About Us

Overlooking the 1200 Acre Star Lake and Highland State Forest

Located in Northern Wisconsin's Vilas County, just south of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and 10 miles north of Eagle River. It's location provides quick access to the best northern Wisconsin has to offer in recreation, dining and shopping. There are numerous trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. As well as a chain of lakes for fishing and canoeing. 

A Great North Woods Experience

The pet friendly Star Lake Retreat was constructed in 1995 of 250 year old hemlock pines, felled by a tornado. Situated on a ridge, the log home has beautiful field stone terraced lawns. A nearby sandy beach and boat launches provide access for guests to enjoy the pristine and peaceful lake.    

Beautiful Year Round Vacation Rental Property

This unique 3 bedroom house has 3 levels with large picture windows and a balcony off the master bedroom. Beneath the balcony is a large patio picnic area,  overlooking  a Star Lake bay and  Edith and Hazel Frederickson’s  bait shop, 

The picnic area is complimented by an octagonal ceder picnic table, charcoal grill and sizeable fire pit. For cooler nights, the living room boasts its own field stone fire place to cozy up to after a day of relaxing adventures.  


Living Room

A free form, colorful, field stone fireplace dominates the living area. 

A combination of black slate and wood floors, 250 year old logs and cedar doors with leaded glass will provide endless visual pleasure. Large picture windows face south toward the lake and north to forest bring the outside and inside together. Cushioned glider rockers face the lakeside picture window.

 The fireplace and TV area have a large double window facing woods and lawn.
The area is furnished with a sleeper sofa, stuffed recliner and an old fashioned rocker
For added seating the glider rockers can be turned around.

A 40 inch flat screen stereo TV with DVD/SAT TV for the " game " or a movie you now have time to enjoy. There is a Bluetooth/FM/CD Stereo. A large DVD library and collection of CDs, make entertainment easier.

Firewood for the fireplace and outside fire pit is always available.


The Island cooking area in center has ample counter space and three stools. Jenn-Air grill, gas range and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave. Glassware, dishes, pots and pans, toaster and coffee-maker are all provided. In a wing off the kitchen, the spacious dining area is surrounded by three picture windows facing lake and woods.


A Large master bedroom with a king-size bed and walk in closet are complimented by a small handcrafted log and pine floor balcony. You'll find the chairs there comfortable so you can enjoy the northern Wisconsin starry nights, or your morning coffee.

There are two additional bedrooms. One with two twin beds. The other with a double bed and one single bed.

The sofa in front of the main level fireplace converts into a double bed.The sofa sleeper can accommodate 2 more for a total of nine.

Sheets, blankets and spreads and pillows are provided for all beds. 

Lower Level

A large carpeted area on the lower level with wood paneled and field stone walls is ideal as an extra living area or children's play area. Large Anderson windows face the front lawn and lake and provide natural lighting, supplemented by over head lights and and floor lamps. It's furnished with a couch, matching overstuffed chair, coffee table, rocking chair, round butcher block table with matching chairs and a foosball table.
An area near the double door entrance provides a storage place for skis and other outdoor equipment. As well as a laundry room and shower. The large, open area design of the Lower Level also serves as a studio, classroom or conference space.

Water Acess and Fishing

 The Star Lake Retreat is perched on a ridge offering a beautiful view of Star Lake.

Star Lake draws local fisherman. It is a large deep water lake with plenty of varied features.
It's quiet lake, not known for jet skiers or traffic.
Primary catch is Walleye but there are places where the Muskie & Bass live.
There are three smaller lakes, two of which have little human habitation, within 10 minutes of the Retreat.
The Star Lake store keeps 14 ft boats on the shoreline of some of the uninhabited lakes for rent and they can put you in boats on Little Star lake. They have pontoon boats, boats for fishing, skiing or just cruising on Star Lake. They can provide trailers for some boats to use on the many lakes within 20 - 30 minutes of Star Lake

There is a paved DNR boat launching facility with a large parking lot 5 minutes drive away.
Boats with motors rental, canoe and pontoon rental is a 10 minute walk to the Star lake store
A quiet sandy beach for swimming and a large fishing pier, located on the state land in below the Retreat property. A 1 minute drive, or 10 minute walk, from the Retreat.

The Area

1200 acres of water with a large peninsula set between the lakes two "lobes" creates the impression of two lakes connected by a very wide, 1/3 mile, channel.

The peninsula's mainland base is in front of the Retreat.
The beach and fishing pier are located in a serene little park, (with picnic shelter, two bathrooms, several grills, picnic tables and park benches along the lake shore.)
The peninsula is about a mile long, perhaps 1/2 mile wide.
There are defined, sign guided hiking trails through rolling hills in a 120 year old red pine plantation,through intense green bogs via wooden walkways and into the peninsulas pine forest and around the shoreline.
On the peninsula tip is a wonderful picnic and swim area due to a large sandbar.

The lake has 5 uninhabited islands to explore, 3 beaches, two campgrounds and miles of public trails because about 90% of the surrounding land is state owned.
There is a trail that goes through an area of original growth forest, towering pine trees hundreds of years old.There is plenty of open water for fishing, sailing, kayaking, skiing, tubing or just floating in the sunshine.

Summer and Winter Fun!

Fishing, swimming beaches, boating, sailing, canoeing, water and snow tubing, biking and hundreds of miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails are all within a half hour or less

The Vilas county paved bike trail system is an off road dream come true for the amateur or avid biker

Downhill skiing in Michigan is about one hour away.

There is upscale and down home dining we'll recommend, very nearby.

For those that enjoy golfing, the area has several courses, including the beautiful Eagle River club.

If gambling is more your pace, take a chance at the Lac Du Flambeau or Michigan's Upper Peninsula casinos, half an hour drive.


Lodging Tax 5.5%

Deposits and Pets

Security Deposit

A $500 dollar damage deposit is required 7 days prior to arrival and will be returned within 2 weeks of departure by USPS certified mail. 


Half the rental fee is generally required to hold a reservation and the balance due 60 days prior to arrival unless the arrival date is less then 60 days prior to the initial reservation.


$75 for one pet, $25 for each additional pet. Some limitations apply. There is a kennel on the property for your use if needed. 

Contact Us

We are a family owned and operated business!

We love our customers, so feel free to contact us with any questions big or small. Or check us out on Facebook. We look forward to helping you make your vacation memorable!


(414) 491-7580


Monday - Sunday: 9am - 9pm

We will return all inquiries as soon as possible!

Email: richner@ameritech.net