Strategically located on the secluded south shore of Hebgen Lake, sixteen miles from West Yellowstone, Montana, Firehole Ranch is one of the West’s premier guest ranches, catering to discerning fly fishers and nature enthusiasts alike. Firehole Ranch is minutes from some of the world’s most renowned blue ribbon fisheries, including the Madison River, the Gallatin River, the waters of Yellowstone National Park, and the famed Henry’s Fork of the Snake. The 640 acre ranch boasts a wonderfully diverse fly fishing program, including numerous floats and walk and wade opportunities with seasoned local guides.
Since opening its doors in 1947 as a fly fishing guest ranch, Firehole Ranch has set a standard for rustic elegance and service. Featuring ten private cabin rooms in six cabins overlooking the lake complete with porches, sitting rooms and fireplaces, this is a western classic as marvelous as its surroundings.
Firehole Ranch also has numerous activities for non-anglers and families including custom guided horseback rides that depart from the ranch, canoeing, lake swimming, mountain biking, and sightseeing in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Guests may choose to leave their vehicles on the north shore of Hebgen Lake and take a boat shuttle to the ranch property.
Firehole Ranch Location:
Firehole Ranch is located on the shore of Hebgen Lake, approximately 16 miles from West Yellowstone, Montana.
Firehole Ranch Fishing Program:
The Firehole Ranch is rich with a diverse fly fishing collection of Montana waters. Anglers may enjoy a float and wade trip on the Madison River from within Yellowstone National Park to Ennis Lake; Henry’s Fork in Idaho: Box Canyon, Railroad Ranch, Mesa Falls, and the Lower Fork; Upper Ruby River; Firehole River; Gibbon River; Gardner River; Gallatin River (both in MT and YNP); Lamar River; Slough Creek; Soda Butte River; Yellowstone River both in YNP and in MT; Hebgen Lake; and Quake Lake; including many other small streams, backcounty lakes, and overlooked and underfished waters of the greater Yellowstone region!
A typical day at the ranch: Breakfast served from 7:00 to 9:00. Boats leave for guided fishing day at 8:00-8:30 am and return to the Ranch at 5:00-5:30 pm. Cocktails start at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner served at 7:30 pm.
Your guide will supply a gourmet lunch, drinks, transportation, tippet, leaders, and other small tackle items as needed. Flies are included in the package along with an onsite, Orvis endorsed, fly shop at the Ranch, which is open 24 hours a day. The lodge fly shop also offers full rental gear at no charge.
All guides are licensed in Montana, Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. During a week’s stay at Firehole Ranch, a guest could easily fly fish a different world-class river, stream or lake each day. Each morning ranch guests are ferried across Hebgen Lake where they are met by their guide for the day’s fly fishing. The ranch’s guide staff will tailor your day to accommodate your fly fishing requests. All guides are excellent teachers, and can provide a valuable day of fishing and instruction for novice and expert anglers alike. Firehole Ranch offers wade or float trips. They also provide float tubes and pontoon boats for those who want to try their hand at some of the stillwater fly fishing the area has to offer.
Firehole Ranch Non-Angling Activities:
Firehole Ranch offers a number of other activities for those who would like to spend some of their time at the Ranch. These include horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking or just a relaxing swim in Hebgen Lake.
The Ranch wrangler will customize a riding adventure for you. A popular day trip is a ride through the Gallatin National Forest to nearby Coffin Peak and Coffin Lake. Guests will oftentimes combine this trip with a day’s fishing in the pristine and secluded water of Coffin Lake, and enjoy a lunch prepared by our staff. There are beautiful trails around the Firehole Ranch for hiking and horseback riding, including a trail to Coffin Lake for a fun day of fishing for high mountain trout. If you plan to go horseback riding we recommend that you wear a boot or shoe with a heel. Tennis shoes are good for bike riding and hiking.
Perhaps canoeing on Hebgen Lake or a day hike or mountain bike ride on the many trails in the adjacent Gallatin National Forest appeals to you. If so, the Firehole Ranch has canoes and mountain bikes for your use. They also will arrange more adventuresome guided hiking trips for you in Yellowstone National Park with one of the local outfitters specializing in back country nature hikes. Plenty of sightseeing opportunities are also available in Yellowstone National Park, the town of West Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Park.
Firehole Ranch Accommodations and Meals:
Firehole Ranch hosts a maximum of 20 guests in six guest cabins. All cabins are luxuriously and individually appointed. The small cabins are a single spacious room with a king bed or two twin beds, a small sitting area, many with a wood stove or fireplace; private bath; private back deck and shared front porch. The medium cabins are two rooms, with a separate bedroom and living room, and all of the above amenities. The large cabins are also two rooms, are more spacious in size and entirely private. The medium and large cabins include a queen size sofa bed in the living room that can accommodate a third person in the cabin.
All cabins include a small refrigerator stocked with beverages, fresh ground local coffee, Aveda amenities, and bathrobes. Welcome bottle of wine and treats. Wireless internet service is available in the Lodge. USA Today and Wall Street Journal available daily. Laundry service is available at a nominal charge.
After a rewarding day on the water with your expert guide, you can relax with a cocktail in hand, enjoying conversation with your fellow guests while awaiting one of Master Chefs Bruno and Kris Georgeton’s delectable gourmet Western meals. Bruno and Kris have been at the ranch for 22 years and are the reason Firehole Ranch has long been known for its excellent cuisine.
Your day begins with a made to order breakfast with daily specials. Evening meals are preceded by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served in the main lodge and on the large outdoor deck facing Hebgen Lake. An outdoor barbecue is held one night each week, and features grilled steaks, salmon, ribs, chicken, mussels, shrimp, homemade salads and desserts. A live band entertains the guests with traditional western folk music as they enjoy horseshoes, fly casting games, and the beautiful view of Hebgen Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Day 1: Arrive Firehole Ranch.
Days 2-6: Full days of guided fishing
Day 7: Depart lodge.
2019 Rate: $4,700 per person for a 5 night/4 day
Included: Accommodations, meals at the ranch, all beverages including open bar, airport transfers to/from West Yellowstone, guided fishing, rods/reels, waders, tackle, flies, all ranch activities and gratuities for the ranch staff.
Not included: Transfers to/from Bozeman, horseback riding, fly shop purchases, guide gratuities, fishing licenses, and a Montana accommodations tax.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout
Season: June – Mid-September
Capacity: 20 anglers
Map: West Yellowstone, MT