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Madison Double R is a relatively new lodge, but our story actually began years ago...

The property was previously a historic cattle ranch, and in fact a portion of our lodge property is still a working cattle operation, providing a classic Western vibe to the experience. Madison Double R’s name was inspired by the original name of the property, which was the River Ranch. 

Owners and hosts John and Krista Sampson came to Montana in the early 1990s, and both became fishing guides. Not long after, they established one of the region's top fly fishing lodges with a close friend. Over the years they continued to learn what it takes to create the ultimate fly fishing lodge experience, helping develop a first-quality fly fishing guide program, superb cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and the right balance of sophisticated service with an easygoing atmosphere. The Sampsons are joined by Russ and Susie Milam, experienced lodge managers, in welcoming guests.

Today, the Sampsons and Milams are energized to bring over 25 years of experience in the lodging and fly fishing world, along with a hand-picked staff, to exceed the expectations of every guest who stays at Madison Double R.