Bob & Jeanne's Northwoods Retreat on Little Spider Lake, 4 Mi. N. of Minocqua!

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View down the length of Little Spider Lake from the upper deck.


Last updated: 10/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:29 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Welcome to Bob & Jeanne's Northwoods Retreat on beautiful Little Spider Lake! Located in world renown, Vilas County Wisconsin, we are in the Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest, just 4 miles north of Minocqua/Woodruff. A 3 hour, 20 minute ride from Madison, 4:30 from Milwaukee or Minneapolis and about 5 hours from the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

The Minocqua/Woodruff/Arbor Vitae area is beautiful all 4 seasons and boasts incredible natural resources, including 2,300 freshwater lakes (the highest concentration in the world), 850,000 acres of state and national forest land, 68 hiking/snowmobile trails covering over 600 miles and 23 'Great Wisconsin Birding' trails. The area was also declared '1 of the 25 coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots' by Midwest Living Magazine and was selected as the '5th Best Fishing Town in America' by Field & Stream Magazine. If you can't find something to do really aren't trying very hard! You can do everything or just kick back and relax...and that's one of the best reasons to visit Bob & Jeanne's Northwoods Retreat!

Bob & Jeanne's Northwoods retreat offers 1500 sq. ft. of space, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and sleeps 8 people. There's a big stone fireplace in the living room, a huge sunroom facing the lake with fantastic western views, and a newly remodeled kitchen with new stove, fridge, microwave and dishwasher, solid countertops and hardwood cabinets. All kitchen utensils, bowls, blender, coffee maker, toaster etc is included. Washer and dryer are downstairs and we just added a screened in porch just off the campfire pit. When you first walk in the house, you are going to be impressed...not just with the property, but by how clean everything is! Master bedroom has a king bed and adjoining bath with shower. Second bedroom has twin/double bunk bed, third bedroom has twin/twin bunk and a seperate twin bed. Across the paved driveway is a basketball hoop by the 2+ car garage with foosball table and plenty of storage for your car, boat and gear. The property sits on 2 acres with mature oak, pine, maple and birch and includes over 100 feet of sand and small rocks frontage. The beach is accessed by a newly built 60 step staircase with an 8' x 12' deck halfway down; an excellent place to while away the evening hours! We groom the shoreline regularly to provide above average swimming for young and old alike. The water is very clean and clear and we have a gently sloping swimming area that gets about 1 foot deeper every 10 feet that you move out. Little Spider Lake is a great fishing lake and relatively quiet with a population of eagles, loons and blue herons. Although there are quite a few properties on the lake, many are seasonal and aren't always occupied. Also, Bob and Jeanne's Northwoods Retreat faces an undeveloped state owned shoreline. In addition, there is less than average traffic from non-residents on the lake so sitting out on either of the two decks on the lake side or the private dock is very quiet and relaxing. The vista overlooking the length of the lake is a view that memories are made of!!

Jeanne and I are here to make sure your visit is comfortable, relaxing and fun and we will do our best to make sure that when you need to leave, you will be looking forward to coming back to visit us again!

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/08/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age 25, with consideration....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome! This is a GREAT family cabin. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have had people inquire about pets and have not accepted pets to this point...HOWEVER...we are pet owners and are open-minded about discussing them....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom has king bed, private bathroom with shower....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

    This room sleeps 3: twin bed and twin/twin bunk bed....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    This room sleeps 3: Double/twin bunk bed....moreless

  • King size bed: (1) King bed in master bedroom. Double Beds: (1) Double bed is lower bunk in bedroom #2. Twin or Single Beds (4) Single beds: one in upper bunk of bedroom #2, (3) in bedroom #3: bunk bed and twin. Futon (1) In family room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Full bath with window in shower!...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Bathroom in Master Bdrm, very sunny (window) & clean....moreless

  • Both bathrooms are VERY clean. Tile floor in master bathroom with seperate heat control for baseboard heat and a window to brighten it up. Second bathroom has a wood floor and a window to look out over the lake while you shower!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We are currently booking monthly rentals for 2016. Book this rental, you won't be disappointed. If there's something we don't have that you want, let us know and we'll do everything we can to accommodate you!...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    In Family room...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Located on Little Spider Lk, 4 mi. north of Minocqua/Woodruff, Wisconsin and nearby Boulder Junction and St. Germain. We are in Vilas County and within the Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest. The area is renown for its recreation options. The western view down the length of Little Spider Lake is nothing short of spectacular! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dinner table seats up to 6 plus an additional 3 at the breakfast bar. Table is in the sun room and has incredible lake views....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Located in basement....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    2 car, detached garage....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Stone hearth in main Family Room with 'Grate Wall of Fire' fire grate. Firewood is available right outside the door....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Exercise bike in garage....moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car garage....moreless

  • Heating:

    Propane heat plus electric baseboard heat with seperate controls in bathrooms and bedrooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet is included...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Limited housekeeping is optional....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room features big, stone woodburning fireplace and new flat screen TV with Dish Network....moreless

  • Parking:

    Asphalt driveway includes plenty of parking space....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Plenty of driveway room for trailers plus area to turn around....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Limited housekeeping is optional....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Located in basement....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Big stone hearth, firewood available!...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker is included....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All dishes, glassware and utensils are included: Mixing bowls, spatulas, can opener, sharp knives, cutting board, dish towels, hot pot holders, etc.....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Brand new and quiet....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Upper part of fridge....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Newly remodeled kitchen with all new appliances, wood floor and custom made Calico birch cabinets. Solid countertop with new Kohler faucet. Kitchen includes breakfast bar overlooking the lake....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Brand new....moreless

  • Oven:

    Included in oven...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Brand new fridge with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Brand new 4 burner Gas stove & oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Bike rentals are available within 5 miles. Vilas County is considered one of the best biking areas in the midwest and trails abound!...moreless

  • Boat:

    Boats are available as an option including 4 person paddle boat, Wenonah canoes, kayak and 12ft Alumacraft....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Two decks on the lakeside, one off of the sunroom at the house, a second halfway down the steps to the lake. Both decks are new and include seating. The view from the decks is incredible....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are over a dozen rated golf clubs in the Minocqua area, many within 10 miles....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We offer as an option 2 canoes and a kayak complete with paddles....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn/garden area includes a new flagstone patio with firepit for evening fires....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New, clean 3 burner CharBroil grill with grill utensils....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    There is a covered, screened in porch overlooking the lake by the entryway added in 2015. It is just steps away from the flagstone patio that includes the outdoor firepit. Enjoy the fire not bugs!...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    There are 4 excellent ski areas 50 miles north of us in the Gogebic Range of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Views of Lake Superior from Powderhorn, Indianhead, Blackjack and White Cap Mountain. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis is available in town at Torpy Park....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $750


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Last updated: 10/08/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rhinelander International
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
About 300 yards!
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Trout Lake Golf Club
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
Blackjack, Powderhorn, Indianhead

Car: Recommended

Vilas County, Wisconsin is famous for its lakes, wildlife, fishing, hunting and recreation options. Nearby Minocqua/Woodruff is just 4 miles south and offers great dining and shopping along with a list of activites for young and old alike. You'll enjoy the many craft fairs and festivals happening in the surrounding towns as well as the quiet of The Northwoods. If you enjoy silent sports, we provide canoe and kayaks to use on Little Spider or, put in to a nearby river for great wildlife viewing. In the morning walk down the driveway, hang a right and the Northwoods Cafe is there for breakfast. In the evening, walk down the driveway and hang a left and Marty's Place North is there for great dinners. Since we live just 6 miles north, we can give you special insights into the area from a personal perspective and we'll always ask if you need anything from town to save you a trip. We are strongly committed to making sure you, your family and friends will have an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Jeanne and I have owned property in the Wisconsin Northwoods since 1992. When I was a kid, my family came up north to vacation and eventually built a cabin on Diamond Lake, just 6 miles north of our Northwoods Retreat. My Dad used to call it 'North of the Tension Line'! We raised our family in the Madison area and whenever we found time between basketball, swimming and football games, we'd head 'Up North'!! I can't imagine not spending time up here. Now, we're semi-retired and want to share our version of fun, comfort and relaxation with you, your friends and family. We do our best to make sure you're happy and comfortable. We do things most other folks either can't or won't. We'll call you when we go into town to see if you need a gallon of milk or a dozen night crawlers. Need a canoe or a kayak for a day? Forget your PFD? Need a babysitter at the last minute? We're here to make sure you make memories to bring back home with you.

Why the Owner Chose Woodruff, WI, USA:
We looked for about 5 years for a place we could rent out and eventually have for our 3 kids. As soon as we saw this property we knew it was the one! This place is in a great location in the State Forest and is surrounded by lakes and rivers and yet, it's only 4 miles from town with great dining, shopping and amenities. Of all the places we've travelled, we always came back to the Minocqua/Woodruff/Arbor Vitae area. There's just so much to do here! All 4 seasons are unique and offer different activities and if you just want to relax, it's quiet and comfortable.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Walk down the driveway in the morning, turn right and enjoy breakfast at The Northern Cafe. If you turn left and go about 100 yards you're at Marty's Place North for dinner. You can enjoy miles and miles of paved or natural bike paths, some right out your back door. Fish from your private dock for Smallies, Walleyes, Musky, Northern, Crappie and Panfish or put your boat in one of literally HUNDREDS of lakes within 20 miles. Enjoy swimming, boating and some of the most spectacular sunsets you'll ever see right off your deck over Little Spider Lake. As the waning sunlight fades, crack open a cold one and enjoy an evening campfire outside or a cracklin' fire in the hearth inside!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/08/2016

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  • View down the length of Little Spider Lake from the upper deck.

    View down the length of Little Spider Lake from the upper deck.

  • Breakfast bar and kitchen taken from the Sunroom.

    Breakfast bar and kitchen taken from the Sunroom.

  • Open concept design kitchen with sunroom facing the lake in the background.

    Open concept design kitchen with sunroom facing the lake in the background.

  • 2nd Bedroom with twin on the top, full on the bottom bunkbed.

    2nd Bedroom with twin on the top, full on the bottom bunkbed.

  • Upper deck with Little Spider Lake in the background.

    Upper deck with Little Spider Lake in the background.

  • View of Little Spider Lake from the dock.

    View of Little Spider Lake from the dock.

  • Breakfast bar with family room in the background and sunroom off to the right.

    Breakfast bar with family room in the background and sunroom off to the right.

  • Family room with edge of hearth on the left and door to bedrooms in the back.

    Family room with edge of hearth on the left and door to bedrooms in the back.

  • King size bed in Master Bedroom.

    King size bed in Master Bedroom.

  • 3rd bedroom with twin/twin bunk on the right and single twin on the left.

    3rd bedroom with twin/twin bunk on the right and single twin on the left.

  • View of our dock on Little Spider Lake from the upper deck.

    View of our dock on Little Spider Lake from the upper deck.

  • This is our cabin viewed from the driveway with the upper deck on the left.

    This is our cabin viewed from the driveway with the upper deck on the left.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Woodruff, WI, USA #418176

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