For the kids, there is a playground just outside the lodge offering two swing sets, slide, merry-go-round, jungle-gym, giant sand box, and volleyball/badminton net. The Wigwam, our recreation building is also located on the playground. It offers a pool table, several video games, juke box, foosball table, candy counter, and is the focal point for our supervised arts and crafts projects for the younger set. There’s even a ping pong table with its own separate area.
We offer a swimming beach with raft and playground.
With advance notice, we can usually arrange sitters to give the parents a break.
If you want to get out for a day, we will be happy to pack a picnic or cookout lunch. There are three designated picnic areas on Long Lake for our guests’ use.
Area activities are centered in three areas. Park Falls is the closest town, about sixteen miles distant, and offers varied shopping. Boyd’s is located about equidistant between Minocqua, about fifty miles to the east, and Hayward to the northwest. Both areas are well known as tourist attractions and offer the resulting souvenir shops. In addition, Holiday Acres (a small amusement park) is located just south of Minocqua, and Wildwood Wildlife Park( a collection of animals both native and foreign to the area) is located just west of Minocqua, and the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Old Hayward are in Hayward. For more information on these and other activities, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Fishing is one activity that almost everyone takes advantage of at Boyd’s, and we are committed to providing our guests with the opportunity to enjoy quality fishing for a variety of species. Please check out our Fishing page for more fishing information. Live bait, tackle, guide service, fish cleaning house, and wrapping and freezing facilities are all available.
There are literally miles of mapped and maintained trails within our 2600 acres of woodland for both hiking and bicycling. There are weekly softball games and volleyball games anytime. In addition, we offer mountain bikes, kayaks, canoes, both fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, outboard motors, a pontoon boat, and a paddle boat. For those guests interested in a river trip, we can arrange canoe trips on either the north fork or south fork of the Flambeau River. These trips can be arranged through the office. Local outfitters rent canoes and provide shuttle service. Please ask us for more information if you are interested.
One of the main ingredients that makes Boyd’s such a special place is the native residents that call the woods, fields, lakes, and tree tops their homes. There are usually a number of white tailed deer wandering the grounds, which they share with a variety of bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks. It is also quite common to see a family of loons on either Long or Little Bass Lakes, blue herons along the shorelines, raccoons poking around the docks at night, eagles flying low over the lakes in the hope of seizing a fish dinner, shy black bears enjoying the deeper woods, otters making their circuit of our lakes, and maybe even an occasional coyote or timber wolf.
Over the years, we have had the opportunity of raising two deer. Lady was raised during the spring and summer of 1976, and shared many of her fawns with us over the years. Unfortunately, we have not seen her since September of 1990, so I guess she’s gone. Fourteen years is a ripe old age for a deer though, and I think she had a good life. The second fawn was brought to us in early August of 1989, and we raised her in the office during the latter part of the summer and early fall. We named her PITA, which is an acronym for Pain-In-The-Ass, because of the difficulties we had office training her. However, we were at least partially successful, and she still comes in and says hi occasionally.
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