Bob and Colleen Kelley began operating the lodge in June 2016. Bob was looking forward to updating the lodge with his family. He wanted to provide an awesome “lodge experience” that families and friends would find memorable for years to come, including providing air taxi services in the area. Bob’s untimely death soon after we began operating was surreal. The family continues the dream of updating and providing a rustic, charming, off-grid experience to our visitors and guests. The Denali Highway holds a special place in our hearts.
The lodge was renamed Clearwater Mountain Lodge in 2017, Bob so loved family/friend snowmachine trips to the Clearwater area, we felt it proper to honor the mountain after his death.
Bob and Colleen were gracious hosts at home and carried that forward to the lodge. Caitlin, Chase, Sean and Will are natural at making our guests feel welcome and part of the family whether you are stopping by for some coffee, fishing tips, or staying with us while you work your gold claim! Our food is incredible, thank you Caitlin for keeping us happy at each meal. Chase, Sean and Will have done an incredible job keeping the place running, fixing tires, groundskeepers, and updating the lodge with so many our “support team” helping along the way – what a blessing so many have been to us. Oh yeah, the guys are great cooks, too!
We are proud to be the second family to run the lodge, the Gratias family were the original owners beginning in 1957. We carry on many traditions of the former Gracious House Lodge. You will still find warm cinnamon rolls and pie at the Sluice Box bar with many additional menu items. The main lodge has been updated with what Colleen calls “shabby chic cabin” decor – you can’t help but feel at home and appreciate the environment that surrounds you as you look out the windows. We look forward to you stopping by to meet us, see our updates, and we hope you spend some time here creating your own new “Denali Highway” memories.