1909 This grand old lodge, now known as “The Loon Lodge Inn” was built as a family camp by the Ludeke Family. The original name for the lodge was "Camp Weduba.” This was the era when grand hotels lined the shores of Rangeley Lake and the railroads transported families here for summer vacations from all over New England, New York and New Jersey. There was a boardwalk along the shore to stroll into the town of Rangeley.
1923 The Lodge was sold to the Smith family. The Smiths had seven children. One of their children, Jo Davenport, and their granddaughter, Doris Cleland, sat with us for tea and reminisced about their life here at the Lodge. How excited they were when traveling in from Long Island to stay for the summer. This beautiful log home was lovingly known as the Smith family camp for many years.
1952 The Davis Family purchased it as a private home.
1960 The lodge opened to the public for lodging and dining. They named the lodge "The Davis Lodge." This was also the first year that Saddleback Mountain opened.
1966 Guy Gannett of Gannett Publishing purchased the lodge for use as a vacation retreat for his employees and visiting business guests.
1971 Mr. Gannett sold the lodge to his son-in-law, Richard Arnzen. Chip Williams, Guy Gannett’s grandson, visited to share some of his memories regarding the wonderful times spent at the lodge.
1973 Chester and Burdys Page purchased the lodge and renamed it the "Rangeley Lake Lodge." In 1976 they added the pub which was managed by Kenny Beaton. The Lodge became a favorite place for the locals.
1980 The new owners, Joyce Martin and Fred Slater, changed the name of the lodge back to Davis Lodge. It was a wonderful place to dine. They related to us how winters were hard on the lodge, which was built on post and pad, and how it would tilt backward from the frost heaves lifting the front. Still, they kept the lodge open to guests.
1984 The Prescott family became the owners of the lodge which, by then, required some tender loving care. They made many renovations during their tenure. They rented the lodge out not as an Inn but as a home to many families for all occasions and to couples seeking the perfect wedding destination. Searching for an appropriate name it happened that two families of loons would gather each morning in front of the lodge in a territorial fishing ritual. It became apparent that the best name for the lodge would be ”The Loon Lodge” and the small cabin on property to be named ”Mookwa” meaning “Little Loon” in Algonquin.
1998 The “Lodge” found new owners with the Philbricks. They ran it for two years and re-opened the dining room to the public.
2000 Winter Knight became owner. The biggest change came in 2001 when a foundation was put under the lodge.
2003 The doors closed and the lodge again was put up for sale.
2006 The present owners have carried on the traditions of this stately building. They have enhanced the aesthetics of land and lodge, creating gardens and landscapes for your enjoyment.
2010 In the spring of 2010 the lodge underwent another renovation. This project created a beautiful room on the garden level with a private bar, perfect for small weddings and private parties. The current ownership and management team have worked to maintain and bring the lodge back to its glory days… This old lodge has come back to life.
(We believe we have the chronological history correct. We invite and welcome any additions to this history you may be able to offer.)
Below is a sampling of photos of Loon Lodge over the years. If you have photos of Loon lodge that you’d like to share, we’d love to see them!