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Come discover the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”

Outdoor beauty and adventure awaits! If you have ever wondered what it would be like to kayak one of the many lakes in Minnesota or sit fire-side as you roast marshmallows in the evening sunset without a care in the world, Elbow Lake is for you.

There is more untouched natural beauty here for you to discover. Come stay at Elbow Lake Lodge and let your worries disappear as you are whisked away into a world of natural beauty only Minnesota can offer.

Established in 1930, Elbow Lake Lodge has been a mainstay in the town of Cook, Minnesota. The lodge, situated on 1700 acre lake serves as a destination for travelers offering outdoor activities and resort-style amenities. The local community offers a regional airport, medical services and several restaurants and services for tourists.

About Us

83 Years of History
Elbow Lake Lodge and the outdoors.

Established in 1930 on a 1,700 acre lake in Northern Minnesota, Elbow Lake Lodge has solidified its presence within the serenity of Minnesota’s wilderness. The lodge has always been a destination for travelers looking to escape the lights and congestion of the surround metro areas – perfect for hiking, kayaking and fishing – visitors come to be part of the outdoors.

The lodge is nestled within the town of Cook, which may be off the beaten path, but offers amenities for both locals and tourists alike. There are restaurants and bars along with a general store and a full-service medical center. Visitors can access Cook by car or even small plane flying into the regional airport 5 minutes outside of the town.

Elbow Lake Lodge is one of Minnesota’s hidden Gems

The lodge has undergone few changes over the years and has even been relocated to better serve tourists. The property offers beach front access to the lake allowing guests to partake in water activities throughout the summer season. Breathtaking sunsets and an encompassed sense of nature will find each and every guest now and into the future of Elbow Lake Lodge.


…I want to pass along my sincere appreciation for the excellent hospitality extended to our fishing group by Lee.  We’ve been coming to Elbow Lake Lodge for near ten years now and the lodge has never been better run than it is right now under Lee’s Tutelage.  He is a first class person, a great leader, and a terrific manager…. with the addition of the bar in the lodge, a very attentive and cordial staff, and Lee’s friendliness, we now stop off at the bar before making our way to the cabin… which may be quite delayed.  The fishing boats are clean and the batteries are ready to go every day…  Lee’s leadership and attention to detail ensures that his staff is focused on making our trip enjoyable, both from a fishing perspective and from a social perspective.

Richard T. Meyer

Over the past 15 year we’ve been a part-time resident of Elbow Lake and during this time we’ve rented a boat slip and storage from Elbow Lake Lodge…. Now when we pull into the lodge we are always greeted with a friendly smile and a helping hand.  Billing and invoicing are done in a timely manner, food and liquor sales are encouraged, and the beach is always open for guest such as us.

The Herman's

Jack Schwarts, Jack Lamuth, and myself have been coming to Elbow Lake Lodge since 1986.  The three of us have been coming to the Lodge for the Opening Weekend and the second trip early in June.  During the June trip there are two other parties with us and we use two cabins.  We have averaged three to five trips a year for the past twenty seven years.  The latest in the year that we have been to the Lodge was a couple years back in November.  We have witnessed a few owners and several managers.  Lee has been without a doubt the best manager that has operated the Lodge during our twenty seven year experience.

Lee, Dan and Mackie Reing have done more work and accomplished more things than when there were six to ten (or more) employees at the Lodge.  The facilities are cleaner and in better shape now than we have ever witnessed before.

We look forward to continued association and enjoyment of Elbow Lake Lodge.

Roy Jernigan, Pueblo CO

…. the grounds were groomed; the staff was professional and courteous and their execution of duties was exceptional;…. they took a genuine personal interest in us.

Best wishes for continued success and we will see everyone next year.

Gary E Metzger

The Manthey’s and the Kowalski’s have been coming to Elbow Lake Lodge for a week or two in the Summer off and on for 30 years.  This year we had 25 Manthey’s and Kowalski’s and rented 6 cabins over the week of the fourth.  Next year we will have 7.

We have all renewed for next year over the week of the fourth, and that is due in no small part to the excellence and quality of your management and operation.

Diligent service, consistent, reliable and predictable accounting and record keeping, responsiveness, hard work and cheer that your bring to your job and your operation.

Already looking forward to next year.

Tom and Janet Manthey

Lee, Dan and Mackie have successfully conducted Resort business in hosting weddings and resort stays of numerous customers.  They have built up a group of satisfied and repeat customers plus positive referrals.  Lee, Dan and Mackie are friendly and personable with customers, Elbow Lake residents, and suppliers.

Walt Hopkins & Roberta Work

Each staff member consistently goes out of their way to make sure that we have everything that we need and they are always willing to go that extra mile to lend a helping hand.

It is because of the existing Elbow Lake Lodge Staff that we continue to rely on the Lodge for the services that we need.  In fact, for th past several years we have rented out the entire Elbow Lake Lodge for New Years Eve.

Josh and Lindsay Brotemarkle

My family has enjoyed Elbow Lake since the 1950’s and continues to own an island with a seasonal cabin on the main lake.  We have enjoyed decades of summer vacations at Elbow Lake.

Lee, Dan & Mackie go above and beyond to make certain that everyone that visits Elbow Lake Lodge are well taken care of, whether you are a guest or a lake property owner.

I have patronized Elbow Lake Lodge my entire life and have never had better service

Doug Larsen

It was one of the best years at Elbow and can’t wait for more.  Your team runs a great operation. The focus on your customers enjoying Elbow is fantastic!

Thanks and wish we could be at Elbow more.

Andy Manthey

The current staff at Elbow Lake Lodge is a pleasure to work with.  Lee, Dan, and Makie do a great job for the Lodge, and their customers are always pleased.  We also have customers that store their boats on the docks at the Lodge, and they are always pleased with the service they receive.

Dave Hampson, Timbukto Marine

Lee, Dan, & Mackie,

We cannot thank you enough for our wonderful ‘first summer’ at Elbow Lake.  It was great getting to know you and know that you were walys there to help.  We look forward to many summers to come.

Thanks again!

Scott, Luke, Cole & Lane

Dear Lee,

Enclosed please find the deck of playing cards you so kindly provided for my husband and me during our stay at the Lodge.  It somehow packed itself into our stuff the day we checked out of the Bear Den.  Given the level of service we received during our stay, we are happy to return it.

All to often, letters are sent by guests to register complaints about service or accommodation issues but to the contrary, this letter serves to compliment you and your staff on the tremendous effort you put into guest services at the Lodge.  We have stayed at many area lake resorts and now feel as though we hav e a “place” at Elbow Lake Lodge.  The guest service was second to none!  Anything and everything we needed was quickly provided with the utmost courtesy.  Despite the miserable weather, we enjoyed our weekend stay tremendously due to your and the entire staffs’ efforts to provide great service, excellent accomdations and a wonderful atmosphere.  We enjoyed learninga bout the Lodge and hope to take advantage of everything it has to offer the next time we are up there.  Had you been capable of calming the wind and providing sunshine, I have no doubt you would have taken careof it in record time.

My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing anniversary weekend and have already begun making plans to stay at Elbow Lake Lodge again next year, but be warned, we have  young daugheter (toddler), five other young nieces and nephews, their parents, our parents and other family members that are anxious to see what we’ve been raving about since our return from the Lodge.

We will be staying at Arcadia Lodge near Marcel with much of the family the second week of August.  My husband said you mentioned an upcoming live blues performance and we would love to hear it if we’re in the neighborhood.  It would also be an ideal opportunity to bring a few other family members over to see your beautiful resort.

Jason and Nikole Podany

All of you made our family time together wonderful! You all were great! Thank you.

Kathy & Don Anderson


Thank you so much for all you have done and will do for us this weekend.  We feel so blessed by the whole experience and can’t thank Elbow Lake Lodge enough!

Blake and Megan E.

I just wanted to take a moment to praise the hard work and dedication of Lee and his staff at Elbow Lake Lodge.  Theya re a pleasure to do business with and a true asset to the Lodge and our community.  We are looking forward to another great summer working with them.

Thank you.

Toni S

Elbow Lake Lodge –

I’d like to say thank you for every last thing you guys did for our wedding weekend but it’d be too much to list.  You all were truly wonderful & have such a nice, fun staff.  We couldn’t have asked for more.  Thank you & we hope to see you in the future! Thanks again.


Lee, Macky & All Elbow Lake Staff,

Thank you a million times over for all your hard word leading up to on our big day.  You were amazing & we both have nothing but good things to say about Elbow Lake Lodge.  It was a weekend we’ll never forget & we are extremely appreciative of all you did for us.


Ryan & I want you to know how thankful we are for all the hard work you and your staff put into this weekend.  It was all so perfect!

Ryan & Shaylyn

Happy Fall.

I wanted to give this to you as a thank you for making me and my assistants feel so welcomed.  We were there in June for Megan & Blake’s wedding, you all did an amazing job making everyone feel welcome & comforatable. We had so much fun walking everywhere for photos.  The staff was polite and happy and very helpful!  Thank oyu very much. I hope I get to shoot a wedding at your resort again!

Emily Law, flom designs and photography

Lee and the Elbow Lake Lodge Staff,

Thank you so much for making our wedding day even more special, and everything we hope for.  We wouldn’t have changed a thing.  All of our guests had a blast and so did we. Thanks again.

Jenna Bolander

Where to begin.  Thank you so much for everything.  I don’t think it could have gone any better.  Lee the ceremony itself was wonderful. You did a great job, along with everything else.  Thanks again, and we will definitely be seeing you this summer!


Lee & Staff at ELL,

There really aren’t words to describe how much the wedding more than exceeded anything we had dreamed of.  This is huge due to all of your hard work and efforts and care for the details of the day!  Everyone enjoyed the food, drinks, scenery and newfies!  You guys made the day so awesome and we are so greateful for all your hard work, generousity adnthe free sweatshirts that we did NOT have to jump in the lake for! You guys rock!

The Slofields

I spent three nights at the Lodge August 2-5 and had a great time! Family loved it. Lee and staff are great! Lee is being very kind and letting me use 4 nights this fall. Great place. We did it all, mine tour, bear sanctuary, Dorothy M. museum, forest history site in Grand Rapids, etc. The lake god got a sunglass clip to my prescription glasses when I dumped a kayak. Who dumps a kayak? My niece was off in a distance and shouted something at me, I turned it and in the lake I went. Good laugh as I had a jacket and sweatpants on.

Trish B

My wife and I wanted to pass along our appreciation for Elbow Lake Lodge and staff. The grounds, facilities, and lake were exactly what we had hoped for. And your staff was amazing. Lee, Dan and Mack were incredible. They were attentive, and you could tell they cared about the guests and the resort. We booked another two cabins for a week in 2018!

Tim J