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