Entire home/flat

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6 bedrooms

8 beds
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About this listing

While the Lodge offers all the amenities of a modern comfortable home, there has been a concerted effort in its restoration to retain the look and feel of this wonderful old Northwoods Lodge. Steeped in history, this lodge was built in the early part of the last century, during the golden age of resort lodges in the Northwoods. Located in the heart of the lakes district of Northern Wisconsin in the Northern Highland State Forest, Big Boulder Lodge is a charming and fascinating.

The space

Surrounding forests provided the cedar and pine, while lake and river shores offered up natural stone to build the lodge. Native workmen and Swedish craftsmen with a love for wood created the Lodge. At it's peak, the resort was large (sleeping as many as 60 guests) , boasting 183 acres and offering guests entertainments from fishing to flying. It was so well-appointed for its time that the big city newspapers of Milwaukee and Chicago did feature write-ups singing the praises of the Lodge and its entertainments, which were varied and many, including fishing, swimming, guided outings, archery, horses, boating, campfires, midnight cookouts and hunting. Indoors, guests were treated to a full bar, dining room and musical get-togethers. The structure you see today was the residence of the Fields family while they ran the resort. Our neighbor's cottages on both sides of the river made up what once was the entire lodge. Meals were taken a couple of cabins down while the front desk and bar room were located in the structure across the street.

Boulder lake covers 524 acres with a maximum depth of 23’ and is home to many different kinds of fish such as Musky, Northern Pike Walleye, Large and Small Mouth Bass and Panfish. Boulder Junction is steeped in history from the earliest Native American residents, to the trappers who coveted the luxurious pelts the area yielded. Explorers found easy access because of all the rivers and lakes. Loggers moved in from the late 19th to the early 20th century and tourism began as early as 1905 when wigwams were still visible along the shore across the lake from the Lodge. Presidents and movie stars, as well as Chicago Mob luminaries all found respite on the lakes and in the company of fishing guides including those dispatched out of Big Boulder Lodge.

Big Boulder Lodge was very popular into the late fifties when the Fields moved to Florida where Herb eventually became the mayor of Long Boat Key. For the next decade the Lodge struggled as times changed until the late sixties when the Fields sold the whole property to developers. The developers split the expansive property up into individual cabins and lots. This private home, what we like to call Big Boulder Lodge, had two more owners until 2002 when the place was purchased by the Howard family of Chicago. The building was in serious disrepair but was lovingly brought back to it's original splendor by Howard family relatives from Ireland working alongside a local craftsman. Several years of hard work, love and prayers led to the magical place we have today. Big Boulder Lodge is now ready for it's next century!

Guest access

Large back deck, backyard, front yard, hammock, deer feeder, canoe, internet, TV, Jim Wall Pub (upon reservation)

Interaction with guests

Emergency lockout help and a friendly greeting when first arriving!

Other things to note

Fishing, Ice Fishing, Snow mobiles, Nature, Hiking, Calming, River, Lake Front, Northwoods, Large Deck, Fireplace, Wildlife, Exploring, Reaxing

The space
Bathrooms: 5
Bedrooms: 6
Beds: 8
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 160
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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

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