Mineral Lake Lodge at Mt. Rainier

P. O. Box 247 195 Mineral Hill Road, Mineral, Washington 98355
Innkeeper(s): Carolyn McKelvie
  • Introduction

    Mineral Lake Lodge at Mt. Rainier, front view Mt. Rainier at Mineral Lake Lodge in Mineral, Washington is the only establishment in the Nisqually River Valley with views of both Mt. Ranier and Mineral Lake. The lodge's incredible views were the backdrop for popular TV shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the Animal Planet. Other publication recognition: feature in Country Magazine, Best Northwest, Rails to Paradise.

    This grand country lodge sits on 3 1/2 acres of land with spectacular lakeside view and 215 feet of pristine, private waterfront property on Mineral Lake (home of the 10 pound trout!) Our private dock can accommodate your boat and the public launch is just a couple minutes away, as well as rentals for pontoon or row boats. Guestrooms are decorated with wilderness themes, with your choice of a private bathroom or bathroom down the hall.

    Upon arrival, you will receive a key to your room and the front door so you can come and go as you please!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carolyn McKelvie for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at my inn because of the beautiful view, close access to Mt Rainier National Park, Best fishing lake in Washington, quiet and off the usual tourist path.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Best known for the view, the fishing, historic building, swimming and boating off the dock, spectacular view of Mt. Rainier, great place for a wedding with the mountain and lake view in the background. 1906 genuine Log Hunting Lodge. Peaceful, quiet, restful, but close to many outdoor activities.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    #1 reason to visit Mineral is the view, and the quiet small-town escape only 2 hours away from the big city (Seattle-Tacoma)

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "I felt like I was part of the family, very homey and comfortable and welcoming."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret is that this is so beautiful and restful even when you can’t see the mountain, so is wonderful year-round.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    20 minutes away from the entrance to Mt. Rainier NP, 90 minutes to Paradise and lots of hiking on the mountain, 10 minutes to the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, the best fishing in Washington “home of the 10-pound trout”, boating, kayaking, swimming, 90 minutes to get to Mt. St. Helens, winter snowshoeing and skiing, wildlife and bird watching, 30 minutes to Northwest Trek Wildlife park.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Inn is on the lake, and guests have access to the lakeshore, and dock, and covered picnic gazebo with charcoal grill, and campfire ring right on the lake, and about 1/4 mile away is the public boat launch and a place to rent motorboats or pontoon boats, about 3/4 mile to center of town which has a grocery store, Tavern with the best Pizza around, and 2 churches.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Headquarters Tavern in Mineral has great Pizza, Mt Rainier Railroad Dining Car in Elbe is 3 miles away and has Home-smoked bar-b-que, and on the road to the park is Copper Creek Restaurant has great steaks, Wild Berry is a Nepalese/Himalayan restaurant that is run by a Sherpa family and has great curry and Yak-burgers, and Alexander’s which is a fancy French restaurant.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Best and most up-to-date information is on the Mount Rainier Visitor’s Association website.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 rooms – 4 with a Queen-size bed and a private bathroom, 3 with a Full-size Double bed and a bath down the hall, and 1 with a Full-size Double bed and a Twin-size bed and a bath down the hall.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, and I don’t know of any alternatives at this time.

  • Amenities

    Amenities include:

    • Wireless Internet access
    • Sauna retreat in private building
    • Relaxation packages by appointment
    • Book or DVD libraries
    • Our unique gift shop
    • Continental breakfast
    • Gas rock fireplace in our Gathering room
  • Weddings

    Choose the Mineral Lake Lodge for the perfect site for your wedding. Our location can provide you Mt. Rainier as the ‘back drop’ for your special day.

    Our 4 Hour Lakeside Package Includes

    • Majestic view of Mt. Rainier
    • Accommodations up to 200 outdoors
    • 215 feet of private lakefront on Mineral Lake
    • 2 ¼ acres for your guests to wander at their leisure
    • Bride’s changing room included
    • It also has a gazebo, dock and campfire area
    • Ample parking on site and nearby
    • Event endorsement insurance required
    • Preferred vendor list available or bring your own vendors
    • List of 5 reception halls available for rent in our area
    • Horse and carriage or pontoon boats available for rent

    We prefer to personally meet with all of our bridal couples when reserving our site for your wedding.  Please contact us for an appointment.

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  • History

    Mineral Lake Lodge at Mt. Rainier, historic photo The Mineral Lake Lodge was first named as a historical landmark by the Lewis County Historical Society and then by the Washington State Historical Society. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

    For more information about the history of Mineral Lake Lodge, please visit our website.

  • Adventures

    There are a plethora of adventures to embark on in Mineral and the surrounding areas.Visit Mt. Rainier National Park and enjoy various activities.

    • See the sightsMineral Lake Lodge at Mt. Rainier, mountain
    • Hike
    • Climb
    • Snowshoe
    • Snowboard
    • Ski
    • Inner tube
    • Swimming
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Horseback riding
    • ATV trails
    • Gift shops
    • Steam train rides
    • Golf courses
    • Espresso shops
    • Taverns
    • Art galleries
    • Churches
    • Movie theatre
    • Bowling alley
  • Directions

    From Seattle

    1. South on I-5 to Exit 127
    2. East on SR 512 to SR 7
    3. South on SR 7 to Elbe
    4. Follow SR 7 across the bridge
    5. Go .4 miles and turn left onto Mineral Hill Road
    6. Go 2.7 miles and the lodge is on the right

    From Tacoma

    1. South on SR 7 (Pacific Ave.) to Elbe
    2. Follow SR 7 across the bridge
    3. Go .4 miles and turn left onto Mineral Hill Road
    4. Go 2.7 miles and the lodge is on the right

    From Portland

    1. North on Interstate 5 to US 12 (Exit 68)
    2. East on US 12 to Morton
    3. North on SR 7
    4. Turn right on Mineral Road South
    5. Continue into the town of Mineral
    6. Veer right onto Mineral Hill Road and the lodge is on the left

    From Yakima

    East on US 12 to Packwood

    During summer months:

    1. Turn north in Packwood on Forest Service Road #52 (Skate Creek Road)
    2. Turn west at the junction with SR 706 through Ashford to Elbe
    3. Turn left onto SR 7
    4. Go across the bridge
    5. Go .4 miles and turn left on Mineral Hill Road
    6. Go 2.7 miles and the lodge is on the right

    During winter months:

    1. Proceed through Packwood to the junction with SR 7 in Morton
    2. Turn north on SR 7
    3. Turn right on Mineral Road South
    4. Continue into the town of Mineral
    5. Veer right onto Mineral Hill Road and the lodge is on the left