Healing Waters Lodge

Healing Waters Lodge is one of the finest lodges in Western Montana. For anglers that want an incredible diversity of waters that combine both float fishing and wading this classic lodge is an ideal match. Nestled near in the Lower Ruby River Valley, the lodge is within easy reach of the Ruby, Madison, Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers. The crown jewel of the Healing Waters fishing program is the extensive network of privately leased ranch waters that lodge guests may access for additional trespass fees. These smaller spring creeks and meadow streams often hold surprisingly large surprises!

After a day of fishing anglers will return to the rustic elegance of the lodge. With nine guest rooms the lodge can comfortably sleep 18 guests. An executive chef prepares outstanding meals each evening that you can enjoy with like minded guests. 


3 Night/2 Day - $2680 per person - $1495 non fishing guest
4 Night/3 Day - $3845 per person - $2070 non fishing guest
5 Night/4 Day - $4385 per person - $2540 non fishing guest
6 Night/5 Day - $5240 per person - $3010 non fishing guest
7 Night/6 Day - $6095 per person - $3590 non fishing guest
** single angler pays an additional $100 per night

Packages include: Lodging, meals, guided fishing, beer and wine, loaner fly fishing equipment, all terminal tackle such as flies, leaders and indicators, taxes, and lodge staff tips. 
Not included: Fishing licenses, guide gratuities, private water fishing fees. Airport shuttles can be arranged for an extra charge. 


The Fishing
Blue Ribbon Rivers
Madison River - Lyons Bridge to Ennis "the 50 mile riffle" - The "float fishing" section of the Upper Madison begins at Lyons Bridge and extends to the town of Ennis, about 50 minutes from the lodge. This 50 mile section contains some of the most storied trout water in the west and a classic drift boat trip with our seasoned guides here is a great way to experience it. It fishes well from May to October.
Big Hole River - The Big Hole river offers classic Western fishing, large trout and gorgeous scenery. The river flows through a blend of forests and open meadows. Fishing can be outstanding much of the year using large attractor dry flies or smaller match the hatch presentations. The river is famous for its June salmon fly hatch.
Beaverhead River - The "Beav" is a tailwater formed below Clark Canyon Reservoir near Dillon. This small meadow river holds some huge trout and is incredibly productive. The dam keeps the the outflow cold, clear and regulated which results in very stable fishing conditions. 
Jefferson River - The Jefferson forms just 10 minutes from the lodge where the Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers join forces. The "Jeff" has a lower trout count than some of the other more prolific fisheries but the quality of the trout are impressive with some trophy browns over 10lbs. possible to the determined angler.
Ruby River - This small but productive wade fishing river holds some surprisingly large trout. It is the perfect size: easy to wade but large enough to hold good fish. Strong hatches of midges, pale morning duns, yellow sally stones and baetis mayflies can produce great action at in the spring, early summer and fall. 
Ennis Lake - This shallow but productive lake is best fished in August during the calibaetis hatch when large rainbows and browns come to the surface to aggressively "gulp" the mayflies.
Private Waters, Bighole and Beaverhead - are offered in partnership with outfitter Bill Kemph MT Outfitter license #1196 (Lilly and Kemph Outfitting LLC)
The Ruby River - The Ruby is a teriffic, small meadow river. Outfitter Bill Kemph use several sections of the Lower Ruby.
Alber's Spring Creek - This is another very challenging spring creek that guests can have exclusive access to.
The South Boulder River - This small meadow stream is a tributary of the Jefferson River and because it is kept cool by many fresh water springs you will find some fine mid summer dry fly fishing with attractor dries and hoppers.
The Gund Ranch - The ranch has three spring ponds ranging in size from a couple of acres to eleven acres with some of the largest trout in Montana.
Wheat Ranch - Harris Wheat is a 4th generation rancher who controls several miles of the lower Beaverhead which is not floatable for guided anglers. The ranch offers excellent wade fishing access to this lower section of the Beaverhead. For those anglers who enjoy a few hours on a still water fishery this ranch has a small lake with very large rainbow trout.
Morse Land Co. - Late in the summer of 2011 we were approached about leasing the fishing rights on this very large ranch in the Ruby Valley. We discovered some hidden gems on this property only five minutes driving time from Healing Waters Lodge. There are several miles of the Lower Ruby River, a short section of Leonard Slough (spring creek), miles of Mill Creek which is a terrific small meadow stream loaded with nice brown trout and a small pond for the still water folks.
Konen Ranch - The Lower Beaverhead north of Dillon offers some very good meadow stream fishing but is little touched because it is not floatable on a practical basis. The distance from put in to take out makes too long of a day for most anglers. At Healing Waters Lodge has access to miles of the Lower Beav through the Konen ranch.
Parson's Slough - Terry McClinch developed the highly successful Circle 3 spring creek which produces large trout in a small stream setting. Lodge guests have exclusive access to the ranch with Outfitter Bill Kemph.


Guest rooms: Nine guest rooms are as clean and comfortable as they are unique.  Rod holders and wader hooks keep your gear handy and outdoor table and chairs invite conversation and relaxation.  Each room has a view to be enjoyed.

Rookery: Large second floor guest room in the original lodge building. Two queen-sized beds, private tub, walk-in shower, and toilet, dry sauna, and balcony.
Heritage: Ground floor, pond side room with covered patio, one king-sized bed and private bathroom.
Lilly: This room is named after Greg and Janet Lilly and reflects some of their personal interests. Ground floor, pond side room with covered patio, two queen-sized beds and private bathroom.
Granny Yates: This room is named after Greg Lilly’s pioneer Grandmother. Ground floor, pond side room with a patio, two queen-sized beds and private bathroom.
Henry Plummer: This room is named after Sheriff Henry Plummer Ground floor, valley view of the Ruby Mountain range with covered patio, two queen-sized beds, private bathroom.
Franz Pott: Second floor above Henry Plummer, valley view of the Ruby Mountain Range with a large deck, two queen-sized beds, private bathroom.
Grayling: This room is named after the Aluvial Grayling that inhabit the Big Hole River. Valley view of the Ruby Mountain Range with a covered patio, two queen-sized beds and private bathroom.
Chief Joseph: Second floor guest room with two queen beds, private bath, and walk out deck with mountain views.
Bitterroot: Second floor guest room with two queen beds, private bath, and walk out deck with mountain views.

Lodge Amenities:
Healing Waters Lodge sits in the heart of the Ruby Valley on 20 private acres with a large trout pond, surrounded by cottonwood trees and offers beautiful views in all directions. The lodge building has a sitting room., pool table, and a television viewing room. Other amenities include a fly/gift shop, laundry service, outdoor hot tub, exercise room with a treadmill, lifting bench and workout station. 

Meals at the lodge are prepared with the freshest local ingredients, often from the fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. The menu is altered with the seasons to ensure that the ingredients are as fresh as possible. 

Sample Menu:
-Toasted walnut and manchego cheese puffs
-Smoked salmon with wasabi sour cream on cucumber rounds
-Moroccan-spiced elk meatballs with lemon-curry yogurt dipping sauce
-Pheasant sausage in Cognac sauce
-Mushroom tarts with truffle salt, marinated asparagus spears

-Roast bison tenderloins with Flathead cherry chutney, mashed yams, and lodge-grown Romano beans
-Seared duck breasts with rhubarb compote, summer squash with basil gratin, lodge-grown haricot verts
-Grilled local rainbow trout with mango salsa, quinoa with locally grown broccoli, pine nuts and feta cheese
-Chinois-marinated rack of lamb with mint-cilantro salsa, saffron couscous, garden vegetables
-Rack of venison with cucumber sauce, roasted yams, garden sugar snap peas

-Homemade espresso gelato and citrus polenta cake
-Cuban rum cake
-Chocolate beet cake with crème anglaise
-Zucchini olive oil cake with lemon crunch glaze
-Italian-style cheesecake made with almond crust and homemade ricotta cheese