For adults, lakefront cabins promise relaxation. For kids, vacations on the water always mean excitement and adventure. It can be hard to find a place that offers a satisfying combination. But these five lakefront cabins have something for everyone in your family.
Imagine you and your kids designed a cabin specifically for spending quality time together. That’s exactly what one mother, stepfather and young son did; they built the Buckhorn Lake Cabin from the ground up and now rent it to other families looking to reconnect with each other, without technology.
The impressive, 2,200-foot log cabin overlooks Buckhorn Lake, where you can kayak, swim, and fish. You’ll also be close to Black River, a natural lazy river perfect for floating down on tubes or hiking alongside. Inside the cabin, your kids will love playing ping pong and foosball, making family meals in the big kitchen, and stargazing from the wraparound deck.
If you’re looking for a classic “Up North” community, book a lakefront cottage at Brekke’s Fireside Resort on Lake George. Cabins are small and rustic, but they are immaculate, detail-oriented, and comfortable.
The bigger draw of Brekke’s is the endless activities in the summer. You can rent a pontoon boat, or use the free kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats to explore the lake. In the beachside rec room, play pool, darts, and pinball over pizza and old records. The resort also features tennis courts, shuffleboard, volleyball and badminton. No kid could be bored at Brekke’s!
The tongue-in-cheek name for this up-cycled 1950s resort in Northwestern Wisconsin refers to two couples’ “expensive mistake” opening a resort in 2016 with no prior experience. It turns out the joke is a misnomer; families are clambering after the cabins on Lake Chetek, complimenting the fun hosts, retro chic decor, and classic water activities. You can go fishing off the dock, take one of the kayaks out on the lake, or watch the sunset from the screened-in overlook.
Boondoggle also provides vintage bikes you and your family can ride around the island or to the nearby public beach. If you love cabin life, but appreciate trendy design and fun quirks, Boondoggle is for you.
Located on Big Stone Lake and near Nicolet National Forest, the large, modern log cabins at A Lot of Lakes Resort offer peace and quiet. Wake up to wind rustling the pine trees and waves hitting the shore. Then start the day on the water fishing for northern pike or swimming. In the afternoon, explore the woods on a family hike. Retreat at the end of the day to your cozy lodging, playing cards or curling up to watch a movie together. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and each other—with no one else around.
If you grew up going to your grandma’s lake house, BJ’s will tap into your nostalgia and provide your kids the same kinds of joyous, lakeside experiences you had. The recently renovated 1930s cabin is full of wicker and antique furniture, colorful quilts, and homey touches. One of the best features is the large porch that looks out on uninterrupted lakeshore.
You’ll enjoy a private dock and fishing boat, and your kids will love the sandy-bottom lake for swimming. At night, throw dinner on the grill and share your favorite ghost story around the campfire. By the end of your stay, you will wish this really was your grandma’s house.