HOUSE: As you enter the gate, the packed gravel road curves for 1/3 mile with Finger Lake on your left side and a diverse forest of red and white pines, aspen, ironwood, birch, juneberry and balsam fir on your right side. After making the final curve the forest will open up to the Up North House. The 2,600 square foot house was built in 1929 by architect George Rapp as his summer home. You will enter the house through the three season porch perfect for enjoying your morning coffee, reading and conversation. From the porch you enter the dining room and kitchen. You will notice a fourteen foot ceiling, a beautiful oak ice box and industrial style sink both original to the house. Above the ice box is an aerial photo of Finger Lake we took in 1995. Connected to the dining room is a fully stocked kitchen with new oak cabinets and plenty of storage. Leaving the kitchen and entering the great room your gaze follows the magnificent 28 foot stone fireplace to the ceiling.
The ceiling is constructed with rough hewn beams. Looking at the second floor you will notice an original birch railing framing three sides of the room. On the first floor to your left are two bedrooms centered by a full bath with a shower. To your right are two bedrooms and the porch room which leads to the outside deck. Each of four first floor bedrooms has a sink in its clothes closet. On the other side of the fireplace is the sun room, a cozy room with half timber wood walls and three picture windows for lake viewing. The kitchen and the bathrooms have linoleum flooring, the great room is carpeted and all other rooms have original hemlock wood flooring. As you walk upstairs, there are two open dormers with window seats, prefect for reading and nature viewing. The second floor bedroom has a fourteen foot ceiling, walk-in closet, floor to ceiling fireplace and a full bathroom with a tub. Through the French door, step out onto the fifteen-foot balcony and enjoy the lake and forest view.
LAKE: Off the porch room is an oversize deck great for outdoor eating, sunbathing and watching the stars. Enjoy the fire pit just off the deck. Wood is provided and stored under the deck step. There is a path straight off the deck leading through the woods to a bench with a great view of the lake. Go right and cross the lawn then follow the path taking you to the swimming beach. If you’re looking for a nice short walk try following the lake around the point from the swimming beach. The lake got its name for the five inlets resembling fingers on a hand. You can fish for bass, northern pike, and sunfish in 75 acre of Finger Lake. You can bring your own or rent a canoe and kayak from a local paddling company to fish or investigate the lake. Enjoy swimming from the sand beach and the use of a pontoon raft.
LAND: The 250 acres of woods are surrounded by the Chequamegon National Forest and consists red and white pine, maple, birch, aspen, juneberry and ironwood. Besides walking the shoreline and the driveway there is a great trail through the woods from the garage side of the house leading about ¾ of a mile up to Forest Road 223. There is a large yard surrounding the house where bocce ball, badminton, horseshoes and other games may be played. You might see and hear a variety of wildlife including: deer, bear, fox, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, herons, geese, loons, ducks, hawks, whippoorwills and other birds.
Keywords: Private Lake, Fishing, near Bayfield and Ashland, biking, hiking, beach, swimming, secluded, 350 acre, canoeing and kayaking, Brule River, Namekagon River, Chequamegon National Forest, ATV route, Family Fun, kid friendly, child friendly, 5 bedroom historic lodge, Northwoods
Holly (Mom) and Rob (Son) Brassington live in Madison Wisconsin and love the outdoors, especially the Up North House. Holly is a non-profit accountant working part time as she enjoys retirement. She loves gardening, volunteering at the UW Madison Arboretum, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and with the Boy Scouts, hiking, cross country skiing, biking and visiting the dog park with her Brittany, Ziggy. In a former life, Holly restored Victorian Era properties. Rob is a student at UW Milwaukee in Middle Childhood Early Education (grades 1st-8th), an Eagle Scout, an avid runner and biker, who one day hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail.
After visiting friends in Iron River we fell in love with the area. We spent a summer camping at different locations looking for secluded property with a private lake and sizable acreage. It was a very enjoyable experience learning about the area, driving through the Chequamegon National Forest roads. Finger Lake was exactly what we wanted. Now we needed a house. We couldn’t decide what we were going to build until we saw a news article in the Ashland Daily Press titled “Save Rapp Lodge”. The article described a historic lodge in great need of repair, owned by the Forest Service that would be destroyed if the lodge was not moved. We purchased the building in 1987, cut it into pieces, loaded it on flat bed trucks and moved it 40 miles to its current location. That was only the beginning of an eight year renovation.
Privacy, quality rest, family time, access to ATV trails including the Tri County ATV Corridor, architecturally unique lodge, private Lake on 350 acres parcel, fishing, gorgeous views, wildlife experience.