Antelope Creek Ranch

This scenic ranch, surrounded by more than 65,000 acres of National Forest, is the jewel in the necklace of The Fly Shop’s Private Waters and welcomes a limited number of guests from mid-May through October.

Anglers staying at Antelope Creek Ranch enjoy wonderful accommodations, great food, and absolutely terrific trout fishing that begins right at the doorstep. The lodge is within a stone’s throw of the serpentine, fish-filled private meadow stream and within walking distance of the ranch’s two trophy trout lakes. There are nearly two miles of the creek on the ranch and 9 more miles of roadless stream above the fenceline.

Mike and Bertha Michalak, owners of The Fly Shop®, purchased the ranch in 2002 and, using of a team of environmental experts, began one of the most ambitious private stream, meadow, wetland restoration and enhancement projects in this part of California.

The magnificent, two-story Antelope Creek ranch house accommodates 8 fishing guests in style. Each one of the spacious four bedrooms has a private bath and wonderful view. The cozy fireplace sets the mood, and you can watch deer stroll, stars fall, and trout slurp from the jacuzzi hot tub on the back deck. Delicious meals are included in the package, and served around the fishing schedule.

The two-story lodge living room has a massive stone fireplace, a sunken bar, wraparound decks and windows looking out over picturesque Antelope Creek to the meadow and mountains beyond. There is a quiet, park-like atmosphere and the historic ranch is surrounded by nearly 35,000 acres of national forest. The hundreds of acres surrounding the lodge are beautiful, with large grassy meadows and an open panoramic vista of the surrounding mountain bowl. Guests can see for miles from the streamside deck and there are no other buildings, homes, or lights within sight to mar the view.

The historic cattle ranch is an ideal vacation spot for both serious fishermen and their families or friends. At just over 5,000 feet elevation, Antelope Creek Ranch is an ideal mid-summer and fall angling retreat. The ranch enjoys cool, pleasant weather and great fly fishing conditions all season long. There are several golf courses less than an hour away, two adjacent National Forests with hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and several of the American west’s largest waterfowl nesting and viewing areas only minutes away.

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Rates & Reservations

The cost of the daily rate for the Antelope Creek Lodge package is:
• $325 per day (per person/Double Occupancy) *
• $175 per day (non-angler/Double Occupancy) *
• $425 per day (per person/Single Occupancy) *
(* plus $5 per night County Occupancy Tax)

Included in your lodge package at Antelope Creek Lodge is all meals, accommodations, and access to all the ranch facilities for the anglers, and there is a two-night minimum stay.

Not included in your lodge package at Antelope Creek Lodge are fishing license, waders, rods/reels, and terminal tackle (flies, tippet, etc.) These items are not available at the ranch, so you’ll want to bring your tackle and equipment with you to the lodge, and plan on purchasing your California Fishing License ahead of time.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Non-fishing companions have the run of the entire ranch and as much of the surrounding countryside as they'd like to cover for hiking and relaxing. There are three superb golf courses (Mount Shasta Resort, Shastina, and Running Y) less than an hour away in opposite directions, and it is less than an hour to two of the finest bird watching areas in the Pacific flyway (Meiss Lake Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges). Herds of antelope dot the nearby National Grasslands, and the wonders of both the Lava Beds National Monument and the surrounding Klamath National Forest are too numerous to list. Other non-angling guests may simply choose to relax in the lodge, on the deck, or yield to the temptation of the always inviting streamside hammock.

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Seasons at Antelope Creek Ranch

The cold water of Antelope Creek pours out of alpine aquafirs and tumbles off the slopes of nearby Mount Shasta before settling into its tranquil, meandering nature as it courses across our ranch. Simple irrigation diversions control the flow in the main stem of the creek and the stream runs clear and fish-able every day from the middle of May through the end of our season in late October.

May and June:
In May and June the high (5000') altitude translates to cool mornings and evenings and guests at the ranch house usually rise to a morning fire in the lodge's beautiful stone-lined fireplace. Hatches aren't heavy in the creek or either of the two trophy trout lakes until late in the morning, when the sun hits the water solidly, its warmth stimulating the insect activity - and the trouts'! Fish feed actively all day long and leeches, streamers, and nymphs are very effective throughout the day. The single most effective dry fly and nymph fishing in the stream are small mayfly imitations, while standard damselfly or water boatman patterns work well in either of the two lakes. Slowly retrieved streamers and small, bead-headed patterns are equally productive.

Midges are very active in the spring months, and imitations continue to work well every day of the season. Sometime early in June there is a migration of termites that moves through the high mountain forests. Trout begin rising with apparent abandon to beetles and ant patterns that resemble the termites.

Moreover, the water boatman that begin to hatch in early to mid June is one of the most excited stillwater hatches you will every come across. The water boatmen are very fast and have the unique ability to both fly and swim, which enables them to tantalize the trout into very aggressive takes. Once you've experienced the water boatman hatch at Antelope Creek's lower lake you'll want to come back year after year.

The ranch comes alive with wildlife during the this time of year, and it isn't unusual to have dozens of mule and blacktail deer foraging in the meadow adjacent to the lodge. Bald eagles, osprey, Great Blue Herons, and a non-stop migration of songbirds add color and sound to every spring day.

July and August:
July and August at Antelope Creek Ranch contrast dramatically with the scorching summer weather of the Sacramento Valley. The high (5,000') ranch elevation generally supplies the most pleasant and consistent mid-summer weather in Northern California. At the same time, the terrestrials start to come out, and grasshoppers blown into the lakes and the stream become a prime item on the trout menu in mid-summer. Leeches, streamers, midges, callibaetis nymphs and dry flies, beetles and ant patterns remain a staple in every Antelope Creek fly box.

September and October:
September and October are spectacular at our ranch from both a fishing and a visual perspective. The groves of aspen turn brilliant shades of yellow, contrasting vividly with the evergreen forest. Hunting is not allowed on the ranch and herds of deer, intuitively knowing that they are protected, congregate on the property. The fishing remains very consistent throughout the fall. Hatches are predictable, the selection of flies doesn't change much, and guests are once again met in the morning and end their days with a warm fire in the ranch house.

Antelope Creek Ranch closes October 15th until the following Spring. The ranch is reopened in May. Though the fishing remains productive until well after the first snows fall, use of the lodge is returned to the Michalak family and their private guests in mid October.

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Lodging at Antelope Creek Ranch

Dinners are very good, by any standard. Our well-trained cook prepares hearty, family style meals, served in an informal atmosphere that marries well with the whole Antelope Creek Ranch experience.

It takes a little less than two hours to drive to the Antelope Creek Ranch from Redding, or about an hour from Dunsmuir or Mount Shasta. If you'd like to fly private aircraft to Klamath Falls or Weed, arrangements can be made to pick you up and return you to either of those airports. Once you

arrive, there is little need for anglers to have a vehicle on the ranch.

Guests are asked to time their arrival for the late afternoon (3:00 P.M. or later), allowing plenty of time to get settled, organize tackle, and be ready to fish after dinner. The lodge host, housekeeping staff, or chef will show you to your room, and offer a quick, informal orientation. The evening meal is intentionally served promptly at 5:30 to allow anglers time afterwards to enjoy the evening hatch activity on one of the lakes or stream.

The fishing at Antelope Creek Ranch has been tailored with the self-reliant angler in mind. It is particularly suited for the fisherman that prefer the sense of accomplishment associated with a well-earned bend in the rod rather than the hand-held, guided experience. While Antelope Creek Lodge guests enjoy fine accommodations and meals, there are few of the other frills, amenities, and indulgences associated with more expensive lodge destinations.

While fine, complimentary wines are served with evening meals, guests are encouraged to bring their own beer, soft drinks, liquor, and mixes. Ice tea, lemonade, and unlimited bottled water is always available in the bar and kitchen.

The lodge is located roughly in the middle of the property, with lakes and stream both above and downstream from the accommodations. The creek and the lakes are yours whenever anglers wish, and all of the fishing is within walking distance of the lodge. Some anglers do choose to drive to the access point near the lower lake and take the short trail to the footbridge and across to the fishing, while many others simply prefer the exercise or to fish the stream down or up to one of the lakes.

Guests are encouraged to feed and stoke the fire in the spring and fall evenings, enjoy the outdoor fire pit after dinner, or just relax with or without the satellite television or Jacuzzi Hot Tub.

Breakfast is served at 8 or 8:30 depending on the group and the season. Coffee is ready at first light and there is no hurry to be the first on the stream or either of the lakes, since no one else will be there when you arrive. The buffet lunch is on the bar at noon every day to allow for a very full morning and afternoon of angling, or fishermen may opt to pack a lunch or take along snacks and stay on the water all day without returning to the lodge for the mid-day meal.

Guests are asked to vacate their rooms after lunch (to allow them to be properly cleaned for any arrivals) and to depart no later than 3:00 on the afternoon of their last day at the lodge.

A few points to remember:
The elevation of this ranch is too high for poison oak and poisonous snakes. The lodge is a non-smoking facility and guests are welcome to enjoy cigars or cigarettes on the deck or anywhere outside the lodge on the ranch. This is a fire-prone region, so please be extra careful with any ashes from cigarettes on the ranch proper.

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Getting to Antelope Creek Ranch

Antelope Creek Ranch is located on the northeast side of majestic Mt. Shasta.

The nearest gas and services to Antelope Creek Ranch are at the town of Weed. If you are running low on gas, please be sure to refill in Weed before continuing on Highway 97 towards the ranch.

From Redding:
Travel north on I-5 approximately 70 miles to the community of Weed. Take the Central Weed Blvd/ Highway 97 off ramp (towards Klamath Falls). As you come off of I-5 you will turn right on S. Weed Blvd and go 1/4 mile to the Hwy 97 turn off for Klamath Falls. Turn right on Hwy 97 and travel north and east 28 miles to the Tennant/Bray Road.

Turn right and proceed 12 miles to the ranch entrance, located just after you cross over Antelope Creek and before you reach the town of Tennant. There is a stone entranceway with a sign that reads, "Antelope Creek Ranch".

Turn right in to the ranch (Please close the gate behind you) and drive 3/4 mile on a gravel road. Please drive slowly to minimize dust! You will drive past the main lodge on your right, and to the left you should see our log-cabin cookhouse and several large tent-cabins set back in the woods. Travel time is usually an hour and 40 minutes from Redding.

From Reno:
Take Hwy 395 to Susanville. From Susanville take Hwy 44 to its junction with Hwy 89. Turn right or north on Hwy 89 and travel to Mt Shasta and I-5. This will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn right onto I-5, proceed to Weed and follow the directions above. Total travel time will be approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes.

From the Burney Area:
Get on Hwy 89 and follow the directions shown above. Travel time will be approximately 1 hour & 40 minutes.

From Oregon (I-5 Corridor):
Take I-5 south to Weed. Take the N. Weed exit. The turnoff is marked by freeway signs showing Hwy 97 and Klamath Lake. Proceed to the Hwy 97 turn off and then follow the directions outlined in From Redding.

From Oregon (Hwy. 97 Corridor):
Take Hwy 97 south to the Bray/Tennant road. It will be approximately 46 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. When you pass through the community of Macdoel you will be about 14 miles from the turn off. Mt Hebron Summit is just north of the turn off. Take the Bray/Tennant road and proceed some 12 miles to the ranch entrance.

The street address for GPS coordinates is 12516 Tennant Road, Macdoel, CA., 96058 (though the ranch is nowhere near MacDoel and only about a mile from the community of Tennant). Please do not rely solely on GPS devices to get to the ranch, as they do not always provide the most direct routes in rural areas such as Siskiyou County.

The lodge phone is 530-398-4755, and cell phone coverage is very spotty near the ranch; cell phones don't get coverage at Antelope Creek Ranch.

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Making Reservations to Antelope Creek Ranch

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at bryan@theflyshop.com or zmiller@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.