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Fishing and Birding on Fishtail Creek

(12 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 8)

Fishing And Bird Watching On Fishtail Creek

Located at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, this ranch house can sleep 8. The home is very comfortable with 2 bedrooms upstairs, 2 bedrooms on the main floor and 2 baths. There is a large sunny kitchen, dining room that seats 8, and living room with original rock fireplace and oak floor. The deck is accessed off the living room and overlooks Fishtail Creek.

There are many outdoor activities at the ranch, such as fishing, hiking, bird watching, photography, sightseeing, and a picnic area for roasting hot dogs and making ‘smores!

Along Fishtail Creek and in the abundant tree cover at the house, many species of birds find shelter and visit our bird feeders frequently. The owners have a love of all the feathered friends on the ranch and have observed Pinyon Jays, Clark's Nutcrackers, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, House Wrens, Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches and an occasional Black Rosy Finch, Common Redpolls, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, Pine Siskins, White and Red Breasted Nuthatches, American Goldfinches, and so many more.

The Stillwater and Rosebud Rivers offer world class fly fishing and are only 15-20 minutes away. Woodbine Falls and the trail to Sioux Charlie Lake are a short scenic drive up the Stillwater Valley. The Stillwater River also offers opportunities for rafting and kayaking. We can help you arrange for a day of horse-back riding or an overnight trip into the mountains. ATV rentals are available in the neighborhood for exploring mountain trails in the Benbow and Nye area.

If you wish to take a trip into Yellowstone National Park, the drive from Fishtail to Red Lodge and over the Beartooth Highway into Yellowstone Park will be a highlight of your trip. The 90 mile drive will take you to the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City. You'll need to allow at least 3 hours travel time into Cooke City because of the numerous switch backs that take you up and over the mountains.
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall - every season is beautiful in the Beartooths!

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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, we do not allow pets on the property....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Showers in both bathrooms - no bathtubs.

Other Amenities

  • Our insurance does not allow for special events such as weddings, large group parties, etc. Permission from the owners is required for large gatherings at the house....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television:

    Roku Box for viewing movies...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window air conditioners in all 4 bedrooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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

    Eat-In kitchen for 4-6...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,000 $3,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $50
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 7%


$150.00 per night for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest, 5 to 8 guests, is $10 per person per night additional charge.

7% Montana Lodging Tax.

$50 cleaning fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/29/2017
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65 Miles
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Cowboy Bar
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cowboy Bar and Supper Club
38 Miles
Nearest Ski
Red Lodge Mountain

Car: Necessary


Owner info

About the owner: In 1928 our grandfather, Michael Lesnik who was born in the Savinjske Alps of Slovenia, fell in love with the Fishtail Area. He and our grandmother, Katherine had immigrated to the US in 1906, and in 1912, homesteaded on a dryland farm north of Columbus, MT. Grandfather longed for the mountains, streams and lush forest of his homeland. Grandfather would occasionally accompany a friend to go fishing at Fishtail, and the area reminded him of his beloved Slovenia. He determined he would buy a place in this valley, and somehow he managed to do just that. We grandkids marvel that he was able to accomplish that during the Great Depression and the 'dirty 30's.' Since that time, several generations of Lesnik kids, cousins, grandkids and great-grandkids have roamed the hills and fished and floated on Fishtail Creek. The ranch continues to operate as a working ranch, raising cattle, sheep and hay. And now the Lesnik Kids have decided to remodel the house, built in 1941 by our dad, Leo Lesnik, and rent it as a vacation rental. We have retained the original feel of the house, but have given our family home a 'face lift.' We are pleased to offer this well loved home for your enjoyment!

Why the Owner Chose Fishtail, MT, USA:
This property has been in our family since 1928.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/29/2017

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  • Kitchen


  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room 2

    Living Room 2

  • Downstairs Bedroom with Twin Beds

    Downstairs Bedroom with Twin Beds

  • Upstairs Bedroom 4

    Upstairs Bedroom 4

  • Montana Summer Sunset

    Montana Summer Sunset

  • Barn in winter at The Lesnik Place

    Barn in winter at The Lesnik Place

  • Red Breasted Grosbeak in Aspen Tree

    Red Breasted Grosbeak in Aspen Tree

  • Black cows beneath the Beartooth Mountains

    Black cows beneath the Beartooth Mountains

  • Baling the Hay

    Baling the Hay

  • Mystic Lake - A great day hike

    Mystic Lake - A great day hike

  • Summer 2013

    Summer 2013

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Original Rock Fireplace

    Original Rock Fireplace

  • Downstairs Bedroom with Queen Bed

    Downstairs Bedroom with Queen Bed

  • Upstairs Bedroom 3

    Upstairs Bedroom 3

  • Bathroom


  • Paint Horses on the Ranch

    Paint Horses on the Ranch

  • Grey-crowned Rosy Finches at Feeders

    Grey-crowned Rosy Finches at Feeders

  • Black Angus cows on the ranch in Fall

    Black Angus cows on the ranch in Fall

  • Beartooth Mountains

    Beartooth Mountains

  • Montana State Flower -the Bitterroot, which can be found on the ranch.

    Montana State Flower -the Bitterroot, which can be found on the ranch.

  • Stillwater River above Woodbine - a short drive and an easy hike

    Stillwater River above Woodbine - a short drive and an easy hike

VRBO #453437

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, May 29, 2017

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