Established 1920

"Where the road ends and the trails begin"

The lush forests and scenic grandeur of the High Sierra welcomes the vacationer to Elwell Lakes Lodge. Nestled in a pine and fir forest at the end of a mountain road, it will take you back to an earlier era when you reach your destination.


Built in 1920, the lodge has retained its rustic qualities while providing all of the modern amenities. Still owned and operated by the original family, we take pride in offering our guests the same homey atmosphere that attracted our first customers.















Cozy housekeeping cabins provide the perfect "basecamp" for families, couples or individuals to enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors without sacrificing comfort. Each cabin has all of its pots, pans, dishes and linens provided plus kitchen and bathroom facilities. All you need to bring is your food!


Our recreation building with its huge fireplace and our lounge building with its spectacular view of the area have many books and games to offer those who stay in camp. For those who love hiking and fishing, the Lakes Basin area is the perfect place to come. Numerous well-marked and maintained trails radiate from Elwell Lakes Lodge.


A climb to the top of Mt. Elwell, 7,812 feet above sea level, affords a panoramic view of this wonderful lake region that is indescribable. For the fisherman, 23 lakes within a three-mile radius of the lodge, provide many a day of enjoyment fishing from the shore.













On Long Lake, just three-quarters of a mile from the lodge, we provide rowboats for our guests to use for fishing or just floating lazily around. Swimming in our creek-filled pool or in one of the many nearby lakes is delightful during the warm summer days.


Whatever your interests, fishing, hiking, or just reading a book by a mountain stream, Elwell Lakes Lodge is the perfect place to come to spend your vacation. Come and discover, as others have, your retreat in the Sierra Nevada - we will be glad to see you!






Elwell Lakes Lodge will open for the 2020 season on June 13

Elwell Lakes Lodge is operated under a special use permit issued by the Plumas National Forest and is an equal opportunity recreation services provider