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DIRECTLY ON THE MADISON RIVER - New 2014 Luxury Log Home *The Caddis Shack*

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

New in 2014, log home RIGHT ON the Madison River. 25 min. to West Yellowstone

Our beautiful, custom log home, which we call The Caddis Shack, was completed in 2014. By no means a “shack” with 4000 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, on 3 levels. We are located DIRECTLY on the Madison River on the best fly fishing section of the river! The home sits on a 1 acre parcel and is a short, scenic 25 minute drive to the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This is the perfect location for enjoying all the area has to offer.

We have furnished the home entirely with locally made custom log and barn wood furniture, and great quality mattresses, soft linens and premium cookware. The interior walls are well insulated for sound and keeps the home quiet and private from room to room.

Fish the legendary rivers of the Madison, the Gallatin, the Yellowstone, the Firehole the Gibbon and the Henry's Fork all from one destination. If you prefer lakes, Hebgen lake, Quake lake, Henry's lake, Cliff and Wade lakes are minutes away.


The main level of the home sleeps 6 people PLUS additional queen bed in loft provides sleeping for 2.

Very comfortable and thoughtful accommodations to make sure your trip is as enjoyable as possible, including comfortable mattresses, quality pillows and linens. We know a good nights sleep is paramount to enjoying your vacation! Open the windows at night and listen to the soothing sounds of the river!

ENTRY: Slate entry with barn wood bench with large overhead coat rack. Plenty of space for your daypacks, hats and small cooler in preparation for a day of exploration or fishing.


Spacious, fully equipped modern kitchen with quartz counter tops, knotty alder cabinets, under cabinet lighting and stainless steel appliances including trash compactor. Center island allows for comfortable kitchen gatherings. There is a nice propane Weber Genesis grill on the deck for your use including all the grilling utensils needed. There are plenty of small appliances such as crock pot, blender, Cuisinart food processor, rice cooker and coffee grinder. We have provided two small 28 qt. coolers and blue ice packs to use during your stay for picnics and trips to the market.


Adjoins kitchen and will seat 8 people at a 7ft barn wood table with side bench seating and end chairs.


Beautiful great room has 21ft tall ceilings, large elk antler chandelier and free-standing gas stove fireplace with river rock surround and hearth. There is plenty of comfortable seating offering space for everyone to stretch out and relax. There is a large 65' LCD flat screen TV with satellite cable and surround sound.

Open the dual 6ft sliding glass doors and hear the sounds of the river. Step out on to the large cedar deck with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and river. Watch your family and/or friends fishing just below while enjoying your coffee in the morning or glass of wine in the evening!


The spacious 20' x 16' loft has a queen bed, nightstands, dresser and cozy seating area perfect for reading or playing games. A ceiling fan and 2 large windows open for ventilation. Enjoy a view of the continental divide range and the river.


On one side of the main floor is a huge master bedroom suite with a barn wood furniture theme with a Cal-King bed. A 6ft sliding glass door opens to a private deck over-looking the river. It also has a private bath (soaker tub, large tiled shower and double sinks). 58' LCD flat screen television in room. There is an electric fireplace to provide a little extra warmth and ambiance as well.


The other side of the main floor has a full bathroom with tiled shower/tub, two more bedrooms and laundry area.

Guest bedroom #2, faces the river and has it's own sliding glass door to the deck over-looking the river. It has a Cal-King size log bed and rustic log furniture theme. 50' flat LCD television in room.

Guest bedroom #3, has a view of the continental divide range and river. It has two twin rustic log beds, log furniture and 37' LCD flat screen television.

Guest bedroom #4 is the loft with queen bed, Rustic barn wood with tin themed furniture.

3rd full bathroom is in the lower level which walks out to the river. Here in the lower level you will find an area to stage all your fishing gear, rods and waders. This is an unfinished space with a concrete floor and outdoor carpet remnants. Our guests love the indoor area for changing at night or rainy weather, no need to worry about bringing water and dirt inside. We have provided wader hooks, rod holders, big tables for packs/clothing/rod set up, and chairs to sit in while getting in/out of waders and boots. Just outside is bench for changing, hooks for waders and a hose to wash off.


A large rear deck overlooks the river and runs the full length of the house. There is a table and chairs with a propane Weber Genesis gas grill (extra propane provided, you will not run out). Perfect for enjoying a meal together with a spectacular view of the river and sunsets. Observe the evening hatch and the Montana moon and stars like you've never seen!

Bald Eagles, Osprey, Red Tail Hawks and sometimes Golden Eagles, fly overhead as they glide up and down the river. You will also see Pronghorn, deer, moose, river otters, beaver, and red fox near the house. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats and Elk roam on the mountains above and can sometimes be seen coming down across the river.


There is a rock fire pit down by the river with 8 adirondack chairs to enjoy the stars and s'mores together. Firewood provided.


*Wireless Internet service is provided, just bring your laptop or tablet.

*Charging station area in living room with multiple outlets for everyone's must-have electronic devices.

*House has forced-air heat system and additional electric foot heaters under cabinets in the bathrooms and at the kitchen island.

*NO air conditioning and you won't need it. There are ceiling fans in all rooms. Open some windows for great cross flow of air.

*Local phone calls only.

*TWO SETS of high efficiency washer/dryers for convenience.

More Details

Property Manager
Kathy Looney
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 July, 2017

About Kathy Looney

This photo is of, Randy and Samantha, owners of the Caddis Shack.

This fishing lodge is a long time dream come true for our family. The Madison River and surrounding area has very special meaning to us. Randy's parents, Bill and Betty, came here in the 1970's and 1980's on fishing trips. Bill and Betty have since passed away. Betty helped build this house with her son Randy, and his wife Samantha, for future generations of fishermen to enjoy. This house was built in memory of Bill Arbogast.

Over the past 16 years, Randy and Samantha, have been coming to West Yellowstone every summer to fish and enjoy all the area has to offer.

It is our family's wish to share this beautiful and very special place with you, your family and friends. You are sure to leave with wonderful, lasting memories and great fishing stories!

Please contact our property manager, Kathy Looney, for reservations or questions.

Kathy Looney purchased this house in 2012

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Thank you very much for letting us rent your cabin. It is very beautiful and I really enjoyed it. I loved to roast marshmallows outside on the fire."
Jun 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in West Yellowstone in Gallatin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Tiled shower
    Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , double sinks, soaker tub and separate 8 ft high tiled shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Tile floor and shower/ located in lower level
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Cal-King bed with barn wood furniture
    Guest Room 2 - River side - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Cal-King bed - rustic log theme
    Guest Room 3 - Mountain View - 2 Single Bed , two twin beds - rustic log theme
    Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen bed - barn wood/tin furniture
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • whitewater rafting


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DIRECTLY ON THE MADISON RIVER - New 2014 Luxury Log Home *The Caddis Shack*
average rating of 4.95 based on 43 reviews

Very nice home in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week and enjoyed our stay. The house was updated, comfortable and clean. It was well furnished and the beds were very comfortable. Blue ribbon fly fishing is a short walk from the back door. A river really does run through it. We came for the quiet and the proximity to Yellowstone. The VRBO representative meet us when we arrived, which is not expected but we did appreciate it. She was very nice and helpful and it was good to know that there was someone nearby for questions. We had a great time and I would like to go back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, thank you for the nice review! We are happy you enjoyed the home, found it comfortable and had a great vacation. So much thought went into every detail when we built it 3 years ago. Thank you for choosing the Caddis Shack for your family trip! We'd love to have you back next year. -Randy and Samantha
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Nice property. Expensive if you do not fly-fish.

  • 4 of 5

The house and its setting were beautiful. The house is very well appointed, but there were some issues that needed to be addressed and hopefully will be before future guests book. If you love to fly-fish, this is the place for you. If you are touring Yellowstone, the distances are a little daunting for young children.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the feedback and comments. Those issues have been fixed! We took care of them as soon as we heard about them!
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What a place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Caddis Shack for a week. Our primary focus was on flyfishing and the location couldn't have been better. We had easy access to Yellowstone, the Madison and Ennis, not to mention the great fishing in front of the cabin. We even made an easy day trip to Jackson Hole. The Grizzly Bar was great for dinner and only 5 miles from cabin. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the house and had a great fishing trip! We agree, the location is perfect!
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Caddis Shack for 7 nights. Place was beautiful, awesome and well equipped. In our group there were 8 adults and there was ample room for everyone. Close to West Yellowstone and the Park yet far enough away to enjoy the spectacular scenery and feel that you are away from the frenetic pace of modern life. Located right on the Madison River for great fishing opportunities.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! We are glad you enjoyed our home and some quiet R & R away from the city!
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Caddis shack was truly amazing! On top of fly fishing the world famous Madison river right out your back door, the house is located in the most magnificent spot. The views are simply breathtaking. The house is spacious and beautiful! The rooms are spacious, the master is huge, and it is very clean and everything is nice and new! The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. It is well equipped for fly fishing or exploring Yellowstone. We loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the river. The owners and manager were very friendly and helpful. The provided us with all the information that we could possibly need before and during our stay (things to do, places to eat, things to see, where to get your groceries) - they thought of everything! I would highly recommend staying at this gorgeous mountain retreat and we hope to be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Shannon! You are right, sleeping to the sound of the river is wonderful! Glad you and your family had a great trip! - Samantha and Randy
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The Caddis shack met and exceeded my expectations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Caddis shack for a week and I found it to be an awesome lodge located on the beautiful Madison river with great scenery and awesome fishing . The cabin basement was so convenient for putting on and removing waders and boots and providing a short walk to the river. The "shack" was beautiful and after spending long hours outside fishing it was such a pleasure to return to the Caddis Shack, relax and prepare dinners in such a beautiful lodge with its Montana and fly fishing decor . I love the outdoors and fly fishing and also love the comforts of a beautiful lodge and a good nights sleep. The Caddis shack met and exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it ! Thank you to the owners ...and to my friend V.T. for recommending such a beautiful lodge. Most Sincerely, Sheila

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sheila! We are so happy to hear you loved the home, the river and had a good nights sleep! Sounds like you had a great trip! -Randy and Samantha (owners)
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Grizzly Bar and Grill
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Wild West Pizzeria
Madison River Outfitters
"Great guide service, helpful staff!"
Pete's Rocky Mountain Pizza Company
Nearest Airport
29 Miles
West Yellowstone Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Grizzly Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
41 Miles
Ennis or Big Sky
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 287 and Highway 87 junction
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Grizzly Bar and Grill
Nearest Ski
64 Miles
Big Sky

Our Madison River front home is centrally located to many activities. 30 Miles to Yellowstone Park and the town of West Yellowstone. The town of Ennis is 40 miles to the North. Both towns offer grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, fly shops and guide service, tourist information, medical care and pharmacy. Henry's Lake is 13 miles away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in West Yellowstone, Montana

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Fall 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Fall 2018
4 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £230.82 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £461.64
Tax Rate 7.0%

No smoking - please be considerate of homeowner and other non-smoking guests. If it is discovered that smoking has occurred, you will forfeit your deposit and be liable for cleaning all drapes and carpets at a cost beyond standard deposit.

No pets - unless on approval by homeowners under certain circumstances only.


A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation within 7 days of booking. In case of a cancellation, the deposit is fully refundable less a $100.00 processing fee, if the written cancellation is received prior to 90 days of arrival. For cancellations within 90 – 60 days of arrival, 50% of the deposit will be retained unless we are able to rebook the rental. If a cancellation is made within 60 days of arrival, no refund will be made unless we are able to rebook the rental.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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