The Northshore of the Madison lodge is a unique lodge nestled upon the shore of Ennis Lake, Montana offering exquisite accommodations, meals, and guided fishing by Joe Dilschneider of Montana Troutstalkers – one of the most reputable outfitters in the state of Montana. With the guest capacity of 12 the Lodge staff is able to provide a personal touch to each guest. In addition to the fly fishing - the staff at NorthShore of the Madison Lodge can customize your package to include a variety of other “Montana” activities, from horseback riding to white water rafting. Located near the town of Ennis, Montana guests staying at the lodge have easy access to the Madison River, Jefferson River, and even the Yellowstone. Also, the lake right in front of the lodge can be very good depending on conditions. Northshore of the Madison Lodge offers a true western Experience!

Typical Length of Stay

The standard package at NorthShore of the Madison Lodge is a six night / five day fishing package. The Lodge does require a three night minimum stay. Custom packages can be arranged to include any number of days of guided fishing and lodging. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

NorthShore of the Madison AccommodationThe North Shore of the Madison Lodge is a beautiful facility located directly on Ennis Lake. The lodge has a very comfortable deck overlooking the lake with a striking view of the Madison Range in the background – a great place to relax and reflect on the days adventure. The lodge has (5) very comfortable guest rooms and can accommodate up to (12) persons at any one time. The lodge has a great western vibe giving guest a real feel of Montana. Each of the have been setup differently from another giving each its own personality.

Lonepeak – Lonepeak, The lodges’ master suite, located on the second floor, offers a stunning southern view of Ennis Lake and Lone Peak - the mountain it is named after. The room has its own balcony and also has a whirlpool bath for your personal spa experience. Lonepeak is setup with one king sized bed.

Hollowtop - This room is in a very private corner of the lodge with a full bath and balcony you can enjoy your stay without ever leaving your room. Hollowtop is set up with a single queen bed, making it another great option for a couples getaway.

Sphinx - The Sphinx faces the lake and has a breathtaking view of the lake shoreline and the Madison Range. The room has its own personal balcony that exits into the courtyard of the lodge. Furnishings include your own full bath and comfortable queen bed.

Ward’s - The westerly view of Ward’s Peak in the Tobacco Roots Mountains will make you realize that you are truly in Montana. This room offers two single beds perfect for two friends sharing a Montana fly fishing adventure. Your own lavatory sink in the room is provided for your comfort

Fan – This is the bunkroom and sleeps 4 people with its two built in custom bunk beds and its full size bed. The room offers a unique experience of living like the cowboys of the Ol’ West did. This room does not have its own bath in the room, but there is one located just across the hall.

Food and Beverages

The lodge takes pride in serving locally grown and raised ingredients with our menu built around components at their seasonal peak. Savoring the unique Montana inspired gourmet creations while relaxing on the deck at the NorthShore lodge is the perfect end the days adventure. During your stay at the lodge, you will enjoy a buffet style breakfast served each morning before you set out for the day. For lunch you will be provided a “Fisherman’s” style lunch that can be taken with you or enjoyed while taking in the gorgeous scenery from the comfort of the lodge. The lunch includes a gourmet sandwich on fresh bread, homemade pasta salad (chef’s choice), chips and a freshly baked cookie; packed and ready to go wherever your adventure takes you! The dinner menu changes regularly but you may see Shrimp Cocktail, a Grilled Ribeye steak with herb butter and mushrooms, baked baby red potatoes,
spinach salad, and roasted nectarines with blueberries for desert. The food at NorthShore of the Madison lodge is absolutely amazing!

Fishing Information

Madison River RainbowThe World Renown Madison River is the life blood of the valley, with the 50 mile riffle that flows the length of the Madison Valley, it is an essential river to check off the bucket list for any angler, and is more than likely where you will spend most of your time while staying at the lodge.

Guided fishing at the lodge is provided by the guides of Montana Trout Stalkers, owned and operated by Joe Dilschneider - one of the most reputable outfitters in the entire state. Montana Trout Stalkers is based out of Ennis, Montana and on the Madison River. They offer many unique fly fishing experiences on many different rivers. They offer guided Montana fly fishing trips on the Madison River (their home stream), the Yellowstone River, Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Ruby River, Jefferson River, and the Missouri River.All trips are custom tailored to meet your needs and goals. The guides at Montana Trout Stalkers cater to all anglers and all skill levels - from beginners looking to catch that first Trout on a fly, to the seasoned angler seeking a good guide who knows the water well and the tactics required to fool fish. Whatever your seeking in your next guided fishing trip, the guides at Montana Trout Stalkers will do their best to help you reach that goal.

Boats and Equipment

Float fishing on area rivers is usually done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed for fly fishing.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Birdwatching at NorthShore LodgeThe staff at the lodge is happy to assist you or your family in the organization of non-angling activities during your stay. If you want to fish less and sight-see more, let us know. We can help create an adventure package for you. You can visit the historic town of Virginia City and see live performances from the two venues, or jump on the back of a horse and take a trip to the Wild Wild West! The lodge sits on the shoreline of Ennis Lake in Meadow Creek Bay - A bird watchers paradise! You might soak in a natural Hot Spring or Take a hike and get into nature with the many trails and mountains close to the lodge. Ennis, Montana is one of the world’s best destination fly fishing towns, however, it offers so much more including a rodeo and a parade on the 4th of July. The lodge can also arrange a massage – just sit back and relax as you enjoy a massage on the shoreline of Ennis Lake with the Madison Range. The World’s 1st National Park, Yellowstone is just a short drive south of the lodge where you enter at the west entrance in the town of West Yellowstone.

How To Get There

The nearest commercial airport is Bozeman’s Yellowstone International, located in Bozeman, Montana. This airport is serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, and Horizon Airlines. The airport is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Plan to drive directly to the lodge on your own or rent a car in Bozeman. A map will be sent to you prior to your departure with very specific driving instructions.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All rates are per person and based on double occupancy in the room and in the boat. A package of any length of stay can be arranged. For non-angling and single rates, please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay Lonepeak Hollowtip Sphinx Ward's Fan
Peak Season (June - September)
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $1,020 $945 $945 $870 $870
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $1,445 $1,340 $1,340 $1,245 $1,245
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $1,865 $1,740 $1,740 $1,615 $1,615
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $2,285 $2,135 $2,135 $1,985 $1,985
Shoulder Season (May and October)
3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing $983 $870 $870 $833 $833
4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing $1,390 $1,245 $1,245 $1,190 $1,190
5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing $1,800 $1,615 $1,615 $1,550 $1,550
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing $2,210 $1,985 $1,985 $1,910 $1,910

* 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
  • Fully guided fishing as specified
  • All meals
  • Complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/and from the lodge (guides provide transport on fishing days)
  • Montana state fishing licenses
  • Personal fishing gear (most items guides will be able to provide if you do not have your own).
  • Montana state lodging tax
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

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

• April – May: Springtime is probably the best-kept secret in Montana. All the rivers are fishing well and are generally low and clear. Spring run-off usually doesn’t begin until late May or early June, and you can expect a lot of streamer and nymph fishing with possibilities for early caddis and mayfly hatches. This is a great time to experience Montana as things begin to “green up.” You can expect some aggressive feeding from the fish.

• June: This can be a transition month in Southwest Montana. While some years high water might be a problem, June can still offer tremendous fishing. In anticipation of the salmon fly hatch this is a good time to fish a lot of stone fly nymphs for big browns.

• July – August: Lots of fun and sun. Late June and early July brings out the Salmon flies on the Madison and the Big Hole. July offers a lot of great caddis fishing and in August its time to start thinking big dry flies! The hopper fishing is tremendous and this is the time to fish big attractor patterns.

• September: This is the local’s favorite time of year, and the fall in Montana is beautiful. You can still fish hoppers and big attractor patterns, and the fish are beginning to turn on to big, gnarly streamer patterns. You can expect temperatures to be in the 70’s with the rivers low and clear.

• October-Mid November: If you like fishing streamers, you can expect a lot of action from aggressive fish during the fall months. The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the fish don’t seem to care. This is also a great time to do cast-and-blast combos (call Yellow Dog for more details.)

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