Expansion plan to answer recreation demand.
Julie Pendergast walks through the scenic beauty of Happy Jack enjoying the stately old growth ponderosa pines, gnarly oak trees and an abundance of wildlife like red tail hawks, hummingbirds, deer, elk and squirrels. As the manager of Happy Jack Lodge & RV, located on Lake Mary Road halfway between Mormon Lake and Clints Well, Pendergast calls out to recreationists by name and asks about their spouses and grandchildren.
“People love it here,” she said. “Many store their RVs and enjoy the cool pines during the summer.”
Happy Jack Lodge has become its own enclave in the woods, privately owned acreage with a massive rustic lodge, steakhouse, grocery store, gift shop, cabins and RV sites. Once the site of the Southwest Forest Industries logging camp, it now hosts campers escaping the Valley heat and busyness of the city, hunters…