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Elk Lake Resort

5200 Elk Lake Rd, Lima, MT 59739-9711
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Elk Lake Resort is located in Montana's most unique wide open space - a perfectly 'natural' location for your family vacation or couples getaway. We offer country elegance, home-away-from-home comfort and wide open outdoor recreation. Whether you come to relax in Montana's mountains, to enjoy a family vacation package in Montana's outback, or to pursue your own 'trails' in our wide open spaces - this vacation you will find your 'home' in the mountains.
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5200 Elk Lake Rd, Lima, MT 59739-9711
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I married my wife at Elk Lake in 2018 and we couldn't have been happier! We rented the entire resort out for 2 nights in August. From the very beginning the owners were patient, helpful and very accommodating. It gave us enormous peace of mind that all meals, tent set up, and chairs for the ceremony were taken care of beforehand. They also gave us information on where to find extra camping trailers and sound systems. We and our guests enjoyed the cabins. The accommodations are rustic, and hot water for showers ran out in the bigger cabins, but we found them to be clean, well-kept and had charming decor. The beds were comfortable with excellent bedding. There are handicap accessible cabins. It's important to note that there is no cell service on-site, which was an inconvenience for some guests. You can use the land-line in the lodge. We had 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners, and guests were given sack lunches for the day (regular lunches are available though) The quiche, prime rib, salmon, ribs and desserts were excellent, and there was more than enough food for everyone. They were served punctually and the staff accommodated our schedules generously. The scenery around Elk Lake is fantastic, our ceremony had beautiful lakes and mountains in the background with no other people around to distract us. The setting is very romantic! Our guests had a great time hiking, fishing, and boating that Saturday. There is a spacious and well-maintained lawn that we played Frisbee and Badminton on. There is a modestly-sized firepit we had campfires around. People had a great time around the fire, although with ~32 people it was a bit cramped, and it would have been nice to have a bigger firepit. There are 2 kayaks, a paddle boat and some motorboats which were fun. It would have been nice to have some more kayaks or a paddleboard for the guests. Altogether we had a great time. If you want a small, simple wedding or a family reunion I would definitely recommend Elk Lake. My family keeps telling me we will have to have our anniversaries here, I think they're looking for an excuse to come back!
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Response from ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort
Responded Sep 7, 2018
Hi Tim, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review, and thank you for your kind words and for your suggestions for improvement. I do think paddle boards are a great idea since they seems to be all the rage right now! As for a bigger fire pit, a bigger fire pit means a bigger fire and we like to have a bit more control that a smaller pit gives us, living in the woods as we do. But I do understand that 32 is a lot of people to get around a fire! We enjoyed your family and friends so much and loved the laid-back feel of your entire event...you were a delight to host. Thank you for choosing Elk Lake Resort for such an important event and please do come visit again.
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Our family has been going to elk lake for many years each summer. Although the kids are no longer young, they still want to go back to elk lake. It is a wonderful get away from the world. Tv, Cell phones and I pads are forgotten and nature, conversation and fun are remembered. The owners are amazing, the food wonderful and the memories priceless.
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Response from ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort
Responded Jul 16, 2018
Thank you very much, Terry! We are probably as close to heaven as we will ever be, as well. We'll see you next time.
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We had 20 hungry snowmobilers and were told Elk Lake Resort had great food and shouldn't be missed. My source was right on. Jake and Laura are incredible hosts at this remote Montana mountain location. Half of our group dined on outstanding cheeseburgers and the other half on Laurel's homemade spaghetti with several trying her straight out of the oven blueberry pie a la mode! Everything was fresh, well seasoned and perfectly proportioned for our hungry appetites. Their lodge and dining room is set up with views of the incredible surrounding mountains and nearby lake. The whole package is a 10+ and shouldn't be missed. Jake even had fuel for our hungry sleds....this place is full service all the way around. All in our party will be looking forward to a return trip next year! Unfortunately I don't have many pics of the outstanding food we were served, but, I have attached pics of the resort in winter! Elk Lake Resort is only accessible by snowmobile at this time of year....would love to see it without the white stuff!
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Response from ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort
Responded Feb 11, 2018
Hi! Thank you for this kind review AND for the personal phone call thanking us. Your group was a lot of fun and I am glad we didn't disappoint. When you come out next year, just give a call a couple days ahead and let me know what kind of dessert to make you!
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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.
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Response from ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort
Responded Sep 24, 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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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.
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Response from ElkLakeResort, Owner at Elk Lake Resort
Responded Aug 2, 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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Frequently Asked Questions about Elk Lake Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Elk Lake Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Elk Lake Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Elk Lake Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Elk Lake Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Elk Lake Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.