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Rocking on the Water-- Home Sleeps 12. PETS ARE ALLOWED.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5 beds and 1 sofa sleeper with 3.5 baths sleeps 2-12 3 bedrooms and 1 loft area


Come and take the virtual tour of the home before your stay, it is located at the bottom of the page.


There is a shared pier for your use

Snowmobilers!! Trail is right there!

ATV Trails!! Right across the bridge


This is an excellent location for your relaxcation! Pets are allowed!!!

Private 3 bedroom home with loft sleeping area. Master has king bed, two upstairs bedrooms each have two queens and loft has sofa/sleeper. Sleeps up to 12 people comfortably. There is outdoor living as well! Patio off of kitchen and family room that has two tables with setting for up to 12 people, child's picnic table, outdoor refrigerator, gas grill and charcoal grill, bar sink, bar with five barstools. HUGE firepit. Lower Level has outside shower system!!

The kitchen is completely stocked! right up to the ice cream machine!

Castle Rock Lake is the 4th largest lake in Wisconsin. This lake is large enough and ideal for all water sports, such as jet skiis, skiing, wake/knee boarding, swimming, fishing and just cruising the lake. Many sandbars to just drive the boat up to and relax, cookout and enjoy beverages. Island known as 'Alcatraz' is the hangout to see and meet people, view boats, cookout, volleyball in the water, even has the 'Food Dawg', which is the pontoon boat that you can purchase food from while at the island.

Waterfront! You will have access to a shared pier for your use during your stay.

The area bars/restaurants have outdoor bars, volleyball, live bands, beaches, piers.

Enjoy the fall colors and fresh clean air while sitting out on the patio. There is ATV trails as well. There are awesome hiking and walking trails, picnicing in the state and county parks.

Winter offers so much! Skiing whether it is downhill or cross country. Snowmobiling, tubing and sledding, ice fishing, plus more.

Wisconsin Dells is a just a short drive, depending on where you are going 20-45 minutes away. Daily passes to indoor and/or outdoor waterparks, bungee jumping, ride the Duck , shopping either downtown or at the mall, mini golf, go carts, horse back riding, plus more!

Check the calendar for availability and Check our Rates

Vacation Planning

Sites of Interest

Adams County Area Information

Juneau County Information

Mauston Information

Adams County Parks & Recreation

Snowmobile Trails & Information

Current Weather Conditions

Lake Arrowhead Golf Course

Current Lake Information

Fishing Guide Service

Castle Rock Watersports

Area Information

24' Bentley Pontoon Boat on boat lift @ our pier for additional rent. CONVENIENCE!

JET SKIS & PARASAILING - Castle Rock Watersports, west, 608-847-4488 or 608-254-8702

EXCURSIONS - Cruise the Castle - west Castle Rock Lake 608-548-2789

TUBING & CANOEING - Point Bluff Resort, Hwy. Z & Rt. 82, 608-253-6181

BOAT & GUIDE SERVICE - JNB Guide Service 920-291-6799


CASTLE ROCK COUNTY PARK (Designated swimming area, playground, boat launch, camping)

Adams County / Daily vehicle sticker 608-339-7713

Juneau County / Daily vehicle sticker 608-847-7089

PETENWELL COUNTY PARK (Designated swimming area, playground, boat launch, camping)

Adams County / Daily vehicle sticker and boat slips 608-564-7513

Juneau County (Petenwell) / Daily vehicle sticker 608-847-7089



BIGHORN RANCH, Adams County 608-778-5551

RED RIDGE RANCH RIDING STABLE, Juneau County 608-847-2273


(Listed in travel distance order - call for winter rates)

ROCHE-A-CRI STATE PARK (cross-country only)

WOODSIDE RANCH, Mauston 608-847-4275

CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN, Wisc. Dells 608-254-3971

CASCADE MOUNTAIN, Portage 608-742-5588

NORDIC MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, Wild Rose 920-787-3324

RIB MOUNTAIN, Wausau 715-845-2846


LAKESHORE (by boat or car... casual attire accepted in all)

CARLSON'S RUSTIC RIDGE (dinners, Sunday brunch) 339-6300

SPLASH (dinners, sandwiches) 339-3090

THE DIRTY TURTLE (bar & specialty sandwiches) 562-5931

SHIPWRECK BAY (bar & grill) 847-2401

THE LURE (bar & grill) Lake Petenwell 715-325-6555

ROMANO'S PIZZERIA (dinners, sandwiches) Lake Petenwell 715-325-6700

HIDEAWAY RESTAURANT (dinners) Lake Petenwell 715-325-6550


WOODBINE INN (dinners & buffets) 565-2122

BAY REST, Lake Petenwell (dinners, sandwiches) 564-7020

LAKE ARROWHEAD CLUBHOUSE (full menu) 715-325-3341

TRAIL'S END, Lake Arrowhead (dinners, sandwiches) 715-325-9898

ISHNALA SUPPER CLUB (fine dining/reservations) The Dells 608-253-1771


FLEA MARKET - every Saturday & Sunday during summer (Adams RR track)

GOLFING - Lake Arrowhead/Pines & Lakes (two 18-hole 4.5 star rated), Ridges (18-hole), Castle Rock (18-hole), Mound View (9-hole), Northern Bay (18-holes, replica world-famous 9-holes)

HUNTING - Public access lands, deer and wild turkey

SNOWMOBILING - Over 400 miles groomed and marked state and local trails

ATV - Developed ATV county trails

ROCHE-A-CRI MOUND STATE PARK - National Historical Register


THE McGOWAN HOUSE - Adams County Historical Society


Wisconsin Dells Attractions

Ringling Brothers Circus Museum

Necedah Wildlife Refuge

Wisc. Rapids Paper Mills Tour

Sandhill Wildlife Area

Rainbow Casino & Restaurant

House on the Rock

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

Elroy Bike Trail

Rudolph Grotto

Crane Foundation

Keywords: VIEW OUR VIRTUAL TOUR!! Sleeps 12!Comfortably! Perfect for Family Reunion, Holidays, Girl or Guy Getaways, Birthdays, Friends Getaway, Couples Getaway and More!! Sleeps 12 Comfortably! Feels like home! Sleeps 12. 3BR and loft with addt'l sleeping, 3.5BA custom home built on castle rock lake w/sand bottom frontage. Wooded and secluded! Home features in floor heating, three fireplaces (1- 2-sided) one in family room, one in dining room and one in upstairs loft, ceramic tile flooring. Master Shower is outstanding!, 5' shower with body sprays, rainhead and fixed shower heads and hand held. Master Bedroom has patio door-lay in bed and enjoy the views of the outdoors. Each upstairs bedroom has separate outdoor patio to enjoy the outdoors-read, sleep, relax, enjoy your coffee. We have a really good selection of movies and books. Bedrooms and family room have Direct TV, VCR and/or CD players. Outside patio w/wet bar, grill, refrigerator and firepit. About 20 min north of Wis Dells! Perfect vacation for Lake Activities or Snowmobiling and skiing isn't far away. Right on Snowmobile Trail and Right on Water. Private!

More Details

Dawn Bayer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Dawn Bayer

Custom built this fabulous vacation home for family and friends. Needed a place to get away from the chaos of the 'normal' Monday thru Sunday. This is a place we can go with our children, extended families, and our friends to reconnect with each other, relax and enjoy all four seasons of the year indoors and outdoors. Once we pull into the driveway and see the house and lake, we feel refreshed and relaxed.

Dawn Bayer purchased this house in 2004

Why Dawn Bayer chose Friendship

The location is beautiful and so many things to do no matter what the season is! This is a 'home' not just another rental property! You will feel like you are staying in a home when you are here. Warm, inviting decor. Room for entertaining. This is a place to reconnect with each other, wonderful memories to be made. Enjoy the area with the people you love!

What makes this house unique

Beautiful Lake! Relaxing. Feels like a home not a rental property. So many activities on and off the lake. Absolutely love the location. You will not feel like a tourist, you will feel like you belong here, you will feel like this is your home during your stay.

Other Attractions and Activities

- Burr Oaks Winery

- Whooping Crane Festival in Necedah (September)

- Warrens Cranberry Festival

- 4 Wheeling

- Hunting

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us! It was a perfect getaway here for my bachelorette party!

Soon to be Mrs. Allison.........
May 2014
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Friendship House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • You must bring all of your own towels. All dishes must be cleaned and put away.
  • If windows are left open, heat left on above 60, A/C left on under 80, doors left unlocked and/or lights left on, you will not receive a full refund
  • Additional deposit for boat rental is now required.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Lower Entry - toilet , shower
    Master - toilet , shower , Shower-6 body sprays, hand held, fixed and rain head
    Powder Room - toilet , This is located off of kitchen
    Outside Lower Level - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower Only
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub , Located by 2 Upper Bedrooms and Loft Sleeping Area
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Normal pull out sofa sleeper
  • King size beds (1) Master, Queen size Beds (4) Two in each of the upstairs bedrooms, for a total of four queen beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) In the upstairs loft area
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Digital Showering System in Master Bath, Two gas fireplaces, outside shower, whirlpool in upstairs bath, outside bar sink , two queen beds in each upper bedroom with balconies of water views, sofa sleeper in upstairs loft area, king bed in master suite with water views, outdoor firepit, , walking trail around lake, on snowmobile trails, ATV trails. Many bars/restaurants/beaches on lake. There is just way too much to mention. Please take the virtual tour and view the online pictures.


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Rocking on the Water-- Home Sleeps 12. PETS ARE ALLOWED.
average rating of 4.8 based on 76 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great place, great house. This is a must

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 4 of 5

This home is definitely one of the best places we have ever rented. We had 11 in our party and had plenty of room. The house was very clean. My grandchildren loved the sand in the backyard. It definitely brings a beachy feel to the property. The fishing was great! We stayed right in the bay. Broke a few lines, but brought many fish home. We went to the county park down the road to swim. Nice beach and roped off swimming area. The fee was $5 a carload. We visited Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo (cute shops downtown), hiked at Roche-A-Cri and Devils Lake State Parks. Awesome views at the state parks. Castle Rock Lake is huge. Lots of places to go boating. Time flew by with many memories made. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pearland, TX

Best Place ever!

  • 5 of 5

Great location and very comfortable! We had a group of 11, and trust me place th of seating. Never felt cramped and the boat was a charm!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Amazing Property

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing and Dawn is a great host. So much fun and a wonderful area. Def would come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We, along with another family rented this house for a week in late July. As stated by other reviews the house is lovely and has almost every amenity you can think of. We even made ice cream two nights which was wonderful. We made full use of the fire pit almost every night. The shower in the Master Bathroom is lovely, but we ended up using other showers most of the time since the shower doors don't fit tightly and caused a flood in the bathroom each time. We rented the pontoon for the week also and visited many of the restaurants on the lake. The only disappointment with the boat is there is no ladder. If you have someone who has any physical disability (I have severe rheumatoid arthritis), it's very difficult to get into the boat from anywhere other than a dock. The owner of the property responded immediately to any of our questions and concerns. We had our dog with us and the lower floor was a perfect place for him. We would highly recommend this property to any of our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wausau wis

Felt like home away from home!!!

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay... Place was so family friendly. Little ones loved all the sand by the house. Felt very private. So appreciated it being pet friendly - that is huge for our family. Some great places very close with super food!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Dane County
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Splash Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Mound View Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy Z
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Splash Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Christmas Mountain Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Michael's Landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Splash Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Carlson's Rustic Ridge
Nearest Point of Interest
The Dirty Turle
Nearest Point of Interest
Buckhorn Barrens State Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Castlerock Water Sports
Nearest Point of Interest
Castle Rock County Park
Nearest Point of Interest
South Shore Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Pine Cove Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Shipwreck Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Edgewater Marine
Nearest Point of Interest
Dellwood Pavillion
Nearest Point of Interest
Castle Rock Trading Post
Nearest Point of Interest
AF County Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Mound View Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Northern Bay Golf Resort

Local rental water activities, public boat landing across street, Wisconsin Dells is 20 minutes away, rentals for canoeing/tubing less than 10 minutes away, multiple water access to bars/restaurants

Snowmobiling! Trail is right there! Weekend Special for Fall and Winter!!! ATV Trials too!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

All Weekly Rentals run from Friday to Friday
Rates are subject to change.
Cancellation Policy is: No Refunds on any monies paid if the reservation is cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund