"The Midwest's best getaway"...now more than ever.


    to Canoe Bay

    The Big Picture

    • Pristine, private cottages, built for two ♥

    • Extensive hiking/snowshoeing trails

    • Delicious meals—brought right to you

    • Crystal clear lakes + canoes, kayaks, paddle boards

    • Awesome garden

    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-for-two with such features as fireplace, private deck, and two-person whirlpool tub. Add in the incredible views and...well, the two of you can take it from there! With creative flair in the kitchen and dreamy on-site gardens, we specialize in delicious meals delivered right to your door in convenient disposable packaging.


    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 to choose from.
    Limited Wi-Fi is available in cottages*. There are Public Wi-Fi hot spots too.

    - Wi-Fi is suitable for e-mail, browsing; but not-so-much for streaming movies.

    * The CB Escape Village tiny houses do not offer Wi-Fi.



  • Simply Beautiful




    • 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.


    Clean! Our fastidious Housekeepers clean and thoroughly sanitize every accommodation before your arrival.

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


    • Adults only (age 21+)

    Stay relaxed: Our delicious Meals are delivered right to your door, in convenient disposable containers.


    • Lodge Library filled with hardcover books, games, and movies for guests' use.


    Friendly & helpful Staff readily available to facilitate a great stay.


    • 100% Smoke-free/Flame-free indoors & out (no smoking, candles, vaping / e-cigarettes, nor grills).


    Please note: There are no cooking facilities for guests' personal use other than your cottage wet bar's microwave oven.


    No Pets


    • Two types of Housekeeping Service for you:

    1. Supply Drop — fresh housekeeping items via delivery/exchange at the cottage door. Please request day's items before 2p.
    2. In-Cottage Service — traditional services are available by advance request, including attention to wet bar, bath, bed, and floors.
      Please submit in-cottage service request by 5p the day prior.

    Each Cottage sleeps one adult couple.

    (There are two exceptions: the Edgewood Villa and the Premier Queen Lakefront tiny house in the CB Escape Village. Each of these has two bedrooms, to sleep up to four adults.)


    NOTE: If you are traveling with more than one other couple (party of 5 or more), it is important that you CONTACT US prior to booking.


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

    • In lieu of gratuities, a 20% service charge is added to any food & beverage items you order.


    • Regarding Wi-Fi: A limited wireless internet connection is available in each cottage*, but cannot be guaranteed. There are also Public Wi-Fi access points, including at the centrally located Reception building.
    * On-site Wi-Fi is great for e-mail and browsing, not-so-much for streaming movies. We do maintain a large DVD/Blu-Ray movie library at the a-frame Lodge for guests' use.

    Please note: CB Escape Village tiny houses do not have Wi-Fi.

    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.
      * the fireplace in tiny house #29 is electric



    Starting at $325 / night
    The Village is a charming tiny house site with units overlooking or near to 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, full-size fridge/freezer & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      400 sq. ft. interior plus porch - $348
    • The Premier KING offers: dramatic woods views, living/dining room with electric fireplace, King bedroom, bathroom with tub/shower, seasonal screened porch with wide chaise lounge, mid-size fridge/freezer & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      340 sq. ft. interior plus porch - $348
    • The Premier QUEEN Lakefront  offers: window wall with lake views, living/dining room, 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/freezer & kitchen sink, microwave, Keurig.
      400 sq.ft., plus porch - $325 (add $50/person for triple or quadruple occupancy

    NOTE: Stoves are for presentation purposes only and are not connected.Wi-Fi is not available in the Tiny House Village. You'll find public wi-fi at The Lodge and Reception buildings at Canoe Bay.


    $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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    SUITE at The Inn — Heavenly

    $550 / night • Any closer to the lake & you'd get wet!

    • Great lake views from this two-room Suite at The Inn.* 
      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
      * NOTE: The Heavenly Suite is inside The Inn building, in the far opposite corner from Canoe Bay's Kitchen. It is not a private-entrance cottage, but has all the amenities of our cottages.
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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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    NOTE: Any stoves in these units are not connected and are not available for hotel guests' use.

    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

    NOTE: The stove in these Lake Home units is not connected and is not available for hotel guests' use.


    $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

    NOTE: The stove in this Lake Home unit is not connected and is not available for hotel guests' use.

    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!
    • Spacious 2nd BR* with King bed and en-suite with shower.
      (There is no tub nor fireplace in this guest bedroom.)

    • Carport accommodates two vehicles.
      2,000 sq.ft. – $999
      * NOTE: Rate for triple or quad occupancy (up to 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.


  • Fresh, Local and Delicious



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

    Dinner — delivered right to you!

    Enjoy Chef's delicious dinners in the relaxing comfort and beauty of your private cottage, six nights* a week.
    • In-Room Dinner features the freshest ingredients available in a prix fixe menu.
    • Many items are sourced from our own on-site garden! 
    • Delivered right to your cottage door, in convenient disposables.
    • Priced at $48/person**
    • Supplements—such as cheese, charcuterie, paté, dessert—are also offered.
    • We also deliver fine wines & champagnes by the bottle from our cellar, plus artisanal beers.


    * Dinner is not offered on Tuesdays year-'round.
    * * Wednesday's dinner is more casual, priced at $35/person.

    - Each Cottage, Tiny House, & the Suite has a microwave oven, dishware, glass- and stemware, flatware, Keurig with pods, and wet bar sink with Dawn.

    - There are no cooking facilities for guests' personal use beyond the microwave.

    - A list of Area Restaurants located within 15–25 min. drive of Canoe Bay is available at Reception.

    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 that are delivered right to you—our tradition since 1993.

    Breakfast & Lunch Menus provide delicious a la carte options for any appetite—including Wisconsin cheeses, of course—with delivery 'til 1:00p.

    • Your wet bar has a selection of complimentary healthful snacks awaiting your arrival. Soft drinks and ice, too.

    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.


    Excellent Wine List

    Enjoy al fresco on your private deck

    A wide-ranging selection of New World and French vintages are available for delivery right to your cottage, along with classic Midwest-brewed beers.


  • Nature, Fitness and Peace



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

    Love the outdoors?  This is Paradise

    Winter or Summer, 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—all on-site. You'll also delight in observing the wide variety of amazing wildlife that call this little piece of paradise home.


    Golfing is right nearby, along with fishing guides to help explore other lakes in the area.


    In winter, borrow a pair of titanium-frame snowshoes at Reception and head off to explore Canoe Bay's 300 acres...plus the frozen lakes. Or take a drive to the area's well-groomed cross country and downhill ski sites.


    NOTE: Canoe Bay maintains a fleet of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Use of personal watercraft in the on-site lakes 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.


    The Lodge's library is a bookworm's dream, and features additional seating in the loft overlooking a canopied outdoor patio and the main lake.


    Upstairs, the fitness center offers treadmills, elliptical trainers, spin bike and multi-stack weight system.


    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.



    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



    Cross Country and Downhill

    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 cottage. Advance booking required for this service, either "Single" or "Couple's" Massage.

    • 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
      - All appointments are 60-minutes in length.
      - Massage may not be appropriate for you if you are uncomfortable with the required close proximity to other individuals at this time.

    Voted Best in the Midwest...thank you!

    A Must See


    "I would definitely come back"


    Canoe Bay® is the only Lodging Member in the Midwest


    "Frank Lloyd Wright on Golden Pond"

    Just Great


    Order a bottle to enjoy al fresco on your private deck!


    "Canoe Bay is the Premiere Hideaway in the Midwest"


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


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


    Perfect Adult Summer Camp.


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




    "It's like running away."


    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.




    Guest Services


    Guest Services


    Head Housekeeper


    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!

    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.

    Lisa Dobrowolski


    My husband Dan and I designed Canoe Bay to give couples the perfect getaway. Having lived the high pressure life in Chicago, we "get it." What an amazing blessing to live here. Welcome!


    Fenceposts made of Sausage

    Stan & Mary with chubby little Dan

    Over a century ago, Dan’s grandfather, Stan, was floating logs 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. The Lodge with its massive beams and fieldstone fireplace is among those original camp buildings still in use (though remodelled a time or two).


    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—the first guests were welcomed to the revamped Lodge at Canoe Bay.

    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 29th 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 Sites Gallery
    (second set, top row, 1st image)

    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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    Fire away with your questions about staying at Canoe Bay!
    We look forward to connecting with you.


    We are always interested to meet dedicated people who love serving others and wouldn't mind working in paradise.

    • Canoe Bay is open year-'round, and no two days are the same •


    Four Teams of Amazing Individuals:

      Receptionist / Food & Beverage / Housekeeping / Maintenance 


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    And of course you may wish to attach a résumé.