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Destination Overview

Each year we try to add unique destinations that offer an unique experience for our customers.  The Lodge at Palasades Creek is like no other and unequaled in luxury, dining and fishing oportunities.  The lodge is Located at the confluence of Palisades Creek and the South Fork of the Snake River, The Lodge at Palisades Creek is an Orvis endorsed lodge on the best dry-fly fishing river in all of North America. Boasting rustic yet luxurious private cabin accommodations, prestigious Jackson Hole inspired cuisine and a variety of imported wines and spirits, it is no wonder the Lodge at Palisades Creek was awarded “Lodge of the Year” by Orvis in 2007 & 2014. Our esteemed guides round up this award, each with an average of 10 years fishing on the South Fork. We maintain that we have wrangled up the finest, most patient and responsible “fishing junkies”  this river or any, for that matter, possible.

With over 5,000 trout per mile and a daily average of 15-18 inch Yellowstone Cutthroat, Rainbow, Cutbows and Brown Trout. The South Fork of the Snake truly is a necessary addition to every angler’s memory log. Eager trout munch their way through hordes of hatches throughout the year in braids, riffles, runs, banks and drop-offs of this fabled river. Eighty five percent of our current clients at The Lodge at Palisades Creek are repeating the trips of years past. Begin your relationship today.

Every staff member at The Lodge at Palisades Creek is dedicated to the comfort and enjoyment of you…our valued guest. Your happiness is not only our goal, but it is our guarantee. We can promise your next return will prompt you to bring new friends, family, and guests to share in this great experience.

Most of our staff lives locally and works seasonally. Many have worked at the Lodge for over 10 years. You can ask a housekeeper about the dinner menu, a server about needing an extra pillow, or a groundskeeper how the fishing has been. The Lodge is family owned. Marshall and Patricia Geller have been owners since 1990.

At a Glance

Location: Swan Valley, Idaho USA

Target Fish: Rainbow, Cutthroat & Brown Trout 

Time of Year: May 1st through October 20th

Lodge Capacity: 26

Nearest Airport: Idaho Falls (IDA)

Documents Required: Idaho Fishing License (available online or at Swan Valley Fly Shop in Swan Valley ID)

Fishing Program

The South Fork of the Snake is an extremely productive fishery, offering native Snake River Cutthroat, Rainbow, Hybrid (Cut Bow),and Brown trout. We often catch fish over 20 inches, but most fish fall in the 15-17 inch range. The South Fork starts with nymph fishing in the early May, then transitions to dry fly fishing by the end of June and through October. Fall offers great dry fly and streamer fishing, less crowds, perfect temperatures.

We offer guided drift boat fishing and wake/wade trips on the main stem of the Snake River from Gem State Dam in Idaho Falls Firth, Firth to Rose and lower to Massacre Rocks State Park. The Main Snake offers excellent fishing for Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and even Carp. Several of our guides spend their winters near Pocatello to guide on the Snake River as winter fishing on this section offers great chances of catching trout over 20″.

Best Time to Visit: May-middle of October


Fishing Techniques: May-middle of June for Nymphing/Streamers.  From middle of June till October is the best dry fly fishing.


Best Fly Fishing Seasons: May-middle of October


Gear and equipment list

Guides will provide any rods, reels, tackle and flies that you will need upon request.


If you elect to use your personal equipment:

Rods: 5wt or 6wt 

Tackle: Floating lines or intermediate sink tip (for streamers)

Waders: Optional

Clothing: Layered clothing as temperatures can vary during the day.  Plus hat



Guests at The Lodge at Palisades Creek can cozy up in our rustically luxurious, individual log cabins, each located within “casting distance” of the Snake River. We have 9 cabins with a private bathroom and king or 2 twin bed configurations, each with a private deck to enjoy the views of the river.   

The “South Fork House”  is a large 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin with a deck over the river.  Lots of room inside to sit and visit in a well-appointed living room with a wet bar and small refrigerator.  Large glass windows to view the river.  

In order to accommodate small groups and families, we also have the “On River Time ” house with 4 private bedrooms with bathrooms surrounding a contemporary great room with refrigerator.  These rooms can be accessed from inside the cabin or outside offering complete privacy.  This house is surrounded by spacious decks and a great view of our trout pond. Its a short walk to the fly shop or the “Liar’s Den”.  Great for folks who know each other but want privacy at bedtime.

In all, we can host 26 people very comfortably.




Getting There

The closest major airport to the Lodge is the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), located 38 miles away in Idaho Falls. The other nearby option is the Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) airport. The drive to the Lodge from Idaho Falls is approximately 45 minutes. From Jackson, it is about an hour and a half. Rental cars are available at both airports. Many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing for a scenic trip to Jackson or even Yellowstone National Park. Check-in time is after 4 PM on your arrival date, and check-out time is 10 AM on your departure date.


All packages include the following:
  • Guided Fishing

  • Private Cabin

  • Flies

  • Breakfast, River Lunch & Dinner

  • Soda, Water, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

  • 4 days/3 nights $3,787.50  pp dbl occ

  • 5 days/4 nights $4,825. pp dbl occ

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