Craig Trout Camp

Fisherman's Lodging on the Missouri River, Montana


Close to Everything

Located on the Missouri River in beautiful Craig, Montana, the Craig Trout Camp provides comfortable and convenient accommodations to visiting anglers from all over the world. Our central location is within walking distance to fly shops, dining, and the world famous Missouri River.

The Missouri River is, without a doubt, the best dry fly stream in the West. While there's plenty of room for fishermen, there aren't always plenty of rooms for fishermen. Options like the Trout Camp are booked well in advance, and many of our customers return year after year. Although we welcome walk-ins, you should make reservations ahead of time to insure that we have space available for you and your group.

Our Lodging

Our Rainbow and Brown cabins are the nicest two person accommodations on the Missouri, and the comfortable and charming Sutton Place makes a great home away from home for groups of four. For road-trippers and trout bums, our 3 oversized RV spots have full hookups and are right on the property.

The Trout is located right in the heart of Craig, MT. The convenient location makes it easy to walk to fly shops, breakfast and dinner at Izaak's Restaurant, Cocktails at Joe's Bar, or just people watch from your front porch. If you're fishing with a guide, you can literally walk to his vehicle in the morning. And at the end of the day, you and your guide can wander over to Izaak's and enjoy a drink on the deck.

Rainbow & Brown Cabins

The nicest two-person cabins on the river, the Rainbow and Brown cabins are the perfect spot for a trip to the Missouri River. Built in 2003, they combine a rustic feeling with modern convienence. Both cabins are identical, and offer 2 twin XL beds. Each cabin has a futon for kicking back after a long day on the river. A mini-fridge and dining area make a great place for cocktail hour or a game of cards to finish the night. Click to see the Rates & Details.

the Sutton Place

Originally built in the late 1800's, the Sutton Place was completely refurbished in 2003. Now used as a fisherman's rental, it has quickly become popular for groups of four who want to be right in the action (yes, Craig has some action!).

The Sutton Place has a small living room, full kitchen for those who like to cook, two bedrooms with 2 twin XL beds each, and a loft area with a fifith twin bed. A BBQ is on the back deck, which is a great place to cook a meal and enjoy the evening light with your favorite beverage. The front porch faces the morning sun and is a beautiful spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting for your guide. Click to see the Rates & Details.

RV Sites

Our RV sites with full hook-ups are located right on the Trout Camp proprerty. We have 3 oversized spots with room for a vehicle and boat. These sites have become very popular with the growing numbers who fish via RV. There are a limited number of RV sites on the Missouri, and these should be reserved well in advance if possible. We welcome walk-ins of course. Click to see the Rates & Details.
Headhunters is the exclusive booking agent for the Craig Trout Camp. You can call or email Julie or Sara at:

Headhunters, LLC
145 Bridge Street
Craig, MT 59648

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Craig, Montana
Craig is located halfway between Helena and Great Falls on I-15. A small unincorporated community of 40+ year 'rounders, Craig is home to three fly shops, 1 restaurant, 1 bar, an attorney and a mechanic. The closest gas/convienence store is 6 miles to the south in Wolf Creek, and the closest grocery store is 25 miles north in Cascade.

Originally, Wolf Creek seemed to be the center of angling activity on the 'Mo, but Craig has displaced it over the years. Craig's proximity to the river, beautiful scenery, fly shops and services make it the place to hang your hat while visiting the area. Lodging is limited in the Canyon, so always make your reservation far in advance. A rental car is always suggested when staying in along the river.

Most of the mountainous land in the area is private, and because of this, Craig is not a destination for hiking or hunting. Surrounded by several very large ranches, hunters who do gain permission to hunt on private land do very well. Waterfowl hunting along the river is open to the public and is very good. There is some limited upland hunting in the immediate area.

Holter Lake is just upstream from Craig and is a beautiful place to take a drive or go boating. A highly regarded Rainbow Trout and Walleye fishery in the lake draws many anglers from Central Montana. Scenic boat tours in the "Gates of the Mountains" are available daily, and there are some hiking trails on Holter Lake.

Nightlife in Craig is much better than you might imagine, that is to say, it exists. Izaak's serves excellent meals and has a great wine selection. The ballgame is usually on, lots of lies are told, and a great staff makes for a great time. Joe's Bar...what can you say? Famous for the many bras that adorn the face of the building, Joe's has an almost cult-like following, and is a great place to sit back and watch the locals mix with the "dudes" from the city. Great Juke Box and the only pool table in Craig.
Things to do and see around Craig Montana
Nearly every visitor you meet in Craig is there to fish, but there are a few other activities in the area that attract visitors. If you need a day off the water or have a non-angler in your group, here's a few ideas:

Gates of the Mountains Scenic Tour - Holter Lake | See the famous "Gates of the Mountains" on Holter Lake just like Lewis and Clark did; from the water. Tours leave twice daily during the summer months.

Auto Tour | Front Range of the Rockies - Augusta | Take yourself on a guided tour of the Front Range. See the historic western town of Augusta, visit Gibson Dam and the Sun River Canyon, see a Hutterite Colony, and go for a day hike on the upper Dearborn River.

C.M. Russell Museum and Gallery - Great Falls | See the works of famous artist Charlie Russell and others at this great museum in Great Falls. Charlie's log studio sits on the grounds all set up like Charlie left it. A very popular attraction.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump - Ulm | Formerly referred to as the Ulm Pishkun, this ancient Buffalo Jump just south of Great Falls has an excellent interpretive center. A great exhibit if you're interested in Western & Native American history.

Lewis & Clark interpretive Center - Great Falls | This is one of the largest Lewis and Clark centers in the country, and is considered a must see for L&C buffs. Movies, artifacts, interpretive tours, and exhibits.

• 2 twin XL beds
• full bath
• couch/futon
• table and chairs
• bar and mini fridge
• coffee maker
• satellite TV
• patio with fire pit (shared)

$150.00 night (+7% bed tax & 3% resort tax))
2 persons maximum

• 2 bedrooms plus loft area
• 5 twin XL beds (3 up, 2 down)
• 1 full bathroom
• refridgerator
• dishwasher
• coffee maker
• microwave oven
• living area with couch, chairs and satellite tv
• Rear deck with table, chairs and gas BBQ

$250 night (+ 7% bed tax & 3% resort tax)
4 persons maximum

• Sites are equipped with: water
• 50 amp service
• waste system
• picnic table

$30 night (+7% bed tax & 3% resort tax)
Fly Fishing on the Missouri River
Most folks staying at the Trout Camp or in the Craig area are there for one reason; fly fishing for trout on the Missouri River. Known as one of the best trout streams in the Western US, the Missouri has a strong following among technical fisherman who like to pursue large, selective trout.

While the Missouri is a long river (longest in the US) the section below Holter Dam is the one that most interests fly fisherman. From Holter Dam downstream to the town of Cascade, the river teems with healthy populations of large, wild trout. The Craig Trout Camp is located six miles downstream from Holter Dam, right on the best section of the river.

The river fishes well from mid-April through mid-November. Peak times are June, July and October, though good fishing is had all year. Known as a dry fly fishery, the Missouri has many faces, and techniques and hatches change dramatically throuought the season.

Headhunters Fly Shop and Guide Service
At the Trout Camp, you'll find Headhunters, a full sevice fly shop and guide service. Headhunters can outfit you for the river, provide you with the flies you need, get you hooked up with the right guide, sell you a license,or simply offer some good advice on where to go. Check out our website for information on guided trips, and more detailed information regarding the Missouri River.