Originally opened in 1915 as a small hotel and tavern, Lake Crescent Lodge has been a fixture on Barnes Point for more than a century. Originally named Singer's Tavern after founders Avery and Jula Singer, this historic building is a wonderful example of local construction techniques and Arts and Crafts design, from the giant beams and wood floors in the main hall to the elegant sun room facing the lake. Of the original seven rooms located upstairs from the reception area, five are still in use. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stayed at Singer's Tavern for a night on a larger tour of the area; one year later, Roosevelt authorized the creation of Olympic National Park, the boundaries of which were to include Barns Point and Singer's Tavern.
The lodge changed ownership through the 1940s and was expanded in terms of structure and services. The National Park Service bought the property in 1951, and later there was an effort to demolish all of the structures on the property. Instead, the main lodge remains while the surrounding structures are newer construction.
Currently the Lake Crescent Lodge remains one of the iconic accommodations in Olympic National Park. The new property has 55 rooms that are distributed among the main lodge rooms and several cabins, cottages, and outbuildings. There is also a dining area overlooking the lake and beach. A pier extends out onto the lake, and this makes a perfect spot to launch one of the canoes or kayaks that are available to rent.
In total, Olympic National Park boasts five official lodges including Lake Crescent Lodge, Log Cabin Resort and Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort serving the park's north end, Kalaloch Lodge on the Pacific coast, and Lake Quinault Lodge in the park's southwestern corner.
Note: The main lodge is closed from January 1 through the beginning of May. The Roosevelt Cottages are open on weekends year-round.