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The Riverhouse on the East Fork of the Bitterroot

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Yes, you can cast from the deck to some of the most famous dry fly fishing.

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Are you going to finish your coffee on the deck while watching elk graze across the river as the sun peeks over the Sapphire Mountains, or are you going to step off the deck and catch that 18 inch Westslope Cutthroat feeding at your feet? Life is full of tough choices.

Whether your day is filled with fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Lost Trial Powder Mountain - 16 miles away, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, browsing antique shops, exploring small town Montana, visiting The Big Hole National Battlefield, tracing Lewis & Clark’s steps without leaving the property (what a great history lesson for young and old alike), exploring The Nez Perce Trail (also on the property), horseback riding, enjoying a good book, or a napping on the deck while listening to the river gurgle at your feet... you’ll love coming home to The Riverhouse and an evening that’s likely to include sites of big horn sheep, deer or elk.

Then s’mores at the campfire next to the river and the sight of more stars in one night than you’ve likely seen in a life-time. Leave your 'Sounds of Nature' white noise maker at home, crack the sliding door, and nod off to the sounds of the river just a 33 feet from your King Size 'Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed' in the master bedroom. You might be treated to owls hooting the evening away or Coyotes singing you to sleep from Coyote Gulch (yes, that's the name of the gulch) across the river.

The Riverhouse is a unique experience, away-from-it-all, yet in the middle of everything the Bitterroot Valley and Mountains have to offer. So close to all of the activities you want to experience in the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains, yet once you enter the grounds, you’re away from it all - ready to enjoy the river, the mountains directly across the river, the wildlife, and the peace and serenity of The Riverhouse.

Whether you're looking for relaxation, wildlife viewing, fishing, or hiking you can do it all and more right here at The Riverhouse and still be only minutes away from everything the Bitterroot Valley, Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains have to offer.

If you're the adventurous type you'll want to wade across the river and hike to the top on Coyote Peak or take your four wheel drive up to the top of Sula Peak and take in the awesome views of the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains.

You'll love the extra touches that make The Riverhouse your home for a few days, a week, or a month. Touches like:
* The huge deck that starts 18 inches from the river bank.
* King Size Sleep Comfort Sleep Number bed in the master bedroom. Ever wonder what it was like to sleep in perfect comfort? Find out while you're at the Riverhouse.
* Fitted bottom sheets. Don't you hate it when you stay in a hotel and you're ready to jump into bed and you end up remaking it because the bottom sheet comes untucked?
* Large soft snuggly bath towels.
* Snuggly comforters – Grab a comforter and a deck chair for cozy star gazing.
* Themed decorating that highlights local history and the great outdoors of Montana (The Lewis & Clark trail, Nez Perce Indians, Big Sky country, and of course fly fishing.
* Enjoy the themed bedrooms. The second bedroom with the deck overlooking the river has a cowboy and cowgirl theme. The 3rd bedroom has a Montana wildlife theme.
* Give yourself a history lesson and study the wall maps and artwork that show that Lewis & Clark likely had lunch right on the property. The Nez Perce trial runs right through the property also.
* Outdoor fire pit
* Comfy deck chairs
* The balcony off the 2nd floor bedroom with its wonderful view of the river and Sapphire Mountains. You'll very likely see deer, elk and big horn sheep from the balcony.

When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and our Realtor sent us information on The Riverhouse, I literally said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, You have to see this.” It's location, right on the East Fork, with its great dry fly fishing... and its close proximity to a half dozen world class rivers and dozens of great creeks blew me away!

Then we found out about Lost Trail Powder Mountain skiing 16 miles away - all of the great wide Montana sized trails (if you're used to skiing the mega resorts with huge crowds you won't believe how much room you have to yourself).

The history, right here - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - A great wonderful 'Real Montana Home Cooking' restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding mountains have to offer... The minute we drove onto the grounds of The Riverhouse, Patty and I knew this was our second home.

When we bought the Riverhouse I expected to spend a lot of time fishing those other world class rivers and streams close by, but after fishing up and down the river right off the deck, I seldom go anywhere else. I’ve fished all of the famous rivers in Montana and scores of creeks, and it doesn’t get any better than up and down the river right here at the Riverhouse.

Please remember, it is always illegal to keep any cutthroat trout on the East Fork - and to keep this one of the best places to fish in the world, please practice catch and release with all fish.

Remember what Lee Wulff said in 1938, “A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once. Releasing the fish is your gift to other anglers.”

If you need a fishing guide, just ask us.

We're sure you'll love The Riverhouse like we do.
Give us a call, see phone number below - Pacific Time.
Please call between 8am and 10pm pacific time.

Keith & Patty Lee

P.S. I've started mounting biking since we bought the Riverhouse. My favorite ride is to drive to the Crazy Creek campground, 4 miles away, and then bike up a mile or two and fish. It is beyond awesome.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

  • Other (See Description)

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom with slider to deck. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Our Montana wildlife themed bedroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Private deck overlooking the river and mountains....moreless

  • Bedroom #1 King Size Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed - Bedroom 2 and 3 Queen size Beds. Two couches in great room. Also, queen size inflatable bed. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    120 Channel Dish TV...moreless

  • Television
  • VCR

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Totally surrounded my the Sapphire Mountains on one side and the Bitterroot Mountains on the other....moreless

  • Water View:

    180 degree view of the river from the house and deck....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    You would need to have gills to stay closer to the river. Crack the sliding glass door and let the sound of the river lull you to sleep....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access:

    4G...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet:

    4G. Please do not stream a lot of video as we don't not have unlimited use....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Cozy comforters and fitted sheets...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Plenty of room on the property to park your RV, boat, or trailer...moreless

  • Telephone:

    You'll need a calling card to make long distance calls. Free local calls. Most cell phones work at the house or close by. Verizon has the best reception....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    4G...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Everything you need....moreless

  • Microwave

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony off the second bedroom upstairs overlooks the river and the Coyote Peak. You'll will often see deer, elk and big horn sheep on the mountain side. You might even see a moose in the river....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    You'll spend a lot of time on the deck that is about a foot and a half from the riverbank with the mountains across the river....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Lost Trail Powder Mountain is 16 miles away....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2014-2015
Oct 1 - Jun 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$220
$1,320
Summer 2015
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
$320
$1,920

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Rates are for 4 guests. $10 per night per guest over 4.

50% of total amount is due at time of reservation. Balance due 30 days for arrival. All payments are forfeited unless we re-rent your dates.


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Location

80 Miles
Nearest Airport
Missoula
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Rocky Knob
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hamilton Golf Club
80 Miles
Nearest Train
Missoula
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 93
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Rocky Knob
16 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Car: Necessary

You'll want to take incredibly scenic drives up the East Fork Road, 5 minutes away, and explore beautiful East Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains. You'll also want to drive up the West Fork Road - 5 minutes away on the other side of the Bitterroot Valley, and see the picturesque painted rocks and Bitterroot Mountains that surround you along the way. Be sure to visit The Big Hole National Battlefield - another wonderful drive through the Sapphire mountains to the Big Hole Valley. You'll also want to set aside a day to explore Darby, a quaint old west town 14 miles north on hwy 93, and don't miss historic downtown Hamilton. Most of all you'll want to enjoy the sounds of the river, the deck and the mountains from the deck right here at the Riverhouse.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: The picture here is of Keith and Patty snow shoeing at the Big Hold Battlefield - a forty minute drive from the house. They have snowshoes that you can use for free at the Battlefield. Keith and Patty have two kids and two grandkids, who all love the Riverhouse. They love the water and live on a lake near Seattle.

Why the Owner Chose Darby:
When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and the Realtor sent us information about the Riverhouse, I said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, you have to see.” It's location, right on the East Fork of the Bitterroot with its great dry fly fishing... and its close proximity to a half dozen world class rivers and dozens of great creeks blew me away! Then we found out about Lost Trail Powder Mountain skiing 16 miles away - all of the great trails (if you're used to skiing the mega resorts with huge crowds you won't believe how much room you have to yourself). The history, right here on the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce trial - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - a wonderful 'Real Montana Home Cooking' restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding mountains have to offer... The minute we drove onto the grounds of The Riverhouse, Patty and I knew this was our second home. When we bought the Riverhouse I expected to spend a lot of time fishing those other world class rivers and streams close by, but after fishing up and down the river right off the deck, I seldom go anywhere else. I’ve fished all of the famous rivers in Montana and scores of creeks, and it doesn’t get any better than up and down the river right here at the Riverhouse. I was shocked at how good the fishing was and then I realized that it’s not easy to get on the river right around The Riverhouse unless you own property, or know someone who does, or rent our house, so it’s likely that during your stay you will not see another angler.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Most guest tell us that spending time on the deck 18 inches from the riverbank with the sapphire mountains in the background is their favorite time at the Riverhouse. There next favorite - taking in the same views from the second story or the cathedral windows of the house. Others like being just 16 miles from Lost Trail Powder Mountain and coming HOME after a day of skiing. Still others enjoy the dozens of hiking trials within a few minutes drive and then again others are in awe of the wildlife.


Contact us

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Photos

  • Yes, you can cast from the deck to some of the most famous dry fly fishing.

    Yes, you can cast from the deck to some of the most famous dry fly fishing.

  • Patio with propane BBQ, fire pit and picnic table.

    Patio with propane BBQ, fire pit and picnic table.

  • Welcome to The Riverhouse

    Welcome to The Riverhouse

  • Master bedroom has its own bathroom.  Slider leads to the wrap around deck.  Crack the slider and let the sounds of the river lull you to sleep.

    Master bedroom has its own bathroom. Slider leads to the wrap around deck. Crack the slider and let the sounds of the river lull you to sleep.

  • The is not Photoshop-ed.  My wife was on the deck when the herd of sheep came to the river and were spooked when they saw me.  They ran towards the deck where my wife was already preparing to take a picture of me with my fish on.  Notice the white speck between me and the sheep's head.  That's the fish

    The is not Photoshop-ed. My wife was on the deck when the herd of sheep came to the river and were spooked when they saw me. They ran towards the deck where my wife was already preparing to take a picture of me with my fish on. Notice the white speck between me and the sheep's head. That's the fish

  • Snowshoeing at the Big Hole Battlefield. 40 minute drive.

    Snowshoeing at the Big Hole Battlefield. 40 minute drive.

  • Crazy Creek trailhead is 4 miles from the house.

    Crazy Creek trailhead is 4 miles from the house.

  • Breakfast, fish, lunch, fish, beer break, fish, dinner, fish, gaze at stars, bed

    Breakfast, fish, lunch, fish, beer break, fish, dinner, fish, gaze at stars, bed

  • Taken from our deck.  Herd of female big horns crossing the river.

    Taken from our deck. Herd of female big horns crossing the river.

  • Full size washer and dryer.

    Full size washer and dryer.

  • The Riverhouse is lesson in American history. Lewis and Clark were here.

    The Riverhouse is lesson in American history. Lewis and Clark were here.

  • The rugged Bitterroot Mountains on one side. The Sapphires on the other.

    The rugged Bitterroot Mountains on one side. The Sapphires on the other.

  • Living room windows looking upstream

    Living room windows looking upstream

  • The house sits about 30 feet from the river.  The deck is 18' from the riverbank.

    The house sits about 30 feet from the river. The deck is 18' from the riverbank.

  • 1 cast, 2 fish. Just downstream from the house. 18" rainbow. 14" cutthroat.

    1 cast, 2 fish. Just downstream from the house. 18" rainbow. 14" cutthroat.

  • The second bedroom has a queen size bed.  The sliding glass door opens to a balcony that overlooks the river.  Crack the slider and let the river lull you to sleep.  Enjoy the river and the wildlife on the mountains across the river.  This room features an old west theme.

    The second bedroom has a queen size bed. The sliding glass door opens to a balcony that overlooks the river. Crack the slider and let the river lull you to sleep. Enjoy the river and the wildlife on the mountains across the river. This room features an old west theme.

  • Living room from second floor landing

    Living room from second floor landing

  • Beautiful West Slope Cutthroat taken just downstream from the house.

    Beautiful West Slope Cutthroat taken just downstream from the house.

  • Yes the fishing is great in the winter.  Cutthroat 'swimming' on sheet of ice on the river.

    Yes the fishing is great in the winter. Cutthroat 'swimming' on sheet of ice on the river.

  • Lost Trail Powder Mountain. 16 miles away, wide open slopes.

    Lost Trail Powder Mountain. 16 miles away, wide open slopes.

  • Fully stocked kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, and all utensils.

    Fully stocked kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, and all utensils.

  • The 3rd bedroom has a queen size bed and a fish and wildlife decor.

    The 3rd bedroom has a queen size bed and a fish and wildlife decor.

  • Living room windows looking downstream.

    Living room windows looking downstream.

  • The 30 minute drive to Nap's. Do it. 'Riverhouse Official World's Best Burger'

    The 30 minute drive to Nap's. Do it. 'Riverhouse Official World's Best Burger'

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