Your Own Lake House: 7 Cabins on Wisconsin Waters

By Emma Pankratz
Staff Writer

We all want to be that person who owns a Wisconsin lake house. Luckily, you can feel like you do with these Wisconsin cabins and cottages on the water!

There are plenty of cozy resorts and privately owned rental cabins that offer private shoreline, serene sunset views and plenty to do like swimming, fishing, boating and beyond.

Read on to discover your own little slice of Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes, no matter where you are in the state.

Thunderbird Log HomeHatfield

Though this village offers camping and a lodge, the authentic log cabin is the ideal Northwoods stay. This cozy 5-bedroom log cabin is the perfect mixture of old and new. While you can still enjoy the comforts of home with a large-screen TV and fully-equipped kitchen, you’ll also be one with nature as you kayak or fish on beautiful Lake Arbutus and hike (or bike) on the numerous trails surrounding the area.

End the night around a crackling campfire amidst the trees bordering the Black River State Natural Area and embrace an unforgettable Northwoods getaway.

Crown Point Resort – Stoughton

You don’t have to travel to the Northwoods to enjoy a lake view—there’s everything you need at Crown Point Resort. Six cedar cottages nestled on a hillside offer an inviting atmosphere overlooking the serene Lake Kegonsa, just minutes from Wisconsin's capital city.

Charming downtown Stoughton and nearby attractions like Lake Kegonsa State Park and Eugster’s Petting Zoo will keep you on your feet, while cabin views of the shimmering lake offer much-needed relaxation. 

Lauderdale Lakes Cottage – Elkhorn

Soak up all the Lauderdale Lake Chain has to offer at this quaint cabin, complete with your own private bluff and a huge patio on top of the boathouse, perfect for watching the sunrise or sunset.

When you’re not taking in the views or swimming off the dock, you can rent jet skis or a boat at the nearby marina for a day of thrills, or head over to the adjoining bay for a free water ski show.

DePerry’s on the Lake – Bayfield

Lake Superior has never looked better than from the deck of a Wisconsin cabin. With a breathtaking view of the lake and the nearby Basswood Island, this is the best way to experience northwestern Wisconsin.

Of course you will enjoy the modern accommodations, sprawling yard and beach, but mostly you will enjoy the peace and seclusion that DePerry’s has to offer. If you’re up to journey beyond your little oasis, visit the nearby world-renowned music venue Big Top Chautauqaua, or take a trip to experience the natural wonders of the Apostle Islands.

Little Sister Resort – Sister Bay

This little village of cottages is the perfect spot for any family gathering, fishing trip or girls weekend, with plenty to enjoy all in one place. Start your morning with a delicious breakfast in the dining room, and end it with a Door County cherry margarita and a view of the sunset at the on-site Fred and Fuzzy’s waterfront restaurant.

With docks and lounge areas for sunning, as well as row boats, paddleboats, paddleboards and kayaks available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And even though it feels secluded, you’re never more than a couple minutes away from big Door County fun like the Bay Ridge Golf Course and Peninsula State Park.

Boathouse Cottage – Green Lake

Step into another world at this homey cottage on the quiet, little-traveled Green Lake. Beauty is not hard to come by on the cottage porch, which hangs above the water for guaranteed gorgeous views.

If you’re up for even more relaxation, head into town to check out the area’s waterfront restaurants or the Evensong Spa to round out your getaway.

Lake Michigan Beach House – Oostburg 

Whether you’re there for a weekend or a week, you won’t get sick of your own private beach! The aptly named Lake Michigan Beach House, perfect for a romantic getaway, offers a Wisconsin lake experience unlike any other.

Bask on your own slice of pristine, sand-through-your-toes Lake Michigan beach. The Great Lakes have never felt so much like home.


Browse more cabins and cottages in our directory, and check out these Wisconsin cabins with lofty views!

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