Wilderness view w/private bar TV WIFI beds &huge kitchen. Musky crappie
Gary W Skillestad Sr Owner/Manager
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, small business entrepreneur and insurance man. 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 7 and 3 year old granddaughters. And in the picture is my very special girlfriend, Mame.
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. 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.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We were a group of guys that have coming to the flowage for the past 18 years, and it was the first time we have not stayed at a resort. We range in age from 16 to 76. This place was perfect! Gary lives right next door, he always asked if we needed anything. The house was exactly as described, Gary has a video walkthrough that gives a good idea of the layout. The bar is awesome, one could spend hours looking at the old photos and newspaper articles. If you are looking for a place to relax and be together as a big group...this is the place. It was unanimous that we would book here again for year 19! Thanks Gary!
Awesome place for a guys trip
Awesome place for a guys fishing trip. Gary is a great guy and helpful with any needs or fishing advice. Description of property and pictures
are very accurate. The history of the lodge and the pictures on the bar are great. we already booked it again for next year. Thanks Gary!
Thanks guys. See you next year!
Great place for a big group
The bar and deck are an awesome place for everyone to have a beverage or two and a meal without feeling crowded. The view is great from both places.
Gary is a great host and gave us fishing tips and local places to buy bait.
He also told us about some of the history of the former resort.
He even played a few tunes for us on the guitar by the campfire.
If you want to experience the old time rustic feel of the north woods this is the place to go to.
Thanks guys for coming and also thanks for being positive on my guitar playing and singing. Hope to hang with you guys again. All fun.
Great place for the guys right on the lake. Gary the manager was friendly and very helpful.
Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Great place with a lot of History too!
Our group loved it.
We will be back for sure!
It was great to have you and I was especially happy that you guys had the proper gear for the brutal temps. See you again!
Classic lodge setting with a personal bar.
Can't beat it.
Plan on returning next year!
Thanks so much! See you then.
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 .