We have owned and operated the Lodge for 30 years now. Marty is originally a from small town in Minnesota. It got too cold there for him so he moved to Oregon in 1978 to enjoy the good weather. Worked for a small restaurant chain by the name of ” VIPS “
This is where he meet his lovely wife June. Marty always had this dream of traveling to Alaska and owning a small lodge. He talked it over with June and she said “What a great idea! Count me in, but I will be needing a commitment first”. So after a beautiful wedding attended by both family and friends, Marty and June sold all their belongings and drove up the Alcan Hwy to Anchorage Alaska ( that is a story in its self). On arriving in Anchorage in the spring of 1984, they decided the big city was not for them and headed to the Kenai Peninsula.
In May of 1985, they saw an ad in the paper that Summit Lake Lodge was for sale. They took a ride up to look at the place. All that was here at that time was the main log building and it was not in very good shape. Built in the early 1950’s by the Hass Family, It had seen better days. It had an old John Deer generator that provide somewhat of a steady stream of electricity. There was no telephone, no radio, no TV and a furnace that burned either coal or wood!
Marty and June fell in love with the place and by the time they left that May day they had given their entire life savings down as earnest money and were given 10 days to come up with a 40% down payment ( another story in its self). On July 1,1985, Summit Lake Lodge opened under new management and the adventure began. And as they say, the rest is history.
~ Marty and June
What Our Guests Say About Us...
“We kind of stumbled on to Summit Lake Lodge by accident. Glad we did. What a jewel! Very nice place, we were only going to spend a night ended up spending four. Great fishing down the road at the Russian and Kenai Rivers. Some real nice hiking trails in the area and the Lodge setting is magnificent! Highly recommend the Lodge, very friendly staff and food is wonderful. ”
Bruce and Lori Larsen - West Linn Oregon