Authentic Montana Trapper Cabins with Modern Conveniences
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Melrose cabin 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 eight 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.
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.
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 stereo with all my Blues, Jazz and Van Morrison cd's and a wood burning stove.
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
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Catering Available
- Dishes & Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Stove
- Washing Machine
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Music Library
- Mobile Phone
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Sports & Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- This is a old Gold Claim, try your luck panning for gold
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Fishing & Relaxing
Fishing & Relaxing
This was a great place to stay while fishing all the rivers nearby. The kitchen had everything I needed to prepare meals, and I used the charcoal grill every night. Being right on the Big Hole River was a huge plus. I caught brown trout right in the backyard. I also saw mule deer, turkey, and a duck with ducklings all just steps away from the cabins. A lot of hard work has gone into preserving the trapper-type feel of the cabins, while also adding several modern conveniences. The tub was great for a bath after a long day of fishing. This was definitely a much better option than a hotel for me, and the location gives you easy access to the Big Hole and reasonably short rides to Rock Creek, Beaverhead, Ruby, and Wise Rivers.
- Guest Jonathan
- Date of stay 06/27/13
- Review Submitted 07/13/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers.
I had the pleasure of staying at the cabins for a weekend in mid June to fish the salmon fly hatch. This is a great hatch on a great river and lived up to its reputation! When we arrived at the lodge we were pleasantly surprised by its rustic simplicity. The grounds were very private and secluded. The attention to detail in the construction of the cabins was authentic and impressive. If you are looking for your own private retreat with rustic seclusion along one of the finest fly fishing rivers in the country then I highly recommend this lodge. I plan on going back!
- Guest Conrad (Sandpoint, ID)
- Date of stay 06/15/12
- Review Submitted 06/29/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, pet owners, age 55+.
Myself and 2 friends booked the cabins last week for a fishing trip. We arrived late and picked up the keys from Dan at Great Waters. The cabins are rustic but clean and the beds are comfortable. We floated the upper stretch from Divide and landed many fish on Salmon flies. We lingered over dinner at the dinning cabin then enjoyed wine on the porch listening to jazz from the owners collection. Perfect. I didn't get a chance to fish the river on property this time but it looked great and I'm coming back. Rustic luxury and a true Beaverhead County experience!
- Guest Ned (United States)
- Date of stay 06/15/12
- Review Submitted 06/22/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, pet owners, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
We stayed at the camp for a long weekend in early fall. The weather was outstanding and the accommodations could not have been more comfortable. Although the location feels remote and secluded like the Old West, there is plenty to do. One day was an exhilarating climb up to Lake Alice in the mountains just behind the camp across the Big Hole river. A great physical work-out and stunning scenery worth the hike. Also played golf in Anaconda at the Old Works. Best game I've played and I don't know if it was because of the gorgeous course or the premium rental clubs. Drove south to Dillon for an authentic rodeo. Can't speak for the fishing because there was a moratorium at the time due to drought. Just hanging at the camp was delightful. My fondest memories are enjoying the leisurely dinners cooked in the gourmet kitchen while sitting in the screened dining room looking out toward the river. And the owner is one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. I highly recommend this spot for a great Montana experience.
- Guest Karen (Minnesota)
- Date of stay 09/02/11
- Review Submitted 03/15/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
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- Pet Fee: $0
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
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- Nearest Airport: Butte at 40 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Interstate 15 Glen exit at 2 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Melrose Bar & Hitching Post at 5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Melrose bar & Hitching Post at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: I live in Chicago. I love to hike, fish and hunt. I have been entrepreneurial over the years from commodity trading to coffee shops and a lot of 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 eight years I have cleaned the property up, moved trapper cabins to the property, chinked, electrified and plumb. My heart and soul is in this property and buildings.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
In the morning I like to have my coffee looking over the small meadow to the south of the cook house searching for birds and animals. I like to get alittle fishing most afternoons on the banks of the property or the riffles just above. At the end of the day I enjoy walking around the property and up the river with a glass of scotch and a cigar. I always 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 usually move thru in the afternoon.
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The front gate
View from the ridge, facing east
The Norwood Cabin
Jack Rabbit Cabin
South deck on the Jack Rabbit cabin
Moose Creek cabin
The Well House cabin
View from the Jack Rabbit Cabin to the river. Some moose wander by in the fall
The southern meadow
a moose swiming by last year
The Norwood cabin
The kitchen in the Jack Rabbit cabin
The Jack Rabbit and Norwood Cabin
The bed in the Moose Creek cabin
Bedroom of the Well House cabin
Grilling on the Big Hole
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