"Our family of 5 adults and dog spent a week at the Spider Lake cabin in mid-June 2016. As others have said, the pictures don't do the cabin justice. The very private setting is perfect for relaxing on land and lake. There are also lots of ways to expend as much energy as you want as well. Some of our folks said they felt they were staying in a tree-house. We heard the ATVs only a few times and generally things were very quiet.
The house is very well stocked with all sorts of necessities and extras, such as dishware and other kitchen supplies, linens and towels, comfort seating and table seating throughout, power outlets everywhere, some great DVDs, candles, flashlights, and more.
Some of the things we especially liked were all the swim toys, paddle boat, kayaks, hummingbird feeders, books/brochures on birds, lakes, and area attractions, ceiling fans, hooks everywhere, plenty of hot water, calls of the loons, fire pit and more. Despite my advanced age, I had my first authentic S'more at the fire pit - fantastic! There's a special rack of S'more supplies at Gary's Grocery in Birchwood.
We had great luck with a couple of meals out - lunch on the deck at the Hungry Minnow in Birchwood, the Friday fish fry at Prop's on Long Lake (ate outside on a night with a beautiful sunset), and lunch at Angler’s in Hayward.
In terms of wildlife we saw many deer (be very alert when driving), a bald eagle, turtles, loons, hummingbirds, orioles, and something like a muskrat. We heard tons of birds and on a couple of occasions an apparent pack of wolves (very far away!). The cabin had a limited supply of bug spray - be sure to bring some - the biggest annoyances were mosquitos and flies.
The water level on the Spider Lake chain was great. We were able to kayak from the cabin (lake #1) all of the way to lake #5. On a calm day, it's a relatively easy trek. Was one of the best things we did all week.
We found the Marketplace Foods grocery in Rice Lake to be excellent (there is one in Hayward as well). The adjacent liquor store has everything you could want - loads of craft beers. There's a good vet in Rice Lake if you need one (Rice Lake Animal Hospital).
The owner was very responsive to all our questions - responding in less than a day on all counts. The property is very clean and we highly recommend it to others."
Guest: David R.
Date of Stay: June 2016
Review Submitted: June 28, 2016