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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We “discovered” this place from the road signs on a drive through Centennial Valley and came back to stay for a few days. What a fantastic setting. The cabins are rustic, charming and clean. Comfortable bed, good hot water and water pressure! The cabins are perfectly situated around a large lawn giving all the guests plenty of space, yet the surrounding mountains make the camp feel very cozy. The main building has a wonderful mountain retreat feel with sitting areas inside and out, a bar and a sunny dining room. And as others have said the food was absolutely delicious. Fresh made breads, desserts, and coffee cake. The fish and steaks we had were prepared perfectly and the portions generous. Laurel does a fantastic job with the food. I only wish we had ordered the bag lunches!

The lake is beautiful and having canoes and kayaks available for guests was such a convenience.

We used the camp as a base for taking our Jeep on the back roads of the Gravelly Range. The Gravelly Road is not to be missed but make sure you give yourself enough time!

Yes the road to the resort is rough but that only adds to the adventure. There is no cell service up there (and throughout most of the valley) and the buildings get their power from solar panels, which will only make you appreciate the place even more. Especially at night, make sure to take the opportunity to see the stars. Spectacular!

Looking forward to going back!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Thank you so much for such a beautiful review. It seems you fell in love with the Centennial Valley and Elk Lake just like we did! It was a pleasure getting to know you a bit...we love hearing the guests' stories!

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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

This the place to go for those of you who want to experience the real Montana. Laurel and Jake are excellent owners of this awesome place. The food is superb and the location is breathtaking. An excellent place to connect with you kids (no wifi) and unwind.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2016

Thank you very much! We're glad you had a good time and hope you come back and see us again. :-)

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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

On a visit to Widgeon Lake to see trumpeter swans, which also included an incredible siting on a sand bar of a huge bald eagle, with a friend, a curlew! And 2 trumpeters in front!! Amazing! They sat there forever!
Then we took a right and traveled a short distance to a jewel spot, Elk Lake Resort and Lodge with it's own Trumpeter Dining room! 4 of us had lunch and all 4 dishes were superb. I would have been more than happy with any of these meals in houston, Tx! A hamburger, cooked perfectly, so juicy, flavorful, great beef...fresh fixings! Homemade chicken vegetable soup! A very savory/sweet/delicious chicken salad (big!). Another friend got a salad with homemade ranch dressing, yum! Was able to tour the precious cabins, so clean, fabulous new mattresses, very up-to-date furnishings, front porches that all have amazing close views of Elk Lake. They have paddle boats, row boats, life preservers...a nice dock...don't know really how to describe the blue, crystal water ringed by the Centennial mountains! Owners Laurel and Jake so helpful, attentive, friendly and obviously major hands-on owners! Numerous pics uploaded soon!!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Wow...that's a very generous review! It was fun meeting you and your friends and I was happy you wanted to take my soup home with you...that was a huge compliment! We hope you come back sooner rather than later to relax in the magic of Elk Lake...it is like no place else.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Pro: This is a wonderful, off the beaten path outdoor oriented, mid-level priced resort for couples and families. We came for lunch. Fabulous, limited menu included extremely well prepared hamburgers, soups & fresh salad with grilled chicken strips. Could not stay but touring two cabins made us want to return.

Cons: 18 mile dirt road to Elk Lake Resort is both charming and would be tricky with bad road conditions. Beautiful drive on a clear day. Remote is part of the charm.

Summary: This is a total package for people wanting a remote getaway resort with outdoor Montana living. We want to return.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Thank you for your kind words. We were happy to meet you and it was great there were a couple cabins unoccupied so you could peek in. We do hope you'll come back!

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Reviewed 19 October 2015

We had the privilege to dine as the last table of the season. Now that I know where this place is, I'll be heading back for lunch on snowmobile when they reopen this winter.

The lodge is in a beautiful setting with a main building, surrounding cabins and outbuildings, all off-grid, powered by solar and generator auxiliary when necessary. There is a land-line phone - no cell service. You do not need to be connected to the rest of the world in this pristine setting as you will quickly forget that the rest of the world exists past the beauty you can see.

Any number of the usual outdoor activities can be had in this area including fly fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation, photography, canoeing, star gazing... Numerous surrounding lakes provide fishing or canoeing opportunity. I believe that some of these lakes contain the rare and elusive golden trout, a special prize that most fly fishermen have not bagged.

Location is remote. You'd better know where you are going, have GPS navigation and preferably get there in daylight. We left Ennis and drove the 90 minutes or so down in to Idaho and back up to the lodge on a lengthy, washboard dirt road which was quite rutted out and bumpy in spots, albeit passable when dry in a passenger auto. 4x4 truck or SUV would be best, especially with any deteriorated road conditions. Snowmobile in the winter, of course, for access is mandatory. A wrong turn on our way out ended up with a detour over to Lima, MT, back around to Dillon, and around to Ennis. The 74 mile drive to dinner had turned into a 184 mile drive home. Good thing we had our doggie bags.

Lodge is typical rustic, old-school bar with a pool table, warm and cozy living room with trophy mounts and fireplace, lovely dining room, nicely appointed in the rustic, cabin style that we love and cherish as part of our Montana culture. Places such as this remind you of the roots, culture and pioneers who proceeded us living in the region.

Dinner was amazing! I had the last filet they had, which was very large locally sourced, very tender and prepared to a perfect medium rare as per my request. Bacon-wrapped, hand cut, served with a steamed veggie melody and an excellent corn casserole. Wife had a halibut steak which she devoured - she loved it. Other dishes our party ordered were a chicken teriyaki, a rib eye steak (massive!) and a chicken pasta dish. So much food we took boxes. Everything tasted wonderful and the service was personalized, friendly, efficient and memorable. Highly recommended for dinner, will be returning for lunch and to stay overnight and get in some activities in this beautiful corner of heaven.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Wow...what a beautiful written and generous review. We appreciate so much that you and the rest of the group were able to have dinner with us on our last night of the season...the perfect way to end it! We're sorry to hear about the missed turn; it gets pretty dark out here and it's easy to get turned around. Now you know for next time to take the left. :-) But at least you got home safely. Please do come out this winter...we'd love to see you.

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