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Authentic Montana Trapper Cabins with Modern Conveniences

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Rental includes for all four cabins

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, Moose 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

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Chris

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..

Chris purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Chris chose Madison County

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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.


Madison County Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size bed (1), Queen size Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming


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Authentic Montana Trapper Cabins with Modern Conveniences
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Rustic Authentic Get-away Camp

  • 5 of 5

Four college buddies enjoyed ourselves with this property as our base for fly-fishing. The place really grew on us over our 4 day stay. A real "camp" feel with just the right amenities to make it comfortable and cozy. If you're looking for luxury this isn't the place for you. But if you want good beds, a rustic feel, a more than serviceable kitchen and a really fun place to hang after a long day on the river or hunting in the hills we'd recommend this place highly. Chris was johnny-on-the-spot with good info and tips.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buster wants to fish

  • 5 of 5

Imagine going to nearby Virginia City, and thinking you wish you could stay at a place that takes you back to that time - with a few modern creature comforts, of course. It’s nice to have things like screens on the windows, really (and I've got a picky back) comfortable beds, plumbing, showers, electricity and a functioning equipped kitchen. Throw in a world famous trout stream, a family of deer or a moose as regular visitors or neighbors, and an alarm clock that moonlights (yes, actually - not a pun) as a great-horned owl who answered our hoots from the porch with our morning coffee.

Make no mistake, it's not the Ritz - it's Montana. No crowded campground of noisy nosey neighbors - want music - bring your guitar or your CDs, or browse the house collection. And if you want the Ritz, Google the location you desire - it isn't in Montana. Personally, I thought the conversation of brothers and long - lost friends with background of wind through aspens and willows and the occasional splash of an alarmingly big fish in the Big Hole River was more than enough, but a guitar and harmonica around the fire pit would have been nice if that's your thing.

We came to fish - and to visit each other. Plenty of space and opportunities for both. A reunion of brothers and friends - who share a love for the Montana outdoors and the culture of the West. In spite of "Hoot Owl" closures on the Big Hole, 2 of the 3 fishermen in the group filled a Montana Grand Slam of a brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat and rainbow trout - in 5 days on the waters of the open sections of the Big Hole and nearby waters. But that was part of the story - the whole story was more than the grand slams or the over 200 fish we caught in those 5 days, or the infinite number of subjects for the photographer in our group, or the countless trails for the hiker among us. As someone who lived in Montana for 4 years while in college longer ago than I care to admit (I'm a fisherman - so I lie - I'm proud to have survived as long as I have), and whose great-grandfather came through the mountains and deserts of the West and through this part of the country as a teenager - This place screams MONTANA! to anyone willing to listen.

It has all the privacy you want, without the need to hike 5 miles off the road. It has just the right balance of comfort and rustic features for a really Western feel.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation property!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent the weekend at this property and loved it! The property is right on the Big hole river and in a beautiful setting. The cabins have everything we needed. The sleeping cabins were very comfortable. The two bigger cabins had full bathrooms and very comfortable beds. Each bathroom was stocked with clean towels! The cabin caretaker cam by before we got there and opened all windows and turned on fans to cool the cabins down. The kitchen cabin was very large and perfect for hanging out, cooking and playing late night games! The kitchen is well supplied with utensils, plates and everything we needed for cooking! We particularly enjoyed the screened porch with the large dining table for " family dinners" and card games. The beach down by the river was also a great hang out spot while our husbands were fishing. We even had a nightly visit from the moose! We also saw a coyote across the river, turkeys on the property and tons of Pelicans. It was a really great stay and was easy to coordinate with the owner! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly What We Wanted

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable stay at the cabins. Lots of work has gone into the property, and the cabins are very comfortable. Will try to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camping Cabins at their finest!

  • 5 of 5

My boys LOVED this place!!!

Authentic log cabins, lots of space and the Big Hole river to fly fish on! My boys (21, 22 & 55) were able to walk into the river and go upstream into a huge section that is not easily accessible to the public. If there had not been huge rains the day before we arrived, fishing would have been outstanding. Be sure to have good river boots the rocks are a bit slippery here.

Each log cabin has been incredibly restored, three are on new foundations and are all sealed pretty tight. Chris, the owner, has put a lot of love into this place. I am a home remodeler and appreciated all of the detail and lots of thought has gone into the restoration of these great buildings. The beds were comfortable and well appointed.

Each cabin is a bit of a distance from each other, which we liked, and were glad to have brought flashlights. Great for adults or older kids who are comfortable sleeping in their own cabin.

The kitchen has an amazing commercial stove/oven and huge refrigerator. We were able to grilled outside every night.

It is rustic but very comfortable. My boys are planning their next getaway and would love to make this their landing place again.

Be sure to come with your groceries or drive to Butte or Dillon for supplies. Melrose has two fly fishing shops and both were very helpful. We also drove over to the Wise river and Twin Bridges to fish, all within 45 minutes or so.

We booked this rental at the last minute…like one day in advance and arrived late at night. The cabins were opened (window shutters open and fans on) and music greeted us in the cooking cabin. It was a bit of an adventure learning the lay of the land late at night.

About my rating. I would have given it a 4 star rating since I, the only gal, had to sweep out each cabin the first day, behind the bathroom doors had not been swept for a while, and wipe down the kitchen for my liking (I would have liked to have had a vacuum with an edger). My boys roll their eyes and give this vacation spot 6 stars out of 5 so I had to use the average and rated it a 5 :-)

Thank you Chris for sharing this great place it has given us wonderful family vacation memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fishing & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Melrose Bar & Hitching Post
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 15 Glen exit
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hitching Post
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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