About Us

Near Graeagle, California, Elwell Lakes Lodge is a small summer lodge which has been continually owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years

We provide fully equiped cabins for a peaceful stay in the mountains of Northern California.

The trails to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area radiate out from the lodge grounds luring you to visit dozens of lakes, large and small.
Elwell is the perfect retreat for the hiker and fisherman.
For the traveler who would rather just relax in camp, the lodge has two sunny recreation spaces available to sit, read, play games and visit with good friends.

Your Vacation Retreat


Cromwell Cabin sits near Bear Creek
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!
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The Recreation Hall has games, books, and a fireplace
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 lead out from Elwell Lakes Lodge.

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Guests enjoying a day rowing on Long Lake in Elwell's boats
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.
See the Lakes


The view from the top of Mt Elwell with lakes below and the Sierra Buttes in the distance
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. Numerous well-marked trails lead out from Elwell Lakes Lodge.
Lakes Basin Trail Map
Elwell Lakes Lodge will be open from June 3 to October 1 in 2023
Elwell Lakes Lodge is operated under a special use permit issued by the Plumas National Forest and is an equal opportunity recreation services provider.