My wife Missy and I grew up in Illinois and have 3 children. We started vacation in Mercer in 1988. There would be 1 to 3 trips a year for snowmobiling. July of 2003 we came up for the first time in the summer. It was really nice and came back 4 more times that summer looking at property. Bought a house on echo lake and remodeled it through the winter. We wanted to find property on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage and started looking around. Found a piece of property that used to be a resort with bar and rentals. There was no operating bar or rentals for some time at this property. We decided to by it and make it into a private home. Then we started talking about all the resorts that used to be on the flowage(which most have sold off and are closed). Then the mind was made up to make the resort happen again. So we gutted the building and put in a full bar and restaurant and opened Jan. 2006. Then in 2007 and 2008 I built new rentals and Gateway 1 was born.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 2008
Mercer was chosen for the nature, and the wide range of sporting activity. There is so much to do whether you hike or bike, paddle or want a boat to cruise in, skis with a motor(snowmobile) or cross counrty skiing, downhill skiing. Go hunting with a gun or camera. Its just so nice to be able to have all those choices.
Gateway 1 has a great setting and will bring memories into your heart for years. With full use of the property there are many things to do. Just sit by the fire and tell stories or make s'mores . Get a kayak, canoe or paddle boat free of charge at the bait shop. Put the food on the grill and sit on the deck and wait for dinner, or come down to the lodge and get some of the best food in the northwoods. Try Wayne's Famous Bloody Mary.