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Historic Forest Lodge Estate

The USFS Forest Lodge Historic District is located on Lake Namakagon within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Cable, Wisconsin. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from the Duluth, Minnesota airport. Forest Lodge boasts lake access and several private islands.

There are 15 buildings on the estate. The current USFS plan is to use the estate for research and educational purposes. The buildings will be available for classroom use during the summer of 2016 and dormitories and kitchen areas beginning in 2015. Eventually, Forest Lodge will be able to accommodate 25-30 guests for multi-day classes, workshops, and research projects. We are planning to accommodate students at nearby campgrounds or lodges.

The area surrounding Forest Lodge was logged in the late 1800s and was acquired by a wealthy St. Paul, MN businessman in 1902 to serve as a private wilderness retreat. During the next 15 years members of the businessman’s family enlisted St. Paul architects, Edwin J. Lundie and Magnus Jemme, to develop a guest lodge, guest cottages, gardens, boathouse, and recreational areas on the property.

The ‘Northwoods Wunderland Estate’, as it was known, was used by multiple generations of the family until a significant portion (~800 acres) of the property was donated to the USFS in 1999. In 2002 buildings of Forest Lodge were designated as a National Historic Place and added to the National historic register. The final parcel (~100 ac) of the estate was left to the USFS in 2012.

In addition to the immediately adjacent forests, Summer Academy students will also have access to Lake Superior and the Chequamegon Bay about 45 minutes drive north, and to the St. Louis River Freshwater Estuary also about an hour drive.


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