Authentic Montana Trapper Cabins with Modern Conveniences

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Last updated: 11/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Experience Southwest Montana in a unique setting; completely renovated circa 1900 trapper cabins set on 6 acres on the world renowned Big Hole River.

Fish the famous Big Hole right from the property. There are some great riffles right off the bank or a short hike up the river. The Beaverhead is only 30 miles South, near Dillon, MT.

The camp is comprised of four cabins. Three one bedroom sleeping cabins and one larger cook house, dining areas and screen porch.

The camp evolved over the past ten years. It took two years just to clean up the property from the previous owner and bring it back to a healthy habitat. I re-erected the first cabin in 2006. The Norwood, is the smallist cabin in the camp but closest to the river. I have spent many nights in this cabin with the windows and door open listening to the river flow by. This cabin has two single beds, a rustic wood stove, a metro closet and a camp chair from Kenya. A teak chaise lounge sits on it's deck. There is no bathroom but the cook house is just steps away. There is a propane furnace.

Next came The Jackrabbit. It was recovered off an old gold claim. It is now the cookhouse, living and dining area. There are two decks with a large webber grill on the south side and a hanging sky chair to the north. The kitchen has a professional grade oven with a 6 burner gas stovetop, a refridgerator, dishwasher and an authentic farm sink. There is an abundance of dishware, glassware, pots, pans, cooking utensils etc.. The large dining screened porch seats eight. The bathroom has a clawfoot tub and shower. An antique table and four leather camp chairs from Africa create the indoor dining area. A stereo with many cd's is located in an old amoire, a comfortable weathered leather chair with ottoman and a wood cook stove complete this cabin. There is even a little weather station in here to keep an eye on the weather, barometer and wind conditions to assist in your fishing and/or hiking decisions. There is a propane furnace to keep you warm.

The Well House cabin was re-erected in 2008 with a mix of old and new logs. It is the second largest sleeping cabin in the camp. It has a little elevation to it and I find myself sitting on it's pourch, reading from a rocking chair in the afternoon sun. It has a queen size bed, a full bathroom with a claw foot tub and shower, a metro closet and a leather camp chair. This cabin has a propane furnace.

The newest addition is the largest sleeping cabin, Mosse Creek. It was once a one room school house made from local fir logs. This is where I have been staying lately although I have rested my head in all the cabins as I was working on the next one. This cabin has a king size log bed, a large bathroom with a claw foot tub and shower, two metro closets, two leather camp chairs from Kenya, a large wooden bench, a wood burning stove and a furnace.

Experience the True West:
Hire a Fly fishing guide at Great Waters Inn, ¼ mile down the road or other outfitters in town.
Visit historic Virginia City about 60 miles SW.
Take the scenic “high drive” from Dillon to Wise River: stop by The Hot Springs, dig in the Crystal Park, and visit the ghost town of Bannack.
Play golf at Old Works, a Jack Nicklaus designed course on the old Anaconda mining claim (Black sand traps).
Hike around Brown’s Lake or Lake Alice.
If you just want to hang out, you can always do a little panning for gold at The Camp, it’s an old mining claim
Or just sit back and enjoy the big skies of MT!

Keywords: Montana Log Cabins, Big Hole River, Fly Fishing, Melrose MT, Dillon MT, Southwest MT, Wilderness getaway, Cabins on the river, Rustic, Hiking, Biking, Relaxing, Browne's Bridge, Great waters inn, Bakken's Get away


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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    In Jack Rabbit Cook house...moreless


  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Stereo


  • Sports & Activities

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Screen porch i can get 6 - 8 around...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Heating:

    Propane in cookhouse, cabin with queen bed and cabin with two twin beds...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%

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Last updated: 11/19/2015
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Melrose Bar & Hitching Post
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 15 Glen exit
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hitching Post
40 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary

This is a old Gold Claim, try your luck panning for gold


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I live in Chicago. I love to find real estate, start new businesses, hike,ski, fish, hunt and chat.... I have been entrepreneurial over my 55 years from commodity trading, shopping centers, coffee shops, hat manufacturer, bar owner and a lot of crazy real estate .... and this is one of my projects..

Why the Owner Chose Melrose:
I love the drive down the valley between Butte and Dillon. When I purchased this property it was basically a dump. Over the pass ten years I have cleaned the property up, moved the trapper cabins to the property, chinked them, electrified and plumb them. My heart and soul is in this property and buildings.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
In the morning I love to have my coffee looking over the small meadow to the south of the cook house searching for birds and animals, but always listening to the river. I love and try to get alittle fishing most afternoons on the banks of the property or the riffles just above. At the end of the day I really enjoy walking around the property and up the river with a glass of scotch and a cigar. I really try wander over to my friend Mark's who owns and operates the Great Waters Inn next door. I need to check on his Fly Fishing guests to hear how their day was. I stop by the lodge's cozy bar to see my 13 foot Blue Marlin where it now lives. Many times I will stay for dinner, they have an excellent new chef. I am always keeping an eye open for a wandering moose, or hovering ospray or eagle. The mules deers or white tails usually move thru in the afternoon.

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  • The front gate

    The front gate

  • View from the ridge, facing east

    View from the ridge, facing east

  • View from the Jack Rabbit Cabin to the river. Some moose wander by in the fall

    View from the Jack Rabbit Cabin to the river. Some moose wander by in the fall

  • South deck on the Jack Rabbit cabin

    South deck on the Jack Rabbit cabin

  • The kitchen in the Jack Rabbit cabin: cook house

    The kitchen in the Jack Rabbit cabin: cook house

  • Kitchen house

    Kitchen house

  • Moose Creek Cabin

    Moose Creek Cabin

  • The Well House cabin: just mowed

    The Well House cabin: just mowed

  • interior well house cabin

    interior well house cabin

  • Norwood Cabin

    Norwood Cabin

  • a moose swiming by last year

    a moose swiming by last year

  • The southern meadow

    The southern meadow

  • Jack Rabbit Cabin: Cook house

    Jack Rabbit Cabin: Cook house

  • Grilling on the Big Hole: ribs and chickens

    Grilling on the Big Hole: ribs and chickens

  • Jack rabbit Kitchen house

    Jack rabbit Kitchen house

  • The Jack Rabbit and Norwood Cabin

    The Jack Rabbit and Norwood Cabin

  • Moose creek cabin ...bedroom

    Moose creek cabin ...bedroom

  • well house cabin

    well house cabin

  • The Norwood Cabin

    The Norwood Cabin

  • Interior Norwood

    Interior Norwood

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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