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Keith Lee

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

The Riverhouse on the East Fork of the Bitterroot

36 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

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 - 16 miles away, 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 for young and old alike), exploring The Nez Perce Trail (also on the property), horseback riding, enjoying a good book, or a napping on the deck while listening to the river gurgle at your feet... you’ll love coming home to The Riverhouse and an evening that’s likely to include sites of big horn sheep, deer or elk.

Then s’mores at the 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' white noise maker at home, 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 be treated to owls hooting the evening away or Coyotes singing you to sleep from Coyote Gulch (yes, that's the 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 wade across the river and hike to the top on Coyote Peak or take your four wheel drive up to the top of Sula Peak and take in the awesome views of the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains.

You'll love the extra touches that make The Riverhouse your home for a few days, a week, or a month. Touches like:

* The huge deck that starts 18 inches from the river bank.

* 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.

* 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 – Grab a comforter and a deck chair for cozy star gazing.

* Themed decorating that highlights local history and the great outdoors of Montana (The Lewis & Clark trail, Nez Perce Indians, Big Sky country, and of course fly fishing.

* Enjoy the themed bedrooms. The second bedroom with the deck overlooking the river has a cowboy and cowgirl theme. The 3rd bedroom has a Montana wildlife theme.

* 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 its wonderful view of the river and Sapphire Mountains. You'll very likely see deer, elk and big horn sheep from the balcony.

When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and our Realtor sent us information on The Riverhouse, I literally said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, You have to see this.” It's location, right on the East Fork, with its 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 wide Montana sized 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 surrounding 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 class 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.

FISHING - NO WARM WATER CLOSURES!!!!!

In the 12 years that we've owned the Riverhouse the river has never been closed because of warm water. The Montana Department of Wildlife often closes rivers all day or in the afternoons due to warm water. This doesn't happen on the East Fork of the Bitterroot. The elevation at the Riverhouse is 4,000. Even on the hottest summer days the temperature gets into the 40s at night. The water coming to the house comes from even higher and cooler temperatures. The East Fork has not had any warm water closures in the 12 years that we've owned the house.

NICE COOL NIGHTS FOR SLEEPING ALSO.

Please remember, it is always illegal to keep any cutthroat trout on the East Fork - and 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.

Please call between 8am and 10pm pacific time.

Keith & Patty Lee

P.S. I've started mounting biking since we bought the Riverhouse. My favorite ride is to drive to the Crazy Creek campground, 4 miles away, and then bike up a mile or two and fish. It is beyond awesome.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Keith Lee (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About Keith Lee

The picture here is of Keith and Patty snow shoeing at the Big Hold Battlefield - a forty minute drive from the house. They have snowshoes that you can use for free at the Battlefield. Keith and Patty have two kids and two grandkids, who all love the Riverhouse. They love the water and live on a lake near Seattle.

Keith Lee purchased this house in 2004

Why Keith Lee chose Bitterroot Valley

When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and the Realtor sent us information about the Riverhouse, I said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, you have to see.”

It's location, right on the East Fork of the Bitterroot with its 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 on the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce trial - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - a wonderful 'Real Montana Home Cooking' restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding 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 class 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, or rent our house, so it’s likely that during your stay you will not see another angler.

What makes this house unique

Most guest tell us that spending time on the deck 18 inches from the riverbank with the sapphire mountains in the background is their favorite time at the Riverhouse. There next favorite - taking in the same views from the second story or the cathedral windows of the house. Others like being just 16 miles from Lost Trail Powder Mountain and coming HOME after a day of skiing. Still others enjoy the dozens of hiking trials within a few minutes drive and then again others are in awe of the wildlife.

Reviews

4.9
based on 36 traveler reviews

The Riverhouse on the East Fork of the Bitterroot
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews
5

Could not be better

  • 5 of 5

It is rare that a rental lives up to one's expectations, but for us, the Riverhouse not only did so, it exceeded them. Easily accessed, beautifully located and appointed, and very well cared-for, it really could not have been better for our recent small family visit. The direct access to the river and nearby hills and hiking trails was greatly appreciated, and the opportunity to relax and observe/enjoy the local wildlife (LOTS of different birds, etc) made the setting that much more peaceful and easy to enjoy. It's a great spot, and fishing is pretty good, too... Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We had friends from around the country come and experience the Riverhouse - and it was a hit! The river, wildlife, and "at home" feeling of the home made for one of the most enjoyable times ever. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Wonderful home with great fishing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last summer, loved it, and came back this summer. Clean, comfy, spacious home is right on the river. Wade in for great fishing right there at the house, or up and downstream.

House is fully equipped and has all you need. Dishwasher, full-size washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, baskets of towels. Nice deck with comfy chairs to sink into. Nice BBQ, fire pit and picnic table in the grassy backyard. Living room has high ceiling and abundant windows for a beautiful view. Master bedroom slider opens onto deck and view. Lovely, peaceful place, truly one of a kind. Look upstream in the evening to see deer. Take the owners' suggestions and make the side trips, too.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Great Time

  • 5 of 5

In June we stayed at the Riverhouse for the second time. It did not disappoint. We've had great experiences both times we have been there. It's a great location with good access to a variety of recreation opportunities with fishing and hiking being the main focus for our group. The house is very comfortable and well-equipped. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Cooper City, Fl (in Fort Lauderdale)
5

Excellent stay. Wonderful time.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at The Riverhouse. The scenery is simply breathtaking, beautiful and relaxing. Our two boys ages 13 yr and 17 yr had a blast fishing, playing in the river, eventually crossing to the other side and hiking up the mountain behind the home. The owners are incredibly kind and very easy to be contacted and respond quickly. We ate at Naps for some awesome burgers and grilled steaks one night at The Riverhouse on their grill. Very , very comfortable beds, clean, and spacious! All the comforts and necessities of home. We loved it and had an absolutely wonderful time. Loved our time simply relaxing on the back deck and watching and listening to the river. Very relaxing. We definitely would recommend this beautiful home and would stay again. Cleanliness, comfort, beauty, scenery, relaxing, and convenience are important to us on our trips and we found everything here. Greatful for the extra towels, bedroom fans, and extra pillows too. All appreciated! Loved having the doors cracked open at night listening to the river. Thank you Keith!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Prosser, WA
5

Perfect getaway for all seasons

  • 5 of 5

While the main attraction of The Riverhouse for our group was fly fishing, we found so much more upon arrival. The fishing on the Bitterroot is world class, and there are plenty of beautiful stretches of river just off the back deck (for the East Fork) or a short drive (for the West Fork). But we had just as much fun hiking to nearby peaks in the morning or relaxing around the fire pit during the evening. The house had all the amenities we could have wanted for our stay, and our hosts were quick to respond to email inquiries leading up to our visit. I highly recommend The Riverhouse for a relaxing trip to the mountains.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Missoula
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rocky Knob
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Hamilton Golf Club
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Missoula
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 93
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rocky Knob
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Car: necessary

You'll want to take incredibly scenic drives up the East Fork Road, 5 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 right here at the Riverhouse.

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Rates & Availability

Conner House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Aug - Sep
Aug 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$320
$1,920
$7,680
 
 
Oct - March
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$220
$1,320
 
 
Apr - May
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$240
$1,440
 
 
June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$260
$1,560
 
 
July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,040
 
 
Aug - Sept 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$320
$1,920
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$340
$2,040
$8,160
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are for 4 guests. $10 per night per guest over 4.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Conner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom with slider to deck.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Our Montana wildlife themed bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private deck overlooking the river and mountains.
  • Bedroom #1 King Size Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed - Bedroom 2 and 3 Queen size Beds. Two couches in great room. Also, queen size inflatable bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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