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Kickapoo Valley Bear Creek Retreat, Driftless Area, Vernon County

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights


Stark Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Newer Rustic Cabin with modern amenities. Large open kitchen/dining/living area. Private bedroom on main level with queen log bed and direct access to bathroom. Bathroom has large, beautiful, tiled shower. Roomy loft area with one queen log bed and two twin beds. French doors open to a covered porch area with room for lots of entertaining and relaxing. You can hear the soothing sounds of Bear Creek from the porch and the fire pit (firewood provided). Beautiful views all around!

Arrangements for pets possible.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Barry Donovan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2016
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About Barry Donovan

The Kickapoo Valley has a special place in our hearts as we grew up here and came back to raise our family in this beautiful area. We have three grown boys who love to visit and enjoy the Kickapoo Valley and all it has to offer. We love to share this unique property with family and friends and welcome you to join us too.

Barry Donovan purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Barry Donovan chose Wisconsin

We purchased this piece of land several years ago from friends and neighbors, and built the cabin bit by bit over the years with the help of many friends, family, and local craftsmen. We enjoy it's beauty and want to share it with you!

What makes this cabin unique

This setting is like no other. We have a top quality trout stream steps from the front door. Abundant wildlife in every season. The views are gorgeous all around. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the porch, watching the wildlife, hearing the sounds of Bear Creek trickling by, enjoying a fire in the fire pit after dark, and just relaxing.


based on 32 traveler reviews

Kickapoo Valley Bear Creek Retreat, Driftless Area, Vernon County
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Heaven on Earth, Get Away From It All, Catch Trout!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My Dad (mid 70s and doesn't move great) and I were looking for a good place to getaway and have some fun and Trout Fish! I will say that I am not a great fly fisherman. But, this stream is not only gorgeous and it had the BEST Trout Fishing. Brookies and big browns and yes I caught fish like I knew what I was doing!! I did go to the Driftless fly fishing store and asked what I should be throwing, that helped. Unfortunately, my dad caught more than I did, so I will hear about that for a while. Cabin is fantastic and face the best scenery. Owners were fabulous and responsive! Can't wait to go back!!! Also Viroqua is a cool town, 15 minutes away....

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Serene!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic reunion with friends at your cabin! There were 6 of us (one family from Madison and one family from Minneapolis). Four in our party are fly-fisherpeople so they were in seventh heaven. All of us were so relaxed and comfortable. We wished we could have stayed a week!

Tip: If you"re this close, don"t miss dinner at the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua. I would drive 2 hours just for that!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Iowa City

Cozy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Great 5 days and nights in drift less area. Accommodations were perfect for sleeping in, listening to babbling brook, watching wildlife frolic and play, campfire and star gazing. Highly recommend this place for a couple or the whole family. We brought mountain bikes and enjoyed the Kickapoo reserve, Elroy-Sparta and Sidie Hollow, plus not too far from Wisconsin Dells where we enjoyed miniature golf and meal. Owner was terrific, he definitely takes pride in his place and rightfully so. I would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flagstaff, AZ

The Perfectly Luxurious Family Camping Experience

  • 5 of 5

This is such a beautiful property, in a perfect location, with very attentive and wonderful owners. My family (including my parents, sister, brother-in-law, wife, our dog, and sometimes niece and nephew) goes on a canoe trip at the beginning of every summer. We alternate sites each year and we usually stay at a campground in cabins with cookstoves, outhouses, and off site showers. It was our turn to plan this year, and we really wanted to bring our Iowa family up to Wisconsin to enjoy the Driftless area and canoe the Kickapoo River.

Imagine our pleasant surprise when we stumbled upon this gem of a property on the Bear Creek, in an extremely beautiful setting surrounded by wildlife (we saw deer, sandhill cranes and a couple of trout in the stream). This cabin has everything, including family WiFi, firewood for the firepit, marshmallow sticks, friendly games, a gas grill, pizza oven, microwave, and even a blender. It is very clean and is beautifully decorated with freshly mowed trails around the property. Our dog just loved it.

Our family was so impressed we have already started talking about coming back next year for our annual trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL, USA

Gorgeous, Modern Retreat in the most majestic setting!

  • 5 of 5

I know I speak for our group of 6 (and our 3 dogs) when I say that our stay at Bear Creek Retreat was phenomenal! The cabin itself is updated, very clean, and full of well thought out, fantastic amenities, like WiFi, firewood for the bonfire pit, and freshly mowed paths around the property. The property is secluded and offers peaceful privacy and the views in every direction are beautiful...rolling hills, the creek, cows at pasture. The owner was incredibly helpful and attentive; he truly wanted to ensure we had the best experience possible. We can't wait to book another trip soon - we'll definitely be back and will highly recommend this to friends and family alike.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kickapoo Valley at its finest!

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful and secluded cabin with wonderful patio viewing of rolling hills and fields... great for dear watching. Super clean and all the comforts of a modern home. We will hopefully be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Beautiful Kickapoo Valley location with excellent fishing and wildlife right outside your door. A quiet place to relax, yet close to many activities for the whole family.

Bike Trails, Kickapoo River Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowmobile Trails.

Three miles to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. 'The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. ( Here sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons. Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you!'

Approximately 8 miles to Wildcat Mountain State Park with breathtaking views, trails, and the beauty of Mother Nature all around.

Viroqua is only 15 miles away with outstanding relaxed dining, interesting shops, antiques, movie theater, and much more.

Only an 1 1/2 hours to Wisconsin Dells.

Several Golf Courses less than an hour away.


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Stark Cabin Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

2 Night Minimum.
Discount offered for returning guests... please ask when booking.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Stark Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Computer Available
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large tiled shower
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single , Loft Bedroom area. Very spacious.
  • Queen size Beds (2) Log Beds, Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

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