Missoula, Montana Area Activities

In addition to guided fly fishing, just about anything you can imagine as part of a Rocky Mountain vacation can be arranged for you, or non-angling members of your party. With over 6 million acres of pristine, mountainous National Forest & designated Wilderness Area in the Missoula, Montana area, outdoor activities are on the top of the list:

Hiking, mountain biking, self guided wade fishing wildlife viewing & photography

Located in the Lolo National Forest, many trail heads & primitive roads spring from Rock Creek road. The Sapphire Mountains and Garnett Mountains are your front and back yard and easily accessible from the lodge. Day hikes reward our guests with memories, stories and the photos to back them.

Horseback riding and Pack trips

With advance notice, we can help you arrange, through licensed Montana Outfitters, just about any such activity you want, from a one hour horseback ride along Rock Creek to overnight pack trips. If you are interested in overnight float fishing trips, see our “Fishing” page and the link to Blackfoot River Outfitters. Every autumn, we have clients stay with us a few nights who have booked big game or wing shooting trips elsewhere and want to add our awesome accommodations, service and fly fishing for a great combo trip.


Five signature golf courses are located in our area. With a little work on our part, we can probably get you a tee time on anyone of them.

Shotgunning & Wingshooting

Although our part of the state is better known for trout fishing and big game hunting, if you want to burn some gun powder, that can be arranged. We recommend a combo trip that combines wing shooting at one of several Orvis Endorsed sister lodges with some spectacular fall trout fishing at the Blue Damsel.

Whitewater Rafting

Several whitewater river runs in the area, including the Alberton Gorge, will please the white water enthusiast. These ½ day or full day trips can easily be arranged

Driving Tours & Sightseeing

day trips to Garnett ghost town, the quaintly refurbished mining town of Philipsburg, and or historical sites on the “crik” can be arranged. This combines some great scenery with shopping and a historical perspective of our area. Panning for sapphires includes guarantees of success and panning for gold & fools gold can be a lot of fun as well.

Missoula, Montana day trips

Top destinations in Missoula include a tour of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s headquarters & museum and the Smoke jumper center. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has just moved into their new building & the smoke jumper center gives the visitor a perspective on the whole process as well as the role of these brave souls in fighting wild fires in the west.

Missoula, Montana Shopping & Day Spa Trips

The Missoula downtown area is a shopper’s delight that goes way beyond what one would expect from a town of 50,000. A morning of shopping can be topped of with an afternoon spent relaxing & revitalizing at the spa.

Other Combo Trips

if you are planning a longer trip, remember, when you come to the Blue Damsel, you are close to Yellowstone Park, Glacier National Park, & the equally great trout fishing of the Missouri drainage. Contact the lodge if you have any questions about a multi destination trip.

Winter Activities

although the lodge is closed for guided fly fishing Oct 31, you can arrange for a winter vacation or retreat. The lodge, chef services, & housekeeping are offered at special winter rates. Downhill skiing is available at 2 ski resorts in the Missoula area. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, & back country skiing are recommended activities on the creek. Just like during the season- staff will be there to serve you. Appetizers, cocktails, & gourmet dinners will await you & the hot tub will always be ready. This is great for a family holiday get away or company retreat. Montana’s “banana belt” has a lot of nice days in the winter & if you don’t mind throwing streamers & nymphs, the wade fishing can be very good.