About the property
- Lodge2500 sqft
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
Wilderness view w/private bar TV WIFI beds &huge kitchen. Musky crappie
This is PRIME waterfront! The best view. The best fishing. You won't find authentic Northwoods charm and history like this ANYWHERE! RELAX! Historical photos inlaid in the bar are incredible. Canoe, kayak, ski, tube, swim, fish. Skillys Big Chip Lodge(Facebook) is the size of two cabins and right on the lake. Incredible view plus your own bar. WIFI & TV. On Moore’s Bay of the Chippewa Flowage(Home of the World Record Musky). Check out the incredible Fall rates. Musky and crappie go wild in Moore's Bay! Waves lap the shore while the smell of brats fills the air. Cook out on the huge deck and chill with a cool drink or local Leinenkugel beer inside at an “old days” photo filled 15 seat bar with stereo system overlooking Big Chip. Float around and just relax in the summer. Plenty of space for guests with 2 half baths downstairs and one full bath with shower tub upstairs. Right on the ATV and snowmobile trails. Incredible hospitality is found going from Lodge to Lodge by snowmobile. Deerfoot Lodge is 5 blocks away just the first of dozens! Have meals at the bar looking out over the legendary wilderness lake Chippewa Flowage. Big Chip Lodge is located at 9068 W Moore's Bay Trail, Hayward, WI 54843. Check us out, like and share also at https://www.facebook.com/BigChipLodge/. Million dollar view of Chippewa Flowage(Home of the World Record Musky) from what used to be a bar! Moore's Bay fills with nice crappie in the Fall. Trophy musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern, perch and bluegill abound. Snowmobile. Ice fish. Deer and grouse hunt across the bay in the Chequemagon National Forest. Cross country ski. The American Birkebeiner is held in February starting in Cable and ending in Hayward. Groups can musky fish and deer hunt in the Fall. Hayward Lakes Muskies Inc. Tournament is the first weekend in October. Moore's Bay fills with crappie in the Fall. Photo filled bar overlooks huge Big Chip and the private dock. 3 knotty pine bedrooms upstairs and open room with bed and couches downstairs sleeps up to 12. Check out the walk thru video. Great stereo system. Satellite 50" TV. One full bath and two half baths. Huge kitchen with 2 refrigerators and a full size freezer. Catch fish off the dock. Float around on a warm summer day. Relax with a beverage under millions of stars by a lakeview campfire with your friends. Smell that food grilling out on the huge deck. You can't get any more comfy and laid back than this. Come on out to the country. Book NOW to get your dates reserved!
Check for boat rentals. Also Deerfoot 715-462-3328, Johnson's 715-462-3225, Deer Run 715-462-3276 or Dun Rovin 715-462-3834.
Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager
I moved to Cabin One next door to the Lodge in 2016. I've had a varied life as a commercial illustrator, childcare center owner, commercial fisherman, beverage salesman and small business entrepreneur. I recently earned my insurance license and work as an independent agent with Hayward Insurance. I'm also the father of four beautiful children and 6 and 2 year old granddaughters. And in the picture is my very special girlfriend, Mame and me, Skilly.
Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager purchased this Lodge in 2004
Why Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager chose Hunter
This property has the best view and the most desirable access to great fishing, skiing and hunting on Big Chip! Total wilderness across the lake and South. NO houses. You'll think you're in Canada. The Chequemagon National Forest will stay like this forever. Plus it's right on the snowmobile and ATV trails and fabulous ice fishing location. The American Birkebeiner is a blast! Think of the fun your group will save by having your own bar!
What makes this Lodge unique
A huge deck, knotty pine construction, beautiful fireplace room, dock and great view make this place. Then there's the historic bar filled with pictures of days gone by. The great stereo system. Think of the money your group will save by having your own bar! Relax without feeling like you're on pins and needles around the furnishings. I still see something new there as I eat my breakfast and look out over Big Chip. Awesome. Moore's Bay fills with crappie, walleye and musky in the Fall. Everyone on the lake comes right out front of the Lodge for excellent fishing every Fall. There's water skiing, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling just out front. Then there's the American Birkebeiner Ski Race in February. Always something going on here.
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We came up for a guys weekend. We loved the rustic atmosphere of the cabin. The owner Gary was more than accommodating. He above and beyond to make sure our stay was comfortable. Give this place a look next time your thinking about visting the flowage.
Thanks to Ed's group for being wonderful guests. Living next door gives me the opportunity to meet and give guidance to some very interesting people. Instant feedback helps me get the things right for future visitors. Big Chip and Moore's Bay is an awesome place to fish and explore. The beautiful lake view and being so close to the waterfront/docks makes Big Chip Lodge hard to beat. Thanks Ed!
We had a group of guys stay for a fishing trip. Gary was a great host and had everything we needed and more. The fish cleaning station worked wonderfully for cleaning up our daily catch of Walleye and crappie. We even landed a 43 inch musky which was the highlight of the trip. Another great part was, we never left Moore's bay. Lots of great fishing close by. I would definitely stay here again!
Thank you so much Patrick. It was great having your group.
Great Cabin For A Guys Get Away!!
Perfect place for a guys get away!! Gary was super friendly and very helpfull. Cabin was clean and plenty of room.
Excellent place for our large group to ice fish every year
Cabin has fully stocked kitchen, plenty of sleeping room, located right on the water, and the bar is the center of our socializing every night after fishing. Gary the owner is very accommodating and will answer any questions you have.
Thank you David for the great review. I'm working hard to make this place better all the time. Living next door helps. But like you said, with the water and the bar you can't help but have some fun. I appreciate meeting great people like your group. Take care and see you again!
Great Place lots of space for family
We had a blast the owner was a great host even though we forgot our towels, plenty of ice for fishing and beautiful northwoods views, cant wait to book for late summer, I think we may have found our Familys getaway.
I live next door in Cabin One and I'm enjoying meeting the folks coming up. I never used to as I lived 450 miles South. All questions can be answered because I'm here and having fun to boot. Thanks for your love of this beautiful place in the Great Northwoods. I hope to see you this Summer!
it works well for big groups.
The one thing you can never control is the weather. we happened to be there on the two hottest days 93 and 94 degrees. the place has one small window air unit.. a little warm. I understood there were other ac units available if we put them in for the owner, which we decided not to do. there were plenty of fans and the bar area is pretty cool. we had a great stay, everyone enjoyed the trip besides the heat. Gary is very friendly and welcoming.
Thanks for your review. Feedback is how I rank necessary improvements. During the summer there are cool nights here in northern Wisconsin. And a few warm ones. Usually we get by with the fans. The upstairs warms up more and I'm probably getting a window air conditioner for up there for sleeping. Until then get air flowing with those fans. I own the cabin next door now and I sleep with a fan going and windows open every night. I just moved from Illinois and I'm loving it! Hope to see you again.
Just out of Hayward past LCO Casino and the new Prop's Landing, Big Chip Lodge is on the edge of the Chequemagon National Forest. Wilderness beauty is spectacular with the sounds of loons and zillions of stars in the dark night sky. Right on the ATV and snowmobile trails. Big Chip Lodge is waiting for fun travelers! Moore's Bay fills with crappie in the Fall. The Hayward Lakes Muskie Inc. Tourney, Lumberjack Shows and American Birkebeiner are here. Cross country ski across this huge lake. Ice fishing straight out in Moore's Bay. Snowmobile Trail #6 out front.
Chippewa Valley Airport Eau Claire 104 miles
Minneapolis St Paul International Airport 149 miles
Sawyer County Airport 2 miles For pontoon and fishing boat rentals call Deerfoot 715-462-3328, Johnson's 715-462-3225, Deer Run 715-462-3276 or Dun Rovin 715-462-3834.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A $400 deposit is required within 7 days by credit card or check to reserve the Lodge. The remaining balance is due 15 days before your arrival date by check or money order. In the case of cancellation, deposits will be returned(less $50 handling fee) only if reservation dates are rebooked. This refund would be returned upon receipt of deposit from guest filling your reservation. No credit for short stays. Please call immediately if you will not be staying during your reserved dates. Check in time is after 3 pm and checkout is by 9 am. VRBO(877-228-3145 & 800-349-8218) and Gary W Skillestad(309-712-4767) require a phone call within 2 hours of entry on the 1st day of the lease to discuss any issues. Watch the walk-thru video to be sure this old bar will work for your group. The downstairs bedroom is an open old gameroom with couches and cots. Cell phone reception is better upstairs, by the Fishhouse, near Deerfoot Resort or at the Casino for full service. The rental includes the use of fish house(closed, no water in Winter), one dock with two sides for the lodge(center dock). Mail checks payable to Gary W Skillestad, 9068 W Moore's Bay Trail, Hayward, WI 54843.