The Lodge: Clearwater Lake Lodge was originally started in 1915 by Charlie and Petra Boostrom. They chose the west end of Clearwater Lake because they believed that views of the palisades were the best on the Gunflint Trail. The main lodge was finished in 1926 and had 14 rooms. They owned and operated the lodge till 1946 when they sold it for $45,000. It has had several owners since then and is now owned by Carl Clark and Adam Van Tassell. The Van Tassell family lives on site and are the full time caretakers of the property. The lodge is the oldest and largest free standing hand-hewn whole log structure in the region and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Clearwater Lodge has been in the resort and outfitting business since 1915(97 years) and is the oldest resort on the Gunflint Trail and the original outfitter of the area. To read more of the history of the lodge click here.
The Owners: Adam Van Tassell first came to Northern Minnesota in 2000 when he was 18 years old. He married Kasey in October of 2004 and after losing their jobs in Florida in 2008 Adam went back to school with a renewed interest in both the hospitality industry and entrepreneurism. He entered a business plan writing competition in 2009 and wrote a business plan for operating Clearwater Lodge. Later that year after Adam graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management they showed that plan to Kasey's aunt and Uncle-Carl and Laura Clark. Together they set out to acquire Clearwater Lodge and purchased the lodge in April of 2011. To read more of their story click here.