A-Frame Lodge on the River in Irwin, IdahoIrwin, Idaho (United States)
A-Frame Lodge on the River in Irwin, Idaho
"I am fortunate enough to spend several days each August here. This year, like years passed, was an incredible experience. The fishing alone is enough…"
The A-frame style house has two bedrooms, two baths and an incredible deck that sits twenty feet over the river. The master bedroom and well-appointed sitting area are right next to Palisades Creek and have private access to a full master bath. Up the winding log staircase is the second bedroom and full bath. Additional space for kids can be made with a roll away bed. There is plenty of room here to gather your group for a cocktail or meeting before or after your day of fishing. A gorgeous bridge over Palisades Creek has been set up for you to walk back to the lodge for meals. Located at the confluence of the Snake River and Palisades Creek, the spacious South Fork House features two bedrooms, private baths, a well-appointed living room, a river rock fireplace, a wet bar, and a large private deck.
The executive Chef, Bob Swanson, prepares fresh, regional cuisine to perfection each and every evening. Your day begins at the lodge in the "Cowboy Bar". Hot coffee or tea and fresh pastries are served every morning along with fresh fruit, cereals and milk. A superb continental breakfast is offered for a light fare, or you can order anything else you would like. The unlimited menu includes your favorite breakfast every morning. The Lodge chef has pancakes, omelets, bacon, sausage, Idaho potato hash browns, and anything else you desire before heading out on the Blue Ribbon Trout waters.
Lunches at the lodge are the best in the west. Every lunch comes in an insulated box with a hand-wipe and spork pack, napkin, hard candy, mayonnaise, mustard, fresh cookie, chips, candy bar, fresh fruit, a variety of salads, peanuts, and a wrap or sandwich. You will also be supplied with water and sodas to keep you hydrated during your glorious day of fishing or mountain activities.
As guests arrive back at the "Lodge" they are chauffeured back to the front door of their private cabin. A beverage and snacks await you in your room to quench your thirst after a full day of activities. You will be offered an appetizer before you sit for your incredible dinner. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Friends you might see when you dine include the amazing hummingbird population, osprey, bald eagles and the occasional big game. Dining in the Lodge is always an experience. There is always an incredible chef from the large pool of talent in the Jackson Hole area. This year, Chef Bob Swanson, a truly wonderful person, will be your Chef. The dining dress is casual, but the food is world class.
- Air conditioning
- Linens and pillows
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.
Location & Surroundings
Irwin, Idaho (United States)
Detailed location provided after booking
- Horseback riding
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Guided Fishing Trips: The Lodge has five different sections of the South Fork available for guided fishing trips. The first section of the South Fork is characterized by spectacular riffle fishing. For the angler who wishes to explore the South Fork "on Foot, " there is simply not enough time in a day (or week) to investigate this section of the river. It contains scenic views of the beautiful Swan Valley and the Fall creek waterfalls. At the end of your fishing day, your return trip to The Lodge is approximately 15 minutes. The second section is referred to as the "canyon" section of the South Fork. It is, by any standard, remarkably beautiful with its enormous canyon walls. The fishing is superb and, during the salmon fly hatch, produces unparalleled fishing activity. Although the canyon has its own remarkable riffles, its trademark is astounding bank and Canyon "wall" fishing. A float down this 14-mile section is highly recommended but requires extra time. Access from the canyon is restricted to the public take-out at Cottonwood, which is on the East side of the river. Therefore, the return trip to The Lodge is likely to take 75 minutes. Accordingly, it is recommended a 9:00 a.m. departure time at the latest. The third section is also unique in that it commences at the tail end of the "canyon" section and proceeds 12 miles to the Byington take-out. The put in takes about 75 minutes to access but is worth it as far as positioning on the river during busy season. Simply put, you get ahead of the crowds. Fishing traverses a number of famous areas including Henry's Bathtub, Table rock, etc. It combines excellent bank and rifle fishing with scenic beauty. The return time to The Lodge is approximately 20 minutes. As with the second section, a 8:30-9:30 a.m. departure is recommended. The fourth section has a completely different look as the South Fork exits the canyon and flows through one of the largest natural cottonwood stands on earth. This section is recommended early in the season (May 15 to July 1), as the water warms early on this 7 mile section. The Twin Bridges section is known to hold huge brown trout and fishes extremely well during the salmon fly hatch, which usually begins in late June. The return to the Lodge takes approximately 50 minutes. Some bank fishing, but more "trash" piles of trees and logs with some outstanding riffle fishing. The fifth section of the river at times resembles a trip through the Amazon. Because of warmer temperatures, this section fishes best in May and June. This section is known for early salmon fly hatches and huge brown trout. The float itself is 8 miles long and requires a 50 minute trip to the access and a 70 minute return to The Lodge. This float is particularly recommended in May and June. For those anglers fishing the day and departing and flying out of Idaho Falls, it is worth noting that the Lorenzo take-out is approximately 20 minutes from the Idaho Falls Airport.
Guided Hunting: Duck and goose (waterfowl) hunting is permitted on the south border of Palisades Reservoir, and on forest service ground along the river bottom - ranging from the Palisades Dam downstream through the Canyon to Clark's Hill. This is approximately 36 miles of river. The primary species are mallards and Canadian geese, however, you may encounter pintail, wideon, and teal. If you'd like to throw a little fishing into the mix, the cast and blast package is designed to fit your needs.