Michigan Fishing Resorts | Wilderness Bay Lodge & Resort | Dan – Introducing our new logo!!


We are excited to unveil our NEW LOGO!!  Laura worked with a designer over the last couple of weeks to come up with a design we liked and we are thrilled with the result.  Thanks Kelli for your great work!  (Laura has much better taste than I do on things like this!!)

Today was the first day of Spring!  If that is the case, why were Juls and I driving in a snow globe of snow this morning??!!  It was so cool though….  We left the resort kind of cloudy and overcast and drove two miles.  We could see it snowing ahead and suddenly drove into it.  The flakes were big and amused us both and then suddenly we drove back out of it.  Juls loved it and wanted to go back, but a mile later it happened again.  It was literally like driving through the glass wall of the globe and back out again!  FUN!

Another good week has passed.  We’ve been in the cabins and have been deep cleaning like crazy.  Thanks to some additional help from our friend Tricia, we got some momentum!

Juls and Laura went to the big city last week and secured new tvs, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters and various other needs for the cabins.  It was a hit to the budget, but we keep saying “if we wouldn’t want to use that, why would our guests want to”?  It’s just the right thing to do.  We wish we could do everything new, but we just don’t have an endless bank account!  Hopefully, the things we are doing will be appreciated. 

Celebrating more “little victories” this week….  I found the source of a gas leak in one of our cabins.  It was a tough one!  One day you can smell it, then two days nothing.  We had a leak in another cabin that our HVAC guys found for me that was in the gas line to the stove.  Sure enough, this one was the culprit again.  I was able to replace the line myself this time and got one pilot light to light.  The other pilot was plugged, but I managed to fix it too. 

Victory #2 involves my “bully” boiler in our main lodge and home!  It’s been a source of stress for weeks.  Hydronic heat should be a closed system.  Water/antifreeze constantly circulates through the base board radiators to keep the home heated, but our system kept losing water and we couldn’t find the leak!  SOO frustrating.  The plumbing guys were out to analyze the system and thought it was leaking into the hot water heater.  I was bummed…..Not a good diagnosis.  On Friday, it had warmed up quite a bit and I noticed water was leaking from the bottom of our stairs on the outside of the building.  So out comes the pry bar, circular saw, etc.  I had to start tearing up part of our beautiful home!  Not really sure why, but someone had added flexible line under the stairs that somewhere along the line had frozen and split.   Clamped it off Friday evening, and repaired it myself on Saturday morning and haven’t lost pressure since!  KNOCK ON WOOD!!  Now you folks out there might think this is nothing, but to me, I’m facing things I’ve never done and I’m gettin’ it done!!  Woo hoo!!! 

Making progress in the boat inventory!!  We have a good line on a nice fishing boat that was well maintained by previous owners.  Our guests will love this boat!!  Trolling motor, depth finder and a 90hp Evenrude motor.  The interior is clean and looks great.  Two pontoons also in the works.  One is more geared towards fishing and the second is geared towards cruising.  A few 14’ aluminum row boats will balance things out with optional motors available for rent.  New docks are being shipped in the next week as well!


I’ll be heading to Minneapolis later this week (I hope) to secure some shelving for the store and hope to get to see our son, Drew, as well.  We miss seeing him and I’m looking forward to some face time together.

We had some new friends over for dinner yesterday and continue to meet some great folks every day.  Juls and I actually ran in to two different couples we knew in Eagle River today!  40 minutes away from home and WE KNOW PEOPLE!!  While there are definitely cliques in smaller communities, we’ve found the folks up here in the Northwoods to be really open and friendly.  More often than not, we are finding people are more open, let their guards down a bit and are happy to visit.  We are definitely outsiders, but there is still a great sense of community that we love. 

Come and see us this summer!!  



Wilderness Bay Lodge and Resort is a family oriented facility located in Watersmeet, Michigan on Thousand Island Lake within the Cisco chain of lakes. We offer snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter months and game fishing for muskie, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill in the spring, summer and fall months. We offer waterfront cabins, snowmobiles, boat rental, a candy shop and convenience store where you can purchase hunting and fishing licenses. We pride ourselves on being family oriented with the desire to a place that you will call your home away from home. New owners Dan and Laura Hance are excited for this opportunity. Dan comes to this resort with thirty years of experience within the hospitality field and Laura will continue nursing with over twenty five years of knowledge and experience within the health care field. Dan and Laura want their love for people, their work ethic and combined talents to make Wilderness Bay their dream come true. We look forward to hearing from you!


  • Karen willaredt 03/22/2017 at 5:01 pm

    Good luck on your new adventure!! We spent 4 years in Michigan and loved every minute of it!! We hope to come up sometime and visit your resort!!


    • Wilderness Bay 04/18/2017 at 8:39 pm

      Karen, We would love to see you folks!! Thanks for your kind words. We simply love the experience we are having so far in the Northwoods. I wish more people could experience the kind people we have met since we’ve moved here. It explains so much! Add to that the beautiful setting and you have a special experience. Come and see us!!!


  • Cam Davidson 03/23/2017 at 7:04 am

    Dan and Laura and Juls- enjoy reading your posts and hearing about everything coming together. Exciting stuff! I have a request… a tee-shirt or hat or something with that super cool logo!!! And I am looking forward to growing up in the northwoods nearby if our cabin dream comes true! And Juls, I want to be one of your first customers in the candy shop. Can’t wait!!!!

    All the best in the adventure!



    • Wilderness Bay 04/18/2017 at 8:37 pm

      Cam!!! We are soo excited to have you and Mary (and family) up here!! Sorry we missed you last weekend! The shirts/hats/sweatshirts are in the works with the cool logo Laura worked on with our designer!! Better be here on May 1 if you want to be Juls’ first customer!! Get your behinds back here so we can catch up!! We also want to see the new digs!


  • Anonymous 09/08/2018 at 7:21 pm

    David and I had s fantastic vacation. Your hospitality was the best . See you in May

    The Houghtons


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