"The Premiere Hideaway in the Midwest"


    to Canoe Bay

    The Big Picture

    • Pristine, private cottages

    • Crystal clear lakes

    • Awesome garden

    • Extensive hiking/snowshoeing trails

    • Delicious meals—brought right to you

    Canoe Bay® is 300 secluded acres of beautiful hardwood forest with spring-fed lakes, all teeming with wildlife. The resort is specially designed for adult couples only, who are ready to unplug and be refreshed by beauty at every turn. Each cottage accommodation offers true comfort and relaxation with such features as fireplace, private deck, and two-person whirlpool tub. Add in the incredible views and...well, you can take it from there! With a great team in the kitchen and dreamy on-site gardens, delicious fresh meals are always available—delivered right to you.


    We hope you'll think of Canoe Bay as your happy place.


    • Some 30 cable TV stations are available in every unit, along with a Blu-ray/DVD player with hundreds of movie titles available for delivery. • We do not guarantee Wi-Fi in any accommodation. But free public Wi-Fi access is available, please inquire.



  • Simply Beautiful



    for everyone's safety and peace of mind

    Flexible Cancellation

    With seven days’ notice of cancellation, your deposit is refundable—less a $50 administration fee—or you may transfer the entire deposit to a voucher toward a future stay. Should you need to cancel last-minute, a voucher is still available. Vouchers are valid for two years.


    Bookings are spaced to allow a min. of 24 hours between occupancies. Cottages are deep cleaned and sanitized.

    Public buildings are at present closed. All meals are via room service.


    • Touch-free Check-in/Check-out 3p/11a (CT)


    • Adults only (age 21+)


    • 100% Smoke/Flame-free
    indoors and out; including: no candles nor e-cigarettes


    No Pets


    Deposit amount: 50% (min. one night's lodging)

    • In lieu of gratuities, a 20% service charge on all ordered food and beverage items is added to final invoice.


    • Regarding Wi-Fi: Our delightfully remote location means we cannot promise you in-room Wi-Fi. However, free Wi-Fi is available at the Reception building and two other public locations. All three public Wi-Fi locations have some outdoor seating. 

    TINY HOUSES at Canoe Bay

    $398 / night
    A pair of the original ESCAPE tiny houses, perched on a hill just west of The Inn

    • Each offers living/dining room with fireplace & window wall with woods view, Queen bedroom with en suite (walk-in tile shower, double vanity, toilet room); seasonal screened porch with wide chaise lounge and long view of the lake, full-size fridge & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      400 sq.ft., plus porch - $398
      NOTE: Stove is for presentation purposes only and is not connected.



    $348 / night
    The Village is a charming tiny house site with units overlooking Mallard Lake, a half-mile northwest of The Inn.

    • The Premier KING Lakefront  offers: window wall with lake views, living/dining room with electric fireplace, King bedroom, bathroom with walk-in tile shower, seasonal screened porch with wide chaise lounge, mid-size fridge & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      400 sq. ft. interior plus porch - $348
    • The Premier QUEEN Lakefront  offers: window wall with lake views, living/dining room (no fireplace), two bedrooms (one Queen, the other Full & a bunked Twin), bathroom with standard tub/shower, seasonal screened porch with wide chaise lounge, mid-size fridge & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      400 sq.ft., plus porch - $348 (add $50/person for triple or quadruple occupancy)
      NOTE: Stove is for presentation purposes only and is not connected.


    $398 / night

    • Side-by-side, mirror-image, private entrance cottages with: lake view through our beautiful native Wisconsin prairie acreage, open concept living/bed room with stone fireplace, King bed, two-person whirlpool tub; private deck; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; bathroom features shower stall, single vanity.  
      480 sq.ft. – $398


    DUPLEX COTTAGE — Lookout

    $480 / night

    • Side-by-side, mirror-image, private entrance architectural cottages with: elevated views of the lake and beautiful native Wisconsin prairie; open concept living/bed room with window wall, stone fireplace, King bed; private deck; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; bathroom features two-person whirlpool tub, two-headed walk-in tile & glass block shower, toilet room, large vanity.
      590 sq.ft. – $480
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    DUPLEX COTTAGE — Hillside

    $480 / night

    • Side-by-side, mirror-image, private entrance cottages with: elevated view of the lake; open-concept living/bed room with huge picture window, stone fireplace, King bed, two-person whirlpool tub; sunny deck with privacy wall; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; bathroom features two-headed shower, single vanity. Plus carport.
      625 sq.ft. – $480
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    $550 / night • stand-alone units, offering extra privacy

    • Every Dream features a gorgeous direct view of the lake; generous living area with stone fireplace, King bed; private deck; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; two-person whirlpool tub; and luxury bathroom with two-headed tile shower, spacious vanity. 
    • Some Dreams have a divided floor plan (separate LR/BR) with the whirlpool tub in the bathroom. Others have an open floor plan with shower, vanity in bathroom. Optional features: carport, heated bathroom floor, steam shower. 
      Please include a Note when booking if any particular feature is of interest to you.
      730 sq.ft. – $550
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    SIGNATURE COTTAGE — Rattenbury

    $650 / night A stand-alone cottage atop a hill

    • Unforgettable Prairie-style architecture frames incredible lake views from cantilevered deck and floor-to-ceiling windows. Spacious open floor plan with grand vaulted ceiling, unique build-ins, impressive stone fireplace; King bed; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; luxury bathroom with two-person whirlpool, two-headed tile shower, toilet room, double vanity; carport.
      One of two Canoe Bay units designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé John Rattenbury
      900 sq.ft. – $650



    $685 / night • Closest lake views in these stand-alone cottages

    • Luxurious divided floor plan offers very close lake and wildlife views from: large private deck, tastefully appointed living room, and private Spa. Large stone fireplaces in both LR and King BR; wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; Spa bathroom with not only two-person whirlpool, two-headed tile shower with steam, toilet room and double vanity, but ALSO Finnish sauna and elliptical trainer; carport.
      850 sq.ft. – $685
    • Walking tour of Lakeside Cottage on youtube by a honeymoon guest
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    $685 / night • Architecturally dramatic stand-alone lake homes

    • 21st century Prairie style architecture frames gorgeous views of lake. Featuring: tastefully appointed vaulted-ceiling living room with stone fireplace; elevated deck; separate King bedroom accessing deck/patio; en suite with two-person whirlpool, two-headed tile shower with steam, double vanity, toilet room; wet bar with drawer-style fridge / freezer, microwave, Keurig, full-size sink; convenient lav; carport.
    • Two floor plans: 1-story or 2-story living
      1,100 sq.ft. – $685



    $725 / night Every upgrade in this stand-alone lake home

    • Architecturally dramatic Prairie-style lake home provides gorgeous views of lake, elegant vaulted-ceiling living room with stone fireplace; elevated deck; spacious study with landline phone; separate King bedroom with stone fireplace and another deck; en-suite spa with lake view two-person whirlpool, two-headed tile shower with steam, Finnish sauna, heated floor, elliptical trainer, double vanity, toilet room; wet bar with drawer-style fridge / freezer, microwave, Keurig, full-size sink; convenient lav; carport. 
      1,300 sq.ft. – $725


    The AMAZING Edgewood Villa

    $999 / night *
    Understated elegance & an idyllic setting...breathtaking!

    • Sweeping views of a private nature preserve, glacially-carved lake.
    • Great Room features unique stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, wraparound private deck, writing desk with landline, convenient lav.
    • King Master BR boasts two-sided fireplace, charming window seat, and en-suite featuring two-person whirlpool, two-headed tile shower with steam, Finnish sauna with view to the lake!
    • Edgewood is our only two-bedroom accommodation. Its guest BR features King bed and en-suite with shower only. 
    • Carport accommodates two vehicles.
      2,000 sq.ft. – $999
      * NOTE: Rate for quadruple occupancy (2 couples) is $1,199/night
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    Architect of Record: Mr. John Rattenbury/Taliesin, Scottsdale, AZ—protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright and namesake of CB's Rattenbury Cottage.


    ROOMS at The Lodge

    $350 and $398 / night — this building's guest rooms are presently closed

    • Fireplace Room: King bed, fireplace, private deck, mini-fridge; bathroom features 2-person whirlpool tub, separate shower.
      300 sq.ft. – $350
      NOTE: There is also a Fireplace Room at The Inn
    • Deluxe Rooms: Direct lake view, sitting area, King bed, fireplace, private deck, mini-fridge; bathroom features 2-person whirlpool tub, separate shower.
      410 sq.ft. – $398

    ROOMS at The Inn

    $350 and $550 / night — this building is presently closed
    Can't get any closer to the lake without getting wet!
    • Fireplace Room (see description above).  
      300 sq.ft. – $350

    • Heavenly Suite: Great lake views, spacious living room with fireplace, separate King bedroom—also with fireplace—private deck right above the water, wet bar with mini-fridge & microwave & Keurig; bathroom features 2-person whirlpool tub with separate two-headed shower, toilet room.
      600 sq.ft. – $550
  • Fresh, Local and Delicious



    Healthy Ingredients—from our own Garden and local Farms to You


    Chef's delicious DINNERS are delivered, for you to enjoy al fresco or at your cottage's private dining table.

    Chef's delicious In-Room Dinner (currently starting at $48 / person), features the freshest ingredients available in a seasonal multi-choice menu that changes regularly. Many items are sourced from our own on-site garden! --Offered daily except Tue/Wed.--

    Enjoy our Wine Spectator Award-winning collection of fine wines by the bottle, plus artisanal beers, available any time.


    • On Casual Wednesdays, through November, a simple Bona Casa pasta supper with roasted garden veg is offered in the evening ($22/person).

    Note: In November, the midweek Casual Supper day(s) will flex (e.g. possibly offering Casual Supper on Mon. &/or Thur. as well as Wed.)

    Dinner is not offered on Tuesdays, year-'round. We can suggest area restaurants within 15–25 min. of Canoe Bay which offer take-out &/or dine-in options.


    Dinner service at The Inn's dining room is on hiatus.

    Daytime Menus

    Just-brewed coffee is available for delivery daily 'til 1p.

    The relaxation and easy pace of Canoe Bay continues through our daytime room service meals.

    • You'll arrive to a complimentary collection of simple snacks in your wet bar.

    • Chef's Brunch Menu provides delicious options for any appetite, and is available for delivery 'til 1:00p (daily except Tue./Wed., through October).

    • On Tuesdays & Wednesdays, our Casual Daytime Menu, featuring ready-to-eat foods for breakfast and lunch, is offered.

    Note: In November, the midweek days on which a Casual Daytime Menu is offered will flex, (e.g. could offer the Casual Daytime foods on Mon. &/or Thurs. as well) but daytime food service will still be offered seven days per week. • In December, on Wednesdays and Thursdays there is no Daytime food service offered.

    Canoe Bay Garden

    A Secluded Wonderland

    Indulge or develop your interest in all-things-growing by exploring the awesome Bold & Romantic Garden at Canoe Bay, created by gardening master John Nissen. Talk about photo ops! This magical space will refresh your spirit and excite your imagination.


  • Nature, Fitness and Peace



    Summer is wonderful, Fall spectacular, Winter stunning and Spring beautiful

    Love the outdoors?  This is Paradise

    Summer or Winter, always something to do...or not.

    The list of summertime activities is nearly endless. Hiking, running or walking on miles of trails; canoeing & kayaking; swimming; lounging by the lake; fishing; biking; exploring the gardens. Golfing is right nearby, and area fishing guides are available. You can't help but see the wide variety of amazing wildlife that call this little piece of paradise home.


    In Winter there's snowshoeing on-site (we loan out titanium-frame snowshoes), plus cross country and downhill skiing not far away, and you can even try your hand at ice fishing.


    NOTE: We maintain a fleet of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Use of personal watercraft is not permitted. 

    Love the indoors? This is Heaven

    The Greatest Gift of All: True Calm

    The astonishing views and charming wildlife are everywhere at Canoe Bay. You'll be delighted to discover how quickly one can decompress.


    Favorite guest comments: • We never knew how much we needed to simply relax and unwind in peace. • Canoe Bay is a hug for the soul.


    Please note that Canoe Bay's indoor public spaces are currently closed (The Lodge / Fitness Center, The Inn / Dining Room). We hope to make the Lodge Library --and to some degree, the Fitness Center--available for guests' use in Oct., '20


    Sioux Creek, a 9-hole golf course running along a river is just 1.5 mile west of Chetek (a 20 minute drive). (www.siouxcreekgolf.com)


    Turtleback, a Golf Digest Award-winning 18-hole golf course with Prairie-style clubhouse is located in Rice Lake (a 20 mile drive). (www.turtlebackgolf.com)


    The Big One is out there...


    Licensed, independent fishing guide Steve Sedani has over 30 years' experience fishing the Chetek Chain of Lakes in his 18' long boat, about 15 min. from Canoe Bay, where walleye, northern, and pan fish await. (www.chetek.com/fishing)

    Contact Steve at 715-829-9477 (voice or text) to plan your adventure! His e-dress: updernorth@yahoo.com


    Snowshoeing & Skiing

    Cross Country and Downhill

    Snowshoe right on the property and we have snowshoes for you!


    Snowshoeing is very popular at Canoe Bay. We have over 300 acres to explore plus the lakes. We have snowshoes you can use for free!


    Find 20 miles of classic and diagonal stride cross-country ski trails in the Blue Hills, only 25 minutes away (www.bluehillstrail.com). Bring your own xc ski equipment.


    No-wait downhill skiing is enjoyed at Christie Mountain, also a 25 minute drive away (www.christiemountain.com), with rental equipment available there.



    In-Room Massage


    Set up an in-room one-hour Relaxation Massage with a licensed therapist who will come right to your Canoe Bay accommodation. Advance booking required for this service. Consecutive Single massage only ("COUPLES APPTS. ARE NOT BEING OFFERED.)

    • Please contact Gentry Massage, our longtime provider, directly.
      - Call or text Charidy at: 715-651-6960 (M)
      - or E-mail her at: info@gentrymassage.com
      - or visit: www.gentrymassage.com
      - provide both your reservation name & your phone or e-dress
    • NOTES:
      - Concurrent appointments (aka "Couples Massage") not available.

      - All appointments are 60-minutes in length.

    Voted Best in the Midwest...thank you!

    "elegant atmosphere, friendly staff...and romantic setting"


    #1 Resort in the Midwest!
    ...and one of the best in the USA


    Perfect Adult Summer Camp.


    "I would definitely come back"


    Canoe Bay® is the only Lodging Member in the Midwest


    "It's like running away."


    "A cozy-chic spot where couples can relax."


    "Frank Lloyd Wright on Golden Pond"



    Just Great


    A Must See


    Canoe Bay is the perfect secluded getaway.


    Canoe Bay is the place you Dream about when you're stuck at your desk or fighting traffic.


    "Canoe Bay is the Premiere Hideaway in the Midwest"


    Perfect Adult Summer Camp.



    Dan & Lisa Dobrowolski

    We love people and designed Canoe Bay to give couples the perfect getaway.  Having lived the high pressure life in Chicago, we "get it." Welcome to restoration.

    Renee Nyhus

    General Manager

    I grew up in the Rockies but now my family and I call Wisconsin home. All of us at Canoe Bay are eager for you to experience genuine peace and relaxation at this little piece of heaven.

    Katie Daubner

    Senior Director

    Canoe Bay's beauty captivated me from first sight.  That feeling of enchantment—SPIRIT—lured me from the bluffs of Door County; I simply could not resist the quality of quiet. May you, too, enjoy what I have loved from the beginning!

    John Nissen

    Chief Gardener 
    Hello.  I was born in Denmark and have been a professional gardener my entire life.  Plants and I have a special relationship. Stop and see me; we'll talk shop!

    Fenceposts made of Sausage

    Stan & Mary with chubby little Dan

    Over a century ago, Dan’s grandfather, Stan, was floating logs down the Danube River in eastern Europe when he heard that in America the fence posts were made of sausage! Not exactly 'the streets are paved with gold', but for a dirt-poor youth, the mere thought of sausage fence posts was enough to get him on a ship for America.

    Not many years later, Stan and his wife Mary settled just a bit east of Canoe Bay. Their family grew to include 10 children and life on their small farm wasn't easy. The lake and wildlife of Canoe Bay were critical to the family’s survival, providing fish, berries, and game year-'round. While they did not own the Canoe Bay property, they loved and cared for it.


    Seventh Son

    That's George

    The seventh of Stan & Mary’s children was George—Dan’s father. (One of Dan’s earliest memories is fishing with his father and uncle on Canoe Bay's main lake, when, for the first and only time, he actually caught a turtle!) In the 1960’s, a church group acquired the property and developed a summer camp that they operated here for some 20 years before relocating the facility to southeast Wisconsin.


    In 1991, George brought to his son's attention that this very special place was for sale, and...18 months later—on May 1, 1993—Dan & Lisa welcomed their first guests to the revamped Lodge at Canoe Bay.


    The Inn and the Lodge, with their massive beams and fieldstone fireplaces, are among those original camp buildings.

    Full Circle

    Maybe the fence posts really are made of sausage!

    As with all the best things in life, at the start we had but an inkling of what Canoe Bay might become. Excited by the prospect of preserving a place that held so much meaning for Dan's family, we were further inspired to share it with others whose highly-stressed lifestyles we knew so well. Foregoing our city careers, we made the move to northwest Wisconsin, but hardly imagined that we had begun our life's work.


    Today, it is with immense gratitude to Providence, to Dan's parents*, to our stellar staff, and to our amazing and encouraging guests that we are celebrating Canoe Bay's 27th Anniversary year.




    —Dan & Lisa

    * George († 2012) & Frannie Dobrowolski

  • MAPS

    Easy to find and incredible when you arrive

    Property Map

    Big version of this map is in Galleries (top row, 1st image at left)

    Canoe Bay® comprises 23 guest cottages widely spaced about picturesque, spring-fed, and secluded lakes amidst some 300 acres of private forest. Designed especially for couples, you'll find our Cottages and Tiny Houses are all very comfortable...and very private. Details about the amenities are here.



    So close yet such a getaway

    Canoe Bay® hotel is a 300-acre country estate with three private, spring-fed lakes, located in northwestern Wisconsin, off of U.S. Hwy. 53, just outside the town of Chetek. An ideal drive-to destination, we are just 2 hours from Minneapolis, 5 hours from Des Moines, 6 from Chicago, 8.25 from Kansas City. Major highways bring you to within 10 miles of our driveway.


    Mpls/St.Paul International Airport (MSP) is just a 2-hour drive (120 miles). For guests connecting in Chicago, United Airlines offers non-stop service from O’Hare to Chippewa Valley Airport (EAU), an hour from us. Private planes should head to the Rice Lake Airport (RIE), 25 minutes away. www.ricelakeaircenter.com 

    • Rental cars are available at each airport.
    • Canoe Bay does not offer ground transport.

    We're here to Talk and Help

    715.924.4594 ext. 1

    We're on property and available to answer your questions daily 9a--5p (CT).

    We answer Fast!

    We hate when places don't answer e-mail quick. Let us know if we do OK for you!
     Snail Mail works, too:
    P.O. Box 28, Chetek, WI 54728



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    We look forward to connecting with you.


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