The Lodge at Palisades Creek is located a few miles beneath Palisades Dam on the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, ID.  The South Fork is hands down one of the finest dry fly fishing rivers in North America, or for that matter anywhere on earth. The river sees prolific hatches of many varieties of caddis, mayflies, stoneflies and midges throughout the season. With 5,200 trout per mile and a daily size average of Yellowstone Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown Trout in the 14 - 18 inch range, the South Fork of the Snake should be on every serious fly anglers must see list. The Lodge at Palisades Creek is Yellow Dog’s first choice for fishing on the South Fork. A beautiful facility – perfect for groups, couples, and families with great non-angling options available and good fishing within walking distance of the lodge - on the South Fork, Palisades Creek, and also in a private “spring pond” on property that is absolutely loaded with trout and insects.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, from single day trips, to multi-day family lodge packages, to full-blown corporate retreats. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend trip or a week-long Idaho fishing package, we can make it happen. Please contact Yellow Dog for all information and options.

Accommodations and Lodging

Lodge at Palisades Creek AccommodationThe Lodge at Palisades Creek sits on 22 acres of riverfront property on the South Fork at the confluence of Palisades Creek. The lodge has a variety of lodging options to accommodate you while fishing on this magnificent piece of water!

South Fork House - This is the premier rental on property. The A frame style house has two bedrooms, two baths and an incredible deck that sits twenty feet over the river. The master bedroom and well appointed sitting area are right next to Palisades Creek and have private access to a full master bath. Up the winding log staircase is the second bedroom and full bath. Additional space for kids can be made with a roll away bed. There is plenty of room here to gather your group for a cocktail or meeting before or after your day of fishing.

Open Floor Plan Cabins - The riverside Open Floor Plan Cabins offer a bit more "stretching room". These studio-style cabins are nice for couples or close friends. The cabins can be set up with two twin beds or one king size bed. There is a private bathroom in each. All cabins have an outdoor sitting deck with chairs and a table. Cabins with an open floor plan include Hannah's, Chris's, Cottonwood, Palisades, Alisa's Cabins and the Office Condo.

Two Room Floor Plan Cabins - These riverside cabins are a bit more confined but offer more privacy than the open floor plan cabins. There is a bedroom with two twin beds or a King bed, private bath, and a separate lounge area with a couch and chairs at the entrance of the cabin. The Two Room Cabins also have a comfortable outdoor sitting deck with furniture and parking. Cabins with two room floor plans include Sarah's and Creekside Cabins.

Duplex Cabin (Jane’s) - This unit is actually two in one, Jane A and Jane B. With a door separating the two rooms, this is a great unit for families. Each unit has its own private bathroom. Jane A is set with two twin beds. The bed frames dictate they stay that way. As does the Queen size bed in Jane B. A spacious outdoor deck and close proximity to the casting pond make this a favorite for the kids! Also has parking and is very quiet.

Food and Beverages

The Lodge at Palisades Creek serves delicious "Wild West" inspired gourmet dinners created by our chef. Beautifully presented fish and steak entrées are accompanied by organically-grown local vegetables and fruits, irresistible calorific desserts and hearty wines. Breakfasts are served in the "Cowboy Bar," a refurbished antique diner. In addition to a cornucopia of healthy fresh pastries and juice, just tell the staff your ideal breakfast and they will make it to order. Chocolate chip pancakes? Asparagus frittata? No problem. Picnic lunches are cleverly prepared and sent with guides in individual coolers for their day of fishing or hiking. Superb dinners are prepared by the chef nightly and served in the Dining Room or the Liar's Den by the chef and his professional staff, each of whom are dedicated to presenting an outstanding real Western dining experience. The "open bar" offers a wide range of excellent wine's, scotch's, whiskey's, gin's and vodka's.  If you would like something special, just let us know and we will have the lodge purchase it on your behalf and have it waiting for you.

Fishing Information

Typical South Fork BrownFly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River ranks among the best trout destinations on earth! The river is full of native Snake River Cutthroat, Rainbow, Hybrid (Cut Bow), and Brown trout. Anglers commonly catch fish over 20 inches but most fish, fall in the 15-17 inch range. The Lodge at Palisades Creek provides our valued guests professional Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guides whom have the highest level of knowledge here on the South Fork of the Snake River. Further, we demand the highest level of professionalism on and off the river to ensure your experience with The Lodge at Palisades Creek is a trip worth remembering for a lifetime.

The South fork starts fishing very well early in the spring, mostly nymphing with some dry fly fishing in Late-April until the runoff begins.. The runoff is usually winding down by the third week in June. Anglers are typically fishing dry fly flies by the end of June. Fall offers great dry fly and streamer fishing. This is a great time of the year to enjoy less people, nature's art of changing leaves, mild temperatures, and wildlife galore!
The Lodge has five different sections of the South Fork available for guided fishing trips. These sections traverse a total of 55 miles of the South Fork of the Snake and include some of the best trout waters in the country!

The “Upper” section of the South Fork is characterized by spectacular riffle fishing! For the angler who wishes to explore the South Fork "on foot,  there is simply not enough time in a day (or week) to investigate this section of our river. It contains scenic views of our beautiful Swan Valley and the Fall Creek waterfalls.  

The “Upper Canyon” section is remarkably beautiful with its enormous canyon walls. Although the canyon has its own incredible riffles, its trademark is outstanding bank and Canyon "wall" fishing. A float down this 14 mile section is highly recommended!  Very remote with no roads in or out.

The "Lower Canyon" is also one of the most popular drifts. The put in point gives you a chance to get ahead of the crowds and the fishing and scenery is spectacular!  Fishing traverses a number of famous areas including Henry's Bathtub and Table Rock, combining excellent bank and rifle fishing with scenic beauty.

The “Byington to Lorenzo” section is a completely different look as the South Fork exits the canyon and flows through one of the largest natural cottonwood stands on earth. The Twin Bridges section of this float is known to hold huge brown trout and fishes extremely well during the salmon fly hatch, which usually begins in late June.  

The “Lorenzo to Menan” is another unique section of the river which, at times, resembles a trip through the Amazon! Because of warmer temperatures, this section fishes best in May and June and then again during the fall.. This section is known for early salmon fly hatches and huge brown trout. For those anglers flying out of Idaho Falls, it is worth noting that the Lorenzo take-out is approximately 20 minutes from the Idaho Falls Airport.

Boats and Equipment

Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing. The Lodge has a complete fly shop with rods, reels, flies, waders and boots as well as sunglasses, sun block, bug spray and clothing you might need when you are here as well as great souvenirs to take home.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Lodge "Spring Pond"For most of the summer an incredible variety of wildlife, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors are present in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. The Snake River ecosystem is formed by deep canyons, pounding waterfalls, islands and flood plains, all framed by carpets of wildflowers and sprawling cottonwood forests. In addition to a fish population estimated at 5.200 per mile, the local wildlife includes moose, bison, elk, whitetail deer, cougar, bobcat, black bear, river otter and mink. For the ornithologists among us…126 bird species, including Idaho's largest population of bald eagle, trumpeter swan, osprey, sand hill crane, and great blue heron.

The lodge is happy to arrange a variety of non-angling activities to compliment your stay. Horseback riding, white water rafting, and tours in nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are just a few. Make sure to plan ahead as some of these activities do book up.

How To Get There

The closest major airport to the lodge is the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, located 30 miles away in Idaho Falls. The other nearby options is the Jackson, Wyoming airport. Both airports usually require a connection in Salt Lake City. The drive to the lodge from both Idaho Falls and Jackson is approximately one hour. Rental cars are available at both lodges, or Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange a shuttle to drive you back and forth to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

A shuttle service is available, but many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing for a scenic trip to Jackson or even Yellowstone Park. You can arrive and depart the lodge on any day of the week at any time.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

Packages at the Lodge can be completely customized to include any number of guided fishing days and non angling activities. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Number of nights lodging as specified in package
  • Number of days of guided fishing as specified in package (2 anglers per boat)
  • All Meals, beer, wines and spirits
  • Complimentary fishing equipment and 6 flies each day
  • Daily round-trip transfers to and from the river and all shuttle fees
  • Lodge activities such as mountain biking, hiking, casting, and use of the Conference Center
  • All GST's

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Swan Valley, ID
  • Idaho state fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Flies in addition to the 6 per day included

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

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