Lake Elowin Resort
Photo © Day Spencer
Lake Elowin Resort is located at the bottom of an alluvial fan in Three Rivers. The natural watering hole that resulted was used by the Yokut Indians and animals. A teepee stood on the land until the 1940s.
In the late 1800s, the land was deeded water rights from the Mt. Whitney Electric Company that released 2,000 gallons a day. So when Herb Wilson bought the property in the 20’s, he enhanced the facilities by building cabins and transforming the bog into a lake which still has continual fresh water going in and out. He named the resort ‘Elowin,’ meaning “enchanted land beyond the setting sun.”
The water tower and building located just down the road on Dinely are the remnants of an old weigh station. Stage coaches used to stop there for a drink before heading up Dinely Road to the Sequoia National Park before the Gateway bridge was built in the 20’s.
Milton Melkonian bought Lake Elowin resort in 1977 and has maintained its old California resort appearance and peacefulness. The man made lake has two bodies with an island separating them. If you walk across the bridge you can sit on a picnic table and have a barbeque and enjoy the view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Kids always like to paddle in the canoes, play ping pong or relax by the koi and gold fish pond. There is a short path that leads to the Kaweah River for fishing and swimming. A serene getaway, Lake Elowin has attracted all types of visitors including writers and movie producers.
Lake Elowin Resort has 10 cabins, 3 of which are situated by the lake. The other 7 are perched above, nestled among the pines and redwoods. Each cabin has queen beds, a fireplace in the master suite, and can accommodate two to six people each. Each cabin has a kitchen and barbecue.
Seasons Open: Year round
A favorite pastime is paddling on the lake as well as fishing, swimming and playing ping pong.
Rate Range: $120-$225
Heading east on 198 towards the Sequoia National Park, turn left on Dinely and drive a mile up the road. You will see signs for Lake Elowin.
Owned by Milton Melkonian, an Armenian American.
All natural soaps provided. Mostly natural cleaners used on the rooms.
No pets please.