Frequently Asked Questions about the Montana Rock Creek Cabins
There is no office, you simply go directly to your cabin. We send directions and key instructions prior to arrival.
If you are traveling from Missoula, there are several grocery stores. The most convenient is the Albertson’s in the Eastgate Shopping Center near Exit 105 off I-90. There are also liquor stores very close to Albertsons and a fly shop, the Kingfisher.
Closer to the cabin is the Clinton Market. Located just off I-90 at exit 120, the market has a good selection of the basics along with prepared foods, gasoline, propane, and beer and wine.
The cabin is non-smoking, but we do provide a sand bucket for ashes and putting out butts near the cabin entry doors. Never throw lit cigarettes onto the ground as Montana is a very dry climate and fire danger is high.
EKSTROMS STAGE STATION
From April through September, Ekstrom’s Stage Station serves dinner nightly along with breakfast and lunch. They are located at about the 1-mile mark on Rock Creek Road.
Located in Clinton, take exit 120. Turn right off the exit and then left at the stop sign. You’ll go about a mile to reach Poor Henry’s
We make many recommendations about dining in Missoula in the cabin book on the coffee table.
Check Out by 11 am
Check in is after 4 pm
MSO – Missoula is the closest airport and is about 45 minutes away.
BTM – Butte is about 1.5 hours away.
BZN – Bozeman is about 2.5 hours away.
FCA – Glacier International in Kalispell is about 3 hours away.
Guests who cancel at least 60 days before check-in will get back 100% of the amount they’ve paid. If you cancel between 30 and 60 days before check-in, you’ll get back a 50% refund. Otherwise, no refund is given.
- Crock Pot
- Ample Dishware and Cookware
- Pots and Pan
- Coffee Maker and Filters (Mr. Coffee Style)
- Cutting Boards
- Drinking Glasses
- Wine Glasses
- Cooking Utensils
- Cleaning Supplies
- Dishwasher Liquid
- Hand Soap
- Basic Spices, including salt and pepper
- Sugar and sugar substitute
Our WiFi is Starlink Satellite service by SpaceX and is considerably faster and more reliable than the DSL option in the area.
At the cabin, you’ll find instructions on how to log onto the network.
The living room tv is a smart tv and has YouTube TV service as well as Netflix.
The tv in the master bedroom has only Netflix but you can ‘cast’ using Chromecast to access your paid services.
There is no landline at the cabin. I recommend enabling your cell phone to use WiFi calling as there is no cell service in the valley. There is a 3G booster on the property for Verizon phones, but WiFi calling works just as well.
Our WiFi is Starlink and is considerably faster and more reliable than the DSL option in the area.
Yes, there is a gas barbeque grill on the deck.
Yes. The cabin is pet friendly. We ask that you do not allow pets on furniture or beds. Please clean up after your pet on the mowed lawn; poop in the tall grass is ok. Also, be aware of skunks in the summer and fall months and never let a skunked pet come into the cabin. While it is unlikely your pet will be sprayed, here is a great tip for skunked pets.
If your pet is sprayed by a skunk, here are steps to take:
- DO NOT let the pet in the cabin. Tie the pet up outside while you prepare a solution. Do not spray your pet with water.
- Prepare the solution: 1 qt hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tsp dishwashing liquid (Dawn)
The hydrogen peroxide is in the bathroom medicine cabinet. The baking soda is in the cupboard to the right of the kitchen window, and the dishwashing liquid is beside the side on the counter. Mix well, this works great.
- Work into the pet’s fur where sprayed. Use solution liberally in places where the pet was sprayed. Dry the pet with rags found in the drawer with dish towels. Let solution dry – do not rinse. Rinse rags in solution. Wash rags separate from anything other clothing the first time; the second time should be fine. If the pet still smells, repeat. If you cannot get the smell out, the pet sleeps outside, not in the cabin.
The solution works great – we have used it on our pets, and it gets them stink-free the first time around if steps are followed.
How far is Rock Creek from Missoula?
Rock Creek is 21 miles east of Missoula, Montana. Rock Creek joins the Clark Fork River just west of the Rock Creek exit on I-90. To access Rock Creek, take exit 126 and follow Rock Creek Road south. There is a fishing access approximately every two miles until you enter the Lolo National Forest after the 12-mile marker. Once in the Lolo National Forest, acess the river anywhere on public land.
Access to Rock Creek is about a 1-2 minute walk. Walk through the backyard toward the rear of the property. You will pick up a path between the neighbor’s fences which lead to the Sawmill Creek Fishing Access. Sawmill Cabin has the shortest walk.
From the Sawmill Fishing Access, walk upstream or cross and walk downstream to fishing runs, glides, and pools in the Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, Rock Creek.
Both cabins have firepits for a campfire. The campfire pit at Sawmill is in the fenced pasture. In summer, fire danger is very high.
Campfires are not permitted during periods of high fire danger such as JULY, AUGUST, and early SEPTEMBER.
Wood for a campfire can be purchased at the Clinton Market (exit 120 off I-90) or a roadside vendor near the 7-mile marker on Rock Creek Road.
Sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels are provided. And bath sheets for the hot tub.