful and the view is amazing. We had 10 people fit nicely in the house with plenty of room. We also had a graduation party after our ceremonies and all the additional guest fit into the house very easily. The caretakers are amazing and very sweet. They showed us the house a few days before so we could get into the house at a more reasonable time at our check-in. They stocked the house, brought an extra propane tank when we needed it, and were very easy to reach.

I gave the house 4 stars versus the 5 stars because the pull out couch that we were going to use for family was actually broken and was not suitable for sleeping, so we had to bring our air-mattress from home. Then on the last day before we were leaving there was a septic tank issue for the downstairs. Erik came over right away to look it over, go and get parts, and tried to fix it, but sadly was unable. We were still able to use the upstairs bathroom so we weren't out of bathrooms all together, but it was difficult to share 1 bathroom among 10 people. However, Erik was so nice and did try to fix it and we understand things happen.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay there and we would recommend it to anyone. The family from out of the area really enjoyed the geese and deer that frequented the backyard. If we have family come again we will stay here once more. :)

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gallatin Gateway House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Jun 1 - Sep 15
2 night minimum stay
Dec 20 - Jan 2
2 night minimum stay
MSU Graduation
May 1 - May 15
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fees vary by number & season. Max $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

All renters must be accompanied by at least one person 25 years or older on premises.
Cleaning fees vary depending on season and number of guests.
Pet policy: pets will be considered on individual basis, with additional fee of $100 for each pet. Renters will be responsible for any and all damage.

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Montana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath has full tub with jets and steam bath; a separate shower; ceramic tiles and wooden cabinets. The other two bathrooms are downstairs. Bathroom 3 is shared with Bedrooms 3 and 4. Bathroom 2 is attached to Bedroom 2. Downstairs baths have linoleum floors and wooden cabinets; full tub/shower combination in each.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom on main floor with attached Master bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • The Master bedroom features the following: a walk-in closet with built-in dressers, king bed, deck with views of the pond and river, attached master bath (also the bath for the main floor) with shower and bathtub with jacuzzi and steam. Bedroom 2 is downstairs with attached bath and walk-in closet with built-in dresser and a view of the pond. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed (double on the bottom, twin on top) and built-in closet and dresser space. Bedroom 4 is a family room with sleeper sofa and stored futons. All bedrooms have views of the pond and meadow beyond.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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