Michigan Fishing Resorts | Wilderness Bay Lodge & Resort | Laura – Deep Cleaning the Resort!!


Hello friends and family and hopefully future guests:) I thought I’d blog today, as it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me.  We continue to move forward in our adventures. 

We have gotten into the cabins to start deep cleaning, and I do mean deep. If you would have told me two years ago that I would be on a ladder dusting a dear head I would have told you, you were crazy, but that is exactly what I was doing! What’s even funnier is I was wondering what the dear was thinking as I carefully removed dust balls from his eye lashes.  Every nook and cranny will be scrubbed and dusted.  My OCD is coming in handy when it comes to getting the cabins ready for our guest. 

Last weekend, Juls, her dog BoBo and I took a quick trip to see our oldest daughter Jen, son in law Mike and our grandbaby Amy.  It was a much needed get away with lots of laughs and snuggles from Amy.  Jen helped me buy items to help supplement cabins kitchens, so our guest don’t feel like they are at a flea market when they are eating their meals.  We have taken all pots, pans, silverware out of cabins and hand washed every last item. If I wouldn’t eat off of it, it is not acceptable for our guests!!

Juls and I attended a trade show for a food wholesale vendor in Wisconsin Dells last weekend.  It was hampered a bit by her service dog BoBo having some vomiting and lethargy that we have been treating for the past several weeks.  Long story short and one thousand dollars later, we have a diagnosis and medicine that he will be on for life.  Yet another hurdle we were not expecting.  We are so thankful that he is ok, as he has been life changing for Juls.  We were blessed to find an amazing vet in Eagle River that even came in on his day off to check on Bo’s test results and call us because he “knew Juls would be worried.” Another worry about finding a vet for our four fuzzy guys has been crossed off the list.   

On an exciting note on our progress, we GOT OUR BAIT LICENSE! Bring on the shiners and the flatheads! For those of you know that know me, I bet hearing this coming out of my mouth has you LOL… I am embracing the resort life guys!! We also lined up our food vendor and are discussing boats with “the boat guy.” Slowly but surely, we are getting there.

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We had a huge wind storm earlier this week and lost power for two days.  It is at times like this, that you realize all the things you take for granted.  Thanks to one of our new friends here (Tim we owe you one!), we were able to borrow his generator to help warm up the house and save all the food in our fridge. The three of us, used our forced down time that night (as without power we were at a deadlock,) to play a little game.  I suggested we each say all the things that are worrying us, and no one could respond or give their thoughts back.  Our worries ranged from liquor license to Juls missing her friends. There were some tears, and as always some laughs, followed by a group hug at the end, complete with a cat and two dogs in the middle. 

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So we forge onward, overcoming obstacles with sheer determination and our work ethic.  There are so many pieces of the resort from washing and ironing curtains to the right candy for the candy store to getting people to come stay with us, to cleaning supplies, and boiler systems.  Never a dull moment.  We continue to have our vision for us and our guest, and that is what drives us.  We are passionate about our resort, and want it to show.  Things are falling into place, maybe not on our timeline, but that is ok, we are learning along the way and it makes every victory that much sweeter.

On a side note that I can’t stop thinking about today.  It’s my dad’s 85th birthday, which is unbelievable to me, especially since he just cross country skied a 20K and won his age division.  He would laugh and humbly tell you, he was “the only guy in that age group.” It doesn’t matter to me, it’s still incredible.  I have learned so much from this man, he is a retired Mayo Clinic physician, but first a husband and an incredible dad and grandpa, who enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family.  He makes everyone he encounters feel good and important.  I am mentioning this, because I try to carry that lesson on in my life today. He always told me growing up, when you meet someone, give them “a nice firm handshake and look a man in the eye.”  I hope when I meet people, they can feel the warmth from me that people feel when they meet my dad. 

Longer blog today, thanks for following us, and supporting us as we continue to make our dream a reality.  Every share, like, post, visit to our web page, etc. helps our business!!  It helps move our website further up on Google searches!! 


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!




  • Loxi hopkins 03/11/2017 at 8:44 pm

    We are hoping to visit you this summer


  • Mary Davidson 03/11/2017 at 10:31 pm

    Loved seeing you guys today!!!❤️❤️❤️


  • Gail Benson 03/12/2017 at 7:53 am

    Luv reading your blog and keeping up with your progress! Just know it will be a wonderful place to visit!


    • Wilderness Bay 04/18/2017 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Gail! Laura has been putting her little touches here and there. This last weekend, our daughter Jenna came and gave us another boost. Jen is like Pintrest on crack! It was a fun project weekend!


  • Vicki 03/12/2017 at 10:06 pm

    Love reading your blog! What a great adventure!


  • Polly Baldus 03/20/2017 at 10:12 am

    What a wonderful blog. Save the ironing for me. It’s one of my talents. Love your notes. IT SOUNDS LIKE THINGS ARE TAKING SHAPE. Lovve,Polly


    • Wilderness Bay 04/18/2017 at 8:40 pm

      Polly, You and Gumbo are two of our biggest fans and we love you dearly!! Thanks for all your help recently!! We are getting close to launch!!!


  • Randy DeWees 04/04/2017 at 8:59 am

    Just have a couple questions. Do you have your own boat launch? Exactly where are you located on thousand island lake. Is there electricity for charging boat batteries near the docks. Do you have fall rates after labor day? Also can I rent a cabin for two days at a time in early September? Thanks for answering my questions. Randy DeWees.


    • Wilderness Bay 04/18/2017 at 8:29 pm

      Randy, Thanks for your questions!! We don’t have our own boat launch but we are only 1/2 mile from the public boat launch on Thousand Island Lake. Google search us and Google Maps should show you where we are located. It’s hard for me to describe without a picture! We are three miles from the Sylvania Wilderness Entrance. We do have electricity down at the docks. As a matter of fact, we just updated all outlets with GFI outlets to assure they are safe for use down by the water. We do have Fall rates too and are happy to work with folks like you for two days during the shoulder seasons. We look forward to seeing you!!! Dan


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