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Legendary 1920's Log Lodge on Golf Course-Lake-National Forest

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

10 Bedrooms, 5 Baths (Sleeps 26)

***Legendary 1920’s Log Lodge ON Legendary GOLF COURSE Built by Chicago Beer Baron “ Gentleman Joe Saltis” for his Golf Estate on Barker Lake. The Lodge's sand beach is directly on Barker Lake and Golf Course on the 700,000 acre Chequamegon National Forest containing Wisconsin’s Elk herd. This 6000 sq/ft 10 bedroom lodge features large fire place, billiards room, dinning room, remodel kitchen, bar and unique roaring twenties history.

OPEN YEAR ROUND ***easy access to endless trails for hiking, biking, hunting, ATV snowmobiling or fishing on Class A Musky Lake or canoe lake to lake on the East Fork of the Chippewa River to Wisconsin’s Largest Wilderness Lake (17,000 acres) the Chippewa Flowage.

Why the Owner Chose Hayward: Location, location and location. In the National Forest, a short drive to towns and an area known as vacation land. everything is within a 15 to 90 minute drive such as Lake Superior and Michigan Ski Hills.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: Relaxation, wildlife, Water activities...Golf trails Peace and quite...nice breeze off lake and mowed golf course keep bugs at a minimum.

More Details

David or Brenda Palmer
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About David or Brenda Palmer

Grew up on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior Minnesota. My Parents had a family resort for over 80 years near the Excelsior Amusement.

David or Brenda Palmer purchased this lodge in 2000

Why David or Brenda Palmer chose Winter

Location, location and location. In the Nation Forest, a short drive to towns and an area known as vacation land. everything is within in 15 to 90 minute drive. such as Lake Superior, Michigan Ski Hills.

What makes this lodge unique

On Golf Course, Lake, in National Forest. Lots of History from the 1920's with Historical Canoe trip available from lake to lake via East Fork of the Chippewa River into Wisconsin's Largest Wilderness Lake. 10 minutes from Groceries & Gas. Reasonable day trips to Lake Superior, Ice Age Trail, Falls Wisconsin Scenic Road dedication, national outdoor sporting events 30 minutes away


Winter Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Legendary 1920's Log Lodge on Golf Course-Lake-National Forest
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

A great family vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 25+ has been spending one week in July at the Barker Lake Lodge for the past several years. We have had the most wonderful adventures at this rooomy, warm lodge. Every year our family has an event that all take part in, like costume in a bag, moustache and tattoo night, gangster night. The back deck has seen some really fun/funny times. Our games of bocce, softball, and golf, a family euchre tournament, songs and games around our nightly campfires, have kept us busy in the expansive lawn area, in the large dining room, and at the golf course across the street. We enjoyed swimming, sitting at the beach and renting the Lodge pontoon, and riding it around the lake and to the bar on the other side. This is truly a gem of northern Wisconsin. Dave and Brenda have kept this historical vacation site in excellent shape.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for a Large Family Vacation Week!

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 25 people (14 adults and 11 children, ages 7 months-10 years) stayed in the main lodge for a week in August.

The lake: Plenty of space at the beach, the kids loved to dig in the sand! We brought our own sand toys and tubes. We rented a boat (from Lake Time Boats in Hayward, they delivered and picked up) and spent hours tubing. The lake is very shallow, but not crowded and very warm. We didn't catch any fish. They have a whole closet full of life jackets at the property, though I'd recommend making sure you bring jackets in your kids' sizes. Their swimming platform, paddleboats, and canoes were a big hit.

The yard: The fire pit is central to the main lodge and cabins. The gnats were active, but luckily not over the lake. No mosquitos! We utilized their nice outdoor benches to take family photos.

The house: The beds were comfortable and the bedding adequate. Over half of the rooms have an A/C unit in the window, which let everyone sleep comfortably. It was also great in providing noise control for early-rising children. :) We LOVED the layout of rooms: plenty of space between the living areas and bedrooms for naps and bedtimes.

You bring your own towels. We forgot to bring hand towels for the bathrooms, so remember those. They provide 10 rolls of toilet paper for the week. We supplemented with a Costco pack and had some left over at the end of the week.

There is no laundry. You can do laundry 8 miles away at a laundromat in Winter.

We loved the dining room with lots of tables to eat and craft at. They have two baby high chairs.

The commercial dishwasher was amazing and made doing dishes for 25 people go so quickly! The griddle on the stove doesn't work and the right oven didn't work well. We cooked and baked a lot there. Used the portable griddles and Nesco cookers, loved having 3 fridges and freezers! The water is potable, but is well water. We did not enjoy the taste and ended up buying our own bottled water for the week.

They have Dish Network on a TV. The pool table was a huge hit with all ages. The fireplace inside was excellent for warming up after tubing, as we had cooler weather!

There aren't very many places to rent that can accommodate 25 people, and this is definitely worth a visit! We enjoyed the golf course right next door and a trip to Hayward to see their cute downtown shopping area. This is all the space I have to review! Thanks for a fun week!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience - Can't wait to come back!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Barker Lake Lodge for our September wedding! We rented the entire house + some additional cabins for our 40 guests. Everyone had more than enough room to do their own activities or hang out and socialize all together. David and Brenda were great from start to finish! They were quick with communication, but very laid back and flexible (which is our style!) Don't expect a 5 star hotel - this place is rustic. There isn't a flat screen TV or surround sound, but why would you need that when you have a great beach, a huge yard, a bonfire pit and a lake at your back door? Our guests are still talking about the amazing time they had and several people have requested a reunion here soon! Thank you again for the great experience!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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It is a 20 to 25 minute drive to LCO Casino or town of Hayward and 8 miles north of the Town of Winter, home to Space Shuttle Astronaut Jeff Williams.

Perfect for Family Reunions, Weddings, Groups, Special Events, Business and Church Retreats.

Featured in the New York Times June 2009. PHOTOS

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, horseshoes, miniature golf


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 5.5%

5.5 % Wisconsin State Sales Tax

Cash or Check prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund