Elkins Resort on Priest Lake

Mountain Paradise
Surprisingly Great Food - Sea Bass Special
Caution: Views are addicting
Lodge and Marina
Sandy Beaches
Amazing Sunsets
Lakefront Location
20 Mile Pristine Priest Lake
Guest Cabin Interior
Lodge Dining Room
Crew Hike to Blacktail Mountain
Seating with a view
Canoes, Kayaks and SUPs for staff use
Summer Staff Housing

Live the Dream at one of the World's Last Best Undiscovered Places, Priest Lake, Idaho!

Elkins Resort is a historic family destination resort located on the sandy shores of Priest Lake. Since 1932, we offer family vacations, conferences, retreats and weddings. The resort has a restaurant, lounge, gift shop, store, marina and 32 log cabins on 30 acres of forested land.

Just south of the Canadian Border, in the Kaniksu National Forest, on Priest Lake.

About Elkins Resort on Priest Lake


We offer a positive upbeat environment located in a pristine wilderness lakefront setting.  Elkins Resort has 32 individual guest cabins, a lakeside restaurant, lounge, gift shop/store, marina, boat rentals, and long sandy beaches. The resort opened in 1932, hosting families for vacations, weddings and company retreats with excellent customer service and quality products.

Our team members are expected to be outgoing energetic people and interact positively with our customers to provide an outstanding vacation. Our summer staff range from first time job to year round professional. We invite you to become a part of our team here at Elkins Resort on Priest Lake.

The Employee Experience


Imagine waking up with a swim in crystal clear water.  Imagine living in the middle of the mountains on a pristine lake far from hectic lifestyles.  Imagine the mountain air, the sounds of nature and the relaxed pace of a small community. Imagine Elkins Resort as your summer job. 

Imagine the people you will meet people from all over the US and some from overseas that want the same adventure that you do.  Find like-minded friends to go for a hike, find new single track trails to ride your bike, or watch for shooting stars and the northern lights by the campfire. We employ students, couples, adventure seekers and seasonal staff that want to work hard and immerse themselves within a beautiful and rewarding experience. The staff tends to gather on their days off and before and after their shifts to explore all this area has to offer.  We also have many people in our staff come back year after year! You won't regret choosing this as your summer job

Our crew works hard and plays hard.  We expect to give a great customer experience along with great summer memories.  Elkins Resort sits on 30 acres of forested land right on Priest Lake.  We have white sand beaches, incredible mountain views and endless exploring to do.  

Our staff can take out canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for free.  We have 2 small fishing boats that staff can take out and explore if they are not rented in the afternoon. The water is comfortable swimming temperatures during the summer months and is clean and clear.  If you like the outdoors, Elkins Resort is for you so see you this summer!

Ideal Candidate


We want people to truly experience what northern Idaho has to offer, an adventurous soul who is craving "getting away from it all" and who still wants to make money while doing it! Imagine midnight swims, stargazing with the chance of seeing Northern lights, Paddle boarding in the stillness of the morning.  Hiking up mountains, standing on sunken islands, camping on the lake.  Our staff gathers for campfires and we have many that play musical instruments that lend to some pretty fun lakeside evenings.

We are looking for honest people that have a great attitude. Someone who knows how to balance work life and personal life. Do you want to learn a new skill set? We can train you! We need people willing to dive in and work like crazy to enhance our guests experience and contribute to our reputation around the area for the friendliest and all around stellar staff! 

Are you willing to go above and beyond for the best guest experience? This will improve your experience here at Elkins Resort. We are looking for enthusiastic adventurous souls that want create memories of a lifetime.  Are you ready??

Room and Board


Employee housing is part cabins, part 8×12 bunkhouses a room in a house and for the adventurous, we have a group campsite. We provide bedding in employee housing but not for the campsites.  Housing includes kitchens with dishes, bathrooms with showers. Rent is $150 per pay period and is deducted from the paycheck.  Space is limited, so get your application in early, like right now! 

Employee Perks


You will meet friends with boats, friends with cabins, friends to adventure with! There is an 18 hole golf course if that is your jam. The majority of seasonal employees work five days a week, with two days off during their workweek, leaving plenty of time for fun. Seasonal bonuses are available for those who fulfill their contracts. Employees receive 30% off meals and in the gift shop.  Rental equipment (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) can be checked out for free. Fishing boats can also be taken out for free if they aren't rented. 

Getting Here and Getting Around


There is no public transportation at Priest Lake.  It is ideal to have your own transport.  We are 90 miles from Spokane, Washington, and 40 miles from the nearest town of Priest River, Idaho.  Area businesses include restaurants, marinas, gift shops and small grocery stores.  Elkins has free wireless internet and sits right on the sandy shores of Priest Lake.  

For Fun


There are endless amounts of water sports, hiking, biking and mountain climbing.  Hook up with locals that have boats on the lake to wakeboard, waterski or surf.  Bring your mountain bike for endless trails and roads to explore.  Star gazing is amazing with no city lights to block out your favorite constellation or northern lights. Beach fires and 'smores are a must! Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, swimming.  IF you enjoy being outside you will have SO MUCH FUN 

How to Apply

Please complete our online application and we will contact you. Thank you!

Contact Elkins Resort on Priest Lake