Boulder River Outpost

Location, location, location! The all inclusive Boulder River Outpost places you in in the heart of one of the most spectacular valleys in all of Montana. The Boulder river slices through Montana's highest mountains with the Beartooths to the east and the Absarokas to the west. Our Boulder River Outpost is located on the banks of the East Boulder river and just a 1/2 mile from the main boulder and twenty miles from the Yellowstone. 

We have a huge variety of lightly fished waters at our fingertips including access to private ranches, strictly permitted rivers and technical spring creeks. The dry fly opportunities in the Boulder Valley and its surrounding wates are some of the best in the state! After a great day of fishing come back to our rustic and comfortable cabins and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our camp cook. If you haven't had enough you can grab a rod for a few more casts on the East Boulder or enjoy the sweeping views of the ranch country where Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer" was filmed. 

Rates

Boulder River Outpost Package Pricing - ALL INCLUSIVE
3 Night/2 Day - $1730 per person
4 Night/3 Day - $2390 per person
5 Night/4 Day - $3050 per person
6 Night/5 Day - $3530 per person
7 Night/6 Day - $4160 per person
*** for single guide to client ratio add $250 per day

Packages include: Equipment use, wader rentals, all meals, complimentary wine and beer, guided fishing, rod fees on any private water days.

Packages do not include: airport shuttle, guide gratuities, fishing licenses

Fishing

We fish a giant swath of Montana and our guides feel that the diverse fishing opportunities from the Boulder River Outpost are some of the best variety from one location of any region in the state. Most of the waters that we target are also very lightly fished, either because most guides can't row the techical water on the Boulder with drift boats (we use both rafts and drift boats), or because they can't access the National Forest waters, or because the don't have access to the private ranches in the region that we have exclusive access to. Dry fly fishing is often spectacular and most of the summer we fish almost exclusively on the surface.

Boulder River above the Natural Bridge
The Boulder above the Natural Bridge offers busy pocket water with aggressive rainbows, brook trout and cutthroat trout that love to eat dry flies. Large attractor dries prevail early in the season followed by a terrific green drake hatch and late season spruce moths and terrestrials. Scenery is spectacular and the great fishing extends for over 30 miles upstream of the camp!

Boulder River below the Natural Bridge
Below the 300 foot water fall at the Natural Bridge the Boulder enters big ranch country but doesn't loose its fast pocket water nature. Browns and rainbows dominate hear and dry fly fishing remains our favorite technique. Larger trout in the 16-18" range are common and fish over 20" are regularly caught on the lower floats near the Yellowstone. This water is often floated in the summer using our skilled guides and customized rafts with fishing frames, seats and anchor systems. 

West Boulder River
This medium sized river has a mixed bag of mostly rainbows and cutthroats - some of which are very big. The valley is gorgeous. We also offer trips into the remote wilderness area at the headwaters either by hiking or by horse back. An overnight extension to the West Boulder tent camp in the backcountry is also an option.

East Boulder River
The East Boulder is smaller than the West Boulder. The trout aren't as big but the action can be great and as a bonus it flows right along the edge the Outpost providing for some great evening fishing after dinner. 

Yellowstone River
This legendary river is best floated. It provides outstanding fishing from its headwaters in Yellowstone Park all the way to beyond Columbus. From our Boulder River Outpost we focus on the "Lower Yellowstone" from Livingston to Columbus where huge browns and big rainbows wait. A variety of hatches come off in the spring and early summer followed by outstanding terrestrial fishing with hoppers, ants and beetles in the late summer and early fall. Late season produces some huge pre spawn brown trout on streamers and big nymphs.

Stillwater River
The stillwater is the sister river of the main boulder and is found one river valley to the east. It is slightly larger in volume but offers similar fast action pocket water with great dry fly fishing. It is a long drive from the major guide centers of Bozeman and Livingston which helps keep it off the radar of many of the areas guides. At higher flows we float the Stillwater in rafts and at lower flows it is best wade fished.

Musselshell River
We have access to a great small stream fishery on a private ranch on the North Fork of the Musselshell. The stream is rested several days each week and never fished two days in a row. Enjoy one undercut bank after another, each with eager trout that rarely see flies. This is a great place to attempt a Montana grand slam since all four species of trout can be found: cutthroat, brown, rainbow and brook trout. 

Sweet Grass Creek
Another fantastic small stream that drains the rugged Crazy Mountains. This is just 45 minutes from the Outpost and we fish private water on a 25,000 acre ranch. The sweeping views are breathtaking if you can take your eyes away from the creek and its aggressive trout.

Burns Lake
Burns lake is on another private ranch and offers the chance for trophy trout on both dries and nymphs. The lake is amazingly productive with great hatches of callibaetis mayflies and damseflies. Fish up to 10 lbs swim in its depths.

Livingston Spring Creeks
For anglers that wan't to test their skill on some of the most prolific and technical waters in the world we can visit the famous spring creeks near Livingston (about an hour drive) including DePuy, Nelson and Armstrong. These wade fishing streams are born from underground springs and are infested with aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates that result in an amazing density of trout. Hatches on the creeks are spectacular but expect to work hard to fool the often highly selective trout.

Outfitters: Mike Lovely #4955 and Brian McGeehan #10770

Accommodations

The Boulder River Outpost sits on the edge of several massive ranches where Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer" was filmed. There are two cabins and a game room. The smaller bunkhouse cabin has three bedrooms, a living area, full kitchen and single bath. The larger main cabin has two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a larger kitchen, mudroom and wader room. Each cabin has a wood stove and wood accents. The Outpost can accommodate up to 10 anglers but we do not mix groups and you always have the entire facility exclusively for your group. The minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 10. Our guides and camp cook also stay at the Outpost to prepare all meals, tell stories and engage our guests in some good hearted lawn games after a day on the water. The East Boulder River flows along the property boundary and offers some great wade fishing and the Main Boulder is just 1/2 mile down the gravel road.

Dining
Our camp chef and guides work hard to ensure that you will enjoy outstanding dining while at the Boulder River Outpost. We prepare hearty breakfasts each morning that may include blueberry pancakes, bacon, omeletes, hot coffee, OJ, and fresh fruits. Lunches are generally picnic style along the river but we sometimes return to the cabins to grill bruats or chicken to break up our day on the water. Dinners are a multi course event that begin with a generous supply of appetizers while our guests enjoy some of the locally brewed beers we provide or a refreshing glass of wine. Entrees are often grilled on our outdoor fire pan and desserts are always home made. We frequently put to use cast iron dutch ovens over hot coals to prepare succulent side dishes or tasty desserts.

Sample Menu

STARTERS
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
French cheese assortment with crackers
Smoked Salmon

SALAD
Mixed Greens ~ Mixed Greens, Amaltheia Goat Cheese, Shaved Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Shaved Carrots, Golden Beets, Vinaigarette Dressing

ENTREE
Bison Tenderloin ~ Locally raised Montana Bison Tenderloin encrusted in herbs and grilled to your taste, Dutch oven baked baby red potatoes, grilled vegetables.
(Other possible entrees include grilled New York Strip steaks, grilled wild Salmon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Lobster and Wild Mushroom Ravioli).

DESSERT
Pineapple Upside Down Cake ~ prepared in a Dutch oven
(Other possible desserts include frozen key lime pie, raspberry orange trifle, peach raspberry shortcakes with whipped cream and fresh fruit)