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Vintage 1940's Lodge,Boulder Junction,Wisconsin

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 29 nights


About the property

Single Family Home, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to Big Boulder Lodge…. Experience the magic of the old Northwoods in this historic Lodge.

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 step into the North woods of yesteryear! Downtown Boulder Junction is just minutes away.


Perfect for small or large family gatherings and reunions, the Lodge boasts six comfortable bedrooms, each generously accommodating two guests. There are five bathrooms in the Lodge, four of them en-suite. Big Boulder lodge is also cozy for two people wanting a romantic getaway.

A large Lodge kitchen incorporates the vintage Northwoods knotty pine interior and wood cabinets with modern appliances to make you feel right at home. A large pine camp kitchen table can comfortably accommodate the entire household in one sitting. Located at the end of the kitchen enveloped in a bank of windows dining is close to the cooking area, with windows open to the soothing sound of the breeze whispering through the pines.

A spacious deck surrounds the lake side of the lodge, furnished with table, umbrella, lounge chairs and bench seating to provide comfortable outdoor lounging with breathtaking views of the stunning Boulder Lake sunsets. Four of the bedrooms feature soothing lake views of their own.

Two piers accommodate water recreation from boating to fishing off the pier – or sunbathing if you prefer. There is a fire ring with a picnic table and rustic outdoor seating for 8 or more on the lawn near the water. A stone patio at Lodge level under the shade of giant pines offers cool respite on the hottest days. For fall weather their is a portable wood burning fire pit.

A natural gathering place in the heart of the Lodge is the old fashioned Great Room with a natural stone fireplace. The family has furnished this room with a wall of books, DVD's, videos and games to guarantee that even on rainy days, your gang will be comfortably entertained.


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!

Keywords: 6 Bedroom Lodge

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2016

About Agnes

Howard family (Mark Howard). We are Chicagoans with a love of all things vintage.

Agnes purchased this house in 2002

Why Agnes chose Boulder Junction

There is no place in the world quite like Wisconsin's Northwoods.

What makes this house unique

Great view of the lake with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The fully restored turn of the century home was part of a famous lodge in the 1930's through the 1950's. The interior of the house has walls of knotty pine that have turned a golden color over the past 100 years. Beds have down feather beds and down pillows. A huge fireplace is the heart of the home. Two docks and great fishing. Largest Musky fish on Boulder Lake have been caught on our property just below a massive boulder left by the last ice age.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've been coming to the North Woods for 30 years - this was our first time here. We loved the vintage ambiance of the Lodge. All week long we discovered hidden treasures throughout the Lodge. It provided comfort for 3 generations of 2 families who've been friends for 50 years. Great weather, even had fun when it rained-great fishing, great canoeing, laughed a lot. Wonderful sleeping accommodations and loved seeing so many deer - even in the front yard!! We enjoyed many books, especially the ones about Boulder Junction and Big Boulder Lodge. Thank you for sharing your home with the 14 of us!
Jul 2012
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Boulder Junction House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) Can sleep 8-10 if count includes small children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $250
Tax Rate 5.5%

Rates are subject to change.
Monthly rental
Dogs only; no cats or other pets
$100 per dog, two dog maximum

Access to Jim Walls Pub
$700 per week, BYOB

Rates are subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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