South Fork Lodge
Idaho, United States
South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake River in the Greater Yellowstone Ecozystem. Escape the crowds to this wilderness location for unparalleled guided fishing, wilderness hiking and horse-riding.
At a Glance
Spend a night sleeping under canvas on the river bank in South Fork Canyon's luxury camp
Combine with Yellowstone Safari and Jackson Hole for a true Rocky Mountain adventure
Grab the chance for an unparalleled fly fishing experience by drift boat through scenic canyons
Other activities including horse riding, hiking, biking and rafting
Take a 2-day pack trip into the Idaho Mountains on horseback
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To start planning your vacation to South Fork Lodge
South Fork Lodge can be found on the Southern Fork of the Snake River, a spot that has earned itself a reputation as the finest dry fly fishing area in not only the state of Idaho, but the entire USA. The area is known as Swan Valley and the river is ideal for both novice and veteran anglers, with fishing taking place in drift boats during the summer months, before the water level recedes a little enabling wading during the fall.
The various types of fish that can be caught include brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout, with some measuring up to 20 inches. There’s a catch and release policy and you may find that your fishing is observed by a range of wildlife including golden eagles, water fowl, elk, deer, moose and even black bears. The guides are fantastically helpful, and their extensive knowledge of the river will aid you in finding the perfect spot from which to launch your dry flies to the hungry and willing trout.
All of the rooms at the lodge have stunning river views, and some with sliding doors which ought to be opened early morning to let the sounds of nature into your room as you welcome the new day. The rooms are all spacious with vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams and rustic furniture. The decor and staff create a tranquil, and charming atmosphere for you to enjoy this unique experience.
While fishing might be the lodge's main focus, guests can enjoy this slice of Rocky Mountain wilderness by exploring the high-trails on horse-back. South Fork guides will have the horses bought into the lodge with a local wrangler for a true western riding experience. The same wilderness trails provide a haven for hikers and mountain bikers. For those craving a little more of an adrenaline rush out on the river, South Fork can arrange rafting grade II-III rapids on the Grand Canyon of the Snake River. Whether you wish to be on your feet all day exploring the scenery, or relaxing on the terrace taking in the views, South Fork Lodge will offer you a magical experience not to be missed.
South Fork offers a range of accommodations including Suites within the main lodge with sweeping views of the river and all the amenities just down the corridor. For those looking for more privacy the Deluxe Suites are stand alone two-story cabins by the casting ponds ideal for groups or families or for a real home-from-home, The Residence offers families a private place to gather and dine by the riverbank. Fisherman's cabins are a stones-throw from the outfitters designed for the avid fisherman and for the ultimate wilderness experience opt for a night under canvas and the starry sky in the South Fork Canyon. It is a wonderful trip for families, and the camaraderie of camp will not soon be forgotten.
South Fork's chefs craft spring and summer menus featuring local ingredients and regional seasonal fare. Snake River Farms provides the Grill with the highest quality local meat, Ballard Family dairy provides its award-winning cheeses and the lodge boasts one of the region’s finest wine lists. The Riverside Bar boasts stunning views and cozy fireplaces for cool mountain evenings, while the Store House provides breakfast and lunch from fresh brewed coffee to artisan sandwiches perfect for a riverside picnic.
Location & Directions
Idaho, United States
South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake River in the Greater Yellowstone Ecozystem of Idaho. South Fork is located approximately 1 hour from Jackson Hole Airport.
When to go
Idaho has an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. South Fork Lodge is open from May 1 to early November, although the best time to be there is mid-June through October. Spring, from late April to June, is marked by mild days and cold nights, with some rain and occasional snow. Summers offer warm days and cool nights and a profusion of brightly colored wildflowers. In autumn, the aspen and cottonwood run gold and red. The days are sunny, with cold nights. Rain eventually gives way to snow. Winter brings with it enough deep snow to keep a skier happy well into April in Jackson but doesn't make good fishing weather.