Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

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Steve and Penny went on a skijoring adventure across Lake Tomahawk and through the channel to Lake Katherine

Penny was trying out a new harness that she puts on to pull with Steve skiing behind her.  She loves to go 

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Hey Steve like my new harness lets go

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off they go




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I put video of their adventure down the channel on Black’s Cliff Facebook page if you want to see them in action

One cabin left this weekend Birchwood if anyone needs an escape give a call



We have had a busy week,  Grant and the rest of the guys on the Lakeland swim team won their sectional swim meet in Hudson on Saturday.  We spent a busy couple of days getting ready to leave the resort with Steve so we could watch his races in Hudson last Saturday.

Lakeland qualified 6 individule races for state and 2 relays.  


We hope to see more podiums this weekend in Madison where Grant will swim in the 50, and 100 freestyle events where he qualified in the top 6 of both races in the state and he will swim the 200 and 400 relays with Lakeland Friday night at the Division 2 finals.  We can’t wait to see how all his practicig pays off.  Hopefully with some podium pictures and a few medals.  He will be swimming in college next year,we just are not sure where yet.


While we were running around to swim meets Steve was in charge and will be again this Friday.  He balances it all well and keeps the lights on and people happy.  Anyone arriving this Friday Steve will be greeting you until we are home Saturday 


It was time for an adventure after all that time spent in tropical pools


Off we went with snowshoes on 


The new end of the red trail was our first mission


Clomp clomp clomp through the snow


Beginning of The Valley of Darkness trail

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Lots of tracks in the snow


Deer path


Continuing into the valley

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I hear something what could it be…..  of course Steve wielding a trail blazing axe who says follow me

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Steve’s blinged out snow shoes.

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Off we go off trail with Steve.  These next trails are winter only trails across the bog.  We have considered putting in wooden walk ways but they will remain winter only

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Trees full of lichen as we go over the bog

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Where are we going?

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Off trail and putting the snowshoes to the test.

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Over the river and through the bog we go

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Mack taking a break along the trail.  He has had enough


Back to well trodden trails and the woodstove

Coming next wilderness trails at Winter Park are the next trail adventure as the temps warm up on skis

Then it is back to the warm pool on Friday

We have one cabin left for the weekend if you want to follow our tracks in the woods




Tracks in the snow a sunset. Skiing tracks


Right next to much faster snowmobile tracks.  This sled went by at about 40 miles an hour 2 days ago, a streak of yellow out our dining room window


Then these fresh tracks


Who could be leaving those….


We found our destination a cold sunset on Lower Kaubashine


 Brought to you by the letters…. J and M

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We picked up a couple more inches of snow and it was time to get the plow out.  Steve loves to hit the snow banks this late in the winter and watch them explode

Just another day of office work for Steve and Troy

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The dogs love climbing his mountains.  Right now Mack believes himself king of the mountain with Penny’s ball in his mouth

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The picnic table shows the depth of the snow.  It is slowly piling up

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In the meantime there are thing to do in the snow like keeping the outside lights on and running


Heading up trees to limb off old dead limbs was on Steve’s list today.  Just another day at the office after plowing


How do I get back down?

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Steve I will help clean up!  Just get my ball back from Mack would you?

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All cleaned back up and headed to a fire near you soon


While the were tree limbing my friend Sue and I got a few gnomes made for the gift shop.  Stop by to see our latest creations along with the socks 

We call this a gnarl of gnomes

We have one cabin left for the weekend, Wildflower opens on Saturday at 165/night Saturday and 135/night mid week if you want to escape to the woods.  Book three nights and all will be at 135/night.  We are full Friday night February 2nd.  

February 10th weekend we have 2 cabins left.  We are offering a special on  Shamrock at 180/night up to 4 Friday and Sat and 155/night mid week or 200/night Fri and Sat and 170/night mid week up to 6.  Wigwam 3 bdr is also open at 235/night Fri and Sat and 190/night mid week


Steve and Penny went on a skiing adventure to the islands of Lake Minocqua.  They headed out off the Ruben Town boat landing on Lake Minocqua and followed the tracks of snowmobiles most of the way and broke trail for parts.  They checked out as many islands as they could along the way on Lake Minocqua


Enjoy their adventure


Steve classic skied and Penny ran along.  He said it was windy but a beautiful ski





Where to next Steve?  I love adventures with you

Want an island adventure of our own?  We have 1 cabin open for the weekend and Wildflower opens on Saturday the 3rd

Mid week we always have openings if you want to avoid the crowds


We had a foot of snow fall yesterday. It was time to shovel out


Someone else I know wanted to roll in the snow banks


Can’t I just roll in peace… why do you want me to look at the camera


Fine I will humor you and look at you as long as the people looking at this picture bring bacon with them when they come to the resort


Ugh I am done with this picture thing


I am out of here and off to chase a squirrel in the snow

Snow slows down squirrels and I have a chance at them since nobody is making bacon in the resort today


Bird bath snow depth report


4 cabins left for this weekend.  Just bring bacon with you 



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Winter is in full swing in the northwoods

Lots of fun is being had in the snow and made into snow






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We have a big storm coming in Monday calling for about a foot of snow.  That should make it the best conditions of the witner

So far we are 1/2 full for the January 27th weekend so give a call if you need to play in the snow

I added a couple of openings to our summer 2018 opening list





Summer 2018

 Updated January 21

Red Pine 4 bdr home June 22 – 29th 2620/week and July 27 – Auigust 3

 Memorial Weekend

Shamrock 3 bdr 245/night

Norway 3 bdr 265/night

Red Pine 4 bdr 385/night

 May 26 – June 1st

Lots open at lower spring rates starting at 135/night – 235/night

 June 2- 9 full

 June 9 – 16th

Wildflower, Restawhile and Blackwood 2bdrs 1275/week

Shamrock and Wigwam 3bdr 1665/week

 June 16 – 23rd

Blackwood and Eagles Nest 2bdr 1275/week

 June 22 – 29th

Red Pine 4bdr 2620/week

 June 29 – July 6

Bear Den 4 bdr 2620/week

 July 27 – August 3

Red Pine 4 bdr 2620/week

 August 18 – 25th

 Wildflower 2 bdrs 1275/week

Wigwam 3bdr 1665/week

 August 17 -24th Friday to Friday

Blackwood 2bdr 1495/week

Red Pine 4 bdr 2620/week

 August 25 – 31st

 Restawhile 2bdr 790/6 nights

Eagles Nest 2 bddr 25, 26,27 and 28 570/4nights

Shamrock Wigwam 3 bdrs 1030/6 nights

Kaubashine 3bdr 1120/6 nights

 Labor Day Weekend

3 night minimum unless noted

Wildflower and Eagles Nest 2 bdrs 190/night

Shamrock and Wigwam 3bdrs 245/night

Kaubashine and Norway 3 bdrs 265/night

Muskie 4 bdr 300/night

Bear Den and Red Pine 4 bdrs 385/night

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Bascum the pink flamigo came for his yearly visit to the resort. UW Madison people will recognize him from a  certain hill at the school and a certain prank he and other of his flock periodically appear on campus.  Bascum was our mascot hoping for a little warmer weather this weekend.  Folks skied, fished and went riding this weekend but lots more time was spent by fires than outside with Bascum

Enjoy the pics of the snow below


View from Shamrock’s bedroom

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This was the place to be enjoying the view from inside the cabin

Next weekend looks like temps will be much better. So far we have Bayview, Restawhile, Kaubashine, Wigwam Holiday and Red Pine open for the January 20th weekend

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We had some beautiful heavy snow come in today.  Big flakes

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It quick piled up on the trees

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Time to think about plowing 

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As the day went on we had another batch come in that was not as wet.  This snow should set up the trails nicely

We do have one cabin left this weekend and January 20th and 27th so far have about 1/2 of the  cabins open.  Time to come up and play in the snow


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Temps got warmer and it was actually nice to be outside.  It was over 20 degrees and felt like a heat wave and my finger did not freeze when I took pictures

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Ben and Ali decided to check out the ice and informed me it was in good shape

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Hockey puck out and the mini game was on

Ali might be shorter but she is fierce

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I would have taken a picture of Mack on the ice but he took off for the shoreline and the wood stove back in the house

We have one cabin left for Martin Luther King weekend at 180 – 235/night