Your historic Idaho adventure starts here. Located in a geothermally active region along the Highway 21 Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway along the rolling waters of the South fork of the Payette River. Bordered by the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway off the Banks-Lowman Hwy 2512A at that junction you will find the Southfork Lodge.
Year-round activities for the outdoor enthusiast or those seeking just a bit of respite with some rustic comfort gather here.
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Guests choosing one of the Riverside Inn rooms will be staying in rooms with a cozy, rustic mountain lodge feel. Each guest room features queen-sized log beds. These rooms are TV-free to help preserve the river sounds and promote a peaceful surrounding. These rooms are all one-level and easily accessible. Drive up and unpack your vehicle and park just a short distance away! All rooms have river views, and easy walking paths with short distances to the lodge.
Pet Policy: We accept up to two dogs each less than 50 lbs in select rooms. There is a $25 cleaning fee per pet, per night. Rooms are base-priced on double occupancy (2 people) with added fees for additional people, occupancy & stay limits.
Our cabins have been updated and renovated in a rustic mountain lodge style. They feature gas fireplaces, hand-made log beds, and sitting areas.
Each cabin boasts a separate entrance and porch—perfect to sit and watch the elk come down to the meadow in the early mornings or early evenings.
Choose from two, one-bedroom cabins, or one, two-bedroom cabin.
Dine in the historic Southfork Lodge seated in log chairs at wooden tables. Gaze upwards at the antler shed lighting. You are surrounded by praise-worthy mounts and distinct artistry. The bay-style windows allow for year-round views of majestic mountains, the river, falling snow, and occasional wildlife sightings. Seating is limited but worth the wait.
Elk is our mascot and our Elk burger a dining favorite. Our Angus burgers are certified and pair perfectly with our rustic fries. If breakfast is your thing you must indulge in our Huckleberry bake topped with our sweet brown butter. Order up a spicey favorite of Elk jalapeno sausage to go with our chili Relleno bake. This isn’t fast food it’s an experience in locally sourced and taste-tested recipes. Our menu and dining are seasonal but our wild game specials and house-made desserts keep you coming back to the Southfork year-round.
The outdoor patio is set on the rivers edge below our whispering pines. Relax with a beverage, our specialty desserts or shakes. Reset with nature as you take in the views.
Our coffee is a unique blend roasted specifically for us by Caffeina Roasting. Some say it is mildly intoxicating. Served year-round it pairs beautifully with our creamy desserts. From giant cinnamon rolls to decadent brownies with a fudge frosting and creamy thick cheesecake all scratch-made and fresh-baked. If you are wanting something cold and almost as creamy as our desserts try our handmade thick malt shakes. It’s hard to choose a favorite when Huckleberry and our #SFL espresso tease your taste buds. While you choose your eyes can’t miss all the antique and vintage coffee grinders/makers. Everywhere you look around the Lodge you’ll find bits of history and tributes to all who have and do serve.