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“Yurt, Mongolian for "leaky roof?"”

Olallie Lake Resort
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Olallie Lake Resort
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Since it was our anniversary we decided to upgrade from our tent to a yurt when staying at Olallie Lake Resort two weeks ago. The accommodations were very comfrotable with nice windows on the lake side of the Yurt...... The first night. Our second and the second and last night there we retired as the sun set and a slight drizzle started. By 2AM it was pouring down rain and we discovered that the yurt had many, many leaks. Flooding the living room, and bedroom number one, Luckily we were in bedroom number two which had only one medium size leak over the bed. When we woke up the entire structure was flooded. We cooked breakfast and prepared to leave
early. I thought it would be good to warn the staff that the yurt had a problem with leaks.

The manager Sam explained that she knew about it and that our yurt had a large tear in the canvas roof. She (Samantha) recommended that I send an email to the owner.

I received a reply. "The problem with the leaky roof is being addressed.

Thanks a lot, no expression of even sympathy for our discomfort. I recommend staying in Olallie in your own tent, you will be dryer and have an extra $200 to spend at the store.

Bummer an anniversary that we will never forget. Beautiful lake but the owner's have little regard for their guests, we won't return without our own accommodations. It was very obvious that the owners have known about this problem for some time but then in Oregon, who knows there are times it doesn't rain. Bill Edell

Room Tip: Bring your own or don't come when it rains. Good luck in Oregon and to think we left a perfec...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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10  Thank William E
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have been going to Olallie Lake for over 50 years and my parents and grandparents before me. Used to be able to get gas from an antique gas pump there as well as running water from a pump house right on the lake. Many of the trees in the area have died over the decades as well as a recent fire, yet it's still a very beautiful lake with many other beeautifil smaller lakes nearby. The cabins and campgrounds are still great but be advised, this is camping. You need to bring everything you will need to survive. The little store oes have fishing gear and some food but don't punt on being able to buy what ou need there. Also, the weekends can get a bit loud with the younger crowd coming up to party, but using the week, it's usually very serene and quiet. Fishing is pretty good too with there always being a chance to hook a huge brood trout.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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9  Thank oregondreamhome
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

If you want rustic, breathtaking and relaxing all in one, go to Olallie. Bring everything you need, because it's the way camping was meant to be. You can do it all here: Hike, backpack, camp, kayak, fish and whatever else you can imagine. Campsites are large and many are right on the lake shore. Wildlife is incredible. Bring a camera or you'll regret it forever. If camping to you means flush toilets, hot showers and driving distance to a convenience store, Olallie is not for you. If you love the pristine outdoors, you'll love it forever.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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15  Thank doc670
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Additional Information about Olallie Lake Resort

Address: Olallie Lake Scenic Area, Detroit, OR
Location: United States > Oregon > Detroit
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Detroit
Price Range: $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rustic High Mountain Recreational Resort including fishing, swimming, hiking, horse camping, cross country and snow cat skiing. General store, boat rentals and yurts and camp grounds. Great family destination. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Olallie Lake Hotel Salem
Olallie Lake Resort Oregon/Detroit

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