| About Huddle's
Resort on Leech Lake
In 2008, Huddle’s Resort celebrated its 80th year in business. Roy Huddle’s parents, Les and Bernie, and grandfather Roy, started the resort on the south shore of Leech Lake in 1928. In those days, the main highway (now Hwy 200) ran in front of the lodge at Huddle’s and through the small community of Whipholt bringing with it a steady stream of travelers and early vacationers to Leech Lake’s most famous shore. (Today, the highway is located safely out-of-the-way well behind the resort and the “main street” is now a quiet, private resort drive.) Young Roy grew up learning the many facets of running a successful resort, discovered what people believe constitutes a “good vacation,” and over the years has also taught 4,000 kids to water-ski!
“I grew up with many of the kids who now come here as grandparents,” says Roy. “We’ve had the joy of getting to know folks and their kids for many years. There’s something very special about being able to offer families a place where they can celebrate together and spend quality time together. It’s really an honor to know you’ve had a hand in helping that happen.”
Huddle’s maintains all of the original resort including newer cabins and condominiums. At its largest, the resort had over 50 cabins in the early 1990’s after the purchase of adjacent Merit Lodge and Margarita Mulligan’s Restaurant. In 2006, Roy and Kay sold that half of the resort and now have 30 units and the Huddle’s Restaurant/Lounge for guests to enjoy.
“We’ve been here a long time and have seen a lot of changes in the area over the years—but the one thing that’s remained the same is that families still come to Leech Lake because they want to make memories,” says Roy. “There’s nothing better than coming to the lake, making new friends, spending time at the beach, in the pool, fishing, grilling, taking part in the games and activities and having good, old-fashioned fun. Families get to do that here.”
Huddle’s Resort offers a variety of amenities, but it’s the spirit of the resort that keeps guests returning year after year—and what keeps Roy and Kay excited about welcoming guests to a vacation they are sure to remember.