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The Real Northwoods Experience

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Two Lakefront 2 BR Cottages in northern Wisconsin - Pets Welcome

Situated on the sandy shores of 500 acre Oxbow Lake, the 'Walleye' and the 'Musky' cottages each offer two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, living room and baths with showers. Both the Walleye and Musky Cottages sleep 4, with 4 twin beds total (and the option to turn one set in each cabin into a King bed). Within 50 feet lies the beach and dock area where a fishing boat with trolling motor awaits the walleye, muskie & pan-fishing action of aesthetically beautiful Oxbow Lake. Guests are welcome to BYO boat - the landing is directly across the lake and plenty of room to tie yours up.

The lakefront is a family-friendly area with a gentle slope and no steep drop-offs in the water. You might also take one of the kayaks or canoe to explore Oxbow's many bays and islands. Presque Isle, known as 'Wisconsin's Last Wilderness' offers limitless opportunities for hiking, biking, wildlife viewing & birding. Located within the immediate area are the 3000 acre Catherine Wolter Conservancy Area, the Van Vliet Old Growth Hemlocks, the Ottawa National Forest, the North Lakeland Discovery Environmental Center and the WinMan Trails. All offer miles of mapped hiking and biking trails and self-guided nature walks some with programs that will enhance your wildlife experience.

'Presque Isle,' French for 'almost an island' offers many other large and small water bodies for varied fishing and water sporting activities. Evenings you can gather around the outdoor fire pit, perhaps after a dinner out at one of the several fine supper clubs in the Presque isle area, or engage in some friendly family rivalry with a badminton match or board game. You will come to savor the laid-back Northwoods life style and will end your vacation refreshed and ready to return again soon.

More Details

Calvin & Sarah Johnson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Calvin & Sarah Johnson

We are a local family who came to Oxbow Lake 35 years ago from downtown Chicago. We have raised our children, and now grandchildren in Presque Isle and we are eager to share the beauty and tranquility of the Northwoods with you. Three generations of the Johnson family help out with the cabins, from 9 years old to 75 years old!

Calvin & Sarah Johnson purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Calvin & Sarah Johnson chose Northeast

The 'Walleye' & 'Musky' offer a traditional Northwoods experience with reasonably modern amenities, without being 'just like home.' You can rent one or both cabins (there is a discount rate to take both... please contact us).

What makes this cabin unique

Reasonably priced with a host of family friendly activities that do not require admission fees, keyboards or internet connections!


Presque Isle Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 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 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Can push the beds together with connector for 1 King bed.
  • In each of the cabins, we have a twin bed connector, pad and sheets that allow the twins to be turned into a king bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
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The Real Northwoods Experience
average rating of 4.285714 based on 7 reviews

Almost perfect

  • 4 of 5

Place is great amenities are ok

The only problem are the musquitos and flys but it is a huge preblem musquito repellent help with the musquitos alittle bit didn't help with the flys at all

There is marshal hour after 8 pm you can't stay outside musquitos take over for the night

Other then that everything else was great

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice view, cabin fine but ...

  • 3 of 5

Pretty lake. Feels like BWCA. Very little boat traffic. Perfect kayaking and canoeing. Loons with two chicks camped out in front of our cabin on most days. Weather not conducive to fishing, but smallmouth bass picked up towards end of week. Not sure where one would find walleye or panfish. Nice access to waterfalls in the UP. Gas station in Presque Isle has everything you might have forgotten. Internet available in town and cell phone service available down the road: perfect for getting away from what you want to get away from.

Cabin was mostly great. Nice pine walls, kitchen equipped well enough..

Good view. Cozy. Bathroom ceiling was low and bathroom was cramped for a tall person. The one serious problem is that anything in a closed drawer in the bedrooms or kitchen was musty. The smell was always noticeable in the bedrooms even with the dresser drawers closed tight. I had a horrible sneezing attack within moments of entering the cabin. Doubled up on Allegra and I got through the week. I would return if the musty smell gets dealt with.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We appreciate your sharing your experiences and are sorry for any discomfort. We have followed up on your concerns and are scheduling moisture barrier installation in the crawl spaces underneath the cabins (this Fall). This was an incredibly wet spring/summer so this is the first time we've had any issues with moisture in the 12 years we've owned and managed the cabins... but in the event the wet seasons continue, this will put at bay any issues related to excessive moisture/rainfall. As far as the fishing... we can only hope the more time you spend on the lake, the better the fishing gets:) Sometimes the mayfly hatch hits and the walleye shut off -- this may have been the case for your stay this year as this is an excellent early season walleye lake in particular.
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experiencing comfortable cabin, beautiful lake, and wonderful owner during/after the big storm

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Musky cabin 20 minutes before the big storm hit the area, which knocked down trees and power line in several places. So, right after we unloaded our stuff, the electricity went out and left us with no power, and no water for more than 24 hours. We were not prepared for that condition; as soon as the morning came, we went sightseeing outside of the area to avoid the problems. We talked with Cal on the phone, then he went to the cabin to clear the water from the boat, and checked with the utility company. He talked with us several times on the phone to update us the situation. Luckily, when we were back to cabin that night, power was back too. The morning mist and sunset on the lake are beautiful. We enjoyed the boat and kayak on the beautiful and peaceful lake; we had a great time fishing on the boat and on the dock; when the power was out, we enjoyed the board games also. There was another little event when we used the boat for the second time; the battery was not fully charged after the power was back, and we found out about it in the middle of the lake and had to row the boat back. The battery problem was caused by an unknown issue with power plug, which also caused problems with our slow-cooker later. I don’t know if these issues related the earlier power outage because the battery was fully charged before the storm hit the area. When we ready to leave, we told Bill to check on it and fix it.

Knowing we didn’t enjoy the cabin at its best condition, even the main problems were caused by the uncontrollable event, Cal communicated with us later and offered us a generous refund. I really appreciate him for being kind and helpful. Despite the power outage, we enjoyed some quiet and peaceful time at our stay and later considered the storm as an adventure which challenged our problem-solving skills.

I will give my stay five stars because the cabin is comfortable and the lake is beautiful, and I appreciate the owners don’t only care about making money, but really care about the guests’ satisfaction. They are the most wonderful and helpful owners. I know I can trust them with my next vacation in the Northern wood.

I also want to suggest: Please prepare some instructions regarding where things are located at, and how to use the battery charger, etc.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet anniversary getaway

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the Musky cabin on such a peaceful lake! We had a great time sitting on the dock fishing, watching the loons gliding by, seeing duck families darting through the water and a witnessing a heron land nearby. The mosquitoes and horse flies made being outdoors a challenge, but it was well worth it to smell like bug spray! We enjoyed the kayaks for use with the cabin, but spent our days biking Winman Trails, hiking and exploring the waterfalls of Michigan. We also took a trip up to Copper Peak ski jump where the views are amazing!!! We had a fire every night and stayed out until the mosquitoes took over for the evening. Arriving mid-week, the cabin was clean, but cabin's paper supplies were limited and firewood was not freshly stocked. No information was provided about the boat, electric motor and battery charger (shared between the two cabins) that our neighbors told us about on our third day. We purchased our own supplies on the first morning there, and bought our own dry firewood. These are things that were supposed to be provided and that we shouldn't have to ask for or about, so that is why there are only 4 out of 5 stars in this review. All in all, it was a great time and an enjoyable place to unplug!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fair review, Kerry. We definitely apologize for your inconveniences... it is not typical for us to leave the place poorly stocked and we will be sure to remedy in the future. And please know... we absolutely are on call during your stay, and are more than happy to address any concerns you have or items you need. We are thrilled to hear you took advantage of the area during your stay -- so much to explore and sounds like you hit some of the highlights from WinMan to Copper Peak! Please visit us Up North again sometime.
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Two Rivers Wi.

Best setting ever to have morning coffee

  • 5 of 5

Our day started in this tranquil place, looking toward the sun and sipping fresh brewed coffee. The mornings were ear-ringingly quiet, with the sudden call of loons to break the silence. We took it all in each day and appreciated the setting and all the area had to offer. We stayed in the Musky cabin and shared the Walleye cabin with other family members throughout the week. Sunday morning was the highlight of our fishing experiences with the explosive event of hooking into a huge 20+ lb musky right off the dock. We all but landed the beast and were happy to see it get off as we tried to release it without injury. The remander of the week was very frustrating trying to figure out where the other fish were. The kayaking/canoeing (all included as well as 14' fishing boat) and exploring was as good as it gets. We loved Oxbow Lake and it's islands, bays and tributaries. The water quality was great along with it's healthy vegetation. Our trip to Ashland/Bayfield was well worth the drive on one rainy morning during the week. Oxbow Lake was great, the cabin was more than adequate and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. A great week! ! ! "remember to bring your best bug spray"

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Tom and Elizabeth! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time up north. The Musky sighting and "landing" sounds awesome, and so glad you explored the lake and appreciated it as much as we do:) Please visit us again, anytime!
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Walleye and Muskie cabins

  • 4 of 5

We rented these 2 cabins and have to say that our time was very enjoyable. The cabins were well equipped with everything that we needed. We enjoyed the movies and also the peace of not having the phones interfering with all that we did. (NO PHONE SERVICE UNLESS YOU WENT UP TO THE ROAD) We had bon-fires everyday and cooked almost every meal over the fires even in the rain. Now the Mosquitos and all the rain we could have done without,. Thank you to the owners who did all to make us comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Julie. We're so glad you enjoyed your vacation with plenty 'o fires, outdoor cooked meals, lake views, and even... combatting the mosquitos! Come visit us "up north" again!
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
P.I Pub
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Trout Lake Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Skyview Lodge
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Indianhead Mountain

Presque Isle is nestled in the northwest corner of Vilas county, and within the 220,000-acre AmericanLegion State Forest. Right across the the state line is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Ottawa National Forest with over a million acres of explorable land. This is a quiet community that respects recreational boater/skier/tuber. Fishing and anything water-related are the natural highlights; with a plethora of awesome day trips, most notably waterfalls, Lake Superior, and hiking trails.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

If you are bringing a dog, please bring $30 per pet for the week for additional cleaning. Cash or check works wonderfully. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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