"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."
~ John Muir
Wilderness Lodge is not just a resort - it is an escape from the ordinary. You won't find a crowded beach, bar or restaurant, and there is a limited number of eclectic log cabins nestled in the towering pines of the Chippewa National Forest. Set along the shore of pristine Turtle Lake, this grand log estate once served as a booming resort, but today it is a secluded northwoods retreat.
Wilderness Lodge is not for everyone; it is for those special people who are looking for something different - a place where they can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a place to enjoy an old fashioned family vacation and world class fishing in an unspoiled paradise. A place to unplug from the world and relax while they refresh, renew and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit.
Wilderness Lodge offers something money can't buy - the opportunity to experience life in a whole new way, where schedules are forgotten, time doesn't matter, and life seems to stand still in that one perfect, priceless moment of the present. Here you can reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, nature, and God. Here you can find your bliss while still enjoying these upscale amenities, private boat ramp, sand beach, private docks, playground, fish cleaning house, kayaks, WiFi, and friendly personal service.
Find your Bliss
Welcome to the Lake!
The steps leading to the lake
Luxurious Leather Furniture
Lodge Dinning Room
Log Dinning Table
Fall Festival Dinner
Fireplace in Dinning Room
Log Breakfast Bar
Log Coffee Bar
Original log kitchen from late 1800s
Main floor bath
Stairway to 2nd floor
Bedroom #1 (Sleeps 4)
Bedroom #2 (Sleeps 4)
Bedroom #3 (Sleeps 2)
Bedroom #4 (Sleeps 2)
Bedroom #6 (Sleeps 2)
Upstairs Antique Vanity
Walk-in Stone Cave Shower
Inside Cave Shower
Screened Porch overlooking Lake
Early Fall at the Lodge
Welcome to Wilderness Lodge
This historic log estate is one of the last of its kind in the area.
From its humble beginning as a small trapper's cabin built in the late 1800s, the property has seen many changes.
In 1930 the cabin was moved back from the hillside to its current location.
From 1929 - 1940 log cabins and buildings were added to the property and in
1941 a log lodge was built over the original trappers cabin, keeping the kitchen
and one bedroom intact. The property was operated as a family resort until 1976 when it was closed and sold to private owners.
Years of neglect took their toll on this once beautiful estate, but in 1998 it was purchased and an ambitious renovation project began. What was once a derelict old resort has now been transformed into an amazingly warm and welcoming lodge
and four unique log guest cabins.
The historic lodge and property were lovingly restored by the prior owners to a new state of rustic elegance. The moment you step into the Lodge, you feel as though you've stepped back in time to the era of the rich timber barons. The rich patina of the logs
and the warmth of the stone fireplace beckons you to come in and stay for awhile,
making you feel at home.
> HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Original Trappers Cabin
Resort brochure form 1943
"In the woods we return to reason and faith."
~ John Muir