Bob and Colleen Kelley began operating the lodge in June 2016. They looked forward to updating the lodge with their family and beginning operations. Their goal was to provide an awesome “lodge experience” that families and friends would find memorable for years to come.
Sadly, Bob’s untimely death soon after they began operating was a shock, however, the family continues the dream of updating and providing a rustic, charming, off-grid experience to visitors and guests.
The lodge was renamed Clearwater Mountain Lodge in 2017, Bob loved the many family/friend snowmachine trips to the Clearwater area, we felt it proper to honor the mountain area here 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 has been complimented time after time, we can accommodate to your special needs, please let us know at the time of your reservation. Chase, Sean and Will have done an incredible job keeping the place running, fixing tires, being groundskeepers, they are great cooks too, and updating the lodge with so many our “support team” helping along the way – what a blessing so many have been to us, thank you Butch, Carol and Lee.
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 “country chic” decor – you can’t help but feel at home and appreciate the environment that surrounds you as you look out the bank of windows and take in the mountain. 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.