Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

The Bighorn River is a legendary fishery that is home to an astounding 7,500 trout per mile. Forrester's Bighorn River Resort is the only lodge located on the famed upper portion of the tail water where trout numbers are highest. Forrester's was recently named the 2010 Orvis Endorsed Lodge of the Year based on the outstanding reviews provided by their loyal following of return guests that include Dick Cheney, Phil Donahue and Bobby Knight. 

Nick and Francine Forrester own and manage the lodge and provide a warm and welcoming environment with first class service. The main lodge is built from hand crafted logs and offers a large gourmet dinning area, conference center, Orvis fly shop, gathering area, and a cigar loft. Guests enjoy individual log sleeping cabins with comfortable beds and private baths. Each cabin has a porch overlooking the river below. 

Forrester's offers the best location on the Bighorn and wade fishing directly in front of the lodge is outstanding!


Montana Angler Fly Fishing Lodge Packages at Forrester's Bighorn River Resort
All packages are based on double occupancy & shared guide.

Sportsman’s Fishing Packages
3 night/2 day – $1950 per person
4 night/3 day – $2475 per person
5 night/4 day – $3000 per person
6 night/5 day – $3750 per person

Add $250/night for single anglers

Sportsman’s Hunting Packages
3 night/2 day – $3050
4 night/3 day – $4275
5 night/4 day – $5700
1 day fishing, 3 days hunting, 5 nights lodging – $5100

Cast and Blast
$1100 per person per day

Show Up All-Inclusive Packages
With all-inclusive packages, all you need to bring is a fervent desire to find big fish and game. We’ll sweat the small stuff like guide and lodge gratuities, licenses and taxes, all beverages, transportation to and from Billings Logan Airport, fly rod, all the right flies, tippet, waders, guns, hunting shells and clays. Plus all the added luxuries: private cabin lodging, Orvis-endorsed guides, trained hunting dogs, three gourmet meals per day, and transportation to and from our fishing and hunting areas.

Show Up and Fish
3 night/2 day – $2500
4 night/3 day – $3450
5 night/4 day – $4560
6 night/5 day – $5650

Add $250 night for single anglers

Show Up and Hunt
2 days bird hunting, 3 nights lodging – $4560
3 days bird hunting, 4 nights lodging – $5700
4 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging – $9120
2 days fishing, 2 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging – $7060
1 day fishing, 3 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging – $8090

****An additional charge will be applicable for single anglers. Please contact us for details****

Package Rates Include:
Accommodations based on double occupancy, all meals: buffet breakfast, stream-side lunch, evening appetizers, and a 4 course casual gourmet dinner (including complimentary beer & wine), guided drift and/or wade fishing.

Package Rates Do Not Include:
Alcohol (not available on the Crow Reservation but guests may bring their own). Montana fishing license, Fishing equipment (available for rent), Montana lodging tax, transportation to and from the lodge, store/fly purchases, service charge, and guide gratuities. Please do not hesitate to ask for further information regarding the exclusions.

Guests should plan on flying to Billings Logan Airport. Forrester's Bighorn River Resort is a little over an hour drive from Billings

Airport Shuttle: Billings Logan $450 R/T (2-4 passengers), $900 R/T (6-10 passengers)


The Bighorn River is one of the most productive wild trout rivers in Montana. It is a large tailwater that produces incredible numbers of large trout year round. The Bighorn's productivity is the result of the cold waters that exit the bottom of Yellowtail dam. The river gravel is litterally crawling with mayflies, aquatic worms, midge larva and small crustaceans. The density of trout it this river is amazing. Because of the extremly high numbers of fish as well as an average size of 18", the Bighorn is the most popular river in Montana. As a result of the popularity of the river you are never alone on the river so it is not the place to get away from other fisherman. Hatches on the Bighorn are often prolific and can produce outstanding match the hatch dry fly fishing. Fishing the Bighorn River is a bit more technical than many of our freestone rivers so expect to fish down to 5x. Nymph fishing is very productive, even for beginning anglers. The dry fly fishing on the 'Horn requires slightly more advanced casting to get adequate presentations.


Sleeping in comfortable cabins will have you waking up refreshed and ready greet the crisp Montana days. Your cabin is your own with a personal bathroom and all the comforts of home including a private phone and wireless Internet, just in case you want to check in on things beyond the banks of the Bighorn.

After taking on the trout or walking the field, you’ll return to the handcrafted log lodge, featuring a river-stone fireplace, Orvis Pro Shop, cigar loft and a gourmet dining room to indulge in Francine’s acclaimed cuisine. Inside this great gathering space you’ll find Montana luxury accentuated – a place to play cards after dinner and recount the excitement of the day. A full conference center is also available – perfect for keeping up with your business or a whole company retreat.

In addition to having the best location on the Bighorn, Nick and Francine Forrester pledge an unforgettable experience to all their guests, making Forrester’s another place where Montana keeps her promises.

You will be hard pressed to find a better menu in all of Montana. The gourmet fare at Forrester’s will leave your mouth watering with its ingredient-driven recipes and emphasis on flavor. Famous for blueberry pancakes, honey-cured, thick-cut bacon and of course the specialty blends of organic coffee, the breakfast spread is fit for royalty. Later on, you’ll be served lunch alongside the river in an outdoor setting that will surely be a feast for the eyes.
At dinner, the crew at Forrester's pays special attention to the balance between comfort and luxury and they go to great lengths to purchase fresh, high-quality cuts of meat and fish. Produce is nothing but exceptional and herbs are grown in their own garden.Please note that alcohol is not provided and not available in Fort Smith (Crow Reservation rules) but guests may bring their own to the lodge.