2.5 Beautifully Renewed Classic Wisconsin Northwoods Lodge Homes on Four+ Lots at the Shore of Forest Lake, surrounded entirely by old growth forest

This is a rare chance to own a Family / Organizational compound in the old growth! Legacy Lodge is the kind of loving place you will be happy to leave for your heirs. They will grow with it and you over time, and will carry your legacy with theirs on into their future.

Deck view of Legacy Lodge

Legacy Lodge viewed from the lake side of the home

The story of these homes really does begin with the old growth.

Less than 0.2% of the Wisconsin Northwoods remains as old growth forest - with everything else having been subjected to clear cut logging in the past while building the lower 48 states. Considering that so much of that 0.2% remainder has been set aside as forested area Parks for low-impact public recreational use, far less remains in private ownership. Don't think another opportunity like this will come along again any time soon.

Old growth as far as the eye can see as it completely surrounds Forest Lake. How did the preservation of these old growth woods come about? See the link above the lead photo to the features list, below. As time moves on, an old growth forest like the one surrounding Forest Lake is closer to what we now call an arboretum.

A home is like a member of a family, and as you might imagine, the new owners had fallen in love with it. Following their purchase, there was nothing over the property that did not receive a loving eye and expert attention. Everything, from one end to the property to the other was reviewed, cared for, and renewed. Just look at the chimneys (replete with solid copper chimney covers), the gutters with leaf and needle guards, downspouts, deicing systems for roof valleys and gutters on all heated buildings, the siding, the stonework, the mechanicals wherever you look. No small detail overlooked. New docks, boat lifts, dock electrical service, central air, Hot Tub (freshwater salt system), decks, railings, balustrades. While you are looking around the basement in the Main Lodge, don't miss the all-new boiler and nine-zone hydronic heating system. That same mindset on renewal is nearly universal on this property.

You arrive at Legacy Lodge and are greeted by two choices, as the driveway divides two ways following entry. To the left is the Main Lodge, and to the right is the Guest Lodge. Yes, there are two separate Lodges, a completely ideal offering for the comfort, privacy, and well-being of your guests.

The Main Lodge, a stately, mellow, warm, and inviting place you likely won't want to leave once you're there. You know, that's possibly why the Guest Lodge was built! Legacy Lodge, Lawn View, the shore behindEnter off of the circular driveway, take off your coat and access the open seating area over steps next to the fireplace or around the other side of that fireplace to the kitchen counter and dining area. The vaulted char-etched Turnquist wood beamed ceiling with tongue and groove beveled knotty pine impresses, however your eyes are drawn out to windows reaching all the way up. Don't fall over backwards! You'll want to look out over Forest Lake instead... Turn around and you'll see the full view of that fieldstone fireplace reaching all the way up and out. A very wide, open environment here where people can hang out comfortably and informally. Plus a more intimate two-person seating area for that fireside chat. Conversation will flow.

There is a quality of life for all the wood you Legacy Lodge Family Room find here inside the homes. There is so much of it surrounding in the woods. An effort was made during the construction of these homes to bring rich elements of nature into the living spaces that would extend the nature of outside elements for those individuals inside the home. It's called Biophilia-the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. Biophilia is used in offices and health care facilities to create spaces that reduce physiological stress and improve mood.

It begins with everything outside, the lake, the woods, the plants, the very vibe of the place, Legacy Lodge Living Room Fireplace and when the light goes down in the evening and we're inside, the natural wood surfaces that abound in the homes carry that vibe along and through.

You enter the home into the knotty pine, multi-closeted entry foyer. On the left is a side hallway leading to a powder room and a door to a covered porch. Also off the foyer is the first-floor bedroom. The household theme of knotty pine wainscotting is here, along with a built-in desk and shelving adequate for a television. Wooden louvered blinds cover a large window overlooking the front yard. The bedroom is nicely finished with the Lodge standard ensuite bathroom.

With a ceramic tile floor, granite countertop with ceramic tile backsplash, cherry cabinets, and cherry paneled appliances-- meet your high-service kitchen. It features a Sub Zero side-by-side fridge and freezer, Legacy Lodge Kitchen two built-in Meile DGC 6760 "smart" ovens (which are a bit more than just "ovens," combining steam with convection, broil, roast and bake) for top-of-the-line processes that will turn out some marvelous food for you and your guests. It also has a Jenn-Air electric cooktop and grille, Thermador double warming drawers (which will handle trays). Also, a very near silent Cove (by Sub Zero) dishwasher, double Stainless-Steel sink and a single Stainless Steel sink. The breakfast bar with granite countertop, several cherry cabinets, and seating for four also includes a pull-out food prep station.. No stone left unturned here in a facility to produce well-timed Dining Room meals of the highest quality.

Legacy Lodge Kitchen 7,324 finished square feet on three levels sounds like a mansion, but the absolute coziness of its space will deceive you... Until you have your first party here and the place just absorbs the people. Where did they all go? There is a lively stretch to all this space and the welcoming drift in the flow will keep those conversations underway continuously. The laughter will keep things moving.

On through the kitchen and into the formal dining room, plenty of room here for a Holiday gathering. Legacy Lodge Dining Room A custom built table with windows at both ends of the room look out over a garden on one end and the lake on the other. The char-etched beamed ceiling theme continues through. Another warm environment where the conversation will flow - you'll find this a theme here in the Main Lodge.

And you know, along with the ChoiceTel high speed symmetric fiber and Verizon mobile phone signal there's another form of connection you'll have here in both lodges with, drum roll...natural gas! Yep, there will be no need to fear the drain-and-die of a propane tank. The heat will be there when you need it. Fuel flows continuously here.

City grade connectivity without any of the city grade stress.


Legacy Lodge Den-Library Next is a very open space, the Den/Library, where you just might use up some of that connectivity. Several people can be engaged in contemplative or active pastimes like video, streaming, or broadcast. It's also a perfect place for reading or communicating with those elsewhere in the world. Some may even want to engage in gaming here. This will be another location where folks will gather during events in the home. The char-etched beamed ceilings continue, and windows overlook the front yard or lake, accessed by a sliding glass door leading to a flagstone patio and hot tub. A powder room is off to the side on the way to the Great Room.

Legacy Lodge Great Room Bar The Great Room. The room that may leave you mumbling, it's so huge. 1,520 square feet. If you have any commercial bar owning friends they may just disown you because your bar will be bigger and better than their bar! Set up a band at one end and have people dancing, there's plenty of room for it.

That enviable bar, a thing of beauty, totally tricked-out as they say. A sixteen foot long fieldstone front bar with solid surface countertop, oak cabinetry, a Scotsman ice maker, stainless steel sink, a Cove dishwasher, and two Sub Zero refrigerators plus a separate below counter wine fridge. Fully equipped to service a very sizeable crowd...

Legacy Lodge Greatroom Fieldstone Fireplace There are three or four areas for seating of groups sharing different conversation, with great separation from the other groups so it's easy to hear the conversations. A pool table is here for folks to crowd around and heckle the players and wait for turns. One cannot miss that massive fieldstone fireplace centering the room, an obvious place for a seating area in front of it. Right now it looks like there is a book club circle down at the lake end of the room, but if that's not your thing, then maybe you'll put the DJ there instead.

Legacy Lodge Great Room Overlooking the Lake The "bar" continues downstairs... And while on your way take some time to review the quality of those stairs you're on. Yes, the stairs. Solid, solid, solid oak, and all stairs on the property are made with the quality you see here. The quality of finish carpentry throughout simply amazes.

Yep, there's yet another bar area (dry bar) downstairs (434 square feet) for the other crowd, they know who they are. Might be good to put some arcade games down here. Contain those raucous game and player sounds below, right?

Legacy Lodge Wine Cellar And then...not finished yet... across the hall is the climate-controlled wine cellar (93 Sq ft). Oh, yeah! You're in some trouble now.

Outside of the wine cellar (in an unusual juxtaposition) is a wonderful workout area. And, beyond that a wonderful spot for a singalong. By God, you’ll even find a Wurlitzer organ to create the tunes!

Oh, but wait - as they say - "there's more!" And you, dear buyer, will get to say what goes here. The basement is nearly all finished with mostly unassigned spaces just waiting for your action. In addition to the dry bar and wine cellar mentioned, there are another two areas, finished. One of them contains a half bath with a cedar-lined, dry and moist heat sauna. Because these are unassigned spaces now, they are best read about down below on the features list we haven't told you of until just now. But you'll get down there soon. Legacy Lodge Loft Landing

There are three bedrooms in the Main Lodge, two on the second level and one on the main level.

A stairway behind the Living Room fieldstone fireplace leads up to a loft-landing and seating area overlooking the living room and out to the lake. It would seem that the youngsters might like it up here...kinda secret and all. But, they likely might not be able to keep it quiet. This area is called the “Lodge within the Lodge” and is one of the magical spots on a compound loaded with many of them.

Legacy Lodge Upstairs Bedroom The Second Bedroom is upstairs off of the landing and looks out over the front of the home. This bedroom is a knotty pine palace, with tray ceiling and wainscotting--a very warming space to be and a total comfort zone. Featuring built-in shelving, desk, and dresser. A closet and the ensuite full knotty pine bathroom with ceramic tile floor, countertop, backsplash, shower finish off this cozy Northwoods room. Many Zs will be caught here! For convenience, the bathroom is also accessible from the Landing.

Legacy Lodge Master Bedroom The Primary Bedroom (also upstairs) is through a door off the landing/loft and offers great views over both the front yard and the lake. The unique curves and angles play on the light delightfully as it streams through the room. This suite features a double closet along with a heated walk-in closet. There is a full ensuite bathroom with ceramic tile floor, countertop, and shower. Oak cabinets and a linen closet complete the space.

Through another door at the end, you'll find access to the loft you saw in the Great Room photo above overlooking the bar. Skits and plays have been enacted by children to the delight of those sitting in the Great Room.

The Guest Lodge. This is a place where guests can completely be themselves. There is no need here for a guest to alter their own personal uniqueness in deference to those of the hosts. Wake early or late, snore, play loud music, laugh weirdly, because this is the Guest Lodge for guests! Of course, your guests might not want to leave...

There are three ensuite bedrooms in the Guest Lodge. One bedroom has a sliding glass door to the deck overlooking the lake. Four bathrooms, three showers, one bathtub, and on its own well and septic system.

A substantial Northwoods Style Greatroom (22'6" by 19'11") will draw your eyes to an imposing fieldstone fireplace. The floor to ceiling apex windows enable one to gaze into the tops of the trees outside and Forest Lake beyond. Despite the large-scale of the room, the tongue and groove, beveled knotty pine interior gives this room and theGuest House Great Room rest of the lodge a very warm and cozy feeling. Lots of room for folks to spread out, be comfortable, and relax.

A full kitchen is just around the corner to satisfy all of your group's culinary needs. Attributes include oak cabinets, oak paneled appliances, Sub Zero Over & Under refrigerator/freezer, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, Thermador Thermatronic II self-cleaning electric double oven with microwave, Thermador cooktop and a Broan range hood. A dining table eating area is surrounded by windows and sliding glass door out to the deck.

You won't be out of touch here anywhere on the compound as ChoiceTel symmetric high Guest House Kitchen speed fiber, not affected by other customers or the weather, and Verizon cellphone service will keep you connected should you feel the need to be that way, or even work from vacation if you must.

The Guest Lodge deck stretches completely across the lakeside of the lodge, looking over the fire circle, dock, and Forest Lake. Beyond, a row of old growth trees are only a light preview of all you can see here on the property, around the lake and well off into the distance. The trees represent the soul of what you have here and are the legacy of the effort undertaken historically by Guest Home Eat-in-Kitchen Overlooking the Lake local organizations to this day to ensure their presence and continuance on into the future.

Notice the variation in tree trunk size around you. Some of these trees have been here for a long time. The trees around Forest Lake are living with their families, going back generations. Nature here has been preserved. An arborist counted 19 different varieties of trees on the four lots of Legacy Lodge. A few names... white pine, red pine, paper birch, yellow birch, red maple, sugar maple, hemlock, balsam fir, white spruce. Below, ahead of the details list is a link to the Forest Lake Preservation Foundation site and an article telling of some history of how Forest Lake was saved from clearcutting.

You'll be living on an arboretum complete with wildflowers, birds, and all of nature. You'll see the bald eagles and hear the melodic calls of the loons.

A note of interest here...The Nature Quant NatureScore for this location is 94.7. NatureScore measures Guest Lodge View of the Legacy Compound the amount of natural elements that optimize your health within a 1-km radius of your location. They believe that a "Nature Utopia" is categorized with a score between 80 to 100.

The Forest Lake area itself is a microcosm of the relative vastness of what you can begin to experience nearby. When you grow to appreciate a specific outdoor activity for just about anything (ski, snowshoe, canoe, swim, hike, snowmobile, and soooo many more) you can do here on/around the lake, feel free to expand on that discovery with an Guest Lodge viewed from the shoreline firepit overwhelming capacity to completely lose yourself in the reality that is beyond, and actually quite nearby at the same time. It's all local, and yet there is a certain aspect of 'universe' you will come to appreciate with it once you are here and coming into your groove.

Take the Sylvania National Wilderness tract for example, it's 18,327 acres (mostly across the Michigan State Line a few miles away) containing old-growth hardwood forests untouched by the logging industry. Lakes and streams are everywhere, including many at altitudes (around 1700ft) where only local runoff feeds the lake.

The Sylvania itself is contained within the Ottawa National Forest, nearly 1 million acres. Legacy Lodge Shore View from the Dock It was logged, ending in the '30s, so only some old-growth remains. But it is now home to fishing, canoeing, kayaking in the summer and cross-county skiers and snowmobilers in the winter. 200 inches of snow in places... The Ottawa Forest ends at Lake Superior.

If you are going into these areas, you will need serious GPS as there will be no mobile phone signal for you there. (Nobody from 'outside' will be bothering you!) You'll want one with messaging capability, and you may want to carry a spare...Can you dig it? You'll be having that much fun.

Then again, maybe you'll want to begin Legacy Lodge Shore View from the Dock on a smaller scale, so nearby you'll find in Wisconsin the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area, a 2489 acre preserve open daily from sunrise to sunset for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and other low-impact recreational activities. On or around Sylvania National Wilderness, Catherine Wolter Wilderness, and Forest Lake you'll find migrant songbirds, loons, osprey, eagles, trumpeter swans and many others.

Other places equally entertaining are the Land O' Lakes Bike and Pedestrian Trail, a paved trail running west and passing through some beautiful forested areas. Then, there's the south side of Black Oak Lake, which, with its beautiful sand beach, is considered the clearest lake in Wisconsin and is a popular resting and feeding spot for waterfowl--always entertaining to watch. Forest Lake and Black Oak Lake possess their extraordinarily rare degrees of clarity due to their glacial beginnings replete with unique elevations above sea level.

Legacy Skyline Over Forest Lake One bird survey by Birds Without Borders, reported 146 bird species at one spot in the Land O' Lakes area. So, you'll be awhile before you count them all.

Oh, the nightlights! Yes, there are dragonflies and fireflies here, some in the daytime that don't glow, and others at night that do. Dragonflies historically have held strong symbolic spiritual significance. Nightly firefly sightings are a mellow-out peaceful thing to watch. Mesmerizing.

And lastly, as shown here, there is Northern Lights, Blue another kind of light you may get to experience on occasion, The Northern Lights. It takes a bit of a weather anomaly to bring them around, but it does happen, and you'll see them over time. The photos you see here, taken by Aron Houdini - a local photographer, were taken during an event that took place this past April 23rd. All it takes is the collision between charged particles from the sun colliding with the earth's magnetic field!

Patches, arcs, rays, curtains, and coronas. Scarlet, crimson, carmine at the higher altitudes, green and then blue and purple at the lower altitudes. The conditions supporting one of these events are continually updated by NOAA, and as you might imagine, there are phone apps to inform you as well. When you are on an errand in town you will likely overhear conversation of it as well. There are many more photos Aron has on his Facebook page, which is open to all. The whole thing is just so amazingly magical.

OK, back on the Lodge tour now...You Dining Gazebo View over the Lake can see down the walkway from the Guest Lodge to one of the gazebos out on the lawn. There are two of them, and you can see them both when you open out your field of view. They are both recently installed, screened-in and powered with electrical service. Imagine sitting in one of these gazebos, in the midst of your very own arboretum (a fine place to practice “Nixen" — the Dutch lifestyle concept of doing nothing and just being). An afternoon nap or a casual lunch or dinner with friends, anyone?

Legacy Lodge Tree House Loft Over the garages is a large office and the Treehouse Suite, so called because it is perched at treehouse level. It features one bedroom, a full bath, and two built-in bunkbeds in the parlor. A small kitchen area is equipped with a fridge, microwave, and dining area. The office could equally serve as a large living room within the Treehouse Suite.

Garages and storage abound. The checkered flag tiled floor garage is closest to the road. Its doors are wooden and insulated. It is both heated and air conditioned. This garage is a natural for vehicles—especially during the winter. The small garage nearest to Legacy Lodge Garages the checkered flag garage has a wooden uninsulated door. Firewood is stored there. The three garages most proximate to the house have the new insulated Clopay doors. The garage closest to the gazebo (and underlying Treehouse Suite) is heated. A pedal pontoon boat on a trailer, Big Green Egg and gas grill are currently stored there. The garage underlying the office to the right end is not heated. All the deck and gazebo furniture is stored there. The last garage is closest to the covered back porch, and is not heated. Outdoor toy storage is kept there.

Legacy Lodge Collection Garage A real handyman might set up a shop in the checkered flag tile floor garage, taking advantage of the beautiful built-ins. A real fisherman might set up either in the garage under the office (for a large set up) or in the much smaller boat/toy garage. Both are fitted to hold fishing stuff.

But if you are a garage-guy, you will look at all these garages with a surprisingly child-like wonder and set them all up as only you know best. Have fun!

The hardscape stonework: There is an impressive amount and variety of hardscape here at Legacy Lodge, including flagstone paths, flagstone patio, field stone driveway surrounds, all planting surrounds, all rip rap, and the famous concave just-above-water- level grotto-like planting areas. All of this stonework was created and installed by a well known stone art character, Rick (“Slippery”) Simms, who is somewhat of a regional legend. This was a “hard work” effort, to say the least.

Legacy Lodge Motor Dock Forest Lake is a 468-acre lake, with a maximum depth of 60 feet, and a mean depth of 29. Visitors can have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake's water clarity is considered very clear. The measured clarity in June 2023 was 38 feet. The bottom is 60% sand, 15% gravel, 25% rock, 0% muck.

The activities you could get yourself into trouble with out on the lake are probably well known to you. Canoe and kayak racing, water skiing, paddleboarding, fishing, boating, Legacy Lodge Viewed from Out Over the Lake swimming, sailing, pedal pontoon boating, wakeboarding, ice skating. Heck, just visiting friends living on the lake you've met while doing all that stuff. Whole cultures are built around any one of them. But then...there's ice fishing! Yeah, gotta try that.

Lake facilities: All the docks, both lift canopies and one lift (three bunk—large enough for a tri-toon pontoon boat) are Pier Pleasure. The Pier Pleasure lift has a solar charged electric motor to raise and lower the pontoon boat. The second lift, a manual lift, (on which the fishing boat bunks) is Shore Station.

There is one David Boxley Totem incredibly unique structure on the property. It is a totem pole created by David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Alaska and the State of Washington. He is nationally renowned for his works, and this is one of his largest totem poles (30 feet tall!). His totem poles are currently on view at the Smithsonian Museum, National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, Disney World's Epcot Center, and various public and private locations. The totem pole was carved from a mature cedar tree. Totem poles are a very important part of the coastal First Nations' culture. They signify a social importance and can be the centerpiece of social gatherings. You will enjoy assigning your own social importance to the four figures depicted for you.

The figures from top to bottom are:

You've read this far, and have probably come to the conclusion that only the obvious surface has been touched and there's more to see. And yes, there's a lot more on the list that follows the Forest Lake Location Map, below. Yet, by now it is very likely you are interested enough to want to get inside and see if all this can really be true. Well, it is - but you'll need to see THAT for yourself, now won't you? Call Adam now to schedule a private showing for yourself and those you care about.

Adam Gohlke


Gold Bar Realty



Lake Location of Legacy Lodge:


"Yes, we have virgin forest in Wisconsin" The Milwaukee Journal, July 27, 1930.

Why the Owners Love This Slice of Heaven

And now here's a detailed features list for you, below...

Legacy Lodge

Main Lodge, 7324 Total finished square footage which includes:

Guest Lodge, 1953 Total finished square footage which includes:

Treehouse Suite and Office (above 5-door garage), 1413 Total finished square footage which includes:

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Adam Gohlke


Gold Bar Realty



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Why the Owners Love This Slice of Heaven

You've read this far, and have probably come to the conclusion that only the obvious surface has been touched and there's more to see. And yes, there's a lot more on the list that follows the Forest Lake Location Map, below. Yet, by now it is very likely you are interested enough to want to get inside and see if all this can really be true. Well, it is - but you'll need to see THAT for yourself, now won't you? Call Adam now to schedule a private showing for yourself and those you care about.

Adam Gohlke


Gold Bar Realty