South Fork Lodge, Swan Valley, Idaho




Swan Valley, Idaho

Target Fish: 

Trout- Cutthroat, Rainbow and Browns

Time of Year: 

Fishing is year round, Lodge is open May - October

Lodge Capacity: 

50 Individual Guests or 39 Copuples

Nearest Large Airport: 

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Documents Required: 

Idaho Fishing License


South Fork Lodge rests on a dramatic bend of eastern Idaho’s world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley. This stunning wilderness location effortlessly blends rustic elegance with outstanding activities and exceptional hospitality.

South Fork Lodge specializes in corporate retreats where the only distractions are the sound of the rushing river and calls from the local population of bald eagles. Productive group sessions and amazing fishing experiences go hand in hand. Groups can meet in our private meeting room which features a secluded patio and views of the river. Accommodations are available for up to 50 individual guests, or 39 couples for a total private buyout or partial booking packages that include lodging, meals, meeting space, cocktails, and fishing. Or, simply escape the office for a day meeting.

Fishing Program

Winding through 65 miles of waterfalls, lush valleys, and steep canyons, the South Fork is widely regarded as one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the country. It's home to native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. From the Palisades Reservoir to the confluence with Henry’s Fork, the South Fork is immense, and every mile offers unmatched trout fishing. The “Upper” South Fork starts at Palisades Dam and ends at the Conant Valley boat access. This section encompasses approximately 15 river miles and is the most accessible. From the Irwin access, the river opens up as it meanders through Swan Valley. The side channels and the shallow riffles offer excellent wading opportunities and some of the best dry fly fishing on the river. Lower down, the “Canyon” is the section of the South Fork beginning at the Conant Valley boat access down to the Byington boat access. The float from Conant to Cottonwood is about 15 miles, so once you’re in the canyon, you’re in for the day. South Fork Outfitters is also able to offer guests use of their private access about 12 miles down from the Conant boat ramp. Private ramp access ensures your day in the canyon is tranquil and unrushed, allowing you to spend a day in some of East Idaho’s most dramatic country. Below Byington, the nature of the river once again changes and flows through a cottonwood forest. This stretch of the river covers approximately 25 miles.

All guides at the South Fork Lodge are accomplished fly fishermen, excellent instructors, and experienced boatmen, and all will work hard to provide you with a quality experience tailored to your specific requests. 


Fishing a year round however the Lodge is open May through October


The South Fork Lodge is an elegant Western lodge built along the banks of a dramatic bend of the world-famous South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. The lodge’s rustic beauty provides world-class fly fishing and exceptional hospitality, all in a stunning wilderness location. Its secluded setting and luxury amenities provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience for each angler that visits the lodge.

Cabin Rooms: Relax in a cabin room with majestic views over the Snake River. After a day spent fishing on the South Fork of the Snake river, there’s nothing like returning to one of our beautiful Deluxe Suites. Located in charming two-story log cabins and situated adjacent to the casting pond with scenic views.

Lodge Rooms: Rustic elegance with sweeping views of the Snake River. Conveniently located within the main lodge, these suites provide the perfect mix of rustic elegance and modern amenities. In a Lodge Suite, you’re only steps away from the bar, guest lounge, and dining room. Each suite offers two queen beds, comfortably sleeping up to 4 guests, and an en suite bathroom. A private terrace overlooks the river providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful sound of the moving waters. For your convenience, the suites are equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and wireless internet.

The River House: Private home located a mere 75 feet from the riverbank, you never have to be too far from the tranquil sounds of the South Fork in The River House. Ideal for families, sets of couples, or groups of up to 8 people, the secluded, rancher-style house is the perfect setting for memories that will last a lifetime. Fly-fish from the banks of the property or spend evenings watching the wildlife from the wraparound back-porch. With windows for walls and the flowing river as your soundtrack, serenity is just a cast away. The flexibility and privacy of the 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom River House allows our guests to customize their stay and enjoy a comfortable house full of amenities. Guests are invited to come up to the Main Lodge where they can experience memorable, locally-sourced meals created by our Chef to satisfy the appetite built on the river.


It’s quite possible that the menu at the South Fork Lodge is the best in the entire state of Idaho. Our menu emphasizes local ingredients and seasonal fare. Offerings include grilled Rocky Mountain bison ribeye, prime center-cut filet mignon, and slow-roasted pork prime rib with crimini mushrooms. Lighter choices include pastas, signature soups such as smoked trout chowder, refreshing salads with lobster, brie quesadillas, and a world-famous macaroni and cheese.

The Lodge’s Riverside Bar & Grill also provides guests with one of the region’s finest wine lists, and the wait staff’s exceptional service rounds out an evening to remember. Walking into the dining room at any time of day inspires a sense of breath-taking awe. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the South Fork’s magnificent cottonwoods swaying in the breeze, while drift boats and their fishermen toil in the river nearby. The dining room’s atmosphere is made complete by guests that fill it, since you will be sharing the space with fellow anglers, guides and guests.

Getting There

The Lodge is build directly on a dramatic bend of the world-famous Fork of the Snake River in scenic Swan Valley, Idaho. Largest Airport is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 43 minute drive from the airport to the Lodge (41 Miles) via U.S. 26 West.


2022 Pricing

All reservations are based on double occupancy and shared boat, inclusive of: rooms, guides, meals, open bar
Reservations do not include: taxes, gratuities, fishing license, terminal tackle
Guided Boat $675

3 nights / 2 days = $2,995 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $3,895 per person

5 nights / 4 days = $4,795 per person

6 nights / 5 days = $5,595 per person

7 nights / 6 days = $56,495 per person

Price listed are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to change and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Price does not include applicable tax or indigenous fees, fishing license or domestic and international flights unless otherwise expressed. 


Guided fishing
Open bar (excluding premium)

Not Included

Transportation to the lodge


Fishing Licenses


Terminal Tackle


A non-refundable deposit of 50% is due within 10 days of booking for all reservations, and final payment if due 60 days prior to arrival. All cancellations must be received in writing.. No refunds will be given unless a replacement is found. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that the registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for their reservation. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

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