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Owen River Lodge

Owen River Lodge, Murchison

At a Glance

    Pros

  • large garden
  • the fully equipped tackle room and fly-making table give everything a keen angler should desire

    Cons

  • the last mile or two to the lodge is not paved but is still easy enough to drive

Owen River Lodge Review

One of the classiest of several top fly-fishing lodges in this region, the six beautifully appointed cottages of Owen River Lodge, each fronted by sheltered verandas, overlook the Owen River valley. From the main dining room you can look across the valley to a large granite escarpment with native forest. Outside, the rush of the river is outdone only by the sometimes-overwhelming chorus of native birds. Host Felix Borenstein purpose-built this little piece of paradise. He is a die-hard fly fisherman who has a strong passion for throwing furry little feathered flies into the sublime reaches of the area's many trout rivers. He delights in the fact that much of the fishing here is sighted fishing and stalking, but also catch-and-release to preserve the stock. From the lodge you can access 25 fishing rivers within a 90-minute drive, plus many more by helicopter. Back at the lodge you can relax in the cozy lounge, or wander the landcsaped grounds, including the massive vegetable garden that supplies much of what arrives on your dining room table (dinner and breakfast is inclusive).

    Hotel Details

  • 6 cottage suites.
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed May–Sept.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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