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2799 27th St, Birchwood, WI 54817-9242
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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.
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Tracy Klemens wrote a review Feb 2020
Appleton, Wisconsin70 contributions42 helpful votes
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This past Labor Day weekend I took the boys to a place called Stout’s Island Lodge. I came across this beautiful place through the Travel Wisconsin website. I booked us a room in the main lodge – we got the room called “Main Lodge 1” and I also booked us a day of driving a Gator (off the island). Arrival We arrived right around check out time to the docking area for the island. There were other people there but the signage and the information for this part of the process were not outlined online or there. When you are traveling with children, especially with only 1 adult, it would be very helpful to note these things for this location: Where to unload luggage – we unloaded in the gravel parking lot, dragging our wheeled suitcases through the dusty gravel, if it had rained I cannot imagine the mess. My son had to go to the bathroom – the house where you check-in had no signage where the restroom was. Check-in Desk – there was no one there to check us in for at least 30 minutes. We boarded the pontoon boat with two very friendly and talkative young guys. My boys asked a million questions about the boat and the island. This alleviated the sour start to the check-in process. The luggage was whisked away and brought to our room! On The Island When I traveled to Little Palm Island they had a person that gave me the rundown of the island and its amenities. We didn’t get any of that, we were led (pointed) to the Main Lodge and from there we were pointed as to where to go for our room. When we go to our room I started to google the Stout’s Island map and amenities. The room (I don’t know if it was just our room or its a standard at their resort) – did not have any of this information. We discovered that there were a few amazing amenities that we partook in and there were many we found out from other guests or our waitress. Badminton – this was not set up and was not available Bag Toss or “Corn Hole” Bon Fire – this was a highlight for us in the evenings. I don’t often participate or do the bonfire at other resorts but it was there and it was really nice to grab a drink at the bar (soda for the boys) and do smores and hang out with the other guests. As a result, my kids made friends with 2 different families! Night Crawfish Hunting – this is not a resort activity, this was an activity we got invited to do with a family as a result of going to the bonfire. I was nervous but then LOVED it! It was so rewarding for the boys and they had a blast doing it. The third night we were there we shared the love and taught another family how to do this crawfish hunting! Croquet – this is on the lawn and we tried this, we were able to get the game rules from the main office. Fishing. This was really fun – Jacob had a broken hand so I had to bravely do the worms. HOWEVER, there was a VERY grumpy older man that worked at the resort that was mad that the kids were going through too many worms. None of the adults were fishing – the kids were catching and releasing little tiny fish. I am not sure what this man was concerned about the worm population. The resort provides the worms as part of the experience if they were tight with their worms they could charge for them after a certain amount or some other system. Hiking. The boys and I did a lot of walking and hiking around the paths. There are many of them to enjoy. Board Games. We brought our own but we did see a lot of people enjoying this activity. The resort had a good selection of games. Billiards. We tried out a game of pool. BUT the lighting. In the boathouse is terribly labeled and it is incredibly dark in there at night. Restaurant. We ate at the restaurant for our dinners and breakfasts. The breakfast buffet was just average. They did not have a lot of variety or fresh fruit. The waitresses did not seem to want to be there. I ordered off the menu the second morning and had to send my dish back for not being cooked properly. But the chef was super nice about it and she turned that experience around with her personality. The dinners were good, we also met some of the same families we had met in the evenings. There was not a lot of variety on the menu for us – I felt by night 2 we had tried everything. It would be nice if there was more variety on their menu. Our Room We had a very spacious and bright room. We had a king-size bed, a bathroom with an antique tub and a large bathroom. There were a few things that, despite the price, should have been taken care of or improved upon. We had no hot water the first night. They sent over the desk lady who didn’t know how to fix it. So we had to wait from 6 PM until 1 PM the next day. The hot water issue was underneath the building. We didn’t get any type of apology. The funny part is we were even on the Pontoon boat that afternoon with the Owners of the Island (they gave us a ride because we just missed the pontoon boat) and we mentioned it to them and they were surprised and that was it. Further, the shower was extremely OLD and dated – but I think it was the “charm” and the bathtub had a streak of brown….which may be the water or rust….. The floor and area on the other side of the bed smelled faintly of puke. We completely avoided it and mentioned it to the cleaning lady. Nothing was done regarding that. NOTE: The doors on the rooms for all the rooms do not lock. Do not bring any valuables! And lastly…..for a room that is on the first floor (see photo) – there is a room right by the door to the building with an outside light on all the time – with no curtain or blinds. None of the blinds in our room worked properly. So it was like sleeping on a runway. (In The Photos It Is the Window Above The Window A/C Unit – it has a valance but no blinds and outside that window is the entrance to the lodge with a light – so a direct view into our room from that window for anyone going into the building and a blasting ray of light all night long)
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from StoutsGM, General Manager at Stout's Island Lodge
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Dear TKlemens: Thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback. Despite having some fun with your kids and enjoying the Island it sounds as if we had a few misses, and I truly apologize for that. Without all forms of feedback, we cannot work on improvements. I truly appreciate your comments as we lay-out both training outlines for our next season as well as formulate building improvement plans for this year and further into the future, in our efforts to provide continuous improvements to service and buildings!
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Pat1127 wrote a review Sep 2019
Portage, Wisconsin7 contributions4 helpful votes
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I had no idea what our stay on Stout's Island Lodge was going to be, from the start getting on the ferry to graduates being included service was wonderful. They loaded our luggage at the ferry when we arrive on the Island our luggage was delivered to our room and we were given a tour by on of the associates. The boat ride was great and very informative. Hiking was fun, canoeing was fun can't say enough about our stay it is definitely a great experience. Beautiful location, cabins we great as well as the lodge.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from StoutsGM, General Manager at Stout's Island Lodge
Responded Oct 16, 2019
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking time to share your experiences. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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David wrote a review Nov 2019
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My wife and I looked all over the Midwest for a unique wedding experience that fit our style. We love the outdoors and cabins. We booked this venue before seeing it in person, and it turned out to be the absolute best decision we could've asked for. Birchwood is only a 4-6hr drive for all of our friends and family in the Chicago/Indiana regions. Some family from further away flew into Minneapolis and drove the couple of hours to Stout's. The entire family made it a 3 day getaway, and guests were able to enjoy all of the experiences and activities on the island. It turned out to be a friend/family reunion in addition to our wedding! The cabins are very high quality, and the woodworking and craftsmanship show that a lot of skill was put forth to hand build all of the buildings. There are nice trails that connect each building, but enough space in between to allow for nice walks. We had our ceremony and dinner outside, and then transitioned into the Ice House for the reception. There is a large patio outside during the reception that allowed guests to enjoy the weather. The entire wedding was flawless, from the food to the service and unique settings. The team members at Stout's were beyond helpful the entire weekend, and they treated our entire party with excellent customer service. If you are looking for a completely unique experience for your wedding, this is the place. Everyone that attended had such a great time, we are all talking about making it back up for additional vacation time. Thank you Stout's!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from StoutsGM, General Manager at Stout's Island Lodge
Responded Nov 26, 2019
davidabaker31 Thank you so much for your great review. We really enjoyed having you and your family and friends spend time with us on the Island of Happy Days for your wedding and impromptu family reunion. Stout's Island is a fantastic place for both...we agree! We anxiously await your return to the island for some vacation time in the future! Congratulations and thank you!!
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JKN wrote a review Oct 2019
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Charming resort for those who appreciate classic style. Rooms and service are great. Some buildings seem to be in need of repair, but I would expect that with such and old property, I'm sure it is an ongoing process. The staff is very down to earth, friendly, dining experiences are refreshing. Best when the weather is nice.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from StoutsGM, General Manager at Stout's Island Lodge
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Thank you for sharing your experiences. We enjoyed having you stay with us. The weather is something that cannot be controlled, but do hope that we had enough indoor activities for you to enjoy. Thank you, again, for taking time to let us know the reflections of your stay.
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allanp935 wrote a review Oct 2019
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My spouse and I stayed for a early week Fall get away. If you have trouble disconnecting to relax. It is a truly wonderful location with a lot more activities than you would think with an island location. The hiking is fun and its a treat to find many relaxing little enclaves to enjoy nature and wonderful views. The staff truly understands great guest services. They are quick to help and make suggestions. We especially love our conversation with the gardner. The staff takes the time to engage with guests while still delivering great service. We had lunch and dinner at the Lodge. We found the food to be delicious and creative. This is truly the Island of Happy Days!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: If you want more privacy select one of the cabins, we fould the lodge room a great value.
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Response from StoutsGM, General Manager at Stout's Island Lodge
Responded Oct 16, 2019
Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to having you back on the Island of Happy Days. Truly, thank you for taking the time to share your experiences!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stout's Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Stout's Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Stout's Island Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Stout's Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Stout's Island Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stout's Island Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paul's Pizza Den, The Birchwood Cafe, and Ed's Pit Stop.
Does Stout's Island Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Stout's Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.