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Lodge 10-20 pers. ($740/nt) Upper Level 7-14 ($450/nt) Lower level 3-6 ($290/nt)

Bedrooms 6
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 20

River Ridge Inn Lodge 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.

The Lodge is broken up into two sections. Most guests rent the entire Lodge where they have exclusive use of both levels, both kitchens, both dining and living areas. Here is what you get with the entire lodge.

All Rooms, in the 5,000 sq ft lodge, have Satellite TV, Wireless WiFi, ceiling fans, full private baths and entrances. There are 6 bedrooms/6 baths. Ten (9 Queens and 1 King) beds in all and a couple sleeper sofas and a futon. 1000 sq. ft. lounge/meeting area. Elevated sun deck and sun-room 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 900 sq. ft. patio. A 300 sq. ft. river pavilion and large private dock. Meals, with a minimum for 7 persons, can be arranged with 72 hours of notice.

The rainbow room, brook room, scud and the brown room all have two queen beds. The brown room also has fiber optic tv/dvd/vcr and it's private entrance is on ground level just off of the lounge area. Brown Room is also a handicap friendly room. The cut throat room has a king size bed. The sow bug room has one queen bed, a queen futon and is also located off the lounge on ground level. All rooms have fiber optic tv with flat screens, private baths, private entrances and ceiling fans.

By far, the Lodge at River Ridge is best suited for family reunions, company meeting, customer entertainment or just a bunch of fishermen getting together to do what they do best. The atmosphere at the Lodge enhances the comradery and close family relationships, and it does it with little interference from the staff at River Ridge Inn.

Lodge can be sectioned off for smaller groups.

Groups of 7-14 persons may chose to only take the Upper Level. This level consists of the four bedrooms, each with a full bath, and a total of 7 Queen or King beds. It also has the main kitchen, the Great Room (dining and living area), and the Sun-Room. It rents for a $450/night for 7 persons and $15/night for each person over 7. The suggested capacity for comfort and safety would be 8 persons.

Smaller groups 3-6 might prefer the Lower Level. Here you get exclusive use of the entire level including the kitchen (not to be used for frying or baking foods that have lingering odors, there is no exhaust vent to the outside), Large Dining Area, the Lounge and desk space. The Brown Room is set up to handle disabled persons. The price on the Lower Level is $290/night for 4 persons and $15/person over 4.

Whatever choice fits your group the best, you will still have use of the common areas that include the Upper Deck and Huge Patio of the Lodge, as well as the Dock, the Exercise Room, the Sauna, the Hot Tub, the Laundry, Pavilion and the Ice Machine. All units have 2 night minimum stay. Go to the website for lodge configuration.

Call or email us to discuss your needs so we can help make your stay with us as comfortable as it can be. sorry, we can not give you the river Ridge Inn email address or phone on this HomeAway site, but you can find it on our website.

More Details

Property Manager
Jim Smith
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
30 May, 2018

About Jim Smith

Liz and Jim 'retired' early and came back 'home' to the Ozarks. They needed something to keep me busy, so they decided to by property on the North Fork River and remodel it into something that would allow for comfortably entertaining guests and relatives. They purchased the Bed and Breakfast next to the Lodge and now use it as our residence. The White and North Fork Rivers are famous for trout and Jim loves to fish for them. It does not matter if it is fly fishing or spin fishing, in a boat or wading, Jim likes it all. When he tires from trout fishing, you can find him at Norfork Lake where he fishes for everything and uses every method. Jim is a Captain (6 pack 50 ton) in the U.S.Coast Guard and still makes it 'out to sea' several times a year. However, his favorite trip is fly fishing for Northern Pike in upper - upper Manitoba. When he is not fishing, he is hunting here in Arkansas, or he is working on his restoration of Alfa Romeo sports cars. He rescently sold the Alfas and went the American Muscle Car route. How about a nostalgic '67 Plymouth Sport Satellite, totally restored, scary fast 440 cu. in. 4 speed. At the age of 70, if you feel young, show it. He actually finds some time to do a little work around the Resort.

Liz loves to hate going to town. Running this business, as she does, requires 4 or 5 trips to Mountain Home each week. Her favorite hobby is scrap booking. She even arranges 3 or 4 scrap-booking 'bee' weekends at the Lodge every year. Both Liz and Jim love this business. But, if it wasn't for the great family and company functions, the job would not be as challenging. Both use their vast corporate experience to orchestrate outings and reunions. Their job is to make you want come back and that is why they have an eighty percent rebooking rate. Hope to see you at the Lodge and Resort soon.

Jim Smith purchased this lodge in 2001

Why Jim Smith chose Norfork

Location, Location, Location The North Fork River is ever changing. Some of the best Trout fishing in the World. Home of the once Brown Trout record of 38.6 lbs. the Arkansas Game and Fish has indicated that several 40 - 50 pounders are in these waters. This is what many come for, but not all.

You will not find a more organized, immaculate and relaxing Lodge on the White and North Fork River system. The expertise of the staff at the Lodge at River Ridge Inn is experienced in knowing what it takes to coordinate large outings, while not sacrificing the individual needs of our guests. What other Lodge offers its own Fly Fishing Academy. If this is a sport you want to learn or to become more proficient at, then it is the only option you will want to consider. The instructors that work out of River Ridge Inn are extremely proficient at what they do. But, the first measurement of success is if you had fun while doing it. Fun comes first. You'll catch fish with other guides, but will you have fun doing it?

Just a word about Dry Run Creek. It is for kids under 16 and the severely handicapped. If you take your child to 'the best quarter mile of trout fishing' then be prepared. That child will be spoiled. You would be too if you were all but assured of the largest catch of the day. Big Trout...I mean BIG TROUT. At times it seems as though you could walk across the backs of the trout (Cut Throat, Browns, Brooks and Rainbows). Then there is the Trout Fish Hatchery right next door. This is a great place to take that kid when he or she gets tired of catching fishing. You have heard the saying that if you caught fish on every cast it would not be called fishing, it would be called 'catching'; well, we now know where that came from. Again, when your child gets tired of 'catching' trout, go for a tour of the largest cold water hatchery in America, right next to Dry Run Creek in Norfork, AR and just 5 minutes from the Lodge at River Ridge Inn.

What makes this lodge unique

You can fish for a Norfork Grand Slam....a rainbow, brown, cut throat and brook trout all in one day. In this part of the Ozarks, you wake up in the morning and must decide if you want to hunt or fish. Hunt bear, deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, pheasant, chukkers...and fish for trout, stripers, large mouth, small mouth, hybrids, whites, gar, catfish, brim, walleye, or crappie. Tough choice!

Then there is time to relax. Do it by working out in the large exercise room while you watch or listen to your favorite game or music. Then slip into the sauna for a muscle relaxing experience. You can shower and change in the dressing room, no need to scurry back to your room. Haven't relaxed enough? On the way back, stop off at the Hot Springs hot tub for more muscle therapy. Finish it all off with a drink of your choice at the private dock or pavilion while you watch the beautiful North Fork River flow at your feet.

There are numerous places to lay back and relax at the Lodge. Try the Sunroom, visit the Greenhouse, sit under the shade of a walnut, hickory or oak trees. Stroll among the many flowers and professional landscaping. Find your way onto one of the many Decks where just catching up on reading is as relaxing as it gets. Don't want to miss that 'big game', do it in the lounge area with surround sound and big TV screen. Need to communicate outside of the Inn, use the complimentary WiFi, from your room, the Lodge, one of he cabins or chalets. It covers the entire range of the resort.

There are many ways to leave your troubles, work and hustle bustle behind. Try them here at the River Ridge Lodge and you will see why 80% of our guests return.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a Great Trip! and what unbelievable hosts and accommodations. Came up from Clear Lake / NASA area on a corportate outing as a guest. Would happily pay to do it again. Thanks to Jim and Liz and our Guide Ben.
Dec 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge rental in Norfork

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , bath with shower
  • The towels and wash cloths are premium quality and more than enough to last your stay. You'll find shampoo, conditioner, large bars of soap and, in case you forgot something, we can supply tooth brushes and paste, q tips, cotton balls and most of whatever else you might have forgotten.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Rainbow - 2 large double bed
    Brook - 2 large double bed
    Cut Throat - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Brown - 2 large double bed
    Sow Bug - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Scud - 2 large double bed
  • All beds are made up with premium grade linens and pillows. Extra warm blankets and pillows that are soft or hard are supplied. Most important, the baths and the rooms are extremely clean and fresh. We pride ourselves in the quality of our bedrooms and baths!!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 24 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Steam Shower
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
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.


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Lodge 10-20 pers. ($740/nt) Upper Level 7-14 ($450/nt) Lower level 3-6 ($290/nt)
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Conway, AR

River Ridge Inn in Norfork Lodge, a great family experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our families totaling 14 stayed in the entire lodge recently for 3 nights celebrating our parents 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Trout Fishing Weekend. We found the lodge online and new right away from the pictures, this was exactly what we wanted. The entire Inn is an amazing place with great accommodations and views. This place has everything your looking for, plenty of sleeping arrangements for all ages, equipped with plenty of cooking essentials, ice machine, workout facility, two private boat docks and a bonus is just a short driver up to the Norfok Damn site and the Dry Run Creek. The owners of the place live on sight and are amazing in that they provided us with a run through of all the accommodations and let me tell you they have everything you need...feels like home, you forgot anything, no worries it is here for you. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks Jim & Liz Smith, truly great people.

  • Review Submitted: 18/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review. Liz and I thank you. We pass the critiques on to our staff. It is the only way of showing, not telling, them of the great job they are doing. We pride ourselves in providing service to large and small groups. If it wasn't for groups like yours, we'd be out of this business long ago. It is reviews like yours that makes everything we have done to River Ridge Inn over the years, worth the time and expense. Thank you, and we hope to see you again in the coming seasons. Jim and Liz Smith River Ridge Inn and Lodge
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Little Rock, Springfield MO, Branson MO
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Chilis & Buffalo Wings
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Big Creek Country Club
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 5 and AR 201
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Whispering Woods, PJ's, Bradley's &Heide's
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Norfork Lake Dam Site Park
Car: necessary

Dry Run Creek 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.

Big Creek Golf & Country Club (Rated Five Star by Golf Digest) 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.

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.

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 Lakeoffers 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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday lodge in Norfork

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

$15/day over 2 days AU$20.35 + Tax
$40 for 1st 2 days AU$54.26 + Tax
Pet Fee AU$54.26 + Tax

The Lodge at River Ridge Inn is a part of a resort that has cottages and chalets on the same 7 acres. They can be rented out separate from the Lodge, call for information. When the Lodge is not rented out exclusively to a party, additional guests may rent rooms in the lodge at the rate of $124/night. Again, call or email for reservations. A word about payment, we accept all major credit cards. You have a choice of paying with cash, check, or credit card. There may be a small processing fee depending on your choice of payment.

'This rate is for exclusive use of entire Lodge. You may rent a portion of the Lodge if it better suits your needs. Call us, or email, us about special requests and pricing.

**Contact for a full list of rates**

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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