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Elm Island Waterfront 3 Bedroom in Southeastern WI (Fox River/Tichigan)

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home on Elm Island bay off of the Fox River in Waterford, WI. This home has all of the charm of an up-north cabin, but is fully updated and just a short 30 minute drive from Milwaukee and less than an hour from Chicago's northern suburbs. Single story home with little to no stairs required to get to the water less than twenty steps from the back door. Wood burning stove and tongue and groove pine finishes give you that up north feel, but all of the updates will make you feel right at home. Laundry on the living level and two full bathrooms offer convenience and comfort. Sleeping arrangements for 11 if needed: Master bedroom features a queen size memory foam bed, 2nd bedroom facing the water has a bunk bed with full size mattress on the bottom and a twin on the top, 3rd bedroom has a bunk bed with full size mattress on the bottom and a twin on the top, living room couch pulls out into a queen size sleeper sofa, and love seat folds down into a single bed. Kitchen table seating for six or seven people, with additional stools and eating area at the island. All kitchen appliances are less than 4 years old, including refrigerator, stove, and over the range microwave. Bring your fishing poles and swim trunks - the Fox River and Lake Tichigan are abundant with Largemouth Bass and Catfish, and provide plenty of opportunity for Bluegills, Northern Pike, Walleye, and an occasional Trout. Lake Tichigan is great for swimming or boating, and there are more than one restaurants accessible by boat and provide docking. Bring your own boat and keep it on the private pier or take advantage of the complimentary paddle boat that is already in the water waiting for you. Pontoon rentals are available at the marina (River City Marina-Waterford) less than one mile down the river by boat or automobile. Elm Island bay is a shallow low-traffic bay off of the Fox River and is home to swans and abundant wildlife. Fishermen frequent the bay in search of Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, and Catfish, all of which can be caught right from the pier. Swimming in Elm Island Bay (off the pier) is not desirable due to shallow water, lillypads, weeds and mucky bottom. In the evening you can have a fire in the back yard or in the house, but the furnace will keep you warm if desired or central air is there to cool you down. Upgraded to 60 Mbps Wi-Fi (June 2017) and 46" LED TV will keep you entertained if the fishing and lake cannot. Spectrum HD cable with approximately 120 channels available and also HD upconvert DVD player. Please come relax and enjoy all that the beautiful Fox River and Lake Tichigan have to offer year-round.

Grant Horn
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

Why Grant Horn chose Waterford

Relaxation in a cozy atmosphere with serene view and the feeling of being away from it all.


Waterford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , With Laundry
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 7x9
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 10x15, two closets, full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 9x10, closet, faces the water
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Elm Island Waterfront 3 Bedroom in Southeastern WI (Fox River/Tichigan)
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 58 reviews

Great for B-Day Surprise Getaway ! ! !

  • 5 of 5

Rented this property to surprise my wife for her birthday and invited her friends and siblings to spend the weekend with us. As for the property, it was a perfect quiet and cozy lake house as described. The best part was the back of the property overseeing the lake with a great area for us to hang out around the firepit. We brought camping chairs with us, but didn't end up needing them. We are foodies that used the kitchen to its full potential, but brought a few items we use frequently from our home.

The owner was very responsive to inquiries and checked in with us to make sure everything was in order. Communication via the Home Away/VBRO app was easy to use with the owner.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words John, and thanks for choosing to have Emily's surprise birthday on Elm Island. It was a pleasure to host for you and we hope to have you stay with us again in the future : )
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time last weekend. Our stay and the accomadations met our expectations. The weather didn't cooperate but we still kept busy and had fun.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, IN

Ok for the price

  • 3 of 5

I will start by saying that Grant is super nice, and communication was easy. The house was also clean. However, the entire place needs some TLC. The house smells like dogs. I guess I should have expected that since they allow dogs, but I have a dog, and my house does not smell like that. It would help immensely to either clean the furniture in the family room or even replace it. In addition, the backyard needs some serious attention. The fire pit was nice, but quite muddy. Some pea gravel or concrete would help. There were lots of weeds growing everywhere as well. The paddle boat was fun, but we had to use a cup to haul the standing water out of it before using. And it was pretty yucky. And I'm guessing it isn't always like this, but the lake itself was a mess; lots of seaweed and algae made fishing a struggle. Again, the place is fairly priced, but sadly, still didn't meet our expectations.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tiffany, thank you for the feedback and the nice comments as well as the candid ones. I am sorry it was not meeting the expectations you had envisioned when you booked with us. We take great pride in providing an excellent stay and we ourselves stay there as often as possible. While we consider ourselves fairly cleanly people, and we have a professional vacuum the floors between each stay, wash and replace linens, clean all surfaces, sinks, toilets, showers, etc - you are correct, we do not ask our cleaner to clean the furniture each time, but your review may cause us to begin having them vacuumed from now on. This is the first complaint we have had regarding a dog smell and furniture, so it may be that the previous guests had a particularly odorous dog, however we nor our guests could not smell anything when we personally stayed in the house after your stay. As you stated, the area around the fire pit is bare earth and there are small weeds that grow around it, but it is fine by us. Your review hopefully will help others who would not be OK with that to choose another place that they will be more happy with. Unfortunately, the Department of Natural Resources will not allow for any other hard surface upgrading within 75 feet of the waterfront, and while I have suggested pea gravel, my wife is a fan of it just the way it is and happy wife = happy life. If anyone else takes the time to read this entire message, we do not "maintain" the paddle boat or pay our cleaner to maintain it. It sits under a canopy and driving rain can get in it. If you want to use it, you may have to bail out some water and wipe away a spider web, leaves, or dirt. Tiffany, your stay did occur during the time when leaves are falling and hickory nuts litter the yard, and therefore it does not look as well kept as when the leaves are not blowing everywhere. Like you said, there is indeed seaweed and algae in the water as noted in the description on the website, but most of our guests have found great luck and that it provides a place for fish to live and hide. I know first hand, some days are just not good days to be catching fish, but dozens of reviews from our guests who are much better fishermen and fisherwomen than I state that they have caught tons of fish right off the pier, and many fishermen camp outside of our pier and cast towards our shore to catch largemouth bass. We welcome you back again if you would like, but the fire pit area & seaweeds will remain the same.
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Peaceful, clean, and just what we were hoping for!

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay at the Elm Island property immensely!

I especially appreciated how clean the home was. Our small dog enjoyed free reign in the yard. It was very humid when we stayed here but the AC worked brilliantly to keep the whole house cool.

The town of Waterford is pleasant and it has a nice grocery store (which my mom enjoyed because she loves to cook). We had all the cooking apparatuses we needed thanks to a well stocked kitchen.

It was a lovely stay!

Thank you!!


The Sieberts and Smiths

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, enjoyable, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Property clean, well maintained, warm and cozy. Would and have recommended to co-workers

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay here!

Owner very cooperative.

Nice, quiet, peaceful area.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
General Mitchell International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Doc's on the Fox
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Lake Express Port of Milwaukee
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Rivermoor Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrak Racine
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Great Lakes Dragaway (Union Grove)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
El Mezcal
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Wilmot Mountain
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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