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Elk Lake Resort
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

This resort is a real find. Tucked back in the Montana wilds you'll find a secluded, comfortable, clean, rustic gem. The owners, Jake & Laurel, are fabulous hosts & Laurel's meals are amazing. Plus she makes an incredible Bloody Mary. You won't have access to wifi, but you won't miss it. Also, I'd recommend AWD/4WD since you'll be traveling back in quite a distance on unpaved roads. Lots of wildlife.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laura H
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you, Laura! We appreciate your kind words. I'll make you a bloody Mary any time you'd like. :-)

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Absolutely a wonderful week with outstanding hosts. Jake and Laurel provided us a week long full pension (see the package options) that included a wide variety of home made, wonderfully prepared, and tasty food. We met several interesting people from all around the country and all agreed that Elk Lake is special. If you like margaritas be sure to ask for Laurel's special. It was terrific!

Both Jake and Laurel strive to make your stay memorable and special. The deserts are great, but when I asked Laurel is she made pies she asked my wife what kind I liked. The were low on apples, but on the next resupply in came the apples and a delicious apple pie was on that evening's menu. My wife's likes a high end gin, but Jake had it and even restocked it to be sure his guest would be coveted. Mind you, the lodge is miles and miles from the nearest supply of anything.

Fishing is a major draw for the lodge and Elk Lake has two fishable segments, upper and lower, and for those with an all wheel drive you can go on to Hidden Lake and it's very primitive, but infrequently fished waters. You can also fish Red Rock Creek which meanders through the valley a couple of miles below the lodge. Our package included an all day float down the Madison River, one of Montana's 'holy grail' of fly fishing trout streams. The float was coordinated by Bob Jacklin's Outfitters, famous in the area and nation wide due to Bob's many many years in West Yellowstone. Our guide, Mark, has been working with Bob for 29 years and the float was a lesson in experience and professionalism. One of the guests, a family from Arizona, had a three year boy who caught a very very nice rainbow trout on power bait using a nearly toy rod and real at Hidden Lake and he had the pictures to prove it.

Now a word about the lodging. The cabins are a tad austere, but the mattresses are new, the linens top drawer, and each is thoroughly cleaned. All have a private restroom and shower, but the remainder of the cabin is bedroom and a small sitting area. We were quite comfortable. The lodge uses solar power supplemented by a generator and the cabin electrical system can handle a hair dryer, but there are limited outlets. There is really no need to drag along a lot appliances or entertainment systems. Get out and enough the countryside or hang out in the lodge. We did bring our own board games, so I do not know what was available.

Be sure to go outside at night if you have never seen the stars with no nearby light pollution or city smog to obscure your view. You will get to see the night sky like you have likely never seen it before. I could go on and on, but you have the picture. This place is a treasure and it is run by people who truly want you to have a good time and enjoy yourself. Make your reservation early as the reputation of this place continues to grow.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank JABledsoe
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Hi Jim,

That was a very thorough and greatly informative review and I'm sure future guests will appreciate your observations. We really did miss your presence...especially the front-porch-sitting...when you left and we hope you come back soon! Thank you for your kind words; I'll get that t-shirt in the mail to you next time Jake goes to town!

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

My husband and I found the Elk Lake Resort hands-down the most peaceful and restorative place we stayed on our four-month, five-state Great Divide Mountain Bike adventure from Mexico to Canada. It's well worth the five-mile drive to enjoy the stunning beauty of the lake and surroundings. Although it's off-grid (solar and a generator), it's very comfortable, including beautifully decorated cabins, electric lights, comfy bed and quilts, and an outstanding restaurant/bar with excellent menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hosts, Jake and Laurel, are extremely gracious, and have created a refuge that combines warmth and country elegance. Highly, highly recommended.

Room Tip: Each of the cabins is beautifully situated, with different qualities to meet the needs of different types of travelers.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank GailDStorey
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Hi Gail,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review in amongst the adventures of your journey. I took a look at your website/blog and enjoyed reading about your trip so far and will continue to follow. AND I intend to get your book; your writing style is great! We hope you will come see us again.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

I lucked into picking Elk Lake for my wedding location. Had the ceremony on the boat dock, and the background was so gorgeous that some of the pictures look like they were painted. We wanted an off the beaten path location where we could just relax, and we certainly found it! We enjoyed boating, horseback riding, wildlife, campfires, and a gorgeous view of the snow covered mountains. But wait, there is more. Laurel's cooking is just the best you will find anywhere! She has enough talent to make a tasty dirt sandwich. Jake was also very helpful and provided daily comedy. Even the beds were fabulous. Elk Lake was a once in a lifetime experience. Don't come here if you adore paved roads, internet, and shopping malls. This is truly back to nature with the added bonus of delicious food and a cozy mattress!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Teresa S
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Teresa...I can hardly believe that the time has come and gone for your wedding! It was a pleasure to get to know you and Norman; you are such a sweet couple. All the folks in your wedding party were just a pleasure and we are happy you found us for such a special event. Thank you for the generous review. Don't know that I want to start serving dirt sandwiches, but it's nice to have your vote of confidence that I could do it. Cheers!

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

Are you an avid birder? Do you have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle? Not afraid of miles of bumpy dirt roads, an isolated location, and more than a few mosquitoes in the region? Then Elk Lake Resort is perfect for you! It's a simple, small, scrupulously clean, rustic, cozy place on the shores of a narrow, quiet mountain lake... and, boy, does it feature really GREAT food and even really great sheets! (Yes, their sheets are super-high-thread-count and so smooth to the touch, and their pillows are puffy and superb.) The three of us stayed in Cabin One, a 2 bedroom, 1 bath rustic place that was perfect for our needs. The shower was good and HOT with excellent water pressure. The beds were perfect with mattresses fitted with a 'temper'-type covering. Smoke alarms and wall heaters in each bedroom. The only thing we'd change about Cabin One was to provide a much bigger wastebasket (!) Owner-Managers Jake and Laurel DeLong are simply superb... so friendly and helpful and accommodating... and the food was out of this world --- huge portions, so fresh and good. We strongly recommend that you only travel in a 4x4 vehicle to Elk Lake Resort and the nearby Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge --- you'll be glad you did...

Room Tip: All of the cabins we peeked into were lovely, but only one features two separate bedrooms, if that is an issue to you.
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Heanyjw
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ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Yes, it is a commitment to get all the way out to Elk Lake, but we agree with you the payoff is huge. You just can't beat the natural beauty of the area...even if you have to suffer through a few mosquito bites to enjoy it! We'll look into getting a bigger wastebasket. :-)

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