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The beach is calling...right outside your window... come relax and play!

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cabin On The Beach

It's all in the details...Nostalgic beach decor throughout this 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin on the beach fully furnished for your next getaway! Yes it really is just outside your window! King size plush pillow top bed in one room over looking the beach and 2 single beds in the other. Living room windows (and bedroom window) overlook the lake with clean beach about 2 feet beyond the window. Brand new windows throughout entire cabin. Lake breezes fill the cabin when you open up the windows. Central air and gas furnace, bathroom includes toilet/sink/shower and contains all towels. Full kitchen with blender, electric skillet, toaster, microwave, coffee pot, refrigerator, oven/stove, pots/pans and dishes. Iron and ironing board provided. Seating for 4 in kitchen, as well as additional dining room table with 4 chairs. Home away from home. Twelve foot gazebo has electricity so you can stay up in the evening enjoying the breeze and playing games without the bugs. (Table and 8 chairs in gazebo). Fire pit also on property with plenty of fire wood. Over 200 feet of dock for your enjoyment all summer long! WIFI available if you choose, or else unplug and get away!

Mindy Gadke
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Mindy Gadke

Shell Lake has been our family destination for over 60 years! It has been our dream to one day own a cabin, and be able to share it with others so they can make memories and have a similar experience to what we have had growing up. We previously rented cabins, as well as stayed at the public campground. This property is family owned, with our family staying in the main house for a large part of the summer, and periodically throughout the school year (though it could be made available to others if the space is needed).

Mindy Gadke purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Mindy Gadke chose Shell Lake

Sixty years ago my grandfather packed up my grandmother and their 4 children to drive north until they found something they loved. When they pulled into town they found a sign for Sandy Beach Resort. That's when he decided that this would be the place. When Sandy Beach Resort came up for sale, he wasn't sure how he could manage a resort in Wisconsin, and run his farm in Iowa. My dad has still carried his dream of one day owning a place on Shell Lake, and found it to be reality this past July. Now not only do we have a place to call home, but we can also share the additional cabin with other families so that they can enjoy it too! The previous owners had searched northwest Wisconsin for a few years to find the perfect vacation home, and this was it. When they decided to sell they wanted someone here who would love it as much as they have. And we do!

What makes this cabin unique

We purchased this property fully furnished and the previous owners had quite the eye for detail! The beautiful sand castle picture and sea shell/sand dollars/fishing theme definitely reminds you that you are on vacation. It was decorated simply, yet beautifully! Unique pieces perfectly placed throughout. The 12 foot screened in gazebo is lined with white icicle lights for late night board games while the children sleep. Wireless Internet is available should you choose to tap into it, or use this as a getaway and chance to unplug from the rest of the world. My husband has restored the bench next to the cabin so everyone can relax and enjoy the view. The view from the living room is also the view from the master bedroom, so you can roll over and wake up to the sun rising over the lake. Generally you can see 10-12 feet down into the lake, so if you go fish on a rock pile, you can watch the fish and feel them nibbling on your line! That was one highlight when I was little. Our beach is quite shallow, so you can allow your little ones to play in the water in front of you without fear of them getting too deep. To us, this is the perfect home away from home!


Shell Lake 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: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Over 200 feet of dock! Water depth at the end is 48 inches. Feel free to bring your own boat with bumpers to tie up to the dock. We do warn everyone to watch the weather for storms, as they approach quickly. If a storm approaches the option is to use earth anchor (provided) to hold boat in the water during a storm (holds our 4,000 lb boat and allows it enough bounce to not take on water from waves), or best option is to trailer it to prevent damage. Storms are so strong as to overturn a boat lift with a boat in it, as well as detach docks which could damage your boat. Those who are not familiar with Shell Lake do not realize the white caps and storm possibilities on a lake so large. If no storms are in the area you can leave your boat tied up to the dock all week. Dock runs entire length from beach to end of dock which is important as some people don't purchase enough dock so you must walk 100 feet in water to get on their dock or are unable to drive boat up to dock (too shallow water)


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The beach is calling...right outside your window... come relax and play!
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews

Enjoy the view

  • 5 of 5

What a peaceful place to get away and relax in this cozy cottage! We were here in the late fall so couldn’t enjoy the lake and outdoor activities, but we very much enjoyed to wonderful view out the big picture window in the living room. We did lots of cooking while there and found everything we needed, including, frosted beer glasses in freezer, just waiting for us!

All in all, a very comfy place to stay (plus we enjoyed the many DVD movies...). Owner was very accommodating in letting us stay longer than checkout since we couldn’t check in ‘til later. We really appreciated that!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! So often we don't take the time to get away from life and craft, scrapbook, relax, ect. I'm glad you had the chance to do so, and to enjoy those little details like frozen mugs for drinks :) Happy Holidays!!!
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Nice cabin right on the lake

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this cabin. It's right on the lake and the view out the sitting room window is really nice. It was clean and comfortable and the owners are very friendly.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful beach, meat and clean cabin, good price

  • 5 of 5

This was our second summer staying at this cabin. It was a great time to make memories at a fun place to be. We love the lake! The time went too fast!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cabin, Even Better Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at this lovely cabin in Shell Lake last week. I had a wonderful experience with the owner's daughter -- she was very prompt and courteous. The property itself is situated so nicely on the lake. There was a nice breeze blowing almost every day we were there. We arrived on a breezy evening and heard the waves on the beach all night. I found the cabin to be the perfect size for the two of us. We never felt like we were in each other's hair, but we were never far from each other. The view over the lake from the living room and bedroom was simply beautiful, and the view from the dock is even better. We enjoyed spending time in the gazebo as it is screened-in and bug-free and also provides a wonderful view. The bed was more than comfortable. My husband is pretty large, at 6'3", and he did say he struggled a bit in the shower stall, but that's to be expected in a small cabin such as this so we weren't surprised or bothered by it -- he's used to being too large for small spaces! :-)

We spent a day at Amnicon State Park and Pattison State Park which entailed about 2 hours of driving round trip, but was great fun. We spent an afternoon in Hayward which is only about 40 minutes away. We did some shopping in Spooner which was adequate for us and had almost everything we needed. The location is great, and we ate meals at several nice restaurants including Peggy's Place in Shell Lake, and McKenzie Landing, which is outside of Spooner (pretty much in the boonies).

The owner was nearby for the majority of our time there and he checked on us regularly to make sure we didn't need anything. He was so polite and helpful. He even took me for a ride in his plane, which was unexpected but so much fun.

Despite having houses/condos/cabins around us, we felt very secluded and private and didn't feel awkward spending time outdoors. Shell Lake is beautiful and clear. It was a bit chilly while we were there so we only swam once, but it was enjoyable. The dock with the bench was one of my favorite parts. I spent quite a few hours on it reading and tanning!

All in all, I can't say enough nice things about this rental. We had a wonderful experience and hope we can return again some day soon. Thank you for helping to make our honeymoon so wonderful! I'll tell all our friends about this lovely home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A good fall getaway

  • 4 of 5

A lovely fall vacation with a fantastic view of the lake. The fire-pit was close to the cabin and very user friendly. The city of Shell Lake offers good restaurants and amenities.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anniversary Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect fit for our one-year anniversary getaway! We loved the huge sandy beach and the clear shallow water! It was very relaxing and private, and we enjoyed swimming, reading on the beach and taking out the row boat. We also went to the nearby Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary and took a beautiful and scenic hike there. Being a five minute walk from the town was so convenient, as we could just walk to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant or walk to grab some groceries. The owners are so nice and welcoming and they let us know that they were there if we needed anything. We would definitely go back again!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Shell Lake Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Klopp's 5th Avenue, Lakeview
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Spooner, Sarona, Birchwood
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Recreational Train Rides in Spooner!
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Hwy 63
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Lakeview as well!
Car: not necessary

Annual Sailboat Regatta is beautiful! Held 5 times every summer on Shell Lake. Tube the Namekagon River, ATV/Snowmobiling trails adjacent to property. Rodeo in Spooner 2nd weekend in July. Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward every July/August. Audubon Society nearby with trails. When you are 'up north' you find there is a festival of some kind every weekend almost all summer long! Antiques, wine, and sightseeing galore!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

Contact owner also if something comes up and you need to cancel. We will make every attempt to re-rent it on your behalf, but your deposit may not be refunded if we are unable to find a renter for your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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