I wanted to share our recent experience staying at BearPaw in August 2020. My family and I rented 4 cabins and 1 camper site for the week. My family has been going to Lake Chetac since the 1950’s and have stayed at a variety of resorts over the years including BearPaw (prior owners) and when it was T.P campground for years before that. BearPaw is under new ownership for close to a year now and they are doing some exciting things but also going through some growing pains. The Good: Great Location and views of the lake. The best crappie fishing seemed to be right in front of the resort. There is a public landing just down the road, and the views of the lake especially from cabin 3 and 4 are wonderful. Campsite 5 and the other cabins are hindered by tree growth Note: BP no longer rents boats or motors - I had to go to another resort to do that. Improvements to the bar, addition of a deck, firepit ect are very nice. There are now 2 usable docks so lots of places to park a boat or hang out. The new owners have added a large number of seasonal camper sites which to some may be great, Having stayed there for years the new sites are compressed and no trees so reminded me of a parking lot and a loss to the back woods resort that was part of the previous charm. The Bad: The cabins are in desperate need of remodel which the owners say are their focus for 2021. Black mold in the showers, broken AC, horrible mattresses… they need a lot of work and keep in mind I am no stranger to a fishing cabin experience including these cabins themselves. Our biggest issue was cleanliness. We walked in on Saturday to begin our stay and immediately saw potato chips and cookies under couches (couches are log style with 18” of clear view under them so hard for a cleaning crew to miss). A walk across the floor in white socks immediately turned them black… again not normal fishing cabin environment here… dirty! We immediately spent an hour scrubbing down the cabins. The grills were horrible and we asked about getting them cleaned or supplies to clean them. Faye, the owner, said that she didnt know that was a thing and would tell Will, other owner, but “he needed a break from people that day and had had a hard day”... We never got the grills cleaned and finally went and got supplies to do it ourselves When I randomly saw Will the owner as we checked out he thanked me for letting him know about the cabins as he had no idea, which means they are not doing a cabin check before folks check in or following up on cleaning crew. One note about Covid. I had gotten a newsletter from another resort saying to comply with State Covid guidelines they were not allowing check-in in until Sunday to allow 24 hours between guest stays. When I asked the owner he had never heard of this and that BP was in total compliance with State guidelines. He indicated the other resort was having trouble with cleaning staff and that was why. A 10 minute google search for Wisconsin guidelines and I found this COVID-19-Lodging_cl.pdf reference to the 24 hour guideline I also noticed no masks in the bar which is small and hard to social distance, however in a facebook post for the bar they are wearing masks. I think the new owners are doing some great things but it was clear the cabin rentals were not their priority. You pay for everything when you check in so no chance for them to get feedback when you check out unless you have a random encounter like we did or search them out. Other resorts the owners swing by during the first part of the week to see how things are going and I think they should start doing that Not sure we will go back to BP unless we are sure some improvements have been made. My family needs a place for camper and cabins so options are limited but will check out other resorts if we go again next year.…
Bear Paw is a great place to experience beautiful northern Wisconsin. We stayed there while my husband took whitewater kayaking instruction from Sierra Club last weekend. Very friendly and helpful staff helped to make our stay wonderful.
Awesome place, friendly staff- Will and Sam are GREAT!! They have made it beautiful here!!! Make sure to stop and check them out!!! The pizza is great.. The remodeling is Beautiful!! The campground and cabins are going to amaze you!! Very Beautiful!!!
The resort is a lot of fun! The bar has free popcorn, Touch Tunes jukebox and outdoor games complete with volleyball! It has the feel of an "Up North" resort with trees, grass and gravel paths. This will be our 4th year with a seasonal campsite at Bear Paw and we absolutely love it. The other seasonals are respectful, helpful and very fun people to have as neighbors! Our family and friends rent out the weekend campsites and love them! Weekend sites are very close to the water with great views. Lake Chetac and the area lakes are great fishing and fun. The new owner is excited to make improvements to an already great place to spend the summer!
We had a very nice stay at Bear Paw Campground. Very nice folks, view of Lake. Friendly folks, and good company at the bar. Good pizza! Owner plans on continuing upgrade over time. On a dead end road, with a boat launch close by. Nice boat dock.