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Lakefront, quiet, spacious home for family reunions and special events

Bedrooms 19
Half Baths2
Space 9,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

19 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 39 people but can accomodate up to 60

A historic 9,500 square feet lake home for family reunions, special occasions, organization retreats, and group vacations on a beautiful 3,585-acre lake.This old (1928)hotel has been renovated touching on nearly everything on and in the building. Your renting the whole building. The kitchen,bar,living room,dinning room,kids room etc. The kitchen and bar are yours to stock with your favorite foods and liquor/beer. It is conveniently located at 745 Highway 45, Pelican Lake, Wisconsin. The hotel is listed in both National and Wisconsin Historical Register.

Over a hundred years of history: The hotel was originally built in 1898. It was first remodeled in 1912 with the addition of bricks. It was destroyed by fire in 1926 and was later rebuilt with the same frames of the building in 1928 which is now the current look of the hotel.

For decades the hotel was run as a hotel and restaurant and was the center of activities in the old days.

Home for many families: There's an instant feeling of home once you enter into the facility (We rented the Hotel for our own wedding in 2010. We liked it so much we bought it.).

The kitchen was once a commercial kitchen which is big and fully equipped with appliances, kitchen utensils, and dinnerware. Every room is spacious enough for big groups. The dining area seats 50 people, and the bar seats about 20 people at the bar and tables. The building is about 9500 square feet. The outdoor ground is huge enough to park cars, recreational vehicles, and tents. There will be nobody there except the renters, so you would feel the privacy of your own home.

Some of our Families have been making memories in the hotel for 20+ years for their annual family reunions.

Fun in the lake: The hotel is situated on the 3600 acre Pelican Lake. It has 330 ft of lakefront. It is facing west, so you'll enjoy the exquisite sunset. There's a pier in the facility to park boats or to just sit on the bench to enjoy watching activities on the lake. Sandy beach is just few minutes away. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, tubing, and water skiing are the most common fun to do in the lake. The town is also ideal for bike riding if you like riding under the canopy of trees.

The town is quiet, so if you are someone getting tired of the city noise, then this place is ideal for you.

More Details

Property Manager
Julie Artus
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Tagalog, Cebuano
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Julie Artus

I and my husband Steve got married in 2010. We are now raising two beautiful babies Kal and Kate.

Steve had been Airline Captain for American Airlines for 27 years. He was also an Air Force instructor pilot for 6 years before started flying commercial airlines. I have never seen anyone so happy flying and that he would say something like 'I enjoy my job so much, I should be paying them instead of them paying me!'. He always came home with an ear-to-ear smile (well, most of it because he was just happy to see his wife :-)). He retired in 2011.

I am of a Filipino origin born and raised in the Philippines. I was collage professor teacher in the Philippines before I came to America in 2007. I worked at Target as sales associate and became Department Trainer in three months. I left Target to work at the Hilton Chicago so I would be closer to Robert Morris University where I took my Masters degree in Master in Information System. I graduated in 2010. I and Steve got married shortly after my graduation. We then bought the hotel after our wedding .

Julie Artus purchased this lodge in 2010

Why Julie Artus chose Pelican Lake

There is something something very special about this hotel. It's structure is the only high end commercial looking building in town. The hotel is rich with history, almost all local people have stories to tell about it. Lots of them grew up getting in and out of the hotel, buying their groceries, even first cigarettes, first booze, etc etc. Some have fond memories how much they love their ice cream from the grocery which is now 'kids' room'. Pelican Lake changed over the years and the hotel had witnessed it all.

The hotel was built on the original foundation of the Beach Inn hotel that was built in 1898. Beach Inn, which then later became Pelican Lake Hotel, was then the first resort in the area and was the center of community affairs for decades until 1970. It went to different owners and served different purpose until Gene and Shirley Kaczkowski owned it for over 20 years. They then transformed the building to be home for family reunions which we keep.

This building has been a significant landmark in town. It is our privilege to restore the hotel back to its former glory. And we are very proud to say that she's now standing proud and beautifully always embracing anyone that will make experience that last a lifetime.

What makes this lodge unique

This is not a typical hotel. This is more of a big cabin, like your own home away from home. You will get the key and get the whole place to yourself.

The sunset is exquisite. The view is breathtaking, peaceful and quiet. This hideaway is perfect to escape the noisy buzz of big cities. Plus you get to stay in a certified historical place listed in both the National and Wisconsin Register of Historical Places.


Pelican Lake Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 9500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 65
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , first floor wheelchair accessible
  • Bathrooms are separate from the bedrooms. There are three full bathrooms on the second floor, and 1 full wheelchair accessible and 2 half bathrooms on the first level.
  • 19 Bedrooms, Sleeps 65
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 2 double
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double
    Bedroom 10 - 2 double
    Bedroom 11 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 12 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 13 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 14 - 1 king
    Bedroom 15 - 1 double
    Bedroom 17 - 1 double
    Bedroom 18 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 19 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 16 - 1 double
  • The hotel sleeps 39 people; however, it can accommodate as many as 65 people using the living room and the library. We only provide linens and pillows for 39 people, renters should bring their own sleeping things for the excess occupants. There is one queen bedroom in the first level to accommodate a person/couple who has difficulty climbing stairs to the second floor.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Linens are provided except face and bath towels. Outdoor parking is big enough to accommodate cars, RVs, boats, and trailers. The facility was operated as a hotel and restaurant for decades, kitchen is full of cooking equipment and dinnerware. If you love cooking, you'll love this kitchen. The facility is spacious enough for someone in a wheelchair; however, the facility might be limited to someone with severe physical disability. We added a queen bedroom in the first floor to accommodate someone who has difficulty climbing up a staircase. Bar has 13 stools and 5 tables, a small refrigerator, and a TV. The bar is perfect for a party. There is a pier where you can park your boat or just sitting on. Boat landing is just next door.


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Lakefront, quiet, spacious home for family reunions and special events
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Great Family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family Christmas as the Pelican Lake Hotel!!!! From the beginning, Julie was a pleasure to work with and always answered our questions right away! Jane was great once we arrived at the property and showed us everything we'd need for a great stay! There was plenty of room for our large family to spread out and we even had bedrooms to spare! The kitchen was perfect for preparing and serving the large meals. Plenty of refrigerator and freezer space too!

The dining room was perfect for eating but also doing fun crafts and putting together a few puzzles. The bar area was great for people to watch the Badger game. The kids play room was perfect, with lots for the little ones to do.

The bedrooms were spacious and beds were comfortable. There were enough bathrooms for the size of our group. The building is solid and sound did not carry through walls or ceilings.

The views of the lake were priceless and we couldn't have asked for a better setting to celebrate our family Christmas! We would highly recommend this place for any large group gathering and we hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for your review. All our handwork in rehabilitating and maintaining this old building is all worth it because of families like yours. We are so humbled that your family chose the hotel to hold your family Christmas gathering. Here's to a more closer family bond for your family! Julie
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25th Otzelberger Reunion at Pelican Lake Hotel!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 25th year together at the Pelican Lake Hotel! We are blessed with a large, ever growing family and this has been the PERFECT gathering place. Every age from infant to elderly has experienced the annual week of summer love & fun together. My kids now 25, 27, 29 & 31 cherish the memories made and always look forward to returning to make more. We are blessed to have found such a beautiful, unique building and property. The owners are so very nice and accommodating. We love that we have the place to ourselves with plenty of space. We cook & eat together in the awesome kitchen & dining room, have fun with yard and board games, boats & water activities, stories & symores at the campfire, dance party's, merriment in the bar... Over the years we have done pranks to include "musky boy" & "Cocoa the gorilla", held carnivals & costume party's & many celebrations of birthdays, graduations, showers, anniversaries, a baptism and two weddings. My daughter got married this summer, and it was the perfect setting! Besides having special meaning to her and all of us, everything was grand. Lakeside ceremony & drink reception, dinner & band under a big tent in the front yard, and not far to walk to bed when the night ended. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate & relish The Pelican Lake Hotel & the privilege of experiencing years of family togetherness!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marg! Thank you for your feedback! We are jealous of how big and close family ties you have. It reminds me personally with my huge family back home. We're very close as well. One of my fond memories growing up was when I and my cousins would stay together at my grandparents house all summer. We slept together in the living room and played all day long together. Our grandpa would make up songs and sang it with all of us sitting on the floor in the living room. He also had a funny nickname for each of us which until now we still use to tease each other. Driven by these memories with our grandpa, we decided to have a reunion every year. Looking at your family gives me joy that I am part of something so beautiful. Family is the most important thing in the world for me and I and Steve are so blessed to be able to serve families like yours. Thank you for coming back every year with a promise that we will continue to serve more families for as long as we can.
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Woderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 34, has had the pleasure of staying at the Pelican Lake Hotel for the last 2 years. We are so appreciative of the many bedrooms , the large dining area and well-stocked kitchen. We use the bar area to gather nightly with our own stock of spirits. We also had a blast with the karaoke one evening. The firepit provided nightly entertainment as we held family campfires. We enjoy the fishing from our own fishing boat and a pontoon we rent locally. Ages in our group range from 6 mo. to 91 years. We truly enjoy and look forward to this yearly trip. Love it!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda! Thank you for your great review. We are so glad to hear happy memories created by families like yours staying at the hotel. We are sorry we took the karaoke out last year. We will install a better one this year so your family can have a great time with it. Looking forward to seeing your family again this year! Julie
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Anniversary Celebration

  • 5 of 5

David and Bev invited all of their brothers and sisters and families (50 + people) to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary for the weekend of January 19th through the 22nd. The weather was rainy and foggy, so we couldn't do much outside, although there were some that went ice fishing or for walks on the frozen lake. We spent our time inside playing games, watching movies, and even tied a quilt. We had great meals including potato pancakes, sauer kraut and dumplings, taco / nacho bar, soups and pulled pork. It was an AWESOME time enjoyed by all ages, from 6 months to youngsters in their 70's. Everyone was in awe of the historic details of the building from the grand entry to the old time bar to the walk-in cooler to the leg lamp located in the massive living room to the huge kitchen and pantry areas. We are all hoping to have the opportunity to come back some day. Thank you, Steve and Julie for helping us make wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you had a nice time at the hotel though the weather wasn't that nice. We are having fun rehabilitating the hotel and happy to see families and friends creating fun memories together. Yes, I hope to see you again in the 46th anniversary maybe? Tell David and Bev to do it again in the future. Please say hi to them from Steve and me. Julie
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Perfect place for an intimate wedding

  • 5 of 5

We had our small wedding at the Pelican Lake Hotel. The owners were very accommodating and responsive. The building is beautiful, filled with lots of vintage treasures, and is a great place for a party.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steffani! Thank you for the review! I was just thinking about you. I am printing your wedding photos for the hotel but the best I could do is to get them in 5x7 size because of its low resolutions. Thank you again for holding your wedding at the hotel. Please say hi to Jordan for us and may your marriage be full of bliss! Julie
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Sunsets, campfires, games, movies, family time

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed here for 5 years in a row! WE LOVE IT HERE! !! It is like home when you arrive. The many square tables in the dining area means lots of room for our family of going on 50 people now! Tables for games and puzzles and everyone to eat dinner at the same time. We label bathrooms for girls or guys upstairs. Campfires by sunset and the large pier with 4 benches has lots of room for hanging out on the lake as well. Every year is a new update surprise which is always fun to see. Large flat front yard for volleyball and kids bikes, yard games, skateboarding etc. Highly recommend this historical hotel for week long stays!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dennis and Judy! Thank you for your review! We are happy to see families like yours continue to make memories at the hotel. It reminds me personally of my huge family back home. We're always close. Thank you and see you again soon at the hotel!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Rhinelander Oneida County Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Boiling Springs,,Dockside, Lakeview,Boondocks
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bass Lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 45
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lakeview Inn
Car: necessary

Other Activities: SUMMER.....Horseback riding at summit lake, Bass Lake Golf Course at summit lake, Mole Lake casino at Crandon, Kovac Planetarium at Rhinelander , Stove Wood Building at Jennings, Crandon Off Road racing at Crandon, Hodag Festival at Rhinelander, BMX bike racing friday nites in Rhinelander, UTV/ATV Derby in Eagle River, Cranberry Festival in Eagle River

WIINTER......Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 5.5%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.