check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

John & Linda Reardon

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Ruffed Grouse Lodge - Northwoods Resort on Wilson Lake & Elk River

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Elk Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Ruffed Grouse Lodge (8) Timberdoodle (2) Remi (2) Cottage at Elk River Farm (2)


RUFFED GROUSE LODGE is a premium resort for year-round rental on beautiful Wilson Lake in Phillips, Wisconsin. Situated on 100+ acres of private Northwoods vacationland in Price County, Ruffed Grouse Lodge is the perfect setting for vacationers seeking peace and solitude but who also desire outdoor adventure. The private grounds have plenty of room for outdoor games and gatherings. Ruffed Grouse Lodge will deliver a unique experience for your next family vacation, grouse hunt, fishing trip, or business retreat.


call (715) 339-4444

Ruffed Grouse Lodge is a private 4 bedroom, 2 bath guesthouse that can comfortably accommodate up to eight people. The rustic interior is beautifully appointed with furnishings from the owner’s extensive personal collection and is accented by hunting and fishing memorabilia. The Lodge has an open floor plan with vaulted ceiling and log features. The living area holds a pool table, a 40' HDTV, a Dish Network satellite system, Wi-Fi, a CD stereo, a VCR and DVD. There are two comfortable dining areas. A fully equipped kitchen has custom cabinets, gas appliances, dishwasher and microwave. A Weber barbeque grill is included. A large sun porch with unobstructed views overlooks a quiet bay on Wilson Lake.

Timberdoodle, a 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage, is steps away from the lake. It is furnished with a queen bed, a sitting room with HDTV, and a compete kitchen.

Remington is a beautifully appointed cottage perfect for couples. It is furnished with a queen bed, sitting area, small kitchen, & has a full bath with tile shower.

Timberdoodle and Remington are the perfect cottages for two or additional relatives of families staying in the Lodge.

Ruffed Grouse Lodge grounds are bounded on the south by a private shoreline on the 351-acre Wilson Lake, which is connected to the extensive 1200-acre Phillips’ Chain of Lakes. There is a private sandy swimming beach with a fire pit and a swim raft.


Organic gardens abound at Ruffed Grouse Lodge and guests are invited to pick fresh vegetables and raspberries. Chickens free range on the grounds and children delight in gathering eggs from the nests in the coop.


Ruffed Grouse Lodge is located in Elk Township, three miles from Phillip’s town center. Elk is in the heart of Price County, the Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World as designated by the Ruffed Grouse Society and is in the center of Wisconsin’s Northwoods with over 1.2 million acres of huntable land and the largest ruffed grouse and woodcock population in the nation.


ELK RIVER FARM, Ruffed Grouse Lodge’s adjoining sister property, now has a newly built, beautifully appointed, one bedroom cottage. A Wolf Gas Range, Subzero Refrigerator and In-drawer microwave complete a custom crafted kitchen. A tile shower and granite countertops make our new cottage the top of the spectrum of properties in the area. ERF is designed for a couple looking for a secluded hideaway. Sorry, we do not allow children or pets at the Cottage.

The COTTAGE AT ELK RIVER FARM overlooks the Elk River and has very private access to a 2-mile secluded stretch of the river. There is a private boat launch for our guests who want to fish the Elk River for Muskie, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegills and Crappies. Canoes and kayaks are handy for a peaceful trip along a beautiful stretch of the river where wildlife is abundant.


The owners transformed a 19th century barn foundation to create a 'Karesansui,' or Japanese 'dry landscape garden.' The garden holds a carefully composed arrangement of indigenous rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and shrubs. Small stones are raked to represent ripples in water. The 'Karesansui' is meant to be observed from a vantage point outside the garden. It is intended to reflect the intimate essence of nature, and to aid relaxation and the contemplation of life. The owners are students of Sukiya lifestyles and are delighted to share this special feature of Elk River Farm with interested guests.

Ruffed Grouse Lodge and Elk River Farm are connected through forested walking trails. Both locations have fire pits with free firewood and picnic areas, which are perfect for family gatherings.

Alumacraft fishing boats, canoes and kayaks are included at both Ruffed Grouse Lodge and Elk River Farm. A Yamaha 8hp outboard motor, and a MinnKota trolling motor are available for daily or weekly rental. For guests bringing their own boats, there is a public landing serving Wilson Lake one mile from the Lodge. There is also a private boat launch for access to the Elk River.

RGL is pet friendly. There is a free, sheltered, heated dog kennel. There is a $20 daily charge for crated dogs staying with their owners in the Lodge

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
John & Linda Reardon (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About John & Linda Reardon

Linda & I are retired Television Entertainment Industry Executives. We are outdoor enthusiasts and have been hosting families, corporate executives, grouse hunters, fishermen and winter sportsmen at Ruffed Grouse Lodge for over 10 years.

John & Linda Reardon purchased this lodge in 1999

Why John & Linda Reardon chose Wisconsin

Linda grew up in nearby Park Falls and family members are nearby. Her brother Terry Ides has lived here his whole life and knows the Northwoods intimately. Terry owns and leads Ides Guides, the best grouse guide service in Price County, the Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World. We have been hunting grouse with Terry for over 35 years.

What makes this lodge unique

One of the first resorts on Wilson Lake was situated on this choice property. The grounds are gently sloping with stairless access to the lake. The history of the area is fascinating and our bay is quiet, quiet, quiet except during the fishing opener and the 4th of July when excited fishermen and families celebrate summer.


based on 44 traveler reviews

Ruffed Grouse Lodge - Northwoods Resort on Wilson Lake & Elk River
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 44 reviews
yorkville, illinois

Beautiful and relaxing place!

  • 5 of 5

RGL was a wonderful experience. My family and I were very impressed at the wonderful accommodations, there was even fresh baked cookies waiting for us when we arrived. RGL was sparkling clean and had everything you could possibly need at hand. John and Linda were wonderful hosts and very friendly. We had a very relaxing trip and spent a great deal of time on the water. My 6 year daughter found great joy in going with Linda to visit the hen house and pick out eggs for breakfast each morning. We were certainly sad to see our visit to RGL come to an end, but we will absolutely be returning.

Crystal & Doug

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Dallas Texas

Awesome Place!

  • 5 of 5

This marks our second visit to the RGL. We visited here last year and had a fantastic time. Several months before our visit this year I had a family conference at the dinner table and asked my 3 kids whether they wanted to vacation in Colorado or Florida. They insisted on going back to Wisconsin, so we did. Our trip was as good or better than last year. I'll say this, I have a very stressful job (99% of us could say this) but staying at the RGL again for the week was (1) relaxing and calming, (2) rewarding in seeing the joy in my childrens' faces, because they truly were happy and having fun and (3) spending time with family where we weren't watching tv or playing video games. Every time the loon called children and adults were excited.. I highly recommend this place and the hosts could not be more friendly, gracious and hospitable.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Winter Visit

  • 5 of 5

My son and I went up north for two days of hunting in December. Ruffed Grouse Lodge was amazing. I have stayed at a lot of lodges for fishing and hunting. RGL was one of the finest. John and Linda were gracious hosts and gave me good information on hunting locations. I would highly recommend RGL for the accommodations and its location in prime hunting and fishing land. Although it was winter I can see that it would also be a great place for a family vacation up north. The lake was terrific and the river front property looked great.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Ed. See you next Fall.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beauty, peace, and adventures abound

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 4-year-old son, and I stayed in Timberdoodle for 3 nights, and we could not have been more happy with the cottage, the property, the owners, or the experience! Our son was ecstatic about our daily adventures at RGL: hiking through the woods to visit the chickens and gardens, taking canoe rides, swimming in the lake, roasting smores by the fire, etc. My husband and I meanwhile found great peace and relaxation while on the property, and we enjoyed quiet evenings sitting on the dock listening to the loons and watching the moon rise over the lake. The attention to detail here is superb, the property is gorgeous and well-loved. It was a truly perfect vacation for our entire family.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Amazing attention to detail and over the top accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here over the 4th of July weekend and had a fantastic time. John and Linda are extremely accommodating and will make your trip to Phillips memorable. We spent the day fishing and kayaking and enjoying the outdoor paradise John and Linda have created. If you are looking for an outdoor getaway to accommodate couples or groups look no further. Fantastic time and we look forward to our return trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Northbrook, IL

Extraordinary . . . an urbane oasis of fine accommodations and civility in the Northwoods.

  • 5 of 5

Go to Ruffed Grouse Lodge . . . get to know John and Linda. Your life will be better for it.

The property has stand-alone options, suitable for singles, couples or large groups and extended families. Choose what's right. Some are on the Wilson Flowage property, one on the Elk River. Each is distinctive. (The VRBO listing provides all the detail you need.)

All the properties are lovingly and carefully managed personally by John and Linda . . . their prior engagement in the corporate world shows through in attention to detail, an understanding of their guests, and embracing the opportunity to build new and lasting relationships.

There are suprises . . . all good . . . at virtually every turn. Cookies on a first-name arrival, dogs gleefully running a greeting to you, fresh eggs from the henhouses, mounted memorabilia, chef-quality refrigerators and cooktops/ovens, bath/shower resort-quality amenities. And woven throughout is the urbane and quiet sophistication John and Linda bring to everything.

My wife and I stayed almost a week at the Timberdoodle cottage. Its one bedroom was perfect. So was its privacy, comfy linens, sitting area and kitchen facilities. We have our eyes on the River Lodge for our next stay as a couple, and on the main lodge to bring our extended family together at some future time.

We used the boat and kayaks on the waters each day for non-stressful recreation. That option led to a remarkable angling adventure. Firepits extend the evening's possiblities.

We left Ruffed Grouse Lodge with the hope of building a longer relationship with everyone there. That, I believe, is a remarkable testimonial.

(One tip: dining options -- restaurants, diners, supper clubs -- are not a high point of the Phillips area. Bring your best food and drink, or buy in town, and cook for yourself in the pleasant atmosphere of the Ruffed Grouse properties.)

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Central Wisconsin CWA
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Harbor View
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
500 Miles
Madison, WI
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Birch Island Resort
Car: necessary

Phillips is the Price County Seat. No stop lights, no parking meters. A nearby airport handles private jets. Price County is the Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World designated by the Ruffed Grouse Society.


Rates & Availability

Elk Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 5.5%

WE CAN'T USE THE VRBO CALENDAR! PLEASE CALL US AT (715) 339-4444 or EMAil via VRBO for availability.

The Ruffed Grouse Lodge is available for Sat-Sat rental from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Timberdoodle, Remington, and The Cottage at Elk River Farm are available for 2 nights minimum.

The WEEKLY rate for RGL is $1,350 for 2 Persons, each additional person is $200
The DAILY rate for RGL is $210 for 2 Persons, each additional person is $75 (2 night minimum).

Timberdoodle is $135 / Night for 2 Persons - Remington is $145 / Night for 2 Persons
The Cottage at Elk River Farm is $175 / Night for 2 Persons and worth every penny.

CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY. (715) 339-4444 OR contact us through

We manage our own calendar. Please call us at (715) 339-4444
Guests will receive a reservation confirmation showing rates and terms by email.
A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of confirmation.
See for current Rates/Rules

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Calendar not updated in over 2 months and may not be available. Look for rentals with Request to Book or updated calendars.


Elk Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Master - 1 queen
    Upstairs Guest - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Guest - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Master - 1 queen
  • Queen Beds (2) - Two Master BR's in RGL with Queen sized beds. Single Beds (4) - Two bedrooms in RGL with twin beds. We supply all linens and towels. Renters should bring their own beach towels.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
- Organic gardens with fresh vegetables and raspberries. - Collecting fresh eggs daily from the coop is a hit with the kids. - Walking trails through the forest to Elk River Farm. - 2 fire pits with free wood. - Free, sheltered, heated dog kennel.

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties