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6 Miles to Downtown Hayward! Full Recreation 500+ Acre Lake; Private, Wooded Lot

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Magical wonder 35 feet from mystical Windigo Lake.

Picture perfect, panoramic views of this beautiful 500 acre lake from the south facing family room and wrap around deck. Cozy, Northwood’s cabin on over 1.6 acres with charming wood interior on main level and large 3 season room.

The newly renovated lower level features a generous master bedroom with gas fireplace, sizeable bathroom with soaking tub and dual sinks, stackable washer/dryer and adorable bunk room.

Enjoy 200’ of lakeshore with low elevation and sandy bottom swimming area. Relax amidst the charming landscaping while lounging in the Adirondack chairs on the fish-shaped stone patio.

More Details

John and Chris Knapek
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2018

About John and Chris Knapek

John and Chris -

We live in Lakeville, MN with our 6 (yes, 6!!) kids!

John and Chris Knapek purchased this cabin in 2013

Why John and Chris Knapek chose Hayward

Chris's parents also have a lake home in the area. We have been coming up here for many years and have completely fallen in love with the area and the community. We even honeymooned up here!

When it came time to find our own place, the location choice was the easy part. We knew we wanted to be close to downtown and everything that Hayward has to offer. When we saw the charm and character of this cabin with the potential to expand the living area, the massive garage with loft space and the absolute stunning lake views just 35 feet from the waters edge, we knew it had to be ours! Plus, we are located only 6 miles away from downtown Hayward!!

We continue to put our personal stamp on the property, and we know it will be a long process to get everything exactly the way that we want it. It is a labor of love and legacy for our family and we look forward to sharing our special little piece of heaven with you and yours!!


Hayward Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Lower level bathroom features a soaking tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
  • Also available: sofa bed, futon, 2 pack-n-play cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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6 Miles to Downtown Hayward! Full Recreation 500+ Acre Lake; Private, Wooded Lot
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Great property with a wonderful view.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the property. Very nice.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Family Get-together Site

  • 4 of 5

John and Chris are extremely nice hosts, showed genuine concern for our group's well-being! We really enjoyed the lakeside and generous upper deck seating ... spent hours out there observing families of loons, ducks, turtles, etc. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors as well. The kitchen is very well-equipped, even for large group meal preparation. Previous reviewers mentioned how clean the lake was on their visits, but the lake was disappointingly green and thick with algae this year, evidently an aberration. The downstairs remodel is gorgeous! The two upstairs bedrooms were pretty tight on space for two adults each, but two kids would be fine in those rooms for sure. We really had a nice, relaxing week in this large cabin. Downtown Hayward is a short drive away and we took advantage of those amenities as well. Thanks, John and Chris!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our beautiful cabin. Our cabin does offer what we have advertised. An awesome location, great view and many ways to enjoy 'quintessential' NW Wisc! :) While we are happy our cabin was met with appreciation -- the lake is disappointing to me, my wife and all others who own on this lake -- it must be stated that my wife and I (and other owners here) on Windigo Lake are still able to swim in this lake. We have two young 6 yr old boys and we've all not been stopped from swimming in the water this summer despite the color. Although we lament the color, the description of "thick" and "algae" is absolutely not accurate. Cloudy would be more accurate... The resulting green color is apparently from all the nutrients that have been 'flooded' into this lake from some or all adjacent bogs that surround Windigo Lake. The flooding of nutrients are from the over abundance of rain the NW part of Wisconsin, and moreover -- the Upper Midwest in general has been receiving this year. Residents who have lived on this lake over 60 years have never seen the lake this way before.... The rain and resulting nutrients have placed the lake into an "Atrophic" or 'shocked' state. Hoping in the next few weeks to months, the lake will return itself to it's usual welcoming, crystal and clear condition that past guests have found it to be. Thank you again for your stay in Hayward, WI. John and Christina Knapek
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Beautiful peaceful cabin over looking the lake!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is beautiful! Has everything we wanted and much more! John and Chris were on top of everything and made sure our stay was amazing! I will definitely come back and stay here in the future!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Harley & guests, You and all of your 'crew' are very welcome to come-back to visit us! Wife and I love to have a young group of people enjoy our cabin like you all seemed to do, over Memorial weekend 2017. Feeling bad that the weather didn't seem to cooperate, but that didn't seem to stop you guys from enjoying your time at our "little slice of heaven"! John and Chris Knapek
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Our annual family northwoods getaway

  • 5 of 5

John and Chris' cabin and property was the perfect setting for a memorable family vacation with three generations. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back! Greeted warmly by John, who gave us a mini-tour of the cabin when we arrived, we instantly were drawn lakeside. The property truly is special - a cabin with tons of character, built close to the water on a beautiful bay with neighboring cabins, yet with a feeling of real seclusion and privacy. Between the dock, hammock, deck (great for morning coffee!) and *fabulous* family room with floor-to-ceiling screened windows, there are several options to enjoy the view, rain or shine. The fishing was rewarding - tons of nice-sized pan fish right off the dock - and we enjoyed kayaking and canoeing as well. (Plenty to explore on the lake if you're up for it!) We also enjoyed the loon couple that visited daily and serenaded us with that hauntingly beautiful call every night - the quintessential northwoods experience! Biking and hiking were a big part of our week - plenty of places to do both - and the town of Hayward is worth visiting. The cabin itself has a super layout with great common areas (did I mention the family room?) and plenty of private spaces, an open kitchen that's fun to work in and offers a nice view of the lake, and a thoughtfully and beautifully remodeled walk-out. We've stayed in many VRBOs and this layout was definitely one of our favorites. Finally, Chris and John couldn't have been more attentive. They happened to be staying above the garage on the property the week we rented, and were available anytime to answer questions, etc. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne.... Thank you for your positive review after your stay with us at our lake cabin during the Fourth of July 2016. Chris and I both are so happy you all loved our place and hope we continue to see you and your group as the years come. Glad to have had the opportunity to meet your "quintessential Hayward Northern Wisc getaway" needs --- at our 'li'l slice of heaven' on Windigo Lake... John and Chris Knapek
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Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home on the lake, very quiet and peaceful. The owners really made sure we felt at home. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to experience the Northwoods of WI. We went in the fall and what a beautiful property to view fall colora, dog frie dly was huge bonus as well. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tom! I am glad you and your new bride enjoyed our little slice of Heaven! I also was glad to meet with your parents later in the week, when you and wife left early -- and allowed your parents the place to use during the last weekend! Your parents enjoyed NW Wisconsin "Leaf turning" weekend in peace and quiet! Hope to see you all back on Windigo some day.... John & Chris
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Excellent place!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you John and Chris! My first time back on Windigo since the late 80's (and my fiance's first time ever) did not disappoint. The lower level redo is beautiful (once you get used to the spiral staircase), and you can't beat the peace and quiet of Windigo. It's definitely the unique place I remember. The fishing was good, and at times it was like we had the entire lake to ourselves. We look forward to our honeymoon next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mike and Jen! Chris and I always feel something extra gratifying to know when our cabin can provide a 'rendezvous back in time' to those who may have been away from a very familiar place like Windigo! Glad you both enjoyed our cabin and lake place. Looking forward to seeing you both back next year!
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6 miles from downtown Hayward - home of the world famous Lumberjack Championship, Fat Tire, and Birkebeiner ski race. Nearby wineries, brew pub, homemade candy shop, go cart track, atv trails, Fishing Hall of Fame and LCO Casino. Also close to Stone Lake - home of the famous Cranberry Festival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 5.5%

Fees: Refundable Damage Deposit: $500 / Cleaning: $150 + tax / Pet Fee: $200 + tax / Taxes: 5.5%
Please mention dates, quantity/approximate ages of guests and any pets. Event rates are a flat fee for up to 6 Guests with a 7 night maximum. There will be an additional charge for extra Guests and nights. Responses are usually within 12-24 hours. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. Reservation must be cancelled 60 days prior to the arrival date to receive a full refund of the $500 deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.