Kalispell, MT September 1, 2022 – Kurt Steele, Flathead National Forest Supervisor, invites the public to provide input on the proposed Holland Lake Lodge Facility Expansion Project. The project proposes to repair the existing historic old lodge, add new buildings enhance accommodations and upgrade the infrastructure within the existing 15-acre permit area.
Holland Lake Lodge, originally built in 1924, is a rustic lakeside resort located in the Swan Valley and operated by Holland Lake Lodge, Inc. Holland Lake Lodge operates under a special use permit authority from the Forest Service. The Lodge was last updated in 1947 and is need of some preservation work which would include modern comfort upgrades for a sustainable future. Activities proposed would preserve the old lodge, barn and manager’s cabin. New guest accommodations, a restaurant and a welcome center would be added along with utility upgrades.
Improvements would provide a family-friendly destination with the modern comfort and conveniences that visitors, today, expect, while retaining the integrity of location. Architecture elements would reflect the Adirondack design commonly used in dude ranches, lodges, and resorts across Montana. Environmental best practices would be implemented including water and energy conservation measures; increased fire safety; shoreline protection and natural vegetation cover; protection of the night sky; bird and waterfowl protection measures; and the Lodge would offer wildlife awareness and conservation material for guests, to name a few.
“I have managed Holland Lake Lodge for 20 years and it is a truly special place where people have come to recreate for nearly 100 years, but for Holland Lake Lodge to thrive, the resort needs some T.L.C,” said Christian Wohlfiel, owner of Holland Lake Lodge. “This project is intended to preserve the spirit and integrity of what is here, while upgrading facilities so we can share this place with guests for years to come.”
Holland Lake Lodge’s joint venture partner, POWDR, is an adventure lifestyle company based out of Park City, Utah.
“POWDR has built its brand on the premise of delivering soulful experiences that matter to guests and reflect the local community,” said Justin Sibley, CEO of POWDR. “Holland Lake Lodge is a soulful place, where families spend time in the outdoors with the people they love. We look forward to continuing this legacy.”
The Flathead National Forest will be hosting a public meeting about the Holland Lake Lodge Expansion Project on Tuesday, September 8th, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 pm MST on the Holland Lake Lodge grounds at 1947 Holland Lake Lodge Rd, Condon, MT 59826. The purpose for this public meeting is to engage in information sharing with the public on project activities and to answer questions.
The Forest Service is asking to receive comments by September 21.
More information about the project can be found on the Forest’s project website.