The Izaak Walton Inn will be closed from March 31st 2023 until tentatively Winter 2023 or Spring 2024 (exact reopening date TBD).

Frequently Asked Questions during this time:

  • Will gift cards be valid upon reopening? Yes, the new owners will vouch previously purchased Costco Gift Cards (these gift cards have a winter or summer scene of the Izaak Walton Inn on the front).
  • Will the restaurant & bar remain open during renovations? No, all facilities related to the inn and our sister hotel the Halfway Hotel will be unavailable during the construction period.
  • Will the train still stop in Essex? Yes, Amtrak will still service to Essex but be advised there is no cell service, wifi, stores, food services, taxi/uber, or amenities in Essex. If you were to take the train here you could potentially be stranded in a remote location without assistance.
  • Will the trails remain open for hiking? – Yes, the Marion Lake Trail and Dickey Lake Trail will remain open as they are on forest service land. Do keep in mind these are backcountry trails off of a rough, unmaintained forest service road (4WD and a raised vehicle recommended), and the trails involve bushwhacking into bear and moose territory. If hiking in these areas, consider bringing a Spot/Beacon/InReach in case of emergency. ATVs are not permitted on the roads per the forest service. Backcountry camping may require a permit, call the Hungry Horse Ranger Station for more information.