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Coal Creek Mountain Lodge

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

Main cabin: 2/2. Private Guest cabin 1/1, Bunk house 2/1

Relax in this serene 5+ acre setting while Elk, Deer, and Moose wander through the Ponderosa Pines. Enjoy the stunning drive following the winding West Fork river, coming upon the breathtaking Painted Rocks Lake, and a little further to mile marker 26. 7 miles further along the road is the Idaho boarder. The drive alone is breathtaking.

March through November you'll see fly fishermen along the West Fork River and the many creeks that flow that flow into the river trying to coax five different species of trout

Summer nights are frequently in the mid 40's with days in the dry 70's at this elevation of 4,800. The road is well kept in winter, allowing easy driving access to Lost Trail Ski Resort on the MT/ID border where you'll discover great skiing and snowboarding. It's locally owned, so come prepared with equipment or stop in Hamilton and get stocked up at Bob Ward's Outdoor store that carries everything for the year round avid outdoors sports person.

Our favorite activities are fly fishing the West Fork River and Overwich Creek, hiking, and riding ATV's. There is nearly 3,000 miles of Forest Service trails plus the 101mi Magruder Road Corridor which separates the 1.1mm acre Bitterroot-Selway Wilderness from the 2.3mm acre Frank Church River - River of No Return Wilderness.

Or, simply enjoy the front porch swing and read a good book. Afternoon naps are wonderful, especially with the refreshing mountain air, snuggled under a wonderful down comforter. There's also plenty of sightseeing to do from Glacier National Park to historic battle sights, and Hamilton's famous Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.


'A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root'

- Wheeler, 1898 -

Keywords: Log cabin, West Fork River, Bitterroot mountains, fly fishing, trail riding, hunting, remote, wildlife, 55+, relaxation, peaceful, solitude, R&R, fishing, hiking. nature, family reunions.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Darby in Ravalli County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Cabin bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Main cabin bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Main cabin bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bunkhouse bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Guest cabin - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Separate guest cabin, close to main cabin.
    Bunkhouse - 2 Bunk Bed
    Bunkhouse - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , separate building 100 yds from main cabin
  • Main Cabin: one queen bed in master, two twin beds in guest bedroom. Guest Cabin: one king and double sleeper sofa. Bunkhouse: one king in master, one bunk bead in living area.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Games, puzzles, cards in hidden living room closet; BOSE iPod player in main cabin.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

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Coal Creek Mountain Lodge
average rating of 4.909091 based on 23 reviews
Pocatello, Idaho

One of the best family weekends?

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to find this place available for a last minute family trip. This lodge is out of the way, which was perfect. The lodge, guest house, and bunkhouse was perfect for our group, plenty of space and ability to split off different family units for sleeping. The lodge was so nice for gathering for meals. The pavilion and fire pit also was perfect! The views from the property were beautiful. The outside grounds were great for playing games!

We will return again!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Myers, Florida

My new favorite in Montana

  • 5 of 5

Property beautiful and isolated. Hiking trails are great and not too extreme. We were there in early November. It rained some and snowed some and was very sunny on the other days. A photographer's paradise since views and terrain change every few miles. We wore our hunter orange hats since it was hunting season and we wanted to not look like a target. We saw lots of elk and several kinds of footprints in the snow (yet to be identified). We stayed in the main cabin which I would have been content spending the entire day with books and games, fireplace, etc. The hot tub was great and in general everything worked and was in good shape. We have concluded that we need to come back in summer since the reservoir is beautiful and there is apparently a lot of boating and so forth then. Although we went to a ski resort nearby which had plenty of snow, it was not open for season yet. Also, the cabin was very well stocked in everything. I could have made a cake from scratch if I'd had time! Another big plus: the owner is a real nice guy an gave us lots of info on the area activities and the workings of things on and off the property. It was a great week I definitely recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! Mother Nature at her finest! Lots of wildlife viewing, elk bugling, fly fishing, scenic driving and just relaxing in the mountains, (and snow in September! ). Can't think of a thing I would have changed! This property is perfect for a couples getaway or a big group! Plenty of space for privacy and solitude! Well equipped with all the comforts of home!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property and great space for a large group

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Gary for a great vacation. The property and surrounding area is beautiful. This was a great setting for a place to get away from it all and relax. Use of all three cabins was perfect for our group of 13. Plenty of room for everyone to gather for meals at the main cabin, but also some privacy for couples to sleep in different buildings.

We loved the large hot tub, front porch and fire pit. The kids stretched a net between two trees and had a great time playing volleyball. Short drive to a nice swimming beach at the lake too.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Western N.Y.

Great place

  • 5 of 5

great place for a large group. All the cabins where spotless and although the temperature was near 100 they stayed cool and comfortable. The location was quite and well maintain, the outdoor pavilion and the main cabin porch was a plus. We fished a short walk across and the road and did very well. We all agreed that this is one of the best places we've ever stayed and would recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy Montana.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Coal Creek Mountain Lodge was stunning. We were very impressed with all the thoughtful accomodations.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gary Plum
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2018

About Gary Plum

I have been exploring Montana, Colorado and Idaho since 1966. When we found the Bitterroot Valley, we fell in love with the land and the people of Ravalli County. Home is Florida for us, but our hearts are in the Bitterroot Valley.

Gary Plum purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Gary Plum chose Darby

The West Fork area is full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. There are over 3,000 miles of trails to ride, and we haven't even discovered the winter activities yet! All the locals tell us how great the local ski slopes at Lost Trail are for snowboarding and downhill skiing. Plus, there are thousands of miles to ride snowmobiles that await our exploration this winter.

What makes this cabin unique

I love exploring the high mountain lakes, trails, and creeks that surround the West Fork area. Sleeping is so refreshing with the fresh mountain air under the down comforters and memory foam topped beds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gary- we had a great time at the cabin on W Fork Rd. Especially enjoyed the Salmon fly hatch! We caught some very large fish , both above and below the dam. We were surprised at the size of the fish above the dam, Cutthroats to 17 in or more. Salmon flies really brought up some nice fish. We even had a case of a fish lost by Steve, his Salmon fly in the fishes mouth and me catching the same fish downstream on another Salmon fly pattern.

Fishing was a bit tough on the main stem due to higher water this year. We also fished the Big Hole, East Fork, Blodgett and Blue Joint. The West Fork was overall the best fishing we've seen in years.

The cabin /bunk were great- tankless hot water a plus. Hot tub was not used as we kept late hours for dinner, etc. Blodgett was most stunning but not a good choice in 95 degree sun!

I made a new batch nectar for the Hummers and the Jays fed on unused bread products. What a beautiful view out the front window too!

I have a couple questions- the Beano Ranch may be suitable to bring my wife as she loves horses but I couldn't find any web info. Thanks for getting us ranch access for fishing- we fished there the first night and the fish cooperated nicely.

The mattresses were comfortable as were the pillows.

Overall it was quite an enjoyable stay and the cabin/bunk were just great and quite well equipped. We look forward to returning again to Montana.
Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
West Fork Lodge
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
West Fork Lodge - excellent steakhouse
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Lost Trail Ski Area
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Painted Rocks Lake Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
West Fork Lodge
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Cutoff
Nearest Point of Interest
Conner Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Frank & Michelle Hedrick
Car: necessary

Amazing fly fishing on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River; great cut throat, rainbows, cut bows and brown trout all around in the creeks and rivers. Guide trips available from numerous professionals. Gym, gas, hunting supplies in Darby; grocery stores, salon/tanning beds, shopping, golf in Hamilton. Swimming and water activities in Painted Rocks Lake near cabin and Lake Como in Hamilton.

The Bitterroot Chamber:

has a very good video that gives you an idea of what there is to see and do in the area


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Darby, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Cleaning - main cabin £142.17
Cleaning - guest cabin £42.86
Cleaning - bunk house £53.58
Pet Fee £250.04
Property Damage Protection £70.73
Tax Rate 7.0%

A bunkhouse is also on the property that sleeps 6 with a full bath. This is a private cabin with a king size bed in the master bedroom, two sets of bunk beds in the living area area, kitchen with under counter refrigerator, two burner gas range, convection microwave and sink. The bunkhouse can only be rented as part of the main cabin and is $150/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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