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Business of the Week

Series: Business of the Week | Story 22

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Owners Sue & Jeff Heagy

Goal: Owners Jeff and Sue Heagy and Managers Jessica and Jeff Kimmel work to provide a personal, old-school experience for their guests and keep the 57-year-old history and tradition of the Tamaracks Resort alive. As a family-run business, they are proud to stay green, eco-friendly and are keen on recycling.

History: Maude and Henry Turner built the first cabin in 1916. Their dream of the Tamaracks Resort became a reality in 1928. The Turners contracted with Amtrak and marketed the resort to people in the east. As the resort grew, loggers came in and built cabins. The cabins were named after those who built them.

After several changes in ownership, the Heagies purchased the property 28 years ago seeing it as a new opportunity and change from their life in Washington. There have been small changes on the property to make it more efficient including remodeling the cabins. Each of the cabins still has pieces of the original cabin.

The resort still has a sign-in book from the early 1950s which is on display. One guest found her great-grandmother's signature in the book.

The Kimmels have been managing the resort for the past two years. "I enjoy the clientele and the kind of amenities. It's a great place to bring the kids in the summer," said Jessica. "People enjoy that private cabin on the lake. They like a place to escape and come to unwind with endless activities."

The Tamaracks Resort employs up to six office and housekeeping staff during the summer. They also hire four high schoolers to run the rental and ice cream shack on the lake. "The members of our staff are an asset to preserving the feel of the Tamaracks and are amazing."

Products & Services: Tamaracks Resort is open year-round. They offer 17 rental cabins, 14 RV sites, tenting sites, guest laundry and a bathhouse. The cabins are fully furnished, complete with a full kitchen, barbecue and fire ring. The cabins sleep up to 10 people and no two cabins are the same. Cabins are all pet-friendly. While they do have Wi-Fi, they offer no other "electronic disturbances" to allow their guest to be closer to nature.

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Managers Jeff & Jessica Kimmel with their son Kayden.

Guests can also play horseshoes and volleyball, park their boat at the dock and enjoy the pavilion, the gift shop and one of two beaches. They offer trail hikes, various off-site portages and cater to hunters. They rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and snorkeling gear in the summer and Nordic skis, snowshoes, ice skates and ice fishing houses and gear in the winter to on and off-property guests. Tamaracks Resort has hosted many weddings and family reunions throughout the years.

For More Information: Tamaracks Resort is located at 3481 Highway 83 N, mile marker 17. They can be reached at, 406-677-2433 or visit their website at or Like them on Facebook,


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