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Kickapoo Valley Bear Creek Retreat. Driftless Area, Vernon County.

La Farge, WI, USA
  • Cabin1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Overlooking great trout stream on 80 scenic acres. Free WiFi.

Inspected and licensed.

Newly remodeled in 2017 - 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.

If you enjoy showering in the great outdoors, we’ve added and covered outdoor shower with hot water for you to enjoy as well! Great for muddy feet and dirty pets too. Roomy loft areas with added open loft. First bedroom has beautiful queen log bed and three twin beds and is now enclosed with a barn door closure. Second loft bedroom was enclosed in 2017 also and now has one queen and one twin bed. The new open loft is a comfortable sitting area with a futon for additional sleeping space. French doors in the living area open to a covered porch 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!

Great fishing right outside your door.

Arrangements for pets possible.


Barry Donovan

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
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 Stark

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 3 twin/ single, Newly enclosed Loft Bedroom area. Very spacious.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Newly enclosed second loft area
      • Bedroom 4
        1 sleep sofa /futon, loft space with futon for extra guests
      • Queen size Beds (2) Log Beds, Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Large tiled shower
      • Also have an enclosed outdoor shower with hot water.

      Location Type

        • Water View
        • Waterfront
          Steps from Bear Creek with great fishing.


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Mobile Phone
                • Air Conditioning
                  Central Air
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                • Heating
                • Parking
                • Parking Off Street
                • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                • Towels Provided
                • Wireless Internet


                    • Cooking Utensils
                      All Dishes, silverware, pots and pans, utensils provided.
                    • Kitchen
                    • Microwave
                    • Refrigerator


                        • Dining Area


                            • Books
                            • Games
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Full Cable TV and wifi internet provided
                            • Television
                              2 TVs provided


                                • Deck / Patio
                                • Outdoor Grill


                                    • limited accessibility


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • library
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • recreation center
                                        • restaurants
                                        • winery tours

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • scenic drives
                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • bird watching
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • hunting
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • equestrian events
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • swimming

                                                      42 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Beautiful cabin, incredibly kind owner, and can’t wait to get back there!

                                                      Kevin H.

                                                      Scenery amazing, cabin extremely well equipped and taken care of, and ultimate driftless experience!

                                                      A Wee-Bit of Heaven in the Driftless Area...

                                                      John C.

                                                      The cabin is clean and well laid out. A nice outdoor seating area and firepit complete the property.

                                                      My wife and I took our two young boys on a 'technology free' weekend. The boys explored the land along the creek and walked into the woods...they felt safe with their 'bb guns'. There's enough grass area to play a good game of catch with a football. The back seating area overlooks a creek, barn, farm field and near-by hills. The hills held mist in the mornings.

                                                      The setting is world class, serene and humbling. Hard to believe that there's an area like the Kickapoo River Valley and the Driftless Area - that so few folks know about.

                                                      Barry greeted us shortly after our arrival to make sure we knew where everything was...and gave us some tips on local things to do and see..

                                                      A wonderful experience...

                                                      Phenomenal setting for enjoying the outdoors and all the comforts of home!

                                                      Mary D.West Bend, WI

                                                      My husband and outdoors fanatic son loved staying right on Bear Creek with our dogs, fishing, walking the property, enjoying a lovely view without neighbors in site. Kayaking the Kickapoo River made the trip as well as touring the Driftless region. Barry, owner, was great, friendly and accommodating! Hope to come back again😊

                                                      Wonderful host and cabin!


                                                      We really enjoyed our stay at this quiet cabin. It is comfortably furnished with new furniture and everything you need in the kitchen, including coffee, which was nice since we got in late and did not have time to pick up groceries. Nice bathroom with tiled shower, and an outdoor shower for post canoeing or for the dog! The bubbling stream is lovely and the mown path along it was great for taking walks and for fishing. There is a nice fire pit with adirondack chairs around it, and even plenty of firewood to use! Barry, our host, was super responsive and obviously takes great pride in his property. He even stopped by to see if we needed anything. Would highly recommend for a nice getaway!

                                                      Our wonderful experience at Bear Creek Retreat

                                                      Tom N.

                                                      Picture the rolling hills and lush valleys of southwestern Wisconsin, one valley in particular with a clear, flowing creek, Bear Creek, at times meandering, at times rushing through it. In this setting is Bear Creek Retreat and a very spacious, yet cozy cabin completely outfitted for both indoor and outdoor relaxation. We spent four wonderful days in this setting with our four dogs, two Irish Wolfhounds and two wire-haired dachshunds. The Retreat is crisscrossed with well maintained walking paths along the creek and through the woods that surround the cabin. The dogs were in heaven. The Wolfhounds especially liked jumping in the creek wading and splashing about. In the evenings we prepared great meals in the fully equipped kitchen and later joined the dogs relaxing and recovering from all the day's activities. This was a wonderful experience that we highly recommend and, hopefully, we will experience again sometime in the future.

                                                      Long-Awaited Childhood Friends Retreat

                                                      Toni B.

                                                      I had the pleasure of meeting 3 great friends at this cabin where we planned to relax and reminisce for a couple of days. Located in the gorgeous southwest part of the state with its lush green, rolling farm fields and classic barns and silos, even the drive to the property was pleasant. Barry met us upon arrival and was very friendly and helpful. I thought the cabin was even prettier than the pictures depicted and the property was absolutely stunning! The cabin was super clean and nicely decorated in the rustic theme. The sleeping accommodations were awesome, lots of roomy rooms and comfortable beds to choose from. Whether we were relaxing on the patio chairs listening to the creek flow over the rocks, chilling around a fire in the fire pit under the stars or taking long walks around the grounds, we knew we were in the perfect spot for our friend getaway. I would recommend this property to anyone!


                                                      La Farge, WI, USA

                                                      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. (http://kvr.state.wi.us/) 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.

                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                      2 Night Minimum.

                                                      42 Reviews
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