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Pvt 35 acre lakefront retreat: LDG sleeps 18- hot tub tennis ct trails and more

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Location: Wautoma Area, Central Wisconsin USA

Accommodations: (1) 4,000 sq. ft. Main Guest House (2) Four Seasons/Hot Tub Room (separate building and next to Main Guest House) (3) Cabin in the Woods (a short walk across the bridge and up the hill that overlooks the bay (4) Tennis Court. Caribou Bay Retreat comfortably sleeps 15.

If you listen carefully, you'll hear the 'clip clop' of horse shoes on black top as our Amish neighbors pass by the retreat.

Caribou Bay is located in a rural area of central Wisconsin, on a semi private five acre lake, situated on 35 wooded acres and a stone's throw from the Wedde Segment of the Ice Age Trail. This exclusive property is nestled in the fields and streams of Waushara County, just 1 hour north of Madison, 2 hours north of Milwaukee, 45 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells and 3 1/2 hours north of Chicago and south of Minneapolis.

Caribou Bay is the only retreat in Wisconsin that can boast being home to a 12,500 year old Caribou shed. Indeed, this rare scientific find is proudly displayed in an air tight display case in the Great Room. Read how the owners came upon this discovery, just feet from where you'll be staying. The 3 bedroom/4 bath main Guest House is decorated in equally rare 18 century antiques, has cathedral ceilings in the parlor, balcony and Red Room. The Great Room has a 48' flat screen TV, traditional pool hall pool table, spacious wet bar, comfortable seating on solid oak floors and a floor to ceiling field stone fireplace.

Walk out of the Great Room 100' and you're at the lake. The Main Guest House overlooks one of three bays the retreat was named after and that comprise this beautiful semi private lake. In back of the main Guest House you will find a lovely Four Seasons/Hot Tub Room complete with sky lights, wicker furniture and it's own private deck. Continue another 50 feet on the brick path and down to the lake. It is here where you'll find a huge, three level deck with enough teak chairs, tables and bar area to entertain a host of friends and relatives. Relax, canoe up or down the bay, sun bathe, or watch birds and animals frolic in their own backyard. For hikers, CBR is a few hundred feet from the Wedde Segment of the Ice Age Trail. If that isn't enough, you can choose to play tennis on your own private court.

The retreat's Cabin in the Woods was built 'just for you'. Nestled under 40 foot pine trees, 'Cabin in the Woods' will remind you of 'On Golden Pond'. Rustic brick floor, large wood fireplace, cathedral ceilings and plenty of outdoor spots to grill out and entertain make this a favorite retreat location. You're not too remote... it also has a flat screen TV so that you can stay in touch with civilization! The cabin area is host to campfires at night where tall tales are spun and friendships secured.

Take a stroll through the many beautiful gardens that dot the retreat and try to see how many different perennials you can identify.

Spring/Summer/Fall Activities: For folks that love the outdoors, Waushara County is the area for you. Hunting, fishing, jogging or bike riding are just a few of the activities you can enjoy on or around Caribou Bay. If you choose to stay on the grounds, most activities center around the woods and the lake as well as the many amnesties the retreat has to offer. Available to guests at n/c is a canoe, bicycles and numerous games and back yard activities.

Unfortunately there are no pets allowed.

Winter Activities: The retreat is located 30 minutes from some of the finest skiing and snow tubing in central Wisconsin. The retreat itself has it's own cross country and snow shoeing trails. Imagine coming in exhausted from winter activities and relaxing in front of a roaring fire with a book and hot toddy. It's so quiet and peaceful here, you'll wonder if this is heaven... or if this is Caribou Bay! It is truly a place where memories are made.

Caribou Bay Retreat also is one of the Midwest's premier outdoor destination wedding venues. Caribou Bay Retreat has been hosting successful events for years. Consider these features:

A time your entire wedding party will never forget. Prior to and after the blessed event, sleep, eat and be marry at CBR for as many days as you feel comfortable booking.

Have fun. Take your time. Leave the stress behind. Give your wedding a personal touch by choosing from a wide array of period antiques and event props available in the CBR Prop Shop.

Watch the reaction you'll get when your bridesmaids come out of the Cabin in the Woods and your groomsmen walk down Mammoth Trail to meet at our outdoor chapel.

Unique/Haunting hilltop chapel. Recite your wedding vows in our outdoor chapel on the hill that overlooks Caribou Bay.

Your reception line is formed over the CBR walk bridge. A truly unique and memorable experience.

Check out more wedding information at

More Details

Mona Zelienka
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Mona Zelienka

The owners of Caribou Bay Retreat are former furniture manufacturers. The property began as their residence. No expense was spared when it came to decorating both the inside and the outside of the complex. They are now at a point where they want to be able to share this very unique property with you, so that you can enjoy what they have enjoyed for the past 37 years.

Mona Zelienka purchased this estate in 1975

Why Mona Zelienka chose Coloma

You won't find a more unique property in all of Wisconsin. 12,500 years ago, Caribou roamed where the complex now stands. You can listen peacefully to the wind as it stirs the leaves in the trees; or you can rumba on the party deck with family and friends on the retreat's lake and grounds. AT CARIBOU BAY, WE SPECIALIZE IN ALL INCLUSIVE WEDDINGS! JUST ASK US ABOUT THEM.

What makes this estate unique

Forget the sleep aids. Remember the libations. Bike or hike down the road to the Amish farmer's market for the evening's veggies. And don't forget the camera. Caribou Bay Retreat is where memories are made.


Coloma Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • No parking on the grass
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3), Bunk Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This estate caters to sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The retreat books early for the opening of all Wisconsin hunting and fishing seasons. Caribou Bay will work with you to develop the perfect itinerary to make your stay the most enjoyable possible. Caribou Bay will research the best streams, rivers and lakes to fish in. Caribou Bay will research the best areas to hunt upland game, waterfowl, deer or other wildlife. For those who enjoy quiet outdoor activities, Caribou Bay will set up an itinerary that will make hiking, snow shoes, cross country skiing, bird watching and other sporting activities a unique experience. We can also arrange rentals for nearly every outdoor event imaginable.


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Pvt 35 acre lakefront retreat: LDG sleeps 18- hot tub tennis ct trails and more
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews
Sheboygan, WI

Beautiful Everywhere You Look

  • 5 of 5

My 87 year old mother and I wanted to find a place where we could relax, talk, swim, take walks, read, and paint. We just got back from a week at Caribou Bay and couldn’t have found a better place. The scenery was absolutely lovely. The swimming was nice — quite weedy on the bottom, but the water was clear and I floated among the fish on a little inflated tube. The house was both comfortable and beautifully decorated, and no, it really didn’t seem too large for just two people. My mother absolutely loved taking walks on the trails through the woods. And owners Jack and Mona couldn’t have been more gracious or helpful.

All in all, a perfect vacation for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite vacation place!

  • 5 of 5

Our second year here and our family loved it! Already booking for next year! Big yard and long driveway for the kids to ride their toys. Enjoyed the water and deck and of course the Hot Tub! Plenty of room in the house for meals or lounging around. The caretakers are so nice and helpful! Love the place!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Caribou Bay Retreat is an amazing, one-of-a-kind location. I loved all of my experiences there, and I hope to return someday. I highly recommend spending some time at Caribou Bay Retreat!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's not just a home, it's an experience...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious guest house overlooks tranquil Caribou Bay. Period antiques, field stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and a host of amenities make indoors a great place to be. But the out of door add-ons offered set this space apart from all the rest. There is a private bay with sand beach that's perfect for swimming and fishing, a cabin in the woods with huge fire pit and seating, a hot tub/four seasons room with walk out deck, private tennis and basketball court, acres and acres of pines and hardwoods with unique hiking trails are all there for your private use. The property is on a county road with very little vehicular traffic. You'll see by far more Amish buggies than automobiles. Interesting Amish shops dot the landscape. Next door is the Wedde and Mecan Segments of the Ice Age Trail. Three hours max from most major Midwest cities make this retreat a no brainer to spend a weekend or a week.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing retreat getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our group stay at Caribou Bay. The beautiful main lodge is so comfortable with all the amenities we needed, the hot tub amazing after our trail hikes and the deck overlooking the private lake was the perfect place to enjoy an evening glass of wine or morning coffee. Can't forget mentioning the event center which was perfect for our weekend workshops and classes. The hosts were accommodating and helped tp make our stay extra special! Would highly recommend this property and look forward to our next stay!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caribou Bay Resort is absolutely perfect especially for our large family!

  • 4 of 5

The property had so much to offer. It was convenient, clean and provided a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Even with chilly weather our family really enjoyed our stay. The water was clear and great for the kids! The hot tub was an added benefit that we all enjoyed!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Dane County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Two Oaks Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak Train Station in Portage
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I/39 and State Highway 21
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nordic Mountain
Car: recommended

This unique property is located in Central Wisconsin and is an easy drive from most major cities in the Midwest. The Wisconsin Dells, known for their water parks is 45 minutes away. By car, Oshkosh and the EAA Convention is one hour away. Many fly between the Wautoma airport and Oshkosh during the convention and stay at Caribou Bay. Ask us about our airport shuttle service. If you are a hunter or fisherman, Waushara County is known as one of the finest areas in the Midwest for fly fishing on Class A trout streams, bass, northern and perch fishing on many area lakes as well as duck, pheasant and deer hunting on public hunting grounds just off the retreat.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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