North Fork and White River Lodge / B&B

River Ridge Inn Lodge from the entrance road.
River Ridge Inn Lodge from the entrance road.Fly Fishing Instructions on Dry Run by one of the only Lady fly fishing guidesStriper Cabin, 2 bedrooms, 4 quenn beds, full bath fully furnished, deck, grillsIntereior of Striper cottage, quiet, plush, full kitchen, satelite TV, WiFiBeautiful Brown, Beautiful Smile; Father and Son on a memorable day on NorforkLoft at Gardenside Chalet, 2 queens, full bath, 2 more Brms on lower levelLori With Fly Fishing Class on the North Fork River.  Simply beautiful day.Sassafras GardenTrail to Private Dock & RiverLounge and Group DinningBrown RoomUpstairs Living AreaSunroom in LodgeExercise RoomSaunaPath to DockNorth Fork River in FallNorth Fork in SummerFly Fish Walk in from InnWhite RiverNorth Fork RiverMotoring Upstream and NorforkBoat Float Fishing at High WaterFishing one of many IslandsBrown from Catch and Release on North ForkLate Fall BrownMale Brown Trout from NorforkDry Run Creek for KidsFirst Fish on a FlyAnother First Trout on Fly at Dry RunLessons Pay OffMore Lessons at Dry RunDry Run Spoils Your KidsFly into Mountain Home for Corp OutingsCorporate Outing Fly Fishing LessonsPerfect Size GroupFish Tales from Our InstructorsThis is a BugBird Bath by Hot TubCatching Anything?Garden in Back YardFront Driveway Circle GardenGarden Going to DockSunset Over the OzarksHot Tub in SummerBrook RoomRear of LodgeThe Inn Entrance

From $557 / night

57 River Ridge Rd, Norfork, AR 72658
North Fork and White River Lodge / B&B
6 bedrooms
20 guests
2 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6
Sleeps: 20
Type: B&B
Per night: $650
Per week: $3,900
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Norfork vacation b&b rental
The Inn is the ONLY premier Fly Fishing destination on the North Fork of the White River in the Heart of the Ozarks

River Ridge Inn is located on the banks of the North Fork of the White River in Norfork, Arkansas. The North Fork River is truly one of the most heralded trout fishing tailwaters in the world. For those of you looking to make your first acquaintance to the area, you are in for a most exciting and relaxing time. At River Ridge Inn, we have succeeded in providing you with an atmosphere that compliments the rigors of fishing with a relaxing environment having all the comforts of home.

All Rooms in the lodge have Satellite TV, Wireless DSL, ceiling fans, full private baths and entrances. There are 6 bedrooms and 6 baths. Ten (9 Queens and 1 King) beds in all and a couple sleeper sofas, and a futon. 1000 sq. ft. lounge/meeting/dining area. Elevated sun deck and sunroom with view of the North Fork River. Great room with TV/DVD/VCR for private meetings or lounging. Two complete kitchens plus grills and smokers and a 900sq. ft. patio. A 300 sq. ft. river pavilion and large dock. Meals, with a minimum for 6 persons, can be arranged with 72 hours of notice. Lodge can be sectioned based on availability, ask about pricing.

The rooms in the lodge can be rented individually. The RAINBOW ROOM, BROOK ROOM, SCUD and the BROWN ROOM all have two queen beds. The BROWN ROOM also has satellite TV/DVD/VCR and it's private entrance is on ground level just off of the lounge area. The CUT THROAT ROOM has a king size bed and a queen futon. The SOW BUG ROOM has one queen bed and is also located off the lounge area on ground level. All rooms have satellite TV, private baths, private entrances and ceiling fans.

You can enjoy satellite TV in your room, or you can relax in our newly decorated 1000 sq. ft. lounge with its big screen TV and Satellite receiver so you won't miss that big game.

How about just walking the grounds and "stop to smell the roses" in one of our many gardens cared for by a master gardener. Sit on the cedar swing overlooking the river, relax on the private dock where the temperature in the summer can be 10 degrees cooler.

Take a sauna, or maintain your exercise routine in our well equipped exercise room, soak in the Hot Springs Hot Tub, or, cook out on one of the grills or smokers located at the riverside pavilion or on the 900 sq. ft. patio.

Some of our guest have slipped away from the rigors of work but find it necessary to periodically "check in". For those times we offer a work station consisting of a fax, computer, Wireless DSL internet service, phone line, copier and scanner.

Sign up for one of The Fly Fishing Academy's lessons. Classes, or private instructions, are available year around. There are no better guides/instructors for fly fishing than what we have at the Academy. Go to the riverridgeinn site for more information on the lodge and fly fishing school.

James Smith

Area Information
Dry Run Creek and the Norfork Fish Hatchery...
offers a solution to parents wanting their kids to enjoy an exciting initial fishing experience. This scenic, 1/2-mile creek flows past Norfork National Trout Hatchery to its junction with the North Fork River. Until 1988, it had been closed for 30 years to all fishing. The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission decided closure of the stream was unnecessary and opened it as a catch-and-release, single-hook, artificial-lure fishery for kids under 16. Dry Run is anything but a dry fishing experience -- it teems with trout.
Norfork National Fish Hatchery is a cold water hatchery primarily for the production of trout to restock the tailwaters below Norfork, Bull Shoals and other dams. In addition, Norfork National Fish Hatchery also provides trout to reservoirs and in cooperation with state game and fish agencies distributes fish throughout Arkansas and other nearby states. Norfork National Fish Hatchery was established to raise trout for restocking areas impacted by construction of dams, primarily in the tailwaters of Norfork and Bull Shoals. The hatchery is responsible for raising three kinds of trout: rainbow, brown and cutthroat.

Big Creek Golf & Country Club.....
sprawls over nearly 200 acres of rolling Ozark terrain featuring four lakes and Big Creek itself. White sand bunkers, lush zoysia fairways and L-93 bent grass greens provide a perfect setting for a memorable test of golf. A wide array of hole layouts makes Big Creek challenging, yet enjoyable for all. Five sets of tee boxes ranging from 5,068 yards up to 7,320 yards, along with large greens, ensure that Big Creek is a course that will always offer both challenge and pleasure to golfers of every ability.

Jacob Wolf House...
The two-story log structure known as the Jacob Wolf House stands on a hillside overlooking the juncture of the White and North Fork Rivers in the present-day town of Norfork (Baxter County). It was constructed in 1829 as the first permanent courthouse for Izard County in Arkansas Territory and is the oldest public structure in Arkansas.
Before permanent Anglo-American settlement occurred, the juncture of the White and North Fork rivers was the site of early fur-trading activities. From 1819 to 1828, numerous villages of Shawnee and Delaware Indians were located nearby. Trade with these Indian tribes prompted Jacob Wolf to establish his homestead at the mouth of the North Fork River in 1824. In 1825, he was granted a license to operate ferries across both rivers. Wolf, of German ancestry, had arrived in the area in 1820. He was a merchant, builder of log structures, carpenter, and blacksmith.

Blanchard Springs Caverns....
is the jewel in the Ozark National Forest Crown. Dubbed by Life Magazine as "one of the most extraordinary finds of the century" this living cave is constantly in the process of formation. Two paved, lighted trails, one of which is handicapped accessible with assistance, are open to visitors of all ages. Led by knowledgeable Forest Service Guides, the tour winds through water-carved passages, including an underground river and the world's largest flowstone. The Wild Cave Tour is available by special arrangement for more adventuresome explorers.

Norfork Lake...
About Norfork Lake
Renowned for its clean, clear water, Lake Norfork is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Ozarks. The Norfork reservoir is formed by a large concrete dam across the North Fork River four miles upstream from where the North Fork runs into the White River at the little City of Norfork, Arkansas. The dam, built for both flood control and hydro-electric generation, was completed on June 2, 1944. It also serves as a bridge across the river gorge. Two turbine generators contribute to the southwestern power grid.

Recreation Seasons
Norfork lake has over 550 miles of shoreline and 22,000 surface acres. Boating, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, and swimming are popular from mid May through mid September. Fall weather is shirt-sleeve comfortable through October with fall foliage usually occurring the last week of the month. Fishing is good through the winter. Spring wild flowers begin blooming in early March, and trees are leafed out by May 10 most years. The cooler months of April, May, September, and October offer excellent fishing, hiking, and exploring.

Lake & River Fishing
Norfork Lake offers great fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, stripers, hybrid bass, crappie, bream, walleye, and catfish. Fishermen are active here throughout the year as there is no closed fishing season on Norfork and the mild winters do not freeze the lake. Several fishing guide services savvy to the ways of the lake's sport fish populations operate on Norfork. Lodging facility owners are also quite good at fishing and will share fishing strategies with their guests.

The North Fork River tailwater fishery below the dam is where the former All Tackle World Record German brown trout was caught. The trout is still the second largest brown trout ever caught. The North Fork continues to produce line class record rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. It is one of the few rivers in America where a person can catch four trout species in one day. Many of the guides who operate on the lake also conduct trout fishing trips on both the North Fork and White Rivers. Fishers visiting Norfork frequently alternate between lake fishing and river fishing.

Exploring Nature
The lake is surrounded by land owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. No buildings may be built on Corps property thereby preserving the primitive experience sought by many outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Over 25,000 acres of Corps property is under careful Wildlife Management programs. These Wildlife Management Areas are open to the public and give amateur naturalists, birders, and hunters an excellent place to engage in their pursuits.

Within 45 minutes of Norfork Lake is some of the most unique and fascinating scenery in the Ozarks. The Sylamore District of the Ozark National Forest offers thousands of acres of Ozark Wilderness where you'll find many easy-to-walk logging roads that were abandoned many years ago. These old roads give birders, photographers, hikers, and hunters easy and peaceful access to creeks, oak/hickory/pine forests, and awesome karst geology formations.

Wildflower enthusiasts can explore Cliffty Canyon Special Interest Botanical Area, a large tract of Ozark ecosystem set aside due to its rare wild plants and wildflowers. The Sylamore also has some 100 caves, many of which are open to the public provided strict guidelines are followed.

Pigeon Creek National Recreational Trail System
Mountain bikers and day hikers enjoy some 16 miles of stacked loop trails along the lake shore. These well maintained trails were built for off road mountain biking but hikers are also welcome. Well marked trails lead through several different eco systems including both hardwood and pine forests. Level of difficulty ranges from beginner to intermediate.

Norfork Lake is considered to be in the top ten list of American lakes with the best underwater visibility. The underwater terrain offers a range of experiences from shallow to deep dives of up to 195 feet. Since the building of the dam flooded what was once an active farming valley there are a number of underwater attractions. The scuba shops all offer equipment rentals and Scuba certifications.

About the owner

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James Smith

James Smith

James Smith

  • School:

    Arkansas State University (bachelors, physical sciences), University of Tennessee (Masters Program, Engineering Administration))
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    Corporate retiree, Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine), Captain in Merchant Marines (US Coast Guard), owner of Fly Fishing Resort and Academy, restorer of Alfa Romeo Sports Cars, love to hunt and fish (all types)...
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Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2016 Dec 31 2017 - - $3,900 - 2 Nights
Jan 08 2016 Dec 31 2017 - $650 - - 2 Nights
Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 10%
Deposits: 50% deposit. Reservations will be held for 7 days pending receipt of your deposit. If cancellations are made 15 days in advance, a total refund of your deposit will be given. Cancellations 8 to 14 days prior to the date of arrival will result in a first night charge. All cancellations made within 7 days will result in a charge for the entire reservation.
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: River ridge Inn is not responsible for lost or stolen property. You are responsible for leaving the accommodations as you found them. The registered guest will be responsible for all damages found during and after your departure. Any unusual damage will result in a itemized invoice and subsequent charges made to the credit car on file. A Pet charge of $25 / dog is required. Dogs ONLY, with prior Inn approval. Rates, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice.
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