If you’re an angler looking for a luxurious escape to the wilderness, the recently opened Ranch at Rock Creek is the place for you. The ranch has access to a creek with one of Montana’s highest fish counts along with spectacular accommodations that rival with those of the Resort at Paws Up.
Owned by James Manley, a banker from Connecticut, this gorgeous property, with views of Montana’s stunning landscape, is located 75 minutes from the Missoula airport. Manley searched for over 20 years to find the perfect place where he could share his passion for the West and, in the Spring of 2010, he finally opened the doors of a ranch that lived up to his boyhood dreams.
The ranch has a wide variety of recreational options for its guests. One of the highlights is fly fishing the property’s four mile stretch of the Blue Ribbon ranked Rock Creek. In this creek, famous for its salmon-fly hatch, anglers have ability to catch seven different species including: west-slope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, cut-bow trout, brown trout, brook trout, bull trout, and the Rocky Mountain whitefish.
Fly fishing is also available in the five ponds stocked with trophies, each with its own unique ecosystem and trout species.
And as if all this was not enough to satisfy, some of the best known trout rivers in the country are just a short drive away, giving anglers the chance to fish in the Bitterfoot, the Clark Fork, the Blackfoot and/or Big Hole.
For the non-anglers of your party, adventure can be found through horseback riding trips, hiking, biking through the mountains, paint ball, archery, and sporting clays. And for those who need a little rejuvenation, Rock Creek has a full-service spa with massage therapy, facials, and hair and nail styling available. With so many choices and a concierge staff eager to help guests plan a trip full of fun, the opportunities for enjoyment are limitless.
After a successful day of fly fishing, guests return to breathtaking lodging which includes nine suites, a log cabin, and eight canvas-walled tents. A working ranch for 120 years, the architecture looks authentic and rustic from the outside. But Manley has made sure lavish amenities await inside.
The Granite Lodge is home to the dining room, which serves organic and local food, a saloon, pool tables, a 14 foot HD television, and even a four-lane bowling alley. The nine rooms available in this building are themed to have an iconic Western feel.
In addition to the other rooms and cabins available, Rock Creek’s most notable accommodations are the tents found yards from the creek that give guests a rustic camp atmosphere while still providing all the desired comforts.
With doubles starting at $1,600 (all inclusive), the Ranch at Rock Creek is not to be missed for those searching for an outdoorsy, yet plush getaway.