Elk Chute Lodge was built in 2017 in Gobler, Missouri. It is owned and operated by Stuart Worrell, his wife Jill, and their 3 daughters Hannah, Abby, and Macey. Stuart is a lifelong resident and farmer of Rives, Missouri and a 1985 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School in Senath, Missouri. He, his dad Parker Worrell, his brother Steve Worrell, and his nephew Zach Worrell farm approximately 6,000 acres of rice and soybeans in the Rives/Gobler area. In the off season, these flooded rice fields, along with the fields of other area farmers, attract hunters from all over the United States. Although the ducks are plentiful and the influx of duck hunters increase each year, quality lodging is scarce in this area. After talking to many duck hunters and guide services, Stuart realized even more the need and desire for comfortable, clean accommodations by these hunters. This is the reason behind Elk Chute Lodge. Stuart designed the lodge around the needs of the hunter... food preparation, comfort, cleanliness, entertainment, atmosphere, fellowship with other hunters, warm accommodations for their canine companions, cleaning area and storage for game, and storage for hunting gear.
Stuart married his high school sweetheart, Jill, in 1988. Jill is also a 1985 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in school counseling, and a school library certification. She taught 3rd and 4th grade, was the elementary librarian, and retired in 2019 as the high school counselor and cheer coach all at Senath-Hornersville School. When you call, email, or text Elk Chute, you will be talking to Jill. She has been involved with the development of the lodge from the beginning when Stuart walked in, threw loan papers in front of her, and said, "Here, sign these." Being used to signing farm loan papers, she signed without asking any questions. Little did she know she was signing to build a hunting lodge. Since then, she has become responsible for reservations, housekeeping, and events.
Hannah is a 2013 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and a 2017 graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She currently lives in Franklin, TN and is a CPA for LBMC in Brentwood, TN. Hannah assists with the lodge's bookkeeping.
Abby is a 2015 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and a 2019 graduate of Arkansas State University. She graduated with a bachelors in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Abby assists with the lodge's social media, events, and photography/videography.
Macey is a 2019 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and is attending Harding University. She is majoring in Electronic Media Production and minoring in Public Relations. Macey also assists with events.
All 3 daughters have had major roles and input in the development and completion of Elk Chute.
Stuart, Jill, Hannah, Abby, and Macey look forward to many years of service and friendships at Elk Chute Lodge and, with recommendations from our guests, are devoted to making improvements each year.