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Lake Front Cottage On Beautiful Big Portage Lake With Private Beach And Dock.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage Is On A Point With 500 Feet Of Lake Frontage With Private Sandy Beach.

Secluded Cottage on one of the best walleye lakes in the Northwoods. Three bedroom fully furnished, One and one-half baths, surrounded by tall pines, birch, and hardwood forest. The beach has a sandy bottom with gradual slope away from shore, which makes it excellent for swimming and water-sports. There is a picturesque stone walkway down to the dock which is located directly off the Point. The dock has a built-in bench for evening views of spectacular northern sunsets.

The cottage has a large open deck off the front, with panoramic views through a beautiful thinly forested shoreline of stately Norway and White Pine, along with Birch, Maple, and Oak hardwoods. One bedroom has a king-size bed and an adjacent full bath, another has a queen-size bed with adjacent half bath, and a third bedroom has a queen, a full, and two twin beds. The cottage also has a large sitting room with a queen-size hide-a-bed sofa for sleeping.

The kitchen has an electric stove, microwave, dishwasher, and a large refrigerator. The dining room has a table seating six, and the living room has large lake-viewing windows and a fireplace for those cool summer evenings or colder winter days.

Wildlife abounds in the surrounding woods and out on the lake. The eerie call of a loon is often heard in the still evenings or early mornings, and mother duck waddles along the shore with her brood closely following behind. Eagles are frequently seen on the lake soaring overhead.

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William Shields
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About William Shields

The Shields Family originally came from Eagle River. Our parents bought the cottage in 1968 and used it as a weekend 'get-a-way' while they were still working (Dad was City Engineer of Eagle River and Mom was a school teacher for Eagle River (now Northland Pines) School District. After they both retired, they sold their house in Eagle River and moved up to Big Portage Lake. Actually, the original cottage was more of a large cabin, and it burned down in the early 70's. They rebuilt the cottage to what it is today, except for the large addition or 'sitting room' (we call this the 'Lois Room' after Mom) at the entrance.

My brother and I live/work with our families in other states (Colorado and Ohio), and at present are not able to use the property as much as we'd like. Therefore, we decided to share some of the northwoods experience on Big Portage Lake that we've had over the years.

The name 'Shields Pine-Rest' is not only appropriate, but is also historic. Our father was from Chicago, and his mom and dad (our grandparents) bought a resort on Little St. Germain Lake and operated it during the summers. They called it 'Shields Pine-Rest', as there were huge white and norway pines scattered among the cabins. I believe now it is called the Pine Valley Resort, located just off of Shields Road, on the south shore of Little St. Germain Lake.

William Shields purchased this cottage in 1968


Land O' Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • No Fireworks. No fires on the beach or at the dock. No loud or excessive parties.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , half bath
  • One and a half bathrooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Three bedrooms.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Lake Front Cottage On Beautiful Big Portage Lake With Private Beach And Dock.
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Truly a lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with this very lovely home on the lake. The home is comfortable and clean. Kitchen fully stocked with every possible item one could need. Beds are comfortable.

The property is huge! Lots of room to walk around. And a beautiful beach. Not the best fishing lake (not even a nibble), but still enjoyable to spend time out there. A wonderful deck where we a great deal of our time.

Plenty to do in the area -we went hiking every day (20-60 minutes away depending on where we hiked).

Ate home every meal except one. Dinner at TJ Grizzlies (pizza) was great. And we are from Chicago and know great pizza!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 4 of 5

What a gorgeous home. Full of wonderful memories the family was willing to share. I feel this gave it that warm cozie feeling. The fishing was great! Beach spectacular!! A great place to get away!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galva, IL

Beautiful Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a rare 90 degree day in northern Wisconsin. As soon as we unloaded the car, we all ran down to the beach and jumped in the lake. The lake was refreshing with a perfect swimming area. The next morning, the lake was as smooth as glass, so we took our kayaks out and watched 3 loons dance around the lake. We really appreciated the seclusion and privacy of the property. You couldn't see any neighbors at all. Almost every night, we would line up the lawn chairs on the beach with our feet in the lake and watch the sunset. It was just so relaxing. We'd then make a campfire and talk about the days hike or kayak trip.

The cabin was very comfortable and homey. It had everything needed to make our stay enjoyable. It really had that "Up North feeling". We also liked reading about the history of the cabin and it's owners. All in all, a great vacation spot. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenville, WI

Great Week Up North

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place and good value. It is close to being a five star property. From our view and travels this is the single nicest lot on Big Portage Lake. It has a gentle slope, nice beach, and great views. We didn't use the dock as it was too small for our pontoon but we had no issues beaching our boat for the evening.

Some thoughts:

Place had Lots of Towels

Bring your own Garbage Bags and TP and Paper Towel, limited supply of these items in house

Lots of room/layout is good for large groups. One big room in entry way was nice

There is only one bathroom with a bath/shower so that can be a bottleneck when getting going in the morning

Kitchen furnished nicely for any type of cooking, includes a dishwasher which is nice

Propane grill provided worked well and was in convenient location

Lots of sleeping room, room in lower level must have 5 or 6 extra beds.

Place is very clean & well kept, but dated décor

We'd go back here again in a heartbeat, I could see this place getting a few projects done and it being a true 5 star destination!


  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and Complete Cottage on an Outstanding Lake

  • 4 of 5

We had concerns about bringing our 3 grandsons for a week, they are 10 and 8-year old twins, as they would be separated from most of their electronic and cable entertainment. Would they get bored quickly? They didn't - not at all! They spent nearly all their time outside. They were disappointed to leave a day early as one of us got sick. Additionally, they are enthusiastic about returning next year.

The cottage was very clean and ready for our arrival. Several notes were left which made for a quick adjustment. It is well-equipped and comfortable without taking away from the cottage/cabin experience. There are plenty of windows and screens allowing for easy checking on children, observing the deer close up, or just enjoying the view.

The cottage grounds are spacious and open enough for activities, e.g. catch, frisbee. The swing and picnic table are great alternatives to eating or sitting on the deck or dining area.

The lake is clear and clean, well suited for any water activity. It is not over used in any category of water recreation. The beach is large enough for playing, wading in the water, or swimming. The separate dock area is great for fishing, swimming, and exploring.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Although the initial directions to the house may seem daunting it is actually very easy to find. This is more of a home than a rental and you feel like an invited guest or a member of the family when you walk in. By the end of our stay we felt like we had been coming to this spot for years. The house is fantastic. Well built with many creature comforts and recent upgrades. The location is stunning with water every where you look. The lake is one of the best in the area and suitable for any water sport. We sold a house in the area last year and this rental made us feel very at home again. We hope to return soon. We also brought two small dogs and they were in heaven. Finally, the sandy beach was a big hit with the children of our friends who came to lunch one day. I would imagine the house is fantastic on a cold snowy day as well!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Gateway Inn Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 45
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Gateway Lodge
Nearest Beach
(property has a private beach)
Car: necessary

Location is only a few miles from the Michigan Upper Peninsula with many opportunities for sight-seeing. Also, it is 18 miles north of the famous Eagle River Chain of Lakes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Housekeeping $200
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 10.0%

Change-over day is normally Sunday. Check-out at 10:00 AM. Check-in at 3:00 PM. Alternate change-over days may be considered. Please 'crate' pets when away from cottage. Sorry, zoning regulations limits min. stay to 1 month.
The garage, boathouse, and boat are not available for use. Boat rentals are available in the area. Please be careful and have fun!

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.