The Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge is a beautiful, hugh-end Western lodge built directly on a dramatic bend of the world famous South Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley, Idaho. This stunning wilderness location offers a perfect blend of rustic elegance, outstanding activities and exceptional hospitality. The unique setting, and high-end amenities and facilities provide a truly memorable experience for both anglers and non-angling guests. The home waters of South Fork Lodge - approximately 65 miles of the South Fork of the Snake River - are known by many as some of the best tailwater and dry fly waters in the U.S. South Fork Lodge offers unique guided fishing experiences as well as guided land-based excursions into the surrounding areas, including Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, from single day trips with South Fork Outfitters, 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

South Fork Lodge Cabin RoomNatural Retreats - South Fork Lodge offers what we feel are among the nicest amenities and accommodations that you will anywhere in the world of fly fishing. They call it “rustic elegance,” but we can promise you that the lodge is much nicer than just about any fishing operation that we've ever seen. The Suites and the Deluxe Suites are spacious beautiful, and all provide you a quiet, comfortable, and relaxing environment. All of the individual rooms are located just a short walk from the dining room, the Lodge’s Card Room Bar, and the main patio area. The Deluxe Suites are in two separate two-story log cabins overlooking the lodge’s casting pond. There are ten private cabin suites that collectively represent the lodge’s finest accommodations. Some of these rooms have connecting doors that create a room situation perfect for larger groups or families who wish to be together during their stay. Located only a short walk from the Main Lodge, room amenities include either two queen beds or one king bed with luxury bedding, an in-room fireplace, large bathroom with whirlpool tub and heated floor, private patio or balcony, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and wireless internet access. As another option, the secluded Residence, offers more privacy and more space for your fly fishing trip. Situated on the riverbank a mere 75 feet from the river, the Residence connects you with the surrounding wilderness and provides an intimately comfortable, private retreat for up to six (6) people. With four (4) bedrooms, a large living room, kitchen area, game room and deck, this is the ideal option for families, two or three couples, or groups of friends.

For 2012 the lodge has added the Fishermen's Cabin (3 rooms in same building - all ground floor) located behind The Outfitters right on the river. The cabin rooms each have 1 queen bed and 1 twin with a balcony overlooking the river.

The South Fork Overnight Camp is ideal for those who want to spend a night on the river in a relaxed, natural camp setting. The Camp is located along a remote section of the South Fork that is inaccessible to motorized traffic. Guests will be treated to freshly prepared meals and sleep on comfortable cots in spacious wall tents set up by our professional staff. This is a great add-on to a standard week at the lodge, and the setting and location of the camp is amazing. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Regardless of your choice of accommodations, every comfort and convenience is provided, and the Lodges' dedicated staff will ensure that your stay is perfect in every way. All rooms have high-speed wireless internet access for guests who need to check-in with the office or keep up with the outside world.

Food and Beverages

The food and the menu at Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge may be the best in the entire State of Idaho. The menu in the lodge's main dining room features local ingredients and regional seasonal fare that includes grilled Rocky Mountain Bison Ribeye, prime Center Cut Filet Mignon, Slow-roasted Pork Prime Rib with Crimini Mushrooms, lighter pastas, signature soups including Smoked Trout Chowder, refreshing salads with Lobster, Brie Quesadilla, and the world-famous Macaroni and Cheese. The lodge's Riverside Bar & Grill also provides guests with one of the region's finest wine lists and the wait staff's exceptional service rounds out an evening to remember. The dining room itself is amazing, with soaring, floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the South Fork, magnificent cottonwoods, drift boats with fishermen, and passing wildlife. Lodge guests will enjoy an intimate lodge atmosphere that includes a full service bar, all to be enjoyed with fellow anglers, guides and outside guests.

Fishing Information

South Fork CutbowThe South Fork of the Snake River hands-down offers some of the best dry fly-fishing in the country. Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge itself sits on the banks of this river, which has been widely recognized as one of America's greatest tailwater fisheries. The Lodge’s professional guides are skilled in challenging the most experienced angler as well as patiently introducing first-timers to the sport. One of the advantages you enjoy while staying at the lodge is the head start you have over other anglers in starting your day of fishing on the river. For example, one put-in is a mere two hundred yards from where you meet your guide in the morning. Other anglers may need to drive for an hour or more to get to the same stretch of water. This advantage not only gives you an edge, but also provides for a more relaxed start to your day.

The guides at Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge have been recognized as some of the most knowledgeable, patient, and enthusiastic in the business for the past several decades. All of these guides are accomplished fly fisherman, excellent instructors, and experienced boatmen, and all will work hard to provide you with a quality experience that is tailored to meet your expectations. They guide on the South Fork of the Snake, the Blackfoot River, the Main Snake, American Falls Reservoir, and Palisades Reservoir. The lodge can also arrange a day on the Henry's Fork through their sister operation Henry's Fork Anglers. Each lodge package and fishing trip can be customized to include exactly what you are looking for.

We have always believed that a good day of fishing involves a lot more than just catching fish. A successful trip should also include beautiful scenery, a chance to learn something new about fly fishing, entertaining conversation, a good lunch, and an opportunity to view wildlife in unspoiled, natural surroundings. Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge takes great pride in their guide's ability to teach. As a result they can make the beginner feel as much at home as the expert.

The South Fork of the Snake is the Lodge’s home river, and there are approximately 64 miles of river from Palisades Reservoir to the confluence with the Henry's Fork. Every mile offers excellent trout fishing. The "Upper" South Fork starts at Palisades Dam and ends at the Conant Valley boat access. This section encompasses approximately 15 river miles and is the most accessible. From the Irwin access the river opens up as it meanders through Swan Valley. The side channels and the shallow riffles offer excellent wading opportunities and some of the best dry fly fishing on the river. Lower down, the "Canyon" is the section of the South Fork beginning at the Conant Valley boat access down to the Byington boat access. The float from Conant to Cottonwood is about 15 miles, so once you're in the canyon, you're in for the day. South Fork Outfitters is also able to offer guests a private access launch about 12 miles down from the Conant boat ramp so that your day in the canyon is not rushed and you can experience some of the most beautiful country East Idaho has to offer. This stretch of river covers approximately 25.5 miles

Boats and Equipment

The guides at Natural Retreats, South Fork Lodge - The Outfitters float the area rivers in McKenzie-style drift boats. With regards to gear and equipment, The Outfitters is a full service, specialty fly shop, equipped to handle all of your fly-fishing needs. They have an incredible staff of experienced and knowledgeable fly fishermen who are eager to answer your questions, service your equipment, and provide you with all of the information that you need for a productive day on the water. The shop features flies, waders, rods, reels, tackle and accessories from the best manufacturers in the industry. Rest assured that when you arrive for your fishing trip the lodge will have everything you'll need. If you would rather rent gear before buying, they have an excellent selection of rental rods from Sage, and waders and boots from Simms.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

South Fork Lodge BarThere are many options for the non-angling guest (or the angler looking to take a day off from fishing) to enjoy in the surrounding Targhee National Forest and the Greater Yellowstone region. The lodge can easily set you up with a day of golfing, biking, hiking excursions, hunting, whitewater rafting trips, horseback riding, and many other recreational activities.

For most of the summer an incredible variety of wildlife, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors are present in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. Moose, elk, and deer are some of the larger animals, and you may also see coyotes, foxes, fishers, marmots, and pine martens.

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.

2012 Rates / Package Costs

All package prices are per person and based on double-occupancy. Please call Yellow Dog for more rate and package information including rates for additional adults or children. Trip packages of any length can be arranged.

Length of Stay Type of
2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days Suite $3,495
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days Deluxe Suite $3,915

The Residence (Price is for up to (6) six people) --------------------------------------------------------- $1,280
A private 4 bedroom, 2-bath riverfront home located a mere 75 feet from the riverbank, is available for up to 6 guests. The River House features a living room, dining area, kitchen, spacious deck, recreation room with pool table, and satellite TV. A la carte meals are available at the Lodge dining room. Prices are for the entire house. Price includes includes breakfast and taxes. Dinner is a la carte.

Fishermen's Cabin (Price is per night and includes breakfast) --------------------------------------- $240
The Fishermen's Cabin (3 rooms in same building - all ground floor) located behind The Outfitters right on the river. The cabin rooms each have 1 queen bed and 1 twin with a balcony overlooking the river.

Daily Guided Fly Fishing Rate -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $525
Price is for 1 or 2 anglers and includes lunch on the river. Guide gratuity is not included.

* 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)
  • Breakfast in the Lodge's dining room and a packed cooler lunch on the river
  • Daily round-trip transfers to and from the river and all shuttle fees
  • All GST's
  • Housekeeping gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the lodge
  • Dinner is not included in the rates (all dinners are a la carte and ordered as you would in a restaurant)
  • Idaho state fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Fishing equipment, flies, and tackle (rental rods and waders are available at the fly shop)

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.

Other Information

Sample Itinerary - 5 Night/4 Day fly-fishing Vacation

Below is just a sample of what’s possible at Natural Retreats - South Fork Lodge. Yellow Dog can customize your fly-fishing vacation for any length of stay with as many days of fishing as you can handle. So look at your calendar, decide what the focus of your trip will be, and then give us a call. We can take care of you from start to finish and create an unforgettable trip.

Wednesday - Complete your journey to the Lodge with a 3:00 PM check-in time. Enjoy exploring the Lodge property, maybe hit the casting pond and hone your skills, or pull on your waders and fish upstream from the Lodge. Each evening, guests gather on the patio or in the Card Room Bar with other Lodge guests, sharing the day's events, building new friendships and enjoying occasional guest speakers or on-site demonstrations. Dinner is then served on the streamside Patio or in the Dining Room from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Thursday - Breakfast in the Lodge, then fly fishing on the Upper Section (Palisades dam to Conant, 15 river miles) with one of the seasoned guides from The Outfitters. Lunch on the river and back to the Lodge by 5:30 PM with dinner served from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Friday - Breakfast in the Lodge, fish the Upper Canyon Section (Conant to our private access at Eagle, 12 river miles). Lunch on the river and back to the Lodge by 5:30 PM with dinner served from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Saturday - Breakfast in the Lodge, take a day off from fishing and take the scenic route to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the day. Art Galleries, great restaurants, lots of shopping, the National Wildlife Museum, tram rides at Teton Village, and more are all options that make for an exciting day. If you want more adrenaline, you can take a whitewater rafting trip or hit the trails on your mountain bike. A day off from fishing can really round out your whole vacation with so many different activities available close by. To visit Teton or Yellowstone National Park, we suggest adding another day or two and spending the night in the Park either before or after your stay at the South Fork Lodge. Return to the Lodge by 6:00 PM for dinner, or experience the Jackson nightlife instead.

Sunday - Breakfast in the Lodge, fish the Lower Canyon Section (Eagle to Byington, 13 river miles). Lunch on the river and back to the Lodge by 5:30 PM with dinner served from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Monday – Breakfast in the Lodge, check-out by 11:00 AM and start the journey home.

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