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Welcome to Big Horn Valley Ranch

Big Horn Valley Ranch

Nestled in Montana’s Bighorn Valley, The Ranch offers year-round fly fishing on the legendary Bighorn river and unmatched wing shooting. Just a few miles outside of Fort Smith, this is where the rugged Bighorn Canyon meets the ranchlands of the Wild West. The Ranch offers seasoned anglers and hunters, beginners, couples, friends, and corporate groups a chance to truly get away and enjoy the Big Sky of Montana.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing on the Legendary Bighorn River

The Bighorn River is a world-renowned tailwater located in Southeast Montana. This blue-ribbon fishery boasts 3000-5000 fish per mile. These cold, clear nutrient-rich flows being released from the bottom of the dam produce a thriving feast of insects and crustaceans that allow Rainbow and Brown trout to grow 14-20” in length. This unique trout habitat provides anglers with an exceptional mix of dry fly, nymph and streamer fishing year-round.

Our Fly Fishing Trips


Our Lodging

We invite you to sit back and relax in one of our eight guest cabins and enjoy panoramic views of the Bighorn and Pryor mountains. Our 4 large cabins are located on our trout pond and can accommodate up to 4 guests. Our smaller cabins can accommodate up to 3 guests. All cabins are within walking distance of our restaurant, fly shop, and pond. Traveling in an RV? We have 15 full hook-up RV sites!

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Tailwater Restaurant

Full Service Restaurant in Fort Smith, MT

The Tailwater Restaurant is a full-service restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open to our guests and the public. Enjoy a homemade meal inside our dining room or on our deck overlooking the beautiful Bighorn Mountains. We are the only full-service restaurant in Fort-Smith, so we work hard to ensure that our food lives up to all expectations.

We are only 0.6 miles south of the Bighorn (13 mile) Access. Our large parking lot makes it easy to navigate with your boat in tow.

Click here to see our Menu

Takeout Orders:  406-666-2518

More about the Restaurant

What Sets Us Apart

What sets us apart from other
Bighorn River Lodges

Big Horn Valley Ranch was first founded under the name of Garrison Stoker Resort back in 2013. What started as just a simple restaurant has now grown into a beautiful full-service lodge and fly-fishing guide service that hosts people from far and wide looking to experience Montana's famous Bighorn River! The ranch has become a central part of the Bighorn Valley and has helped grow this small community in a big way over the past decade. 

This rich history and inspiring story of growth make our lodge a special place, and the transformation from Garrison Stoker Resort into Big Horn Valley Ranch is an exciting continuation of this story!

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