We've been coming here for many years and always find it beautiful and deeply relaxing. This is not a traditional hotel with perfect service. You leave your car behind and board a water taxi for the quick trip to the island. Charming Rooms are available in the main lodge and in cottages spread around the island. many have fireplaces and screened porches. None have phones, though there are a few with tv sets. There's a bonfire with s'mores every night, canoes and kayaks are free for guests, and the Lodge has quite a nice restaurant specializing in locally sourced food ( local bison, fresh caught trout, veggies in season). An old iron bridge leads to nature trails and a bird watching cabin on an adjoining island. Swimming is fabulous in the cold clear lake , though you will be dive bombed by the osprey if you swim too close to her nest. A vast lawn is devoted to croquet and lots of games are available in the main lodge and the boathouse in case it rains.
Don't come here to be pampered but to enjoy an older graciousness and an incredibly beautiful space.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stout’s Island Lodge sits proudly in the center of Red Cedar Lake – an 1800-acre lake in northeastern Barron County, Wisconsin. There are two island connected by a 100 ft. walking bridge (given to Frank Stout by Andrew Carneige). The two islands have a combined acreage of 18 acres. All lodging is located on the western of the two islands; the East Island has walking trails as well as a small picnic cabin on the northern tip. Red Cedar Lake is known for its water quality, its fishery and for its relative quietude. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stout`s Island Hotel Mikana
- Stout Island