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The Otter Cabin on Moose, Moose Lake, WI

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Charming One-bedroom Lakeside Cabin

The Otter Cabin on Moose was newly remodeled with all new furnishings in 2012 and sleeps a maximum of 4 people. Amenities include one bedroom with a queen bed, a living room futon (double), all bed linens, an equipped modern kitchen, satellite TV with DVD player, wireless DSL internet, picnic table and chairs, fire ring with wood provided, charcoal grill, private dock, canoe and paddles. No smoking. Well-behaved pets welcome for a fee.

The Otter Cabin is in the Chequamegan National Forest with hiking and fat tire biking trails nearby. Boating, water sports, fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking are all popular activities on the lake. Golfing is also popular, along with all the year-round vacation offerings of the Hayward, WI, area.

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Deb Murrell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Deb Murrell

The Hayward area has been a big part of our family's vacation life since our kids were babies, both in summer and in winter. We purchased a cabin in 1998 and have enjoyed every minute we can spend on Moose Lake and in the area.

In 2014 Mike and Deb moved from Wisconsin to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a job change for Mike, who now teaches at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Deb is a retired elementary and middle school teacher. Daughter Sarah, a pediatric dentist, married Karl, an orthodontist, up in the Hayward area and they are now the parents of our first two grandchildren. (There are many dental discussions when we get together with them!) Son Luke works for UTC Aerospace Systems in the Twin Cities; his wife, Megan, finished her Masters in Illustration through the Savannah College of Art and Design and is growing her illustration and fine art business while also working at Orange Theory.

Deb Murrell purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Deb Murrell chose Northwest

Our small family cabin is next door, and we became good friends with the former owners of The Otter Cabin through the years. When they retired to Florida, we purchased the cabin from them for future family possibilities. We are the only two cabins at the end of our road, and this also helps us maintain some control over the peace and quiet we'd always enjoyed on our part of the lake. We remodeled the cabin, purchased new furnishings, and started renting the summer of 2012.

What makes this cabin unique

The Otter Cabin's neighbors are the lake, the forest, and our small family cabin. We only see a few lights at night across the water, and, most summers, our neighborhood family of otters is spotted swimming past the dock. There is a good boat landing close by and plenty of parking space for your trailer at the cabin.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful time exploring the lake looking for fishing spots.

Really enjoyed the fire pit in the evening - thanks for the dry wood. The stars at night are incredible.

Thanks for the great week."
Aug 2012
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Hayward Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bring your own bath, swim and dish towels, and toilet paper. A roll of toilet paper is provided to get your week started.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • All bedding provided. Bedding also provided for the living room futon.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
The Otter Cabin has new furnishings and was completely remodeled in 2012. Suggestions for you to bring: food, seasonings and condiments, towels, toiletries, t.p., life jackets, insect repellant, sunscreen, fishing gear, any desired water shoes and inflatables, flashlights, charcoal and starter. We do not provide a boat, but rental is available on the lake and the dock has tie-up rings. The Otter Cabin does not have a beach; swimming is off the dock.


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The Otter Cabin on Moose, Moose Lake, WI
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Palos Heights, IL

Special Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The Otter Cabin on Moose Lake near Hayward, WI, was the perfect spot for our time away for some well-needed R&R. The cabin is beautifully decorated with much thought to every detail. It is so cozy & comfy with everything needed to feel & function like it is your own. The hummingbirds feeding just outside the big dining picture window were fascinating to watch every mealtime. Deer running through the yard kept our dog Chewie on alert! Phil & Chewie even got to see a bear on their morning walk. This was not part of our to-do list, however! The dock & pier were our favorite spots for gazing at the beautiful lake & forest surroundings & catching a few fish. Unfortunately, the evening mosquitos outnumbered our fish! The weather couldn't have been better, with only one small thunderstorm. The host/owner Deb is just wonderful & a real pleasure to have met her & also her dog Jackson, the world's friendliest & fun-loving dog! There is much to do in the area & in Hayward, but this time we mostly kept it pretty simple with just a few fun excursions. Thanks again, Deb (& Mike, who we didn't meet), for providing such a special place for us & other lucky guests. Also, Deb, for your many kindnesses, & making our vacation a great time with good memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so pleased you had a good week at The Otter Cabin.
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The Otter Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cabin! Its very cute & clean. Deb is wonderful. This was our second time here at the cabin and we can't say enough how relaxing it is there. Our dog loves it there too. Weather was perfect. Fishing was very good caught walleye, bluegill & crappie. One day alone caught our limit in 2 hours! Took a day trip to Park Falls to St. Croix Custom Rods & another day to Hayward to eat lunch & shop main street. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Otter Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cabin for a getaway. It is new, very clean and well appointed. We loved the solitude! Deb is great to work with, very generous. Thanks for sharing! Hopefully we'll be able to enjoy this sweet cabin again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Otter cabin was a delightful weekend escape. We loved being able to bring our dog-who had a fantastic time as well :) The lake is gorgeous, pristine, and quiet. There are nearby trails and wildlife. The firepit was great at night and the stargazing was excellent.

Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cabin & Lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week in July and the cabin was very clean and nicely decorated.The lake was very good fishing alot of crappies and walleye. The owners were very nice! And our Labs got along great.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property great, owners even better

  • 5 of 5

The property is ideal, clean & location is fabulous but really.......we stayed here, went out on the lake at night. As humiliating as it is to admit we got ourselves lost very late at night. The owners stood out on the dock with flashlights and helped us find our way back. Finding an amazing property to stay at is usually easy to find but finding people like that is unique. We could not thank them enough. Very supportive and incredibly great people.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
109 Miles
Duluth, MN
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Louie's Landing
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Big Fish
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
WI 77
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Louie's Landing
Car: necessary

Journey into the Chequamegon National Forest and discover the beautiful nine mile long waters of Moose Lake. The lake reaches depths up to 32 feet and is fed by three rivers and many springs. A 'Class A' musky lake, both the elusive musky and the walleye provide sport in this healthy root beer-colored flowage. Bass and pan fishing are also fun for all ages.

Canoeing, kayaking, boating, water skiing/tubing, and swimming are additional favorite past times on the lake. The area is also popular for its miles of fat tire biking and hiking trails and for its many golf courses.

Moose Lake is located 25 miles east of Hayward, Wisconsin. The Hayward area has much to offer.... fine dining and entertainment, 7 golf courses, biking/hiking trails, the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, the LCO Casino, and shopping to name a few. Special Events include the Musky Festival, LCO Honor the Earth Powwow, Lumberjack World Championships, Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, and the Moose Lake Festival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

We accept personal and bank checks. We do not take credit cards through VRBO to save you the % fee they charge. Your reservation is safe and confirmed once we receive your deposit. We keep in contact with all guests when each of their payments arrive.
Cancellation must be made in writing 30 days prior to your reservation.
Full deposit refund available with this 30-day cancellation notice.
If you book a two-week stay, the rate for your second week is $850.
No refunds for early departure.
If you are booking a full week in May, September, or October, the weekly rate of $900 applies.
Off-season shorter stays require a two-night minimum at $150 per night; adding additional nights are $110 per night.
The cabin only rents by the week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Saturday to Saturday.
The Otter Cabin is closed in the winter (mid-October through April.)

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.

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