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Skillys Big Chip Lodge. Prime waterfront. Relax, fish, enjoy!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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. New air upstairs as of May 2018! 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. 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 , Johnson's , Deer Run or Dun Rovin .

More Details

Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 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 Hayward

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.


Hayward Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A $400 deposit is required plus VRBO fee within 7 days by credit card to reserve the listing.
  • The remaining balance is due 15 days before your arrival date. 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.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Upstairs full bath with tub/shower and toilet and sink. Downstairs two bathrooms each with a toilet and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 murphy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master Bedroom(1 queen bed & a cot), Bedroom 2 (1 Full Size and 2 single beds) and Bedroom 3 (Bottom bunk double, top bunk single) upstairs. Downstairs bedroom is the old open gameroom with one double bed, one couch, one foldout couch and a cot.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Large parking area for a few cars/trailers. Also fish cleaning house. I put my 18 ft boat in at Deerfoot or Deer Run Resorts nearby. The have more water for bigger boats than our boat launch. They charge $5 total for in and out. Leave money in box at ramp.


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Skillys Big Chip Lodge. Prime waterfront. Relax, fish, enjoy!
average rating of 4.1875 based on 16 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Fishing wasn't the best but we went up for the peace and quite and it was that. We sat around the campfire with Gary and Mame and shared a lot of stories. The sunrise was beautiful off the dock or in sitting at the huge bar that overlooks the bay we were on. The kitchen is plenty big for a lot of us to be cooking at the same time. We also had Gary and Mame over for a turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy sweet corn plenty of other salads and of course desserts. We had plenty of room for everybody and even my 84 year old mom had a great time. The cabin could use some updating but it was perfect for us. Thank you for a great time and your stories and new friendships made. Curt and the gang

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Curt and crew. And, thanks for the T-shirt. It was great hanging and having dinner with you guys. Hope to see you next year!
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Vintage rustic lodge that owner is fixing and saving.

  • 5 of 5

Nice space for a group if you all want to be in one place.

The Chippewa Flowage is amazing and right out the back door / deck.

Many boat rentals in area.

Just a note, boats take gas. We ran out, silly suburbanites.

Hayward a short ride away.

Gary’s a nice guy and we wish him well on the renovations.

The building has history and deserves to be saved!!

We had a great week!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for visiting.Yes, year after year the place gets improved. Plenty left to do but I appreciate guests that understand money makes fixes happen. Bring more gas and come back and see the beauty of Big Chip!
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A truly unique experience

  • 5 of 5

One of a kind place with a great story. Can’t beat having access to docks right on the water. We will book again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I was so lucky to end up with this historic spot. Take care and see you again.
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for a bunch of guys to have a great time. Tons of beds, huge bar, great character...Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bradley. I'm glad your group had fun. That's what this place is for. Come back and see me!
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Awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Great experience!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Patrick. It was great having your group. Skilly
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Nearest Airport
87 Miles
Duluth International Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Deerfoot Lodge or just stay at your own
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Big Fish Golf Course Hayward Country Club, Teal
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
County Road B and Snowmobile Trail #6
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Chippewa Inn, Deerfoot Lodge, R&R Bayview brkfast
Nearest Ski
10 Metres
Cross country skiing on lake American Birkebeiner
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
Next Cabin to south
Car: recommended

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 , Johnson's , Deer Run or Dun Rovin .


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

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 and Gary W Skillestad 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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