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Things To Do in Yellowstone

All Yellowstone activities listed below can be arranged either in advance or during your stay with us. Please call for details.
  • Fly fishing
  • On-site massage therapists
  • Birding tours and wildflower hikes with naturalist Bill Edwards
  • Private scenic guide service (with lunch)
  • Float trips and river rafting
  • Horseback riding
  • Cycling Alpine & Nordic skiing
  • Fine dining at Chico Hot Springs
  • Dining reservations
  • Snowmobiling professional guide service
  • Experienced shuttle services available
  • Intimate wedding site (max 22 guests)
  • Hiking & scenic map instruction
  • Absaroka dog sled treks
  • Art galleries
  • Only year-round Yellowstone National Park entrance
  • Near Lewis & Clark Trail

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone national park near Paradise GatewayThe world’s first national park, Yellowstone is located in three states: Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Paradise Gateway is located near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park (which is open year round, unlike other entrances). Yellowstone is a treasure that inspires awe in travelers from around the globe. Although Iceland and New Zealand are known for their geysers, nowhere in the world are there as many active ones as in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park has the highest concentration of large and small mammals in the lower 48 states, including the American bison, elk, grizzly and black bears, coyotes, wolves, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorns, squirrels and marmots. Bird species include osprey, pelican, trumpeter swans, green-wing teal and the Western bluebird. In addition, Yellowstone is the home to 11 species of fish, five species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Explore Yellowstone by roadside or the 1,000 miles of trails through the back country. The Park boasts a variety of vegetation types, from near-desert to subalpine meadows and forests. Wildflowers are breathtaking.

Paradise Gateway is the ideal entry to this wonder of the natural world.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing at Paradise Gateway in MontanaWe offer guided fly fishing packages, on world-renowned rivers, lakes, and private lakes and spring creeks in southwest Montana and in renowned Yellowstone National Park, including some of the best Upper Yellowstone River fishing literally steps from your door. Our one, three and five day packages expose you to a variety of different waters…we put you on water where the trout are feeding and active. Our lodging is exclusive, modern, and private…allowing couples to have a private residence, or groups of four to six to share a private home. We cater to groups of four, singles, and even groups of up to twenty-four. No one in Paradise Valley has our flexibility, deluxe accommodations, and affordable pricing.

Your dining options are flexible. Be pampered with our private chef. Or, save money for flies and cook for yourself; there is a grocery store only five miles away. Or, have us stock your fridge prior to arriving.

Best Times to Fish
Most fishing trips are scheduled between April and early November. Mid-June through September is what most anglers consider “prime time.” But for what most of locals consider even better fishing, and more solitude, try late March through early May or October and early November, which you can combine with an upland bird or big game hunting trip.

Our prices are competitive, and repeatedly beat other lodges by 20% when fishing four people. So, go find four friends and fish and sleep in a premiere lodge for less than $300/day per person.

6 Nights / 5 Days = $4350/double occupancy + 3rd Person $2400 + 4th Person $150
5 Nights / 4 Days = $3550/double occupancy + 3rd Person $1925 + 4th Person $150
4 Nights / 3 Days = $2750/double occupancy + 3rd Person $1450 + 4th Person $150
3 Nights / 2 Days = $1950/double occupancy + 3rd Person $975 + 4th Person $150

*Private Spring Creek Fishing: Oct 15-April 14 is $40/day/angler, April 15-June 14 & Sept 15-Oct 14 is $75/day/angler, June 15-Sep 14 is $100/day/angler (no markup)

Meal Service Options (lunch “on the river” is included in above prices)

Cook in your own private kitchen: Included with above prices
Dine at local restaurants: Price varies (See Chico Hot Springs menu)
Have your ‘fridge stocked: Price varies (Provided at booking by our concierge)
Private chef: $45-65/person (Click here for options)

All Packages Include: Guides provide all non-alcoholic drinks and a delicious stream-side lunch.

Packages Do Not Include: Montana fishing licenses (ages 15 & up), personal fishing gear (rental gear is available at the fly shop), Montana State Lodging Tax, Guide and staff gratuities.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your fly fishing and lodging reservation. Private water rod fees must be paid in full at the time of booking to assure requested dates. The remaining balance is due on the final day of your trip. Preferred payment for you trip is travelers check, personal check, money order or cash – however we do accept Visa & MasterCard. If cancellation notification is received 60 days prior to the date of arrival a full refund will be made promptly. If a cancellation is received fewer than 60 days before the date of fishing, no refund will be made but we will do our best to reschedule your trip for up to one calendar year.

DAY RATES (lunch included)
Float Trips: 1 or 2 Anglers, $450
Yellowstone National Park: $450*
Additional Third Person: $100
Missouri River Trips: $525

*Additional $25 YNP entrance fee per car

Fly fishing near Paradise Gateway in MontanaRivers: Yellowstone, Boulder, Stillwater, Gallatin, Madison, Missouri

Private water: Depuy’s Spring Creek, Armtrong’s Spring Creek, Nelson’s Spring Creek, Milesnick Ranch, and over 20 additional miles of “not to be named” private water

Trophy lakes: Burn’s Lake, Story Lake, Sitz Ranch, Merrell Lake

Yellowstone Park: 3 native sport fish, 5 non-native species, 220+ lakes, 1,000+ streams

We are very pleased to have Matson Rogers of Angler’s West as our Director of Fishing Operations and the official Montana Outfitter of Rivers Bend Lodge. Matson is one of the premiere guides in Montana, and shares my passion for fly fishing and bird hunting, and, most importantly, raising our children in the outdoors. Matson and I pride ourselves in bringing you the best guides in the Upper Yellowstone Basin, and we personally spend as many days on the river with our guests as possible.

Because we have our own fly-shop within 3 miles of Rivers Bend Lodge, you will always have access to gear and flies. We encourage you to visit our online shop prior to your trip, but we also encourage you to simply visit our shop when you arrive so you can pick up any flies or equipment that matches what is happening on the river at that particular time.

We are privileged to have A.D. Maddox as our “honorary artist” at Rivers Bend Lodge. Amelia’s art will inspire you to get back on the river. And her spirit will challenge you to live the life you want to live. An avid fly fisherwoman, she has translated a passion for the beauty of trout and the poetry of fly-fishing into her art. With materials such as acrylics, oils, gel medium, canvas, wood, and metal, she fashions paintings, furniture and a variety of functional objects in her energetic and unique style using carving and bold painting techniques.

Amelia’s art is featured at the lodge and we have an exclusive relationship with her to paint an original of your prize catch in Paradise Valley or Yellowstone National Park.

And make sure you download a cellphone screensaver of her work here, to remind you of those special days on the water.

On-site Massage Therapy

On-site massage therapy at Paradise Gateway in MontanaYou and your loved one can enjoy a special, memorable experience, receiving massage on this vacation. Amidst the majestic mountain peaks, together, you will be lulled into a deep state of relaxation, listening to the Yellowstone River gently go by.

Massage Therapist & Health and Wellness Consultation (Victor Francs)
Elizabeth and Victor have created a traveling spa in hopes that you may enjoy a memorable experience of massage and spa treatments in the privacy of your room or under the stars outside on your deck. Their services include Relaxation and Deep Massage, Hot River Rock Massage, Lomi Lomi Massage, Reflexology and foot exfoliation, Body wraps, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Couples Massages, as well as educational massage for couples. Afternoon Spa packages are available for a day when you just need to rest.

Both Elizabeth and Victor are Certified Massage Therapists with nine years of combined experience. Their varied backgrounds in the healing arts offers a unique perspective on massage which is therapeutic, relaxing and will not be easily forgotten.
"This is a great place to stay for three guys fishing. The river was 40 paces from the back porch." - Review

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