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Kootenai Lodge on Swan Lake.

  
Once upon a dream...

Along the shores of Swan Lake in northwest Montana lies a magnificent retreat whose beauty matches its tranquil setting. Nestled in a deep green forest, it is framed by the grand Swan Mountains, which stand like sentinels over this precious place.

The Kootenai Lodge has proved a sanctuary to those who visit here, first occupied by the Kootenai Indians for its healing powers hundreds of years ago. Early in the 1900s it became a haven for two Anaconda Copper magnates and their families. During the high times of the roaring 20s, "Kootenai Camp" grew into a lavish lodge that was reminiscent of the great camps of the Adirondacks with its carefully crafted log buildings.

Western artist Charles M. Russell was a frequent visitor to the lodge, documented in the cement etchings he made in the courtyard of the Main Lodge and a painting titled "Kootenai Camp" that is now exhibited in the Montana Historical Museum in Helena.

The estate, which is marked by a unique style of rustic elegance, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1990 Mark and Debi Rolfing purchased Kootenai Lodge. The retreat included a 14,000 square foot main lodge, Recreation Center, Dining Cabin with commercial kitchen, guest cabins, and a 31-stall horse barn and polo field. For 15 years they worked at preserving and restoring the historic estate and shared it with family and friends. Their careful restoration and joyful use of the property helped ensure that the spirit of this magical place lived on.

In 2005 the Milhous Group became a part of this wonderful legacy when they purchased Kootenai Lodge, which includes nearly a half-mile of waterfront on Swan Lake and River, a year-round creek flowing through 1,000 feet of the property and approximately 40 acres.

Take a tour through this website to see Kootenai Lodge as the Rolfings knew it.

 

"Sacred Ground" Kootenai Lodge- Missoulian May 22, 2005 cover story

"The Storybook Place" - Flathead Living magazine cover story Fall 2004 (PDF)

"From Copper Kings to Cradles" -Montana Living magazine Autumn 2000 cover story (PDF)
 

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