Iconic North Woods Lodge
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Clam Lake lodge description
Iconic north woods lodge located on the shores of Upper Clam Lake in the heart of the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest in Clam Lake, the elk capital of Wisconsin.
Vacation like a lumber baron!
In 1926 lumber baron L.L. Barth built the Clam Lake Lodge on idyllic lakeshore on Upper Clam Lake. Mr. Barth built the lodge as his family's summer home and as a private resort to entertain friends, celebrities, and business and political associates. The Clam Lake Lodge contained amenities in 1926 that were only attainable if you were a tycoon, like L.L. Barth. Fast forward 86 years and the Clam Lake Lodge has returned to its glory. Truly fit for a lumber baron, the lodge contains amenities not seen in many north woods vacation homes. Come to the Clam Lake Lodge and vacation like a modern day lumber baron!
Clam lake lodge and Wapiti Cabin sit on 350 feet of Upper Clam Lake frontage one mile south of the village of Clam Lake, Wisconsin. The property has incredible views of Campfire Island, which sits in the middle of the lake. Clam Lake is located in the heart of the 860,000 acre Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. Clam Lake is the only town located in this 725 square mile section of the Chequamegon (roughly the same size as the Minneapolis/St. Paul twin cities metropolitan area). Clam Lake is blessed with an abundance of activities, and Clam Lake Lodge and Wapiti Cabin are the perfect places to call home for you to base your adventures.
The Clam Lake Lodge is a 5,200 square foot private resort built by lumber baron L..L. Barth in 1926. We purchased the lodge in 2012 and made extensive renovations to this beautiful building.
The lodge has 4 bedrooms upstairs all with private bath (toilet, sink and shower). Each of the bedrooms measures 18x14 for 252 square feet. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have two large windows overlooking the best views on upper clam lake. Bedrooms 1 and 2 each have a queen bed. Bedroom 3 has three twin beds. Bedroom 4 has a queen bed and a twin bed. The upstairs at the lodge has 7 beds that comfortably sleep 10 people.
The downstairs area includes the 925 square foot bar/amusement area. The u shaped bar is topped with an old bowling alley floor. There are 9 comfortable oak barstools around the bar. There is a queen sleeper sofa for additional sleeping. There are 3 booths for informal dining, game playing or for solving puzzles. The nook overlooking the lake has a poker/game table and chairs. There is an 80 inch Sharp smart television on the wall behind the bar. Digital cable is provided. A Bose surround sound system sounds great. The television is Netflix ready. We also have a Sony Blu-Ray player which also provides internet music and video services. We provide free wifi with a 5 meg bandwidth. The bar has a complimentary pool table. There is a Galaxy dart board as well as a Big Buck Hunter HD 2 player game. The Big Buck Hunter has the 42 inch deluxe HD screen.
The kitchen has been completely remodeled. New granite and cherry butcher block countertops were installed. A keyhole countertop is installed over a cedar stump that was harvested from our land in the National Forest. We have a 6 burner Wolf range with a 34 inch griddle/fry top. The Wolf also has twin ovens. A 36 inch wide refrigerator/freezer is provided. A farm style sink and a dishwasher complete the kitchen. The kitchen has wonderful views overlooking the lake.
Between the kitchen and the lakeside windows is the dining room. The dining table was built by a local craftsman and is 12 feet long by 4 feet wide. Twelve Amish built hickory dining chairs surround the table. Perfect for a large group or a business meeting.
Through the french doors from the dining room lies the library. The library has tremendous views of the lake. When it is dark out, turn on the many Tiffany lamps and start a fire in the fireplace. The fireplace was built out of locally quarried black granite nearly 100 years ago. The library shelves are stocked with an eclectic selection of reading materials to enjoy while you are at the lodge. This room is one of the most comfortable and awe inspiring rooms in the North Woods!
Outside, the lodge provides an aluminum floe dock with swivel rockers on the 335 feet of sandy lake frontage, northwood outdoor patio furniture, a Weber charcoal grill and a fire pit. Not to mention our bronze bull elk and 13 foot long riding musky!
Summer 2014 includes the 2 bedroom Wapiti Cabin & 20 ft Bennington pontoon boat. This gives you 6 bedrooms and sleeping for 17 to 20 people!
Why Clam Lake?
Clam Lake, Wisconsin is located in the heart of the 860,000 acre Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at the intersection of Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties. Clam Lake is the only town located in this 725 square mile district of the Chequamegon. This section of the national forest is roughly equal in size to the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area. Clam Lake is located in the heart of an abundance of activities. These include the elk capital of Wisconsin, some of the best fishing in the country, the best bear, deer and ruffed grouse hunting around, championship cross country ski trails, the finest downhill skiing in the upper midwest, thousands of miles of top notch groomed snowmobile trails, the mecca of disc golf courses, the golf capital of Wisconsin, numerous casinos, fantastic local festivals, the best mountain biking in the midwest, many museums and cultural attractions, not to mention the peace and relaxation of this truly wonderful area.
Elk Capital of Wisconsin - In 1995 25 captive elk were released just south of Clam Lake. As of summer 2012 the herd consisted of 169 elk. Tourists come from all around for a glimpse of these majestic creatures. To hear the bulls bugling during the fall breeding season is truly a wondrous moment. The elk are frequently seen near the Clam Lake Lodge.
Heart of the National Forest - Located in the center of the 860,000 acre Chequamegon forest makes for endless recreational opportunities. Fish, boat, swim, canoe, kayak, stand up paddle or just explore the dozens of lakes and streams in the Clam Lake area. Hunt, hike, ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, atv on the hundreds of miles of trails. Clam Lake is the perfect base location for discovering the special qualities of the Chequamegon.
Fishing - the Clam Lake area is located near high quality fisheries. Upper Clam Lake is a class 'A' musky lake. The world record musky came out of the Chippewa Flowage, just 20 miles away. The Chippewa Flowage is an impoundment of the Chippewa River, the same river that flows through many of the Clam Lake area lakes. The Namekagon River 15 miles west is a blue ribbon trout stream and is known to be one of the best trout fisheries in the midwest. Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior in Ashland is world renowned for its smallbouth bass. Saxon Harbor and Bayfield offer fishing charters for chasing Lake Superior lake trout and king salmon. The Bois Brule River has tremendous steelhead fishing. The local lakes offer great fishing for panfish, crappies, bass, walleye and musky. There are many local streams that offer great brook trout fishing. The variety of fishing in the area is hard to beat.
Snowmobile Trails - Ashland County offers 280 miles of groomed trails, Bayfield County offers 600 miles of groomed trails, and Sawyer County also has 600 miles of groomed trails. Clam Lake sits at the intersection of all 3 counties. State Corridor Trails 8 and 25 pass through our area. Besides the nearly 1,600 miles of groomed trails are 1,000's of miles of forest roads to explore. Ride from Clam Lake to the famous Lakewood's Resort on Lake Namakagon only 12 miles away. Ride north to explore the glorious vistas at St. Peter's Dome. Ride east toward Hurley/Ironwood and explore the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You can ride for a week and almost never cross your tracks.
Golf Capital of Wisconsin - The Hayward/Cable area is known as the golf capital of the state. Clam Lake is close to many championship courses. Forest Ridges and Teal Wing are both less than 15 minutes away. Telemark, Spider Lake and Big Fish are within a 30 minute drive. Skye Golf at Whitecap Mountain is 40 minutes away. You can stay for a week and play a different championship course each day.
Mountain Biking - The CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) trails are the premier system of trails in the Midwest. The CAMBA off-road bike system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the singletrack Mecca of the midwest. The Namakagon cluster trail head is located 8 miles west of Clam Lake. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival takes place each September with nearly 3,000 riders taking part in the race.
Hunting - The Clam Lake area is blessed with tremendous hunting. Upland bird hunters come from all over the USA for the tremendous Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting. The Park Falls area of the southern Chequamegon is known as the Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World. The world record Black Bear was shot just east of Clam Lake near Glidden. Bayfield County is known as one of the best counties in the world for Boone & Crockett black bears. The elusive Whitetail deer is always a challenge in the wild big woods. With dozens of lakes and streams in the area, Clam Lake is popular with duck hunters.
Cross Country Skiing - The world famous American Birkebeiner ski race takes place just west of Clam Lake. Numerous groomed ski trails are nearby, including Rock Lake, Penokee Mountain and Mukwonago. The forest offers trails and two track logging roads to explore on your backcountry skis or snowshoes.
Birding - The Clam Lake area offers some of the best boreal birding in the state.
- 5200 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- All bedrooms have wall air conditioners
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Living Room seats 8:
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player:
- Pool Table
- Game Room
- Away From It All
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Hunting Small Game
- Ice Skating
- Jet Skiing
- Hunting Big Game
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Cross Country Skiing
ReviewsWrite a review
Great Relaxing Vacation
Great Relaxing Vacation
There were 11 of us that stayed there with plenty of space. The kitchen and dining space were great! The boat was great to be able to take out and try and catch some fish. We didn't have much luck fishing but some little guys. The beach area is great for fishing but water was too cold for us to swim in. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone needing to get away. Very private!
- Guest Gitty79 (Salem, WI)
- Date of stay 08/04/13
- Review Submitted 08/14/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Clam Lake Lodge
Clam Lake Lodge
Great location to relax and unwind. The lodge is awesome for a larger gathering...we had 5 couples celebrating our 50th birthdays and we had fun utilizing everything it had to offer...bar with pool, darts, games, fire pit, Frisbee golf, pontoon boat...you name it! The only complaint was a slight odor of gas due to the enormous stove with multiple burners, but we kept the stove fan on most of the time and that helped. Also it would be nice if the ice maker in the freezer were hooked up. :-) The lake is small so if you want to do a lot of water sports this probably isn't the place for you.
- Guest Gina V.
- Date of stay 08/01/13
- Review Submitted 08/10/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Like it was built just for us
Like it was built just for us
Me and my friends from high school just spent an extended weekend at the lodge and it was just perfect for us. Although we're hitting 40, the 11 of us aren't exactly quiet as church mice when we get together and that's where the Clam Lake Lodge really excels. It's such a big place and we really enjoyed spending time in the bar, patio, and out by the fire. Clam Lake itself is pretty remote and there isn't much around but that suited us fine. Besides a little golfing we didn't need any nightlife or shopping. The kitchen is brilliant and the bedrooms great. Very impressed they each have a private bath. The boat was great for fishing and just cruising around the lake. The lake itself is really nice. Small enough to kayak around and really quiet. Despite being July it felt like we were the only ones there. No skiing or jet skis the whole weekend. I can't think if anything bad to say about this place. As an added bonus the owner Greg is a really nice guy and we enjoyed chatting with him upon our arrival. Book it already! It's perfect for a large group and when divided equally, very affordable for what you get.
- Guest FB2013 (Port Washington, WI)
- Date of stay 07/27/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
A lot of family time spent at spacious lodge. Good meals, good fun and a good time.
- Guest tnt (Waverly, IA)
- Date of stay 07/01/13
- Review Submitted 07/12/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
I rented the cabin with a group of guys who don't get together much anymore. Unfortunately for us it snowed and we were stuck inside for the weekend, but we could not have had a more perfect place for it. The bar area was great for socializing and playing games and the kitchen was fantastic for cooking for a group. Very clean and well maintained. Definitely recommended for a group.
- Guest Matt (Minneapolis)
- Date of stay 04/19/13
- Review Submitted 04/24/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers.
We rented the lodge to celebrate a 70th birthday with 10 family members ranging from the 70 year old to a 9 month old. We had a lovely three day winter weekend that passed far too quickly. The children were in Wonderland with a video game, giant TV, darts and pool table, and the adults with the gourmet kitchen and reading den. There were plenty of clean, well maintained rooms for three couples to sleep in privacy (well, one with a baby), and three other children under ten in their own "slumber party" room. More could have been accomodated on a rollout couch in the reading den. There was plenty of backwoods scenery and snow for snowmen and tromping, and we're already talking about a return in warmer weather when the kids can jump into that lake and the adults can try their luck at catching something to compete with some of the amazing trophy fish mounted on the walls.
- Guest Brian T.
- Date of stay 02/15/13
- Review Submitted 03/04/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
We will be back!!!Guest comment entered by owner
We will be back!!!
Came up for a snowmobiling long weekend with 7 buddies. We had awesome snowmobiling and a wonderful time. The accomodations are top notch! Great bar, games and kitchen. The rooms are spacious and warm. We will be back! Can't wait to bring the family!
- Guest B.E.
- Date of stay 01/31/13
- Review Submitted 02/09/13
This was perfect for us!Guest comment entered by owner
This was perfect for us!
The library, kitchen and dining areas were our favorite - WE COOK! This is a cook's kitchen - very nicely stocked. The fireplace in the library is wonderful. We wish you all the best in this venture - We will recommend and return.
- Guest CT
- Date of stay 12/27/12
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
Fantastic!!!Guest comment entered by owner
We have been fortunate enough to stay at Clam Lake Lodge twice in the last six months. The lodge has been recently renovated, has a charming library/living room with a cheerful gas fireplace that overlooks beautiful Clam Lake. You enter into a game room with a pool table, bar, large screen TV, video games and tables for puzzles and board games. This would be perfect for a family/large group. The kitchen and dining room are beautiful. It was a joy to cook in the professional kitchen (better equipped than most home kitchens). For those who don’t want to cook there are catering possibilities and restaurants in nearby Hayward. There is also a restaurant about a half mile away in Clam Lake which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner There are four bedrooms each with its own bathroom, so there is plenty of room for everyone to sleep and play. We stayed in a clean and comfortable bedroom that over looked the lake. There are many year round outdoor activities in the area and plenty of shops and restaurants. It is hard to be bored. We can’t wait to return.
- Guest Bill & Mary
- Date of stay 12/07/12
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
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Dec 2 - Mar 9
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May 1 - Sep 30
3 night min stay
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- Nearest Barpub: Elkhorn, Deb's Y-Go-By, Chippewa Tavern at 1 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Whitecap Mountain at 40 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Teal Wing, Forest Ridges at 12 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Rookery, Garmisch, Lakewoods at 12 Miles
The bronze elk
A guest with some nice crappies!
Upstairs common area between the 4 bedrooms
Bedroom 4 with 1 queen bed and 1 single bed, includes private bath
Dining Table overlooking the lake
Riding Musky at the Lodge
Bar area with couch that converts to a queen bed
The bar with the pool table, 80 inch led smart tv, Big Buck Hunter & dart bo
The kitchen and dining area
Beautifil fall colors!
Bedroom 2 with a queen bed and private bath. Great views of the lake.
Bedroom 1 with a queen bed and private bath. Wonderful views of the lake.
Bedroom 3 with 3 twin beds and private bath
Dining and Kitchen
Game table and nook overlooking the lake
Big Buck Hunter 2 person game, Big Buck World and Big Buck Open Season, 42 inch
Bar and pool table
Our dock during fall colors
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