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A True Northwood's Cabin Experience!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Our cabin is nestled on the east side of Big Lake Chetac offering beautiful views of the lake and fantastic sunsets. Big Lake Chetac is known for its fishing and water recreation. Enjoy coffee in the morning in the screen porch and a bonfire at night in the firepit next to the lake. The cabin has two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, living room with pull-out couch and wood burning fireplace, family room with wood burning stove, and a fully-equipped kitchen. We have a DirecTV/TV/DVD player and a good collection of movies, as well as books and games for your entertainment at those times when you can drag yourself away from the water. We have a dock for your boat or for great fishing. We are located 25 miles north of Rice Lake and 20 minutes south of the famous tourist destination of Hayward, WI. There are 4-wheeler trails just down the road and two nearby boat landings. This is a cozy cabin for a family or couple getaway. We also have a pontoon for rent. Inquire if interested.

Mary L McGaver
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Mary L McGaver

Ryan and I are both elementary school teachers who love the Northwoods lifestyle. We grew up in midwest Wisconsin and love to be near the water for relaxation and recreation. We want to offer that ability to everyone.

Mary L McGaver purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Mary L McGaver chose Northwest

When looking for a cabin, we wanted a lakeside, west-facing, charming, rustic, cozy cabin experience. We believe we found it. Our cabin is cedar sided, has knotty pine interior, and a large screened-in porch with a magnificent view of the lake. We wanted a recreational but quiet lake and we believe we found that in Big Lake Chetac.

What makes this cabin unique

Within 25 minutes of Hayward and Rice Lake.


Birchwood Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom tissue, bath towel sets included
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Nightstand, Dresser, Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Linens provided. Dresser. Nightstands. Ceiling fan.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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A True Northwood's Cabin Experience!
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Great place, great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Mary's cabin is really warm and welcoming, we all felt right at home as soon as we walked in and certainly felt like we were about to enjoy a "true Northwoods experience!" Great view of the lake from the deck, we certainly enjoyed grilling dinner, watching the sunset and then heading down by the lake for a fire or playing games in the screened porch to get away from the bugs. Lake Chetac is beautiful (fishing was pretty good) and the pontoon boat definitely added to the wonderful experience we had here, highly recommended!

As a side note, mice were a bit of a pain (four caught over the three days) due to the weather this year (according to the locals we chatted up) but the cabin is set up with traps in the kitchen so just be aware that you might have to take care of a few little critters while you're there.

All the best, guys, thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great setting and experience !

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week at this property. The sunsets are gorgeous !

Plenty of room for the four adults, and our 2 year old Grandson.

Everything is as advertised on the VRBO site, and more.

The crappie fishing was also pretty good !

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and for taking such great care of our cabin. We hope to see you again.
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Wonderful place for relaxing vactaion

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a month and enjoyed every minute. Screened porch is ideal for lake viewing, sunny days, naps and rain storms. Cabin was well set up with everything your could expect. Our hosts were great; just the right touch, there when needed but not bothersome. We are an older couple revisiting the big lake of our youth. We had son and grandchilderen for a couple days; otherwise just the two of us and dog to enjoy. would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Erik, Steph & Lady

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time renting this property. We absolutely love this cabin!!! This year we took our dog with us and she LOVED it also!! We rarely left the lake. We rented the pontoon, which was very comfortable, spacious and low maintenance. We visited Chit Chat & Sportsmen's which have dog friendly patios. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable and both rooms were spacious. AC/Heater was available but not needed due to the gentle breezes from the lake and shade trees. It did rain some nights and we found the DVD selection more than accommodating. There were cards and board games also. We used the fire pit more this year than last, the bugs didn't bother us at all, but bring your own spray just in case. The sunsets and sunrises are breath taking! We fished a little but released anything we caught, locals told us the fishing is very good on the lake. Plenty of pots, pans, kitchen accessories and cleaning supplies. We brought extra towels which worked out well, our lab discovered the water.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Erik and Steph! It was great to have you up again this year. We are so glad you enjoy our cabin. Let me know about next year as soon as you can so I can save the week you prefer.
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Conducive for Relaxation

  • 4 of 5

Loved the cabin and all the little decorative touches, esp little stuffed bear on the bed. We had rain the first full night and day, so having the screened porch was perfect!! Loved sitting out there listening to the rain. By Fri night things had cooled off considerably so we fired up the wood stove and had things nice and toasty after a day of fishing on the lake. We loved having a boat ramp so close with pier at cabin to leave our boat parked at for the wknd. Great fishing (even right off the pier)! We hiked some logging trails while there, as well. We recommend taking drinking water, as water is iron filled. We put one of the TV tray tables in the bathroom for our stuff to sit on and it was a perfect fit. (Noticed in another review that someone was disappointed with this situation.) Oven seems a bit off. Baking cornbread took twice as long as at home.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything I hoped for ... and more

  • 5 of 5

I've been looking for a new north woods "getaway" ever since the last rental cabin I used to go for the past 6 years was sold and became a residence. My choices are limited since I always like bringing my 2 dogs, one of which is a Golden Retriever who loves the water. Well, I took a brief little 2-day vacation to kind of "test drive" this cabin up near Birchwood and it was everything I had hope for and then some. Plenty of room, lots of great atmosphere, very quiet, nice and private, extremely clean and all the comforts of home - but still with a little roughing-it feel of a log cabin. Fishing off the dock was incredible. In maybe 3-4 total hours of fishing, I caught 6 nice small mouth bass, 2 perch and some bluegill by just casting 20-25 feet away from the dock. I am really looking forward to coming back next summer, renting the great pontoon boat they have there and really exploring what appears to be a fish-rich lake. One of the best parts of the whole trip was that my entire time there I was NOT bothered at all by any mosquitoes or biting flies (which is usually one the drawbacks of any north woods vacation). I was even out at night using my telescope and never got bothered at all by any bugs. I can't wait to come up next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us Chris. We are so glad the trial stay was exactly what you were looking for and we will see you again next summer.
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Rates & Availability

Birchwood Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2018
May 19 2018 - Jun 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Sep 7 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 8 2018 - Nov 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Rates are subject to change until the time of reservation.
Rates are based on 1-4 persons. Additional charge of $10/day per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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