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Fishing and Birding on Fishtail Creek

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Fishing And Bird Watching On Fishtail Creek

Located at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, this ranch house can sleep 8. The home is very comfortable with 2 bedrooms upstairs, 2 bedrooms on the main floor and 2 baths. There is a large sunny kitchen, dining room that seats 8, and living room with original rock fireplace and oak floor. The deck is accessed off the living room and overlooks Fishtail Creek.

There are many outdoor activities at the ranch, such as fishing, hiking, bird watching, photography, sightseeing, and a picnic area for roasting hot dogs and making ‘smores!

Along Fishtail Creek and in the abundant tree cover at the house, many species of birds find shelter and visit our bird feeders frequently. The owners have a love of all the feathered friends on the ranch and have observed Pinyon Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, House Wrens, Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches and an occasional Black Rosy Finch, Common Redpolls, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Pine Siskins, White and Red Breasted Nuthatches, American Goldfinches, and so many more.

The Stillwater and Rosebud Rivers offer world class fly fishing and are only 15-20 minutes away. Woodbine Falls and the trail to Sioux Charlie Lake are a short scenic drive up the Stillwater Valley. The Stillwater River also offers opportunities for rafting and kayaking. We can help you arrange for a day of horse-back riding or an overnight trip into the mountains. ATV rentals are available in the neighborhood for exploring mountain trails in the Benbow and Nye area.

If you wish to take a trip into Yellowstone National Park, the drive from Fishtail to Red Lodge and over the Beartooth Highway into Yellowstone Park will be a highlight of your trip. The 90 mile drive will take you to the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City. You'll need to allow at least 3 hours travel time into Cooke City because of the numerous switch backs that take you up and over the mountains.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall - every season is beautiful in the Beartooths!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rita Westrum and Peggy Joki
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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About Rita Westrum and Peggy Joki

In 1928 our grandfather, Michael Lesnik who was born in the Savinjske Alps of Slovenia, fell in love with the Fishtail Area. He and our grandmother, Katherine had immigrated to the US in 1906, and in 1912, homesteaded on a dryland farm north of Columbus, MT. Grandfather longed for the mountains, streams and lush forest of his homeland. Grandfather would occasionally accompany a friend to go fishing at Fishtail, and the area reminded him of his beloved Slovenia. He determined he would buy a place in this valley, and somehow he managed to do just that. We grandkids marvel that he was able to accomplish that during the Great Depression and the 'dirty 30's.' Since that time, several generations of Lesnik kids, cousins, grandkids and great-grandkids have roamed the hills and fished and floated on Fishtail Creek. The ranch continues to operate as a working ranch, raising cattle, sheep and hay. And now the Lesnik Kids have decided to remodel the house, built in 1941 by our dad, Leo Lesnik, and rent it as a vacation rental. We have retained the original feel of the house, but have given our family home a 'face lift.' We are pleased to offer this well loved home for your enjoyment!

Why Rita Westrum and Peggy Joki chose Beartooth Mountains

This property has been in our family since 1928.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Fishing and Birding on Fishtail Creek
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Privacy, wild life and views!!

  • 5 of 5

The Lesnick property is awesome!! It is very private with an abundance of wild life all around. Waking up every morning to lots deer, wild turkeys, grouse and bunnies right outside the doors and windows, grazing on the crab apples, apples and the many snacks available on the property was so wonderful! Surrounding the house are incredible views. The creek is on 2 sides of the house. The house sits on the drive way that leads into the farm, so if you wanted to explore the farm you could. Beauty and tranquility surround this home. The house itself was like going up to camp! The property is very, very, very clean and well maintained! The house has everything you can think of! Not only that, everything is in a place that you would look first!!! I needed a pair of scissors, right there in the drawer I checked in the kitchen. Someone wanted a deck of cards, right there in the kitchen drawer. Everything we needed was there. Also, we did have communication to the outside world with the wi-fi, but no cell reception which I LOVED!! That little house is so comfortable it was hard to leave. With the radiant heated floors it was very cozy! Our son got married and the venue was just about 10 minutes away! It worked out wonderful! Peggy,Ken, Rita & Jack are wonderful! They live real close by and really take care of their property and their guests while giving us real privacy during our stay. We stayed about a week and I would return in a heartbeat!! I will come up with a reason to get back there!! The place has lots and lots of things to explore around the area. I wish I knew how to fly fish, as there are so many places and signs for access to local rivers to fly fish!!! Red Lodge was a great side trip, such a quaint old town! The property is also only about 40 minutes to Billings where my son's business is! The general store in Fishtail was one of my husbands favorite places!! A little bit of everything!!! The Lesnik place is far, far better than any description on paper could ever relate!! Thank you for the beautiful memories that will always be with us around my Son's wedding!! The Lesnik Place was a blessing for our family!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful and fully equipped home in a beautiful setting. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying Fishtail Creek, abundant wildlife, migratory and resident birds, and a working ranch operation. Excellent location as a base for exploring scenic Stillwater County and amenities in various communities that are a few minutes to several hours away.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ditto Michael P!

  • 5 of 5

Spot on review by Michael P. We concur! We fell in love with the area. Planning on returning for a month. The Lesnik Place is unmatched in detail, history, information and everything you need for a perfect stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The last, best home

  • 5 of 5

This is a quality, comfortable home. It is well thought through, skillfully crafted and spotless clean. Everything needed is where it should be; nothing has been scrimped. The setting is very nice; babbling creek, lovely trees, neat old horseshoe pits, well-tended and fenced flower and vegetable garden and a small herd of Angus dropping nearby each day. It's as American ranch home as you could ask.

The area is one of the best in the country for mountain hiking. An east-west line of drainages flowing north from the Yellowstone Plateau have carved a series of canyons back into the Absaroka/Beartooth range, each with a variety of trails, each canyon lovely and appealing in its own way, all different. The road system is more than adequate to allow you to move easily from one drainage to the next and I-90 parallel to the Yellowstone River is little more than a half-hour drive north.

Fishtail is a wide spot in the road nearby with a decent little market and a bar/cafe, Absaroka, a few more turns up the road has the Red Bud Cafe with some of the best simple fare breakfast I've ever found and Roscoe to the east is home of the world-famous Grizzly Bar. You'll have to work at it to starve out there.

The Lesnik family has a good story to tell of how they came to Montana and what they found and made there. You're going to like the place and the people.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect and the hosts were awesome. Everything we needed was there and it is a beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Merry Christmas to the best Mom & Dad-in-law!

  • 5 of 5

The best gift ever to have a great adventure of fishing, hiking, looking for deer and elk, eating great food, a wonderful place to read and relax at the Lesnik Place! Plus learning the history of the family and how the homestead and property evolved with love and care. Thanks to the best hosts ever! We so enjoyed the photos and stories. Loved the cats! The garden was so yummy!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Cowboy Bar
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cowboy Bar and Supper Club
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Red Lodge Mountain
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Fishtail House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

$150.00 per night for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest, 5 to 8 guests, is $10 per person per night additional charge.
7% Montana Lodging Tax.
$50 cleaning fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Fishtail House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Showers in both bathrooms - no bathtubs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Our insurance does not allow for special events such as weddings, large group parties, etc. Permission from the owners is required for large gatherings at the house.

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