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Lodging with River Rock Outfitters Montana

1. The River House
During the duck hunting season we have an exclusive agreement with The River House. This is a spectacular little getaway on the Bighorn River. On 20 acres of private property, with it’s own boat ramp, the River house is a well appointed and newly remodeled river front cabin that sleeps 6 comfortably, but can house up to 8 guests. The River House is our #1 recommendation in the area. There are plenty of days where your guide may pick you up in a boat only 25 steps from where you had coffee in the morning. The River House is Owned by Cliff and Shirley Groombridge and their attention to detail is spectacular. The River House is a VRBO or ABnB type property, where all cooking utensils and supplies are included in your stay. Most of our guests will bring food for dinner and breakfasts. The River House does have several local chefs that will come out and provide 1 meal per night at your request for an additional fee ($300/night). Your guides will provide all lunches. The River House is located only 6 miles from Hardin, where there are several restaurant options for meals as well. $600/night for the whole facility. This option is only available through River Rock Outfitters and is not available to the general public from October-February each year.

2. Homestead Inn and Suites
The Homestead Inn and Suites is our most budget friendly option. Probably our most common as well. This motel used to be a Super 8 so that will let you know the accomodation quality. It is a nice, well run motel and they do offer a 10% discount to River Rock Outfitters clients. They also offer a private guest cabin that we utilize regularly for groups of 4 or less. This private cabin used to be the owners private residence, so it is a a well appointed but modest smaller house. You still get the same services for breakfast as you would in the motel and it is conveniently located for all duck hunting trips. For the Homestead Inn and suites, as well as the River House options, we highly recommend Three Brothers restaurant in Hardin. They have an excellent chef and staff, including local steaks, pasta’s and seafood specials! Motel: $100/room/night. Guest Cabin: $250/night.

3. Billings Hotels.
For those guests that don’t mind a 45 minute drive in the morning and afternoon, any local Billings, MT hotel is fine. We recommend the Hampton Inn and Suites, Bighorn Resort, or the Holiday Inn Express. All 3 are located on Billings West End, near the Zoo Drive exit. They are conveniently located near awesome food options in Billings. We recommend the Rib and Chop House, Montana Club, or the Windmill as 3 great dinner locations in Billings. All 3 are newer hotels and include shuttles to and from the airport if needed. While staying in Billings is not super convenient, the food and nightlife options are much better than in Hardin. Cost: $159/night.

4. Hardin ABnB or VRBO
There are multiple ABnB and VRBO options in the Hardin area that you are free to investigate. We hunt the entire Bighorn River and Yellowstone River every year as well. So being on the very far south end of the river (in Fort Smith) can be a futher drive than if you stayed in Billings without any of the great places to eat at night! While the hunting can be very good on that end of the river at times, Hardin is the most centrally located spot for ducks.