A visit to The Old Kirby Place provides a comfortable lodge that offers you immediate access to the Madison River — one of the truly great trout fishing rivers in the world. The Old Kirby Place is located 34 miles south of Ennis, Montana and 38 miles north of West Yellowstone, Montana. Here you are in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone world of fly fishing. Within a 30 minute drive, you are fly fishing the best water in Montana, if not the country.
Our historic lodge was constructed by hand-hewn logs, as are our adjoining cabins. The main lodge has three bedrooms, one downstairs and two on the second floor. We also feature two separate cabins, each decorated in true western style that offers visitors a comfortable environment set among natural beauty unlike anywhere else in the world.
The Old Kirby Place (previously The Hutchins Ranch) and the Hutchins Bridge are integral parts of the long and colorful history of the Madison River Valley. For centuries, the Blackfoot, Crows, Snakes, and other Native Americans used the Valley as hunting grounds for deer, elk, moose, antelope and other game. It also provided the tribes a direct route to the Yellowstone country to procure sharp-edged obsidian stone used to make highly prized weapons and tools.
This unique history provides The Old Kirby Place visitors the opportunity to not only enjoy world-class fly fishing, but also explore nearby Yellowstone National Park, as well as hike nearby trails and enjoy scenic drives through the Montana countryside.
Our season extends from late May through early October. Those who visit us in late May will see the river and surrounding areas start to come to life. Plants and trees bud with new leaves while bald eagles and other birds and animals emerge for a new season. Those who visit in the summer months will enjoy the area in full bloom. Those who come at the end of the season will see Montana show the first colorful signs of autumn.
Come out and visit us at The Old Kirby Place for the trip of a lifetime.