Holland Lake Lodge owner cancels expansion plans, plans to sell

A controversial upgrade project at the historic Holland Lake Lodge north of Missoula that’s sparked heated debate at meetings and led to threats of lawsuits has been called off just over a year after it was announced.

There will be no joint business venture between POWDR, a large Utah-based resort company, and Christian Wohlfeil, the owner of the lodge. Wohlfeil told the Missoulian on Friday morning that he is withdrawing his applications to the U.S. Forest Service to upgrade the buildings and will be offering Holland Lake Lodge for sale. He said he’s tired of getting threats of violence.

“For the last 24 years, we’ve been honored to host breathtaking summers of s’mores by the fire, weddings on the lake and lifetimes of memories that can only be made in Montana,” Wohlfeil said in a statement. “This summer was different. While we were sold out each night, sadly, my family, our staff and our guests were subject to a deliberate campaign of misinformation. The irresponsibility manifested in anonymous threats, destruction of (lodge property) and even death threats.”

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