SOUTH FORK LODGE

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Destination Overview

The South Fork Lodge founded in the 1930s is an elegant Western lodge built along the banks of a dramatic bend of the world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. The original lodge has been replaced with an up to date facility that sets the standard for western ambience and luxury.  With world-class fly fishing, hospitality and dining in a stunning location, your trip will be a lovely and memorable experience for anglers and non-anglers alike. Comedian and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” recently purchased the famed property on the South Fork of the Snake River with partner and well-known guide Oliver White. The lodge is situated on a stunning bend in the South Fork of the Snake River just off U.S. Highway 26.

At a Glance

Location: Swan Valley, Idaho USA

Target Fish: Rainbow, Cutthroat & Brown Trout 

Time of Year: May 1st through October 20th

Lodge Capacity: 48

Nearest Airport: Idaho Falls (IDA)

Documents Required: Idaho Fishing License (available online.  May be available at lodge  in 2023)

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Fishing Program

How about having a chance at a "western grand slam" (Rainbow, Brown & Cutthroat), all in a day's float! The South Fork Lodge sits on the bank of the South Fork of The Snake River, one of the premier tailwater fisheries in the United States. Our guest rooms are steps away from the river, giving you a head start on other anglers. One of the river’s most storied access points is 200 feet from where you will meet your guide in the morning. While other anglers are driving an hour plus to reach the same stretch of water, you’ll be fishing the river’s most productive spots. 

 

The South Fork of the Snake, where the Lodge was built offers approximately 65 miles of fishable water. From the Palisades Reservoir to the confluence with Henry’s Fork, the South Fork is immense, with incredible fishing opportunities at every mile. The “Upper” South Fork starts at Palisades Dam and ends at the Conant Valley boat access. This section encompasses approximately 15 river miles and is the most accessible. From the Irwin access point, the river opens up as it meanders through Swan Valley. The side channels and shallow riffles offer excellent wading opportunities and some of the best dry fly fishing on the river. Lower down, the “Canyon” is the section of the South Fork beginning at the Conant Valley boat access down to the Byington boat access. The float from Conant to Cottonwood is about 15 miles, so once you’re in the canyon, you’re in for the day. The South Fork Lodge is also able to offer guests use of their private access about 12 miles down from the Conant boat ramp. Private ramp access ensures your day in the canyon is tranquil and unrushed, allowing you to take in some of East Idaho’s most dramatic country. Below Byington, the nature of the river once again changes and flows through a cottonwood forest. This stretch covers approximately 25 miles. We also own and operate an overnight campsite, that can be reserved in advance.

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

 

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Accommodations

Cabin Rooms

After a day spent fishing the South Fork of the Snake river, there’s nothing like returning to one of our beautiful, spacious Cabin Rooms. Located in charming two-story log cabins situated adjacent to our casting pond, the Deluxe Suites are just a short stroll from the Main Lodge.

Our newly-remodeled Cabin Rooms have the option of either two queen beds or one king bed. The spacious bathrooms have a beautiful shower and heated bathroom floors and our decks have unparalleled views of the Snake River, allowing you to take in its beauty long after you’ve disassembled your rod.

Family Suites with connecting doors are ideal for larger groups or families who wish to be together during their stay.

Lodge Rooms

Spend your days fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River and evenings watching the river roll by in one of our beautiful Lodge rooms. Conveniently located within the main lodge, these newly-remodeled suites will impress even the most discriminating traveler. In a Lodge room, you’re only steps away from the bar, guest lounge, and dining.

Each room offers one King bed, with options for comfortably sleeping more (including a bunkbed for kids) and an en suite bathroom. A private terrace overlooks the river providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful sound of the moving waters. For your convenience, the suites are equipped with wireless internet and air conditioning.

South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho’s world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley. This stunning wilderness location effortlessly blends simple, detailed elegance with outstanding activities and exceptional hospitality.

River House

Located only 75 feet from the riverbank, you are steps away from the sound of the Snake in The River House. Ideal for families, couples or groups of up to 8, this secluded and historic ranch-style house is the spot for on-river memories that will last a lifetime. Fish from the banks of the property and spend evenings watching the wildlife from the wraparound back-porch.

The flexibility and privacy of the 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom River House allows guests to customize their stay and enjoy a comfortable house with a full kitchen, common area and laundry room. River House guests have full access to the restaurant, bar and all the services the South Fork Lodge provides.

 

 

 

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, or we will be happy to arrange a shuttle to drive you back and forth to the lodge. 

A shuttle service is available, but 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.

 

Rates

All reservations are based on double occupancy and shared boat, inclusive of: rooms, guides, meals, and house drinks.  Reservations do not include: taxes, guide gratuities, fishing license, or terminal tackle

we recommend a 10-12% Gratuity for the house staff

 

3 nights / 2 days = $2,995 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $3,895 per person

5 nights / 4 days = $4,795 per person

6 nights / 5 days = $5,595 per person

7 nights / 6 days = $6,495 per person