Elk Lake Resort in Bend makes for a cozy retreat year-round, but especially as a basecamp to snow sports. Resort visitors can hop on the Mt. Bachelor shuttle at Dutchman Flat Snowpark and be on the slopesminutes later.
- Restaurant / Lounge,
- Mountain or Water View,
- Pet Friendly,
TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews
Our first time staying overnight at Elk Lake Resort and we loved it! We rented snowmobiles for the day and stayed in Cabin #25. It was cozy and perfect for my husband and I (and dog) -- we had a full kitchen and bath and warm fire. The snowcat drive in is an experience in it's self and makes the venture to the lake in the winter certainly memorable. It is a rock and roll ride, so be ready for the bumps! However, can't imagine xc skiing from Dutchmans, but heard people make the trek! Parking at Dutchmans for a holiday weekend was not our favorite part of the trip, but with some quick thinking we reserved a non-electric RV parking space at Mt Bachelor. However, once at the resort, the staff at the resort are super attentive and want to make you feel welcome. I am surprised by the other reviews about the staff being less than attentive. From the snowcat pick-up, cabin check-in, snowmobile rental, to lunch and dinner at the resort to snowcat departure was all well organized and very attentive. Snowmobile rental was a 2020 Polaris tradem -- heated seats and hand holders! We must have covered 20 miles going south and north! As for any complaints of less than perfect service, certainly, on a busy Sat/Sunday at 1pm when the entire restaurant fills up with snowmobilers all wanting some lunch will things be a bit slow -- but honestly, we waited 5 min (max) for our beer order. The food from the kitchen was hot and tasty and relatively quick once you order. The Elk Chili and beef hamburger were very tasty for lunch. Our dinner of wings, ribs and side salad were also very tasty (we opted for take out) was quicker than we could finish our drink at the bar! Anyone that complains of high prices should think twice about the journey that food and service has taken to get to you at this warm and cozy restaurant. We will be back for sure!!
Day Trip - Beautiful Lake, Not so great Restaurant
We came for just the day to hang out at the Lake. We came just after the 4th so it was pretty busy, but we still managed to get parked okay. The lake is beautiful, and massive. Plenty of room for tons of people with paddle board, boats, floats. We went to the restaurant, which was the only disappointing part of the visit. The waitress wasn't very friendly at all, and just seemed like she wasn't interested and in a rush (it wasn't very busy). Looking at other waiters/waitresses, they all made customer's seem welcome and were laughing and joking with them. Food wasn't great, I had sweet potato fries which were soggy and tasteless. I got an ice cream leaving, and when I got to the car realised there was a massive long brown hair stuck in it, all the way to the bottom. Gross
Campgrounds are nice with lots of trees for privacy. Great breakfast at the resort!
Great place to relax and enjoy water sports, great food, friendly staff, and relaxation! Everyone we spoke with was very nice. Heavy smoke from all the fires did not prevent us from enjoying our stay. Recommend you try the breakfast one morning...huge portions, and very tasty!
Relaxing and quiet
We rented cabin #17 for several nights at Elk Lake resort. The cabin was spacious enough and provided everything we needed. Because of the dry dusty environment, all the floors were crazy dusty but other then that, it was amazingly clean. Two Adirondack chairs for outside, fire ring for low fires, picnic table. It didn’t get too hot inside, despite being 98F one day. The smoke from fires around us was not bad, and there were almost no mosquitoes which quite surprised us. We rented a kayak for 4 hours and went all around the lake on a clear morning, so much beauty!! We also rented SUP and tried some of that. The beds were awful and super squeaky, so bring some ear plugs!
What a great winter place
We stay at Elk Lake about every other year. We always stay during the Winter months, usually early December or early January. Most people seem to stay in the Summer but we much prefer the Winter. During the Winter this place is peaceful and quiet. The staff will never bother you unless you need something. We usually prefer the resort cabins. They have two bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom has a small shower and that makes the stay much better. The kitchen is full (although it's small) with a 4 burner stove, microwave, toaster, etc. We usually bring a cooler with pre-cooked food and my wife and I enjoy days away from all distractions. There is no television and very limited cell phone reception so it's time to disconnect from all electronics and simply be in each other's company. There are a couple of ways to get to the resort in the Winter. You can meet the staff at Mt. Bachelor and they will snow cat you in (for a nominal fee) along with all your gear. They will drop you off right at your cabin and help you load and unload. Tom the driver was fun and full of information and we really enjoyed speaking to him. You can also snow machine in (if you have one). Most trips we usually snowshoe from the cabin starting about 10 or so at night (as well as during the day). The forest and trails and frozen lake are so peaceful and beautiful during the night it's not to be missed (bring your headlamp). If you are staying any length of time bring plenty of books and outdoor gear. We usually rent snow machines (although expensive) they are worth it. The staff are really nice. One small exception is the lodge staff (restaurant and bar). They seemed a bit indifferent in my dealings with them. Could have just been the day though. Wendy, one of the owners, was so fantastic and helpful there isn't enough nice I can say about her. Tom the snow cat driver was another wonderful person to meet. If you don't think the Winter months in a small cabin in the woods is for you I'd say try it. You will love the time you spend, the wonderful staff, the outdoors, and the peace and quiet. Spend some quality time together out in the snow and then return back to a small cabin, lay on the couch and read or just talk. I would say do remember to tip the staff. Apparently all the tips are shared between the workers and they really appreciate it. One hint we've learned is to stay in Bend the day before your snow cat ride. There's no reason to fight traffic and stress about being late because of slow traffic and making the snow cat wait isn't fair either.