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Kickapoo Valley Bear Creek Retreat. Driftless Area, Vernon County.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Overlooking great trout stream on 80 scenic acres. Free WiFi.

Inspected and licensed.

Newly remodeled in 2017 - Rustic Cabin with modern amenities. Large open kitchen/dining/living area. Private bedroom on main level with queen log bed and direct access to bathroom. Bathroom has large, beautiful, tiled shower.

If you enjoy showering in the great outdoors, we’ve added and covered outdoor shower with hot water for you to enjoy as well! Great for muddy feet and dirty pets too. Roomy loft areas with added open loft. First bedroom has beautiful queen log bed and three twin beds and is now enclosed with a barn door closure. Second loft bedroom was enclosed in 2017 also and now has one queen and one twin bed. The new open loft is a comfortable sitting area with a futon for additional sleeping space. French doors in the living area open to a covered porch with room for lots of entertaining and relaxing. You can hear the soothing sounds of Bear Creek from the porch and the fire pit (firewood provided). Beautiful views all around!

Great fishing right outside your door.

Arrangements for pets possible.

More Details

Barry Donovan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Barry Donovan

The Kickapoo Valley has a special place in our hearts as we grew up here and came back to raise our family in this beautiful area. We have three grown boys who love to visit and enjoy the Kickapoo Valley and all it has to offer. We love to share this unique property with family and friends and welcome you to join us too.

Barry Donovan purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Barry Donovan chose La Farge

We purchased this piece of land several years ago from friends and neighbors, and built the cabin bit by bit over the years with the help of many friends, family, and local craftsmen. We enjoy it's beauty and want to share it with you!

What makes this cabin unique

This setting is like no other. We have a top quality trout stream steps from the front door. Abundant wildlife in every season. The views are gorgeous all around. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the porch, watching the wildlife, hearing the sounds of Bear Creek trickling by, enjoying a fire in the fire pit after dark, and just relaxing.


La Farge Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large tiled shower
  • Also have an enclosed outdoor shower with hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft space with futon for extra guests
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , Newly enclosed Loft Bedroom area. Very spacious.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Newly enclosed second loft area
  • Queen size Beds (2) Log Beds, Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Kickapoo Valley Bear Creek Retreat. Driftless Area, Vernon County.
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place. Barry was so responsive. The pictures don’t do justice to the charm of this cabin! Had a great family getaway... our first with the dog ! Make sure to kayak down the Kickapoo ... it was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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So comfortable, so beautiful. A true haven in nature.

  • 5 of 5

A pristine comfy cabin on what seems like your own private nature preserve. We saw a bald eagle catch a fish, a muskrat swimming by its den, hawks, cranes, and flocks of early migrating birds, plus a doe and twin fawns. And fish, of course! Everything was so nice and peaceful and just as described. We are going back for our anniversary in another season. The Driftless Area is wonderful to explore as a nature lover - stunning untouched scenery, hiking and canoeing. This home away from home makes it all the better.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family friendly place to fish for trout

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is perfect for a family weekend to fish, sit around a camp fire and commune with nature. The creek is right outside the cabin and everyone caught fish. Barry is a great host and the cabin was spotless.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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8 years in a row

  • 5 of 5

I was the first person to rent at Bear Creek Retreat and I am still coming back!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin, incredibly kind owner, and can’t wait to get back there!

  • 5 of 5

Scenery amazing, cabin extremely well equipped and taken care of, and ultimate driftless experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wee-Bit of Heaven in the Driftless Area...

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is clean and well laid out. A nice outdoor seating area and firepit complete the property.

My wife and I took our two young boys on a 'technology free' weekend. The boys explored the land along the creek and walked into the woods...they felt safe with their 'bb guns'. There's enough grass area to play a good game of catch with a football. The back seating area overlooks a creek, barn, farm field and near-by hills. The hills held mist in the mornings.

The setting is world class, serene and humbling. Hard to believe that there's an area like the Kickapoo River Valley and the Driftless Area - that so few folks know about.

Barry greeted us shortly after our arrival to make sure we knew where everything was...and gave us some tips on local things to do and see..

A wonderful experience...

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Kickapoo Valley location with excellent fishing and wildlife right outside your door. A quiet place to relax, yet close to many activities for the whole family.

Bike Trails, Kickapoo River Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowmobile Trails.

Three miles to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. 'The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. ( Here sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons. Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you!'

Approximately 8 miles to Wildcat Mountain State Park with breathtaking views, trails, and the beauty of Mother Nature all around.

Viroqua is only 15 miles away with outstanding relaxed dining, interesting shops, antiques, movie theater, and much more.

Only an 1 1/2 hours to Wisconsin Dells.

Several Golf Courses less than an hour away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200

2 Night Minimum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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