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Winter Snow! Wood Haven Lodge/Ski/ATV/Snowmobile/Pets/Pontoon Rental/NelsonLake

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

SUMMER 3 night stay available: Sunday, August 12- Wednesday, August 15


June 9-16/Saturday to Saturday;

August 19-26/Sunday to Sunday

Join us for a great Northwoods vacation—5 bedrooms, 4 baths along with 2 additional sleeping areas (loft and living room sofa sleeper). LISTED RATES FOR 2018 ARE FOR 6 GUESTS, effective January 1. We are permitted for 17+ occupancy in the LODGE but we will tailor your quote to the size of your group (adults and children).

Main Street Hayward is on the west side of town. We are 5 miles from these great downtown shops, bakery, restaurants and post office. We are less than 5 miles from hospital and library. So relax and enjoy the lake, but make a quick trip to town to enjoy all it has to offer also.

During 2018 we will be able to accommodate larger groups. We have purchased a lakeside cottage, the WOOD HAVEN COTTAGE ( This 1965 cottage is located down the dirt driveway adjacent to WOOD HAVEN LODGE. It is a 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath cottage that sits within 40 feet of the Nelson Lake shoreline. It has a four-seasons porch, which also serves as the third bedroom. With new furniture, furnishings and newer appliances, this picturesque cottage allows us to provide two vacation lake homes which, when rented simultaneously, can provide accommodations for groups of 21-25.


WOOD HAVEN LODGE is a newer (2012) 2-story walkout with a loft. Approximately 2400 sq. ft. of quarter-sawn oak hardwood floors and tile. This cabin has year-round accommodations on 3072 acre Nelson Lake. WIFI is available throughout the home.

MAIN FLOOR (Living room, kitchen, bath, deck, and master bedroom suite): The main floor has a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, living room with flat panel TV and a huge gorgeous 3-sided wood burning fireplace, and a full bath. The main floor also has access to the raised deck spanning the entire lake side of the cabin, which is great for viewing the wildlife & enjoying that A.M. cup of coffee.

The main floor master bedroom suite (approximately 300 sq. ft.) was added in 2014. This suite includes a queen hickory bed set, gas fireplace, executive bath, walk-in closet and sliding glass doors to the deck. This bedroom accommodates a Pack-n-Play and air mattresses, if needed.

LOFT LEVEL (2 bedrooms, bath, and loft area): On the top floor you will find a bedroom with a queen bed, a second bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds and small TV/DVD player (perfect for kids) and a full bath. The loft area can be for reading and relaxing after a day of fishing and recreation. If needed, the loft can accommodate 2 twin air mattresses for children.

LOWER LEVEL (Family room, 2 bedrooms, bath and laundry room): The lower level has stunning log walls with a gas fireplace, 70' flat screen TV with full surround sound, DVD player and has sports channels. There is also a 3/4 bath and cozy bedroom with queen bed. The washer/dryer is on the lower level also.

The second lower level bedroom was added in 2016. It is another queen bedroom (120 sq. ft.) and can accommodate a Pack-n-Play or twin air mattress.

LOCATION: Wood Haven Lodge sits about 40' back from Four Seasons Road, which is a dead-end road. It is a short jaunt of about 150 feet to the 120' of undeveloped shoreline. The fishing is excellent for all panfish, bass, northern and walleye on this lake— 31 miles of shoreline with maximum depth of 33 feet. There is a public boat landing about 5 minutes away. Minnow Jim's Bait and Tackle Shop is 5 minutes away also. There is a restaurant within walking distance at the end of Four Seasons Road.

FISHING DOCK AND BOATING: We have electricity and room for up to 3 boats (depending on size). There is a dock with chairs, and bumpers for docking boats. Fish cleaning station is available.

PONTOON RENTAL: A 20 ft pontoon is available for our guests at competitive rates. We have a Misty Harbor pontoon with a newer 40hp Evinrude ETEC motor, capacity 11 persons or 1551 lbs. It has a livewell, sundeck, bimini top, swim ladder and snack/drink table.

CLEANING: Wood Haven Lodge is new and very clean. We will have the cabin professionally deep-cleaned after every use. All linens, bedding, blankets, spreads, and throw rugs are laundered prior to your stay. We live nearby and will be able to take care of any problems or additional needs.

PETS: We are pet friendly. Our pet addendum outlines our pet policies. Please review and complete the pet addendum if you have a pet. Please indicate in your message that you will be bringing your pet. Pet charge is $225.

NON-SMOKING HOME: We do not allow smoking in the home, but guests are permitted to smoke on the property. Outside trash cans are available for disposal, as the damage deposit will be forfeited if left on grounds/property.

FURNISHED ITEMS: We furnish many items for your stay at Wood Haven.

BED & BATH— We provide bed and bath linens for your use. Each bathroom is supplied with Kleenex, toilet paper and pump soap. We do not supply hair dryers, so please bring your own. We do provide body wash for the showers/tubs. We have a new iron and ironing board. Please bring your own beach towels. If you forget, there will be a few on the shelves in the laundry room.

KITCHEN— We have dishcloths, hand towels, dish drying towels, 2 rolls of paper towels and dishwashing liquid for dish washing and dishwasher use. We also have small boxes of ziploc bags and aluminum foil, along with some garbage bags to get you started on your stay. We do have a cupboard with coffee filters, some salt/pepper and toothpicks.

KITCHENWARE— We have a coffee maker, coffee grinder and carafe. If you have a particular baking dish or small appliance that you use, check with us and we will let you know if we have it. The lodge is equipped with just about everything— pizza pans, pie dishes, baking sheets, muffin pans, lasagna pan, roaster, wok, popcorn airpopper, toaster, cast iron pans, griddle, crockpots, blender, etc. We now have a punch bowl, fun for meals.

OUTDOOR DECK AND FIRE RING: The raised deck spans the entire lake side of the cabin.

GRILL & DECK DINING— There is a large gas grill with propane. We have table/chairs for dining on the deck, along with acrylic dishes and drinkware.

OUTDOOR FIRE RING— We do have a bit of firewood from some dead trees we cut down. We will have some out back for campfires. We do have long branches for cooking marshmallows. We do have Adirondack chairs for around the fire ring (adults and kids).

WEEKEND RATES: 2-night stays are available for $450/night for 6 guests with each additional guest at $30/night. Call for information (641) 583-1806.

License ID# MDAE-986RMX

State of Wisconsin

More Details

Dennis and Martha Brauer
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Dennis and Martha Brauer

Hello! We are Dennis and Martha Brauer. After vacationing in Hayward for many years we purchased our cabin on Nelson Lake in 1994. Our oldest son and his wife, Jeff and Janene Brauer, built this vacation home (2012) next door to ours to share with their children (pictured).

During 2014 ownership of this vacation home was transferred to us.

Our community and lake area have a variety of amenities. We hope that you will enjoy your time here as we have for many years.

Dennis and Martha Brauer purchased this lodge in 2014

What makes this lodge unique

Hayward is remote yet not too remote. There are tons of places to shop and eat and yet you can go back to the cabin and most times it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. The lodge itself was built to be rustic but yet have all the modern day conveniences like cable, phone, excellent cell phone signal etc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your warm house.
Dec 2017
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Hayward Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 17 ...
  • Max. adults: 17
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Loft Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Floor Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shower only (no tub)
    Master Bedroom Executive Bath 4 - toilet , shower , Private bath in master suite with tiled shower/double sinks.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Loft Bunk Room (2 bunk sets, sleeps 4) - 4 bunk bed , Has TV/DVD player, DVDs, games, toys & puzzles. Sleeps 4.
    Loft Queen Room - 1 queen , Northwoods-themed bedroom next to Loft Bunk Room. Sleeps 2.
    Lower Level Queen Room - 1 queen , Cozy log bedroom adjacent to Family Room. Sleeps 2
    Main Floor Master Bedroom and Private Bath - 1 queen , Plus large area for pak-n-play & air mattresses. Sleeps 2
    Lower Level Queen (new addition to lower level) - 1 queen , Lower level queen with room for pak-n-play. Sleeps 2
    Living Room--Extra Twin Pullout in Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twin pullout in living room sofa. Sleeps 1
    Loft Area -- If requested - 2 twin/ single , Air mattresses/bedding provided (if requested). Sleeps 2
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom has hickory log queen bed and dressers, bench, walk-in closet, private bath, gas fireplace and sliding glass doors/deck walkout. This bedroom/bath is approximately 300 sq. ft. and will easily accommodate a Pak-n-Play and air mattresses. Lower Level Queen Bedroom also accommodates a Pak-n-Play or air mattress.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Snowmobile trails right out the back door.


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Winter Snow! Wood Haven Lodge/Ski/ATV/Snowmobile/Pets/Pontoon Rental/NelsonLake
average rating of 4.818182 based on 45 reviews

Wonderful property, true to description

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation was enhanced by this wonderful house. We needed a number of bedrooms, wanted an open space to cook, play games and watch some football and Star Wars movies. This place had it all! The house was beautifully maintained and the owners accommodating. We arrived to a fire going and a snowy trees surrounding us. Nice touch! There is a small, local bar / restaurant within walking distance along with a lake close by to walk on. Going into Hayward is great if you enjoy smaller towns with quaint stores.

Finally the owners were very easy to work with - Highly recommend this property

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Beyond Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We keep on coming back and it keeps on getting better. This was our fall trip and everything was PERFECT. It is truly our second home. Our little granddaughter calls it "mine". It is convenient to the atv trails which were just beautiful with all the leaves colors. Martha, loved those flannel sheets made it extra cozy. Only down side is we have to wait until summer for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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What an amazing and beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

There was a party of 6 gals on our weekend outing and this was without a doubt the best place we have stayed in the 20+ years we have been doing this! Owners couldn't have been more accommodating and extremely friendly.

It was like being in a little slice of Heaven! Absolutely recommend Wood Haven if you are looking to be pampered in luxury!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Very nice place. Would recommend

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Dennis and Martha were very nice and accommodating for our stay. The property and house were very clean and was as advertised. We had our family retreat over labor day weekend and it was very quite. We rented their pontoon boat and had a very good time cruising Lake Nelson and viewing the many eagles. Sunsets were also wonderful. Very nice and would stay again. Jim, Paula and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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3 Generation Family Fishing Fun

  • 5 of 5

My parents, husband, 2 daughters, son-in-law and one Chocolate lab (his picture is now on the site) spent a wonderful time at Wood Haven. Most of us were there for 2 weeks Aug 12 - Aug 26.

I have rented other properties in WI as well as Hawaii, California, Florida and Hilton Head SC and I can say that Martha & Dennis have the most well appointed property we have ever stayed in.

While Martha did sit with us and go through requirements for using the boat as another reviewer stated, I did not feel we were treated as children but rather she was trying to protect herself as well as us again legal liability which enables her to rent us a pontoon right off the property. While reviewing the legal insurance requirements, she also gave us the highlights of Lake Nelson - where to fish, find eagle nests and where we could pull the boat up on shore and swim.

The house is beautifully maintained and had everything we possibly needed during our 2 week stay. We were provided a change of sheets and towels the middle weekend and Martha asked anytime she saw us outside if there was anything else we needed.

One day the second week, we noticed the oven had stopped working. I sent Martha a text so she could arrange service before the next guests arrived and she immediately replied offering to have Dennis look at it. Fortunately, he just needed to unplug and plug it back in - but was very impressed with the prompt service.

I would highly recommend Wood Haven Lodge to other families or large groups.

If you have not visited Hayward, it is a great small community to visit. We loved the Monday Farmers market, the corn vendors and took advantage of a number of the local restaurants as well as the quirky Moccasin Bar.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Duluth, MN
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Four Seasons
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 27 and 77
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Four Seasons
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public Beach at Smith Lake

Go cart track, atv trails, home of the American Birkebeiner, World Lumberjack Championships, Fishing Hall of Fame

Wood Haven Hayward WI is just minutes away from all the festivals, races and competitions held in Sawyer County. Close to Bayfield and Stone Lake for their apple and cranberry events.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $225 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.5%

$325-$375/night (3 night stay required) and $2275-$2625/week
Rates are based on 6 guests. Rate for additional guests --$25/night/guest
Rates are adjusted for seasonal specials, holidays and other area events.
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

COTTAGE RENTAL is not included in these rates. Please contact homeowner if interested in adding the COTTAGE RENTAL for your stay.

Cancellation: 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days prior to check-in.
0% refund if cancelled less than 60 days prior to check-in.

Pets: $225 fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.