Yellowstone Valley Lodge

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Livingston, Montana

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge Overview

    Best Lodge in Paradise Valley…

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge adds to our arsenal a full service outfit with first rates guides that operate floats on the Yellowstone River and other area rivers as well as access to the world’s most famous Spring Creeks…Nelson’s, DuPuy’s, Armstrong, and Milesnick’s. They offer private and comfortable accommodations for ten guests and have the manpower and facility to host non-angling companions with organized activity, trips into Bozeman or Livingston, and tours of the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

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    New Ownership & Dedication…

    The lodge (formerly Yellowstone Valley Ranch) is under new ownership and management that has brought back the highest standards to this wonderful operation. Without sparing any expense, the new ownership has enhanced comforts with new furniture and décor as well as a completely remodeled and updated kitchen and dining area. Guest rooms have also been freshened up with new beds, linens, comforters, and decoration. The same core guides and lodge staff are still here – only with a fresh outlook and renewed dedication.

    The Yellowstone River & National Park…

    The prize of the Yellowstone Valley Ranch fishing program is, of course, the Yellowstone River. The lodge is located on the banks of river and offers perhaps the most scenic views of any float trip in lower forty-eight. The Yellowstone is an enormous, undammed river flowing from the Park down through the dramatic , mountain flanked, “Paradise Valley” through Livingston before hooking up with the Missouri River some 350 miles downstream. In addition to the Yellowstone, anglers at have the option of fishing the Madison, Gallatin, Boulder, and a number of the phenomenal rivers inside the National Park including the Lamar, Slough Creek, the Gardiner, and Soda Butte Creek. Fishing inside the park offers the opportunity to see Yellowstone and all its wildlife, geysers & amazing scenery.

    Fishing the Famous Spring Creeks…

    Many of our clients who visit YVR do so in order to gain access to the area’s amazing spring creek fishing. The lodge has more rod days allotted to their guests than any other lodge or guide service. The technical spring creek fishing on Nelson’s, Armstrong’s, DuPuy’s, and Milesnick’s is perhaps the most famous in the country, and well worth the effort.

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge Description

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge is located fifteen miles from Livingston, Montana in the “Paradise Valley” of the Yellowstone River approximately thirty-five miles north of Yellowstone National Park. The property is situated on the banks of a beautiful stretch of the Yellowstone with gorgeous views of the scenic Absaroka mountain range in southern Montana. Livingston is a stylish and sleepy old town of around 6,000 people.

    The lodge (formerly Yellowstone Valley Ranch) is under new ownership and management that has brought back the highest standards to this wonderful operation. Without sparing any expense, the new ownership has enhanced comforts with new furniture and décor as well as a completely remodeled and updated kitchen and dining area. Guest rooms have also been freshened up with new beds, linens, comforters, and decoration. The same core guides and lodge staff are still here – only with a fresh outlook and renewed dedication.

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge adds to our arsenal a full service outfit with first rates guides that operate floats on the Yellowstone and other area rivers as well as access to the world’s most famous Spring Creeks…Nelson’s, DuPuy’s, Armstrong, and Milesnick’s. They offer private and comfortable accommodations and have the manpower and facility to host non-angling companions with organized activity, trips into Bozeman or Livingston, and tours of the nearby Yellowstone National Park. As full service fishing lodges go, they are hands down the best in the area.

    The Fishing

    YVL is the premier fly fishing lodge in the Yellowstone River Valley. They offer a wonderfully diverse program on some of Montana’s greatest and most famous fisheries. The cornerstone of the Yellowstone Valley Lodge fishing program is of course the Yellowstone River. The lodge is located on the banks of river and offers perhaps the most scenic views of any float trip in lower forty-eight. The Yellowstone is an enormous, undammed river flowing from the Park down through the dramatic mountain flanked “Paradise Valley” to Livingston, Montana. From Livingston, the river takes on a different character as it exits the mountains and enters the high mountain plain on its way to the confluence of the Missouri River some 350+ miles downstream. Although the upper sections above Livingston are the most scenic and most popular, some of the best fishing for cutthroats, rainbows, and browns exists on the less pressured sections downstream of Livingston. Fishing on the Yellowstone is mostly from the drift boat, however there are some wade-friendly sections of the river particularly later in the season when flows are more accommodating.

    Other Rivers

    In addition to the Yellowstone, anglers at Yellowstone Valley Lodge have the option of fishing the Madison, Gallatin, Boulder, and a number of the phenomenal rivers inside the National Park including the Lamar, Slough Creek, the Gardiner, and Soda Butte Creek. Fishing inside the park is an opportunity to site see Yellowstone and all its wildlife, geysers and amazing scenery. Beginners also can enjoy two private Lakes in the area loaded with cooperative and large rainbows.

    The Spring Creeks

    Most of our clients who visit YVL do so in order to gain access to the area’s amazing spring creek fishing. The lodge has the most rod days allotted to their guests than any other lodge or guide service. The technical spring creek fishing on Nelson’s, Armstrong’s, DuPuy’s, and Milesnick’s is perhaps the most famous in the country, and well worth the effort. This type of fishing is very technical with small flies, 6X tippets, and a stealthy approach….classic spring creek fishing at its best. All guests at YVL are granted specified days of Spring Creek fishing with the packages rates. If you wanted to fish the spring creeks every day, a $100 per rod fee is applicable beyond your allotted inclusions.

    Accommodations

    The lodge offers good clean accommodations and a laid back atmosphere for their guests. The lodge operates ten private and spacious double occupancy cabins equipped with two queen beds, a sitting area, full bath, private deck, and an ice chest stocked with refreshments. The new ownership has spared no expense with the remodel of the property. With views of the Yellowstone River and the dramatic mountainous landscape, the scenery from all the rooms and patios is amazing.

    Meals are taken in the lodge’s main restaurant or on the patio overlooking a gorgeous bend in the Yellowstone River. Their chef prepares amazing meals, and their restaurant is an excellent spot to enjoy a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail. The fishing schedule is very civilized with made to order breakfasts starting around 7:00AM, and anglers are usually out the door for the river by 8:30AM. Lunch is packed and prepared by the guides in the field, and anglers are usually back to the lodge by 5:30PM in time for appetizers and a cold one before a shower and dinner served around 7:30-8:00PM. The restaurant at YVL is renowned in the area and open to the public most nights…creating a social and fun atmosphere for angling guests. The lodge has a very expansive wine list as well as several local micro brews on tap…

    Travel

    Bozeman, Montana is serviced daily by many airlines with multiple commercial flights daily. Montana is best serviced by Delta, United, Continental, Frontier, and a handful of other carriers. Most anglers will find that the best itineraries and fares are with Delta Airlines with a connection in Salt Lake City. US Airways, Continental, United and Frontier also offer decent connections are fares through Denver, Colorado. From Bozeman, guests are collected by a representative from YVL and transferred approximately thirty minutes to the lodge. Round trip ground transfers are $220 round trip for up to six passengers.

    Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Guests travel to Bozeman, Montana. From Bozeman, anglers are collected by a representative from Yellowstone Valley Lodge and driven approximately thirty minutes to the lodge. There is no guided fishing on arrival day.

    Day 2-?

    Depart for fishing on the Yellowstone, Boulder, Madison, Private Lakes, Yellowstone Park waters, or one or more of the area’s famous Spring Creeks (Armstrong, Dupuy’s, Nelson’s, Milesnick’s). Lunch is taken streamside and anglers usually return to the lodge around 5:00PM for cocktails, appetizers, and dinner.

    Departure Day

    Following breakfast, and depending on what time your flight departs, guests return to the airport in Bozeman for commercial flight service home.

    When to Go

    Yellowstone Valley Lodge is open June -early October.

    2012 RATES

    Fishing Packages

    (Based on Shared Room / Guide)
    3 Nights / 2 Days……………$1030 (1 Day Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    4 Nights / 3 Days……………$1415 (1 Day Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    5 Nights / 4 Days……………$1900 (2 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    6 Nights / 5 Days……………$2385 (3 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    7 Nights / 6 Days……………$2770 (3 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)

    (Based on Single Room / Private Guide)
    3 Nights / 2 Days……………$1780 (1 Day Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    4 Nights / 3 Days……………$2490 (1 Day Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    5 Nights / 4 Days……………$3300 (2 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    6 Nights / 5 Days……………$4110 (3 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)
    7 Nights / 6 Days……………$4820 (3 Days Private Water / Spring Creeks)

    Additional Days on Private Water are $100 per person / day

    Non-Angling Packages

    $300 Per Person / Night (based on double occupancy)

    What's Included
    Accommodations at Yellowstone Valley Lodge as specified; Daily Guided Fishing as specified; Three meals daily; Flies, leaders, terminal tackle; Non-alcoholic beverages

    What's Not Included
    Airfare Bozeman, Montana; Round-trip ground transfers to/from Bozeman and the lodge (approximately $220 per party); Fishing licenses; Guide and Staff Gratuities; Rental Rods & Reels; Guided non-angling activities; Beer & Wine (sold in bar); Hard Liquor (Must Bring Your Own); Items of a personal nature & Individual travel expenses; 7% Montana State Tax

    Terms & Conditions

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Yellowstone Valley Lodge’s policy follows: A deposit of 50% is required to confirm a reservation and is due at the time of booking. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. All deposit payments are non-refundable. Cancellations made prior to 30 days from arrival will result in loss of deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days from arrival date will result in full refund minus a $400 per day of reservation and any applicable private water fees. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.

    Consider Travel Insurance!

    Given the inherent strict refund policies associated with nearly all fishing packages, we cannot stress the importance of obtaining travel insurance to protect your investment. Travelers can obtain coverage for pre-existing health problems (related to yourself, your family, business partners, or your traveling partners), emergency evacuation, lost baggage, delay, life insurance packages; even “no questions asked” or “for work reasons” coverage.

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    Non-Angling Activities

    Although most guests at YVL are there for the fishing, the lodge has the staff on hand to provide a relaxing or action packed vacation for non-angling companions. YVL offers a concierge service that can design an activity schedule for non-anglers or in the event you want to take a day off from fishing.

    Some of these activities include: horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking & biking wilderness trails, sporting clays shooting and professionally guided tours of Yellowstone National Park. Or you may choose a less regimented day to see the truly authentic local color of Livingston; tour the museums or shop in the art galleries and other stores. For those who want to venture further afoot, Bozeman is only another half-hour drive from Livingston. Massage services can be arranged for you in your cabin or at a local spa.

    In all cases YVL works with professionals that are known and trusted. All organized non-angling activities should be arranged in advance to ensure availability.

    Guided Hiking - Planning to visit Paradise Valley between May and October? We offer day hikes from strenuous 12-mile walks to a series of shorter strolls in Paradise Valley. The chosen hike will be based on group interest. The price includes transportation, a sack lunch, and a knowledgeable guide. Call and let us know what type of hike interests you. If you would enjoy a private hike, give a call and we can discuss more options. Minimum age: 10.
    $275/day up to 3 people in the group. $35 per additional person. Groups of 4 or more is an additional $75.00 transportation fee unless you have your own transportation.

    Rafting - Join River Source Outfitters for a once-in-a lifetime Yellowstone River adventure on one of America's most spectacular rivers. Located near Yellowstone Park, our trips drifts along Montana's pristine Yellowstone River and then culminate with an unforgettable rafting ride through the fun-filled rapids of Yankee Jim Canyon, we then float into the beautiful Paradise Valley.
    Full Day $125/person (lunch provided).
    Half Day $75/person.

    Horseback Riding – Do you want to ride some well trained, well taken care of horses and mules? Do you want to be guided by cowboys and cowgirls that know the business? Well then, Bear Paw Outfitters is the choice of horseback outfitters. They care about their guests, horses and want you to have a quality/safe time. Their riding stock are tried, proven and will take you to some of the best scenery around.
    Full Day: 2 or less $210/person, 3 or more $160/person.
    Half Day: $90/person.

    Horseback Riding/Fly Fishing Combo - Bear Paw Outfitters offers a Yellowstone Park horseback riding day trip to 3rd meadow on Slough Creek. If you’d like to do some fly fishing and the rest of the family wants to do some horseback riding, this trip will satisfy everyone. They will take you to the best fly fishing spot around. The rest of the group can to do more horseback riding or just relax if they choose. It is a two hour horseback ride to the 3rd meadow, which allows for a little over 4 hours of fishing.
    Full Day: 2 or less $225/person, 3 or more $210/person.

    Yellowstone National Park Tour – Let Yellowstone Safari Company create a custom itinerary just for you. Generally we'll visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and see the waterfalls, visit and possibly hike one of the major wildlife valleys (where specifically depends upon season), search for bears, have a great picnic lunch, possibly hike the Canyon or a back country thermal area, and visit a geyser basin.
    Full Day $650 up to 2 people, $100 each additional person.

    Sporting Clays - The Buffalo Ranch course includes 11 stations, each one mimicking a natural movement and evasion tactic of a specified game bird or animal. From a fast jackrabbit to a pair of incoming geese, you’ll find the shooting to be exciting and challenging. Novices and experts alike seem to find satisfaction with the breaking of the clay target. Grab your gear or let one of the Buffalo Ranch experts help get you going.
    Dates: May 1st - Oct 1st Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
    Shoot by appointment for 3 or more, min round of 100 per shooter
    Eye Protection NOT supplied, Sunglasses, prescription, or equivalent
    A Round of 100 - $68 A Round of 50 - $34