Although Island Park, Idaho is mainly known for its blue ribbon fly fishing streams, even non-fishers will enjoy their stay at Henry’s Fork Lodge.
We’ve designed our Lodge to be as enjoyable and comfortable for non-fishers and serious anglers alike. Our friendly staff can help make arrangements for you or your group to enjoy any of the activities listed below. Experience your desired activity without worrying about the details.
Some of the world’s most magnificent natural attractions and recreational opportunities are at our doorstep. Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horseback riding, golf and tennis are close by. The lodge is also an ideal headquarters for touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Yellowstone National Park
Visiting Yellowstone National Park is one of our guests’ favorite activities. Only a 45 minute drive from the Lodge, the Park is a great place to spend a day – watching the bison, wolves, elk and other animals, taking in the spectacular scenery or exploring the geysers, hot springs and other unusual geologic features.
Short walks, longer hikes or driving tours are all great ways to see the Park. You can go on your own, combine touring with some fishing with a guide or go on a private tour led by an outstanding naturalist that we can arrange for you. If you’ve never seen Yellowstone or haven’t been back since you were a kid, you should save a day for the Park.
Outstanding hiking opportunities are all around. Check out Harriman Park (five minutes from the Lodge) or Yellowstone Park (45 minutes) and many other trail systems in the nearby area. Anything from easy strolls to all-day hikes.
Excellent horses and all levels of riding are available at a nearby stable, five minutes away at Harriman Park.
Our recommended outfitter:
Dry Creek Outfitters in Harriman Park
Tennis and Golf
There is an 18-hole championship course and country club in nearby Rexburg. They have both club and cart rentals available. A scenic nine-hole course and four tennis courts are also located at Island Park Village (20 minutes from the Lodge). Club and racket rentals are available.
There is an excellent trail system five minutes away at Harriman Park. The Lodge has mountain bikes for guests, so please just ask us for them!
The Henry’s Fork from Big Springs to Mack’s Inn is a National Water Trail with great scenery and wildlife. You can also canoe from Harriman Park down the Henry’s Fork to the Lodge. Rentals are available nearby.
Touring and Shopping
Day trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton National Park are popular with Lodge guests, both for the magnificent scenery and the galleries, shops and restaurants of Jackson.
The ranching and tourist town of Ennis, Montana is a 90 minute drive through breathtaking Big Sky country and offers expansive vistas and a nice array of small shops and galleries.
Wildlife and Bird Watching
There are outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing in Harriman Park and Wildlife Refuge, Yellowstone Park (45 minutes), and many other nearby areas. Harriman Park and Red Rock Refuge are home to a major population of rare trumpeter swans.
The Red Rock National Wildlife Refuge, only an hour from Henry’s Fork Lodge, is a birder’s paradise, hosting several hundred species of birds in its lakes, wetlands and sagebrush flats and grasslands. What’s more, it lies in the 60-mile long undeveloped and unpopulated Centennial Valley, giving you the opportunity to experience Montana just as it existed 100 years ago.
Luckily, moose, otters, bald eagles, osprey, trumpeters and other wildlife are often seen right from the Lodge.
For days when you’re looking for a more relaxing escape, the Lodge has an excellent collection of fishing and regional books and a comfortable upstairs library and river view deck for reading.
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