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Lakefront vacation home with 300 ft. of private, South West facing, shoreline.

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3,600+ sq. ft, 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom, home with a 22 foot tall stone fireplace.

To book this property you will need to talk with the owner first so we can go over some basic house rules. Reservations or payments made before we talk over the phone will be declined. Please call: 608-575-1343 after 6:30 CST M-F

This lakefront home is on a private lake with no public access so you will feel like the lake is all yours. The lake has about 70 acres of water, and neighbors have verbally agreed to not use gas outboards, so it stays quite and peaceful. We have approximately 300' of Southwest facing shoreline, a pier and several fishing boats with electric motors, canoes, and a paddle boat that are free to use.

The living room has a cathedral ceiling with windows facing the lake. There is a 22' tall stone fireplace from the floor to the ceiling. The Dining room and Master bedroom also face the lake. There is a large deck overlooking the lake and the only neighbors that can be seen from the deck are across the lake.

The lake has very good Musky and bass fishing, along with endless bluegills for kids can catch right from the pier.

In addition to the living room mentioned there is a rec room with TV, pool table, air hockey, a basketball game and lots of other games for kids on rainy days.

Almost the entire house interior is cedar or pine and the atmosphere is very lodge like.

The end of our driveway directly connects to a branch of the snowmobile and ATV trail. We don't get much traffic here but it is nice to have direct trail access. Guests can walk to a restaurant about a 1/5 mile away. Call us at 608-575-1343 or email us at We do not accept reservations without talking to the renter.

More Details

Alex Elkins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About Alex Elkins

We own two lake front vacation rental properties in the area and have been renting out houses to people since 2001.

Alex Elkins purchased this house in 2005

Why Alex Elkins chose Mercer

This property has a real north woods or up north feeling to it. It has much more privacy than most lakefront properties and with 6 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms it can handle up to 12 guests without anyone sleeping on couches, or waiting in line for a bathroom. The setting and view of the lake are truly beautiful.

What makes this house unique

Massive stone fireplace in a room with a 22' tall cathedral ceiling. Also a large rec room for rainy days. Directly on the ATV and snowmobile trail. Walking distance to the Beaver Lodge where you can order a pizza or eat dinner.


Mercer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Bathroom 1 upstairs: shower and a separate tub, toilet, sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Bathroom on the main floor is a full bathroom with shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in the walkout basement is a full bathroom
  • Three bathrooms, one on each floor, all with showers, toilet, sink.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Second bedroom upstairs is approximately 14 x 14' in size
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Bedroom 3 upstairs has a extra long twin bed. 10 x 16' room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Bedroom 4 is on main floor and is approximately 14' x 14'
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 5 is on main floor and is approximately 12 x 12'
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Bedroom 5 is in basement by rec room. 2 twins plus bunk bed
  • The master bedroom overlooks the lake and the cathedral ceiling and the top of the stone fireplace. The room dimensions are approximately 14 x 16. Great room for hearing loons calling on the lake. Three other bedrooms have windows with a view or partial view of the lake. We do not allow people to use the couches as beds. There are 10 beds with 2 of the beds being queen beds. There is an 11th bed that is part of a bunk bed so it is a little shorter than a regular twin bed. We took the top part of the bunk bed off so it is no longer an actual bunk bed. (kids were being too wild on the top bunk bed).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Many groups consist of multiple families, or generations. Some couples rent it and have the whole place for 2 people. The first 10 guests are included for the base rate. Having more than 10 different people stay there at any point in the stay costs $30 extra per night for the 9th person and each additional person. We do not allow parties, family re-unions, weddings etc.


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Lakefront vacation home with 300 ft. of private, South West facing, shoreline.
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews
Champaign, Illinois

Awesome Cabin - Perfect Location - A Home Away From Home!!

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to Big Bear Family Cabin for nearly 5 years each Spring (1 Fall visit), with 6 total stays, and it's always been a wonderful experience. I love the seclusion, serenity, and just the overall relaxation that comes with staying at Big Bear. The cabin is welcoming, like a home away from home, so after a day of fishing on the Flowage it's easy to just settle in for the night and be fully rested to take on what the next day has in store. The cabin has all the amenities, and then some, to make my visit everything I want it to be. Whatever mess I make, I can leave it to clean up whenever I feel like it... unlike at home when I feel guilty leaving it for someone else. It's my mess, I'll clean it up when I'm ready. :) The cabin is so big that it's easy to get away for a bit if needed.

Being situated on Little Martha lake has it's definite advantages, especially on those days when you just want to stay "at home" yet can get away for a little fishing on practically your own private lake. Although I have never caught a musky on Little Martha, I have caught my fair share of Perch and Pike. What's so awesome about it is that you don't have to hassle with trying to launch your own boat, there is already one (or two!) waiting for you ready to go.

Although not a "happening" town, Mercer is a great place to visit. It's very laid back, nobody gets in a hurry, and who wants to be in a hurry when you are on vacation. I particularly like to visit The Pines restaurant situated on the main drag. It's a wonderful restaurant, with an awesome beer garden, that serves the best roast duck on Saturday nights that I have ever had... oh and the Perch and Haddock on Friday nights should not be missed. A total home cooking experience, featuring some great German food and of all things, awesome take home pizza - take this back to the cabin to enjoy whenever.

Last, but not least, Alex (owner) has always taken care of me and my buddy each/every time we come up to visit. The cabin is always clean, comfortable, and there are always extra stuff that previous renters have left behind like paper towels, or salt/pepper, etc. so if you forget something quite possibly you might be covered. We try to leave something back for the next renters in return, I sure know I appreciate it. If we have ever had a problem (rarely), Alex has been very prompt about getting it corrected. This is truly a great place to rent, you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in northern WI

  • 5 of 5

My family of 8 had an amazing week at this cabin. It was so spacious and had all the amenities you could want for a family get away. We enjoyed every aspect of the Big Bear Family Cabin, from the basement with pool and air hockey, to the lake which was perfect for fishing and swimming. The cabin had everything available you could want. It was so peaceful and secluded, yet there was the convenience of being close to town and having a lodge nearby for a quick meal. Alex was very helpful. We had a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison WI

Awesome clean cabin with plenty of space and a real up north feel (Great veiws). Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Really cool place! I really like the look and feel of this house. Even though it's not a log cabin, it has a similar feel, especially inside with wide cedar boards and huge stone fireplace. They have an antique wooden canoe in the living room and up against the fireplace wall. It's huge, how did they get it in there? Really cool.

Great living room and view of the lake. Nice not having other houses near it and having a yard that feels like your up North. Caught some nice fish, had fun on the trails and swimming, loved the whole experience. My kids loved it. Owners were nice and keep this place in good shape. They left us alone until I called for something and then they had someone come. Then it was back to having the place feel like it was mine again. The lake was quite and I felt like I was the only one there. I like it that they don't show up to check on things, but instead left us alone until we called them, which is much more relaxing. One of the better rental experiences I have ever had and I have gone up North every year for 24 years.

D.L. Madison WI

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jefferson, WI

We love this place!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to this cabin with our family for summer vacations for 5 years. We absolutely love it! The cabin is always very neat and clean. None of that musty old cabin smell that you find other places. The furnishings are very nice, comfortable and up to date. It has beautiful "Up North" decor - the long canoe, the fireplace, the details all throughout the house. The property is well kept, in great shape. It's wonderful to have a place that fits our whole group so well. The lower level with the game room gets a lot of use when we are there. We use the lower bedroom as the kids room, the cousins love to bunk together for the week. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The lake is beautiful. So nice that boats are included in the rental. We have a few serious fishermen and they enjoy their time on the lake. We all have fun taking a canoe or paddle boat ride. The kids like to swim off the dock. We have campfires in the fire ring, lunch on the deck, and the kids really like the big swings. Our grand children love being at the cabin. They talk about it all year. "The Cabin" is on their list of favorite things to do. We all enjoy our time in the Mercer area and look forward to returning again. Alex and Jean (the owners) have been very friendly, handling any questions we have had promptly. We have never had any complaints or problems. Big Bear Cabin is a great spot for families to spend some time together.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Park, IL USA

Not as described!

  • 1 of 5

This cabin is very dated, the kitchen and bathrooms especially. It snowed twice during our stay and we had to shovel our own paths, make sure you have a 4x4 if going in the winter. The basement is a frozen tundra, there was a space heater down there, but it didn't even make a dent. Customer service from the owner may be some of the worst I have ever experienced. I go up to northern Wisconsin quite often, and I have stayed at many cabins through the vrbo, but I will not be staying at this particular cabin ever again.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Response to the review above: My wife and I are owner/members of this business and L.L.C. and have rented it to many families in the last 10+ years. We are new to VRBO's site. In 10 years of renting it, we have only had to ask for part of a security deposit 3 times. There have been damages to our place more than 3 times, but we understand that accidents can happen, so we dismissed them. We have dismissed some fairly expensive things, like a large window that a guest broke by accident. That renter proactively told us they broke the window.. One of the reviews we have on VRBO is from a guest who created very odd and significant damages to our property. They denied causing the damages. I had personally prepared the cabin for their stay. I inspected the damages after their stay. I did this before any other renters were allowed into our place. I did this at the request of our cleaning professional who called us and asked us to look at the damages before she did any cleaning. With my wife and I, there are 5 people who evaluated the damages, Three are unrelated to us. One is a doctor, one is a nurse, and one is a professional cleaner. Each person stated the items were ruined. The renter paid for the cost to replace the items, then went on VRBO, and wrote the review above. They told us multiple times that they did this to get back at us. They also stated multiple times that they are going to have many of their friends go onto VRBO and submit horrible reviews. While we usually ignore damages that cost $135, in this case the reason for the damages can't be overlooked. We did not ask them to pay for the time we spent fixing the problem, or the travel time and cost to drive 70 miles round trip to purchase the items before the next guests arrived. Ultimately, I hope all readers of reviews on VRBO factor in that some of the reviews may be written by past renters who are upset about having to pay for damages and so they use the review as a tool to harm property owners who request money for damages. In an effort to allow fair speech and full disclosure, VRBO won't take these postings off. It is important to allow free speech. Allowing free speech and yet protecting owners from malicious acts, is a hard puzzle to solve. We are new to VRBO but we have families that have rented our place year after year for many years. They love it, and we love letting them enjoy our place. If you want more pictures of our property, please let us know. Thank You, Alex and Jean
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Manitowish Waters WI, Wausau WI
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Beaver Lodge and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mercer Golf Coarse
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 51 and 39
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Beaver Lodge and Rest. is within walking distance
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Indian Head and BlackJack Ski hills are 25 miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
On property also 1 mile away is a public beach

This area has great fishing and snowmobiling. The Turtle Flambeau is a massive lake with some of the best Walleye and Musky fishing in the Midwest. You can be on the Flowage within 10 minutes of our house, or one of the 50+ lakes within 10 miles, or fish the lake we are on for huge Musky's, Northern Pike, Bass, and lots of Bluegills. There are snowmobile and ATV trails all over the area and our place is directly connected to the trail. If waterfalls and beach's are what you want, there are many (15+) gorgeous waterfalls within a 20-40 minute drive. Lake Superior is only 25 miles away and has some of the nicest beach's to walk along anywhere in the world. The Lake Superior beach's closest to Mercer are lined with beautiful quartz pebbles that people come to collect. Mercer is in the true North woods with lots of loons to listen to at night and less people to deal with.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Signed contract required to rent our house. No more than 14 people can be there at any one time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.