South Fork of the Flathead 8-day

Come fish untouched water.

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex contains incredible remote rivers, creek and streams providing world-class blue ribbon fishing for strong wild cutthroats and native bull trout with  some pushing 30 inches  (Permit required. Please visit Montana Fish and Wildlife website for up to date information.) It is also home to many native fish species mountain whitefish, pygmy whitefish, northern pikeminnow, longnose and largescale sucker, and sculpin.

This 8-day fishing excursion is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fish the famous South Fork Flathead River drainage.

Highlights

  • Fly fishing on amazing untouched water
  • Remote wilderness setting
  • South Fork Flathead River drainage
  • Youngs Creek, Danaher River, White River, West Fork Sun River
  • Big Prairie Ranger Station
  • Daily horse rides are available.
  • Great opportunity to see wildlife sunrise and sunsets
  • Swimming, hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, trail rides, fishing


Day 1 – Pack Up and Ride

Leave from Benchmark Trailhead to Youngs Creek and Danaher River confluence for  2 nights. Youngs creek has some incredible fishing.

Day 2 – Relax

Plan to spend a quiet day, beginning with breakfast at your leisure. There’s fly fishing, hiking and just relaxing — or for those interested in horseback riding we saddle up for some adventure travel and see new country — whatever you prefer. We’ll have lunch, and after a family style supper, there will be some good old time cowboy stories.

Day 3 – Off to our next camp

We’ll move our camp down the South Fork of the Flahead fishing our entire way down to camp near the Big Prairie Ranger Station

Day 4 – Relax, fish, and relax some more

On day 4, we’ll continue to do more and more fishing, relaxing, hiking and day horseback rides.

Day 5 – Move camp to White River

We’ll saddle up and move camp through the Big Prairie Ranger Station onto the White River. More good fishing coming up!

Day 6 – Relax and fish the White River

Another day at your leisure at camp along the White River. Fish your heart out, go for a hike, or relax with a good book. You deserve it!

Day 7 – Move camp riding over the CDT

On day 7, we’ll move camp and ride over White River Pass which is actually the Continental Divide. We’ll drop down to the West Fork Sun River for some more great fishing

Day 8 – Back to the trailhead

This will be the final day on our remote Bob Marshall Wilderness fishing excursions heading back to the Benchmark Trailhead.

Trip Details

This is a fully guided horseback pack trip requiring you to bring your personal gear, clothing, and toiletries which will be packed in one or two simple duffel bags not exceeding 45lbs total.

What’s Included

  • Your very own riding horse!
  • Top-of-the-line tents.
  • All meals are included – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and drinks.
  • Professional, knowledgeable guides and wranglers.
  • Bear safety equipment, including bear spray.
  • Emergency equipment, including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone

What’s Not Included. You must provide.


  • Warm hat that covers ears
  • Brimmed hat for sun protection
  • Light weight gloves
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Wool or fleece jacket
  • Wool or fleece vest (optional)
  • Wool base layer shirt long and short sleeve
  • Nylon light weight hiking pants
  • Nylon shorts
  • 2 – 3  pairs wool socks
  • Hiking boots or shoes. Preferably boots
  • Water shoes for creek crossings and swimming
  • Small day pack (optional)
  • Bandanna
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 or 2 canvas/nylon duffle bags (not to exceed 45 lbs total)
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing tackle and gear
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad
  • Packable pillow (optional)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Light weight camp shoes (optional)
  • Personal toiletries – tooth paste, unscented deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, unscented lotion, insect repellent, personal medications
  • Wash cloth & small pack towel
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Meals: What To Expect
Meals are very important to K Lazy 3 Summer Adventures. We use as much fresh vegetables, fruits, breads, grains and meats as possible. Our beef, chicken and pork are all locally raised and cut to our specifications.

Our back country menu has a variety of classic favorites like bacon, eggs, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, deli style build-your-own sack lunch and hearty steak, potato and veggies for dinner. Come with an appetite. This is the best part of the trip.

Trip Logistics

How do I make a reservation?

Ready for a trip of a lifetime? Simply call Kenny Low at 406-486-5007, email Kenny@Klazy3SummerAdventures.com, or click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Kenny will then discuss your trip and confirm availability. Please feel free to call with any questions.

Where Do We Meet?

K Lazy 3 is based out of Lincoln, MT. The nearest airport is located in Great Falls, MT and we provide a complimentary airport pickup. The night before your trip begins, we’ll all meet for dinner and be introduced to one another plus go over any last minute details.


We operate in the Montana Scapegoat Wilderness area, with two backcountry camp bases (14 and 18 miles from the Indian Meadows Trail Head). The trailhead is 60 miles northwest of Helena and 15 miles northeast of Lincoln.

Start/End Times

On departure day, we’ll  meet at 7:00 am outside the hotel and carpool to the trailhead. Return days we try to arrive back at hotel before dinner.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our pack tours are led by professional guides and wranglers, all of whom are first aid- and CPR-certified, with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone.  If you have any further questions about safety, please contact Kenny Low at 406-486-5007 or email Kenny@Klazy3SummerAdventures.com

Guides, Group Size and Age Restrictions

Your pack trip will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness, hunting and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes.
The standard group size on our pack trips is 4 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 406-486-5007 and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex

Being a northern mountain environment, this Wilderness is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. June has the potential for snow, especially at higher elevations.  The rest of the summer, you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely. See below for average summer temperatures for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex:

     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
45°
 
August
80°
40°
 
September
73°
32°

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