A Montana and Idaho Backcountry Airstrip Lodge 406-821-1853Photobucket

    The Montana West Fork Lodge is situated in the Bitterroot Mountains right along the border of Southwest Montana and the Idaho back-country. 90% of our guests fly in to enjoy the beautiful natural setting and the exceptional hospitality.

"I will stop whatever I`m doing and get you what ever you need. We even have a courtesy van you can use to get to prime fishing, floating, hiking and biking." -Tex Irwin, Owner

We offer comfortable motel-style rooms, cabins, full bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to our overnight guests. We can also provide a wonderful dinner in a Montana setting to private parties of 8 or more, with prior reservations.
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Welcome Backcountry Fliers and Bush Pilots

Backcountry and bush pilots can experience the tPhotobuckethe beauty of  Montana and Idaho and stay in a comfortable room for the night

Southwest Montana Hunting and Fishing


Enjoy the exceptional hunting and fishing that Southwest Montana and Idaho have to offer. This area is home to several varieties of trout including: cut throat, rainbow, brook and bull trout. Click here for a list of guides and an up-to-date fishing report.





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Southwest Montana Hiking and Biking


Many of our guests come to enjoy the hiking and biking in Southwest Montana. Just a short distance from the lodge you will find Trapper Peak Mountain trail head with miles of beautiful mountain trails. The book, "Hiking the Bitterroots"  lists all the trails and their difficulty for those wishing to get outdoors on foot.  We keep a copy in the Lodge for your reference. 





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Southwest Montana Rafting and Floating


Half-day or full-day float trips are available from several outfitters in the Southwest Montana and Idaho area. About the only serious rafting would be over on the Sel-Way river in Idaho.  By permit most of the year but early spring and later fall I believe permits aren`t required.  That`s when there is high water with BIG debris or low water.  The West Fork of the Biterroot River is next to the Lodge and great for daily float trips with or without that fly rod.  We can arrange those trips with our local guides.  Just let us know in enough time and they will pick you up here and deliver you back. 



We want you to come to Montana and enjoy what we have to offer.  We try to accomodate everyone`s wishes and hope that your stay with us is wonderful and exciting, one that entices you and your family to return.  Whether you arrive by flying or driving , you can experience Montana`s Magic with us.  Come visit Montana and relax.  

-Tex and Heidi Irwin, your hosts. 406-821-1853