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Sunrise Pack Station specializes in horseback riding adventures, day rides and fishing vacations into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. They offer a unique vacation experience. Whether you are an educationally oriented family, a fisherman looking for a remote trout fishing experience, or if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life while enjoying the wilderness of Yellowstone, Sunrise Pack Station can accommodate you. They provide professionally guided and accredited horseback trips inside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. Their gentle horses and mules will carry both you and your belongings to comfortable camps surrounded by the pristine scenery of Yellowstone National Park. Well trained guides will prepare delicious meals, see to your comforts, and create a cozy camp atmosphere.
Sunrise Pack Station, LLC can offer everything from single day trips to 5 night backcountry packages. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Sunrise Pack Station operates a low impact tent based camp, due to park service regulations and a Leave No Trace backcountry ethic. They provide warm and cozy zero degree rated sleeping bags, and a pillow on top of a Term-a-Rest sleeping pad for your sleeping comfort. You will be housed in the Johnson Outdoors company's latest design for four-man backpacking tents. The tent is called the Timberline SQ Outfitter 4. The tent holds two people and their gear with plenty of room. There is a sun shower for guests to shower in a private area, away from streams to prevent soap from contaminating the waters of our favorite national park. At every camp there is also a latrine where guest may refresh themselves and use sanitary wipes in a secluded area.
Because they are in bear country, Sunrise Pack Station uses a variety of safe practices to keep bear interactions limited to viewing them from a distance. They place the sleeping area 100 yards away from the cooking area. All food and scented materials stay in the cooking area where they are hung from a "bear pole" high in the air to keep scents and bear attractants out of the animals reach and to keep bears away from the guests. Bears do not like large horse herds, or groups of humans, so bear problems are rare. The hanging of the food and the clean kept camp help avoid drawing in any bear passing by.
Each day meals are prepared in the covered “kitchen” area of camp and eaten as a group either at the large table or around the campfire. The menu will likely include tasty appetizers, steaks, salmon, an assortment of vegetables and scrumptious desserts. Dinner is cooked in the core camp area, where the bear pole is and the food is kept.
Tables and chairs are set up, table cloths and dishes are set, the camp cook prepares his meals in a clean outdoor kitchen and he has been trained in food service and cleanliness. Once meals have been prepared and consumed the guides wash the dishes and discard leftover foods in a separate garbage sack to help in the avoidance of bear problems.
The crew at SPS offers many different angling options throughout the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Options for single day fishing trips include: cutthroat on the Upper Gallatin River, browns on the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River and various other small creeks. For multi-day and overnight packages, SPS offers trips into world-famous Slough Creek, Pebble Creek, the Lamar River, the Bechler River, Upper Fan Creek, and the Thorofare region of Yellowstone National Park.
Most of the fishing takes place on small backcountry creeks and streams. Wading and fishing from the banks is the norm, along with the use of lighter trout rods - four's and five's - in packable, 4-piece configurations. Most of the fish you will catch in the backcountry of Yellowstone are native cutthroat trout - colorful and feisty and almost always willing to take a dry fly.
Following is a short description of the fishing focused camps:
Fishing on the Bechler River
The Bechler trip includes magnificent views of the Teton Mountain Range, spectacular water falls, and Rainbow Trout up to 24”. This trip takes you to the southwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, an area acclaimed for wide meadows containing tall grasses and shallow sloughs with spectacular views of the Teton Mountains to the south, and the Madison Plateau to the north. To the east is the rim of the mysterious Pitchstone Plateau, a place with only few sketchy watering holes making travel across it nearly impossible. The Bechler region is called the Cascade Corner. Waterfalls drop from the plateaus into the meadows. The canyon is spectacular, one water fall after another broken in between by cascades and cataracts. The Bechler River has some great fishing. The big deep slow bends of the Bechler River have great habitat for the large Rainbow Trout. Float a grasshopper, which at this time of year are hopping and flying everywhere, over these glassy waters and you'll have the fight of your life on your hands. If you want to fish for more than Rainbow Trout, you might fish for Brook Trout in Mountain Ash Creek, or fish for Cuttys in the Bechler Cascades, near the famous Ferris Fork Hot Pot. Besides fishing, the Bechler region is filled with swimming holes - there are hot springs, warm water falls, and comfortable pools to swim in. Whether cooling off on a hot summer day or taking a warming dip on a cool fall day, the water is always inviting.
Fishing on the Lamar River
The Lamar River Valley within Yellowstone National Park is the most common place for watching wolves, bear, and American bison interact. This trip is an adventure fisherman’s paradise with scenery as wild as the animals. The trail starts at the Soda Butte Trailhead, where the Lamar River meets the road. You will travel up the Lamar River fording Cache Creek and Calfee Creek, then traveling up to a camp near Miller Creek where you’ll find the fishing excellent! Fishing the Lamar rivals that of Slough Creek. Big deep pools abundant with healthy size cutthroat trout are scattered throughout the river. Actively feeding fish and nice hatches characterize this fishing trip. On this trip you will see where one of the hottest and most violent fires of 1988 began which was caused by a lightning strike on Clover Creek across from where you will fish. The rides will be 10 to 12 miles a day taking you to designated fishing spots.
Fishing on Slough Creek
This Yellowstone vacation trip will thrill fisherman and horseback riders alike with the great fishing and the spectacular scenery of Yellowstone National Park. For the fisherman, you can ride into camp and spend the next three days fishing until your heart is content. The cutthroat trout are impressive here, averaging 18 – 20 inches. They can be caught with a variety of different flies and is a prime dry fly fishery. While cutthroat is the most plentiful fish, you may also catch the rare rainbow and cutbow trout. Slough Creek flows out of the Beartooth and Absaroka wilderness and makes its way into Yellowstone National Park. The creek cuts its way through short steep canyons and beautiful open meadows plentiful with lush vegetation and American bison. You may see other wildlife as well. The Slough Creek eventually empties into the Lamar River.
Fishing on Cache Creek
Cache Creek, in Yellowstone National Park is a tributary to the Lamar River. In 1863 a group of trappers were camping along this creek when they were surprised by a group of Indians. The Indians stole all but a couple of mules so the party had to cache their remaining supplies and the creek took its name from this event. This creek has a healthy supply of Cutthroat Trout and is ideal for a few days of fishing. On your first day you will ride 6 miles to the Lower Cache Creek camp site, which will be home for the next two nights. You will begin fishing as soon as you arrive in camp, as it lies right on the creek. You will spend day two fishing up and down Cache Creek exploring the pockets and pools.
Fishing on Pebble Creek
The Pebble Creek area is set just below Yellowstone's northern boundary with the Cut Off Mountain to the west, Meridain Peak to the east, and Barronett Peak to the south will enclose our temporary home in wilderness. This three day, two night trip will give you a taste of fishing, a chance for riding, and a couple of evenings beside the campfire for stories. It is a great beginner horse ride with a short 3 miles into camp. Once there camp will be set up quickly to give you a chance to get out fishing right away. The stream used to be called "White Pebble Creek," due to the white gravelly sediments found at its headwaters. The fishing here will be for 10 - 14 inch Cutthroat and rainbows, which tend to make up the majority of fish caught here. It will be a match the hatch or good attractor pattern type dry fly fishing experience.
Fishing at Sportsman's Lake
This is a five day family oriented trip by horseback to Sportsman’s Lake in the Northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. You will ride six miles into the first camp on Fan Creek where we will stay for two nights. Here the moose, elk, and wolves have been know to frequent the area as well as the occasional grizzly. The following day we'll ride seven miles to Sportsman's Lake where you will stay the remainder of the time. You can fish and play at your leisure in the family oriented camp site. The last day you will ride twelve miles down another trail to taking you back to civilization.
Camps are accessed via horseback, usually with the support of several mules in a mule train. SPS provides all camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, pillows, inflatable ground pads, sleeping bag liners, pillow cases. They also provide large duffel bags for you to pack your clothing and other gear in for the mules to carry. You will want to bring all of your own clothing, a head lamp, personal items and your fishing equipment. SPS and Yellow Dog will send you a packing list so you will not forget anything. Most people bring their own fishing gear, but rental rods are available upon request. Waders are optional, although recommended for the early season.
Wildlife viewing in the Park is unbelievable. Elk, deer, moose, bear, wolf, coyote, birds, and eagles all call the Park home. Hiking around camp, short day rides, and relaxing are all available for non-anglers.
The staff at Sunrise Pack Station is extremely knowledgeable about the Park’s history, ecosystem, and the surrounding area; they can entertain anyone!
Anglers will want to fly into Bozeman, MT, Billings, MT, Jackson, WY, or Idaho Falls, ID depending on which trip you are participating in.
Once the itinerary for the trip is planned, Yellow Dog will arrange for a meeting place and time with the Sunrise Pack Station, LLC staff. All of the trailheads are within the boundaries of the Park.
All prices are per, person. Please call Yellow Dog for more rate and package information including rates for additional adults or children and the different camp options that are available.
|Trip Option / Dates||
|Pebble Creek (July 9 - 12)||4||$1,752|
|Sportsmans Lake (July 23 - 27)||5||$2,190|
|Cache Creek ( July 30 - Aug 1)||3||$1,314|
|Bechler River (Aug 13 - 17)||5||$2,190|
|Slough Creek (Aug 20 - 23)||4||$1,752|
|Lamar River (Aug 27 - 31)||5||$2,190|
|Slough Creek (Sept 3 - 6)||4||$1,752|
|Bechler River (Sept 23 - 27)||5||$2,190|
* 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Sunrise Pack Station, LLC also offers non-angling focused educational trips into the Park. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details if you are not an angler or if you have a group looking for a non-angling camping and educational experience in the Park