Us & Our Home

Columbus, MT
10+ Years In Business
50+ Acres
Starting @$135/night
The property

Your Getaway

You can find the Yellowstone River Lodge on the banks of the Yellowstone River, just a half-an-hour drive from Billings. Tucked away from all the hustle and bustle, Yellowstone River Lodge is comfortingly secluded. The area is teeming with wildlife including deer, waterfowl, fox, pheasant, beavers,  hawks, osprey, and bald eagles. On occasion, moose have been observed. There is a large island to explore in addition to the fifty-plus acres surrounding the cabins.

The river access features over a mile of riverfront for fishing. It’s a large bend in the river that has created a large deep fishing hole. There are also Many rock features creating abundant holes for trout to blend with their surroundings. Swimmers will enjoy the sandy beaches along with the slow-moving backwater that lays along what we refer to as the park area. For those looking to stretch their legs, we keep some mowed paths along the spring-fed creek, or if you are looking for something a bit more challenging to hike, there is an island that can be accessed from our property with abundant trails and river views. For A full view, it is a short walk to the park we keep mowed on the banks of the Yellowstone. At the park, people can enjoy the fire pit or just the scenery of the ever-changing river. 

 The property

Our Home

Dan Sayer was raised along the Yellowstone River, and as a boy spent his summers fishing, swimming, and enjoying time along the river. Dan and his wife Jan were always drawn to the place that is now the Yellowstone River Lodge. After building the main house a neighbor the couple had befriended sold them additional land, opening up a beautiful place with some of the prettiest scenery on all of the Yellowstone River. After they acquired this property, Dan and Jan felt a need to share it with others. 

Building the cabins was a very natural progression. After building three cabins over a four-year period. We were asked by many travelers for overnight Accommodation. That lead us to build the riverside guest rooms, it is basically a four Plex with private porches which include a table and chairs, an overhead fan, and lights in front of each unit, with a view of the Yellowstone.

The largest of the three cabins has a separate bedroom, one and a half baths, and a living room with a cathedral ceiling of tongue and groove blue pine. The windows in the living room and dining area that face the river are full height and have a view up and down the river along with the sandstone cliffs and pines that combined make for the most beautiful sunsets, one never tires of. Should you decide to cook, the cabin has a full kitchen or a BBQ on one of the two covered decks.

The Sunset and Springtime cabins, although a bit smaller, boast the same river views also with full height picture windows along with a BBQ, covered deck, and full furnishings inside.

The furnishings are a lot of woodwork with a western flair. All the guestrooms have a king-size bed, a writing desk a dresser, and a nightstand with lamps at the bed. A small fridge with freezer, coffee maker, microwave and a TV. 

The ladies like the full-length mirror along with the large vanity with vessel sink. The large shower features a river rock floor with a sit-down bench.

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Accommodations & About Your Stay

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Acres of Escape

Your Hosts

Dan & Jan Sayer

Your hosts at the Yellowstone River Lodge, Dan and Jan Sayer, are both Montana Natives and have had a long love affair with the state. Dan and Jan ran a business in Billings for thirty years and are proud of the reputation they have left behind. Both having dreamed of living on the Yellowstone and their vision for the Yellowstone River Lodge has been years in the making. They are eager to welcome you to that dream.

River Access

The river access features over a mile of fishing, swimming, and beautiful surroundings. 

Community Area

Guests are welcome to enjoy the fire pit or just the scenery of the ever-changing river.

Walking Paths

For those looking to stretch their legs, we keep mowed paths along the spring-fed creek.

Peace & Beauty

Enjoy a view of the river along with the sandstone cliffs and pines that make for the most beautiful sunsets.

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Policies & F.A.Q.


We are no longer able to accept pets in our rooms. Sorry for any inconvienience.

Rates & Policies
2022-2023 RATES

Summer: Per Night               

Winter-Spring -Fall: Two-night minimum

Riverside guest rooms  Upscale Rooms with a view of the Yellowstone River from the private patio in front of each room. King bed, desk, small fridge, coffee pot with coffee and tea. Large bath vanity, walk-in shower with bench, and river rock floor. Yellowstone River Lodge also features a 50-acre park with tables, chairs, and fire pit nestled on the bank of the Yellowstone River.

Per night                 $135.00  Double occupancy

Sunset/Springtime  Upscale Cabins- Built on piers for an enhanced view.  450 sq. ft. floor space with covered deck, gas grill, and patio furniture. Completely furnished interior with A/C, small wood burning stove, and kitchenette with small fridge.  Coffee, tea, condiments for cooking, and some breakfast items supplied.  All you need is your fishing pole!

per night                   $185.00  Double occupancy,  Additional people $50.00 each        (Please call for multiple night stay, special rates may apply.)

Large Cabin – The White Water is a 650sq. ft. cabin with two covered decks and one and a half bathrooms. This cabin is handicap accessible and features two queen beds in the bedroom, a sleeper sofa in the living area, and a cot. The White Water also has a full kitchen with a microwave, BBQ, and air conditioning.

per night                $215.00  Double occupancy,  Additional people $50.00 each.  (family price for kids $240.00)

We are unable to have pets in our rooms.

The following stay options are reserved by phone only:

 B& B rooms – $170.00/ per night – Reserved by phone only, due to breakfast.

Den – queen bed, couch, recliner, satellite T.V., walk-out patio.

Riverview – One queen bed, one full-size bed, large room, private bath, 2nd floor with a view. Rate based on double occupancy. Additional people $32.50 each, maximum of four.

Wifi is available at the lodge.

All rooms have  TV,  private bathrooms, and a small fridge.

Prices do not include an 8% Montana State Accommodation tax.


All guests must be registered with the Yellowstone River Lodge per our no-hosting policy. We ask that you request approval from management before inviting anyone to the premises for any activity, including swimming, fishing, etc. This is out of respect for the peaceful setting that our guests stay here to experience.

Reservations made within 14 days must be paid in full at the time of reservation.  A 50% deposit is required on all other reservations with the balance due upon arrival.  This is a non-refundable deposit unless your cancellation is received 1). 14 days prior to arrival and 2.) we are able to re-rent your room.  Any cancellations will be charged a 20% processing fee with a minimum of $20.00. You are responsible for the entire time reserved. Rates are subject to change.  Rates are based upon single/double occupancy.  $50.00 per person – per night for additional persons.  B&B must be reserved by phone.

All guides are required to check-in upon arrival. A take-out fee will apply for any guided river activity.

An additional charge of $400.00 will be charged for any guests smoking in the rooms.

Local Amenities

Close to the Yellowstone, Stillwater, and Big Horn Rivers

30-minute drive to Billings, MT

Horseback riding

Downhill & Nordic Skiing

Bike Ride

Licensed Guided Fly-fishing

Boat Launch


Shuttle Service

Pheasant Hunting

Close to shopping

Fishing Policies

We strongly suggests guests work with our prefered fishing guide for insurance, liability, safety and quality reasons. Guests are welcome to use qualified local guides, but take out from our access is not allowed for any guides other than our preferred fishing guides without verification of the guide’s insurance. YRL preferred guide information is available upon request.

Docking Fee: $25 per day, per boat

All guests are required to be registered, please no hosting.

Checkin & Checkout

Checkin is daily between 3:00-9:00 pm. Same-day reservations must be confirmed with YRL before check-in, and standard check-ins require 24-hour notice to ensure staff availability. 

Standard checkout time is 11:00 am. Please refer to the checkout list found in your room. Additional fees may apply for the failure to complete the checkout list for your stay. Late checkout may be available and must be approved by YRL.


Cancellation Policy

We recommend that you purchase trip insurance if there is a possibility that you may fail to meet our cancelation policy as this is unfortunately non-negotiable. This is a non-refundable deposit unless your cancellation is received:

  1. 14 days prior to arrival
  2.  we are able to re-rent your room.

Any cancellations will be charged a 20% processing fee with a minimum of $20.00. You are responsible for the entire time reserved. Rates are subject to change.




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