Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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


Mack’s snow report this morning


Snow was slowly adding up and now with 5 inches of snow coming in last night and today it is time to enjoy the snow

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For some of us enjoying the snow means shoveling off the gator and plowing

Don’t let him fool you that he only works in the snow.  He is known to roll a mean snowball and rip it through the air at his wife and kids when they are not looking


Here is a good representation of what we have built up with more coming today

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If you are sitting in brown Christmas it is time to get out the sleigh and go over the river and through the woods to Black’s Cliff

December 30th so far is our only booked out night.  We have 5 cabins open over the Christmas weekend.  Give a call and jump in the sleigh


Snow is starting too fly in the Northwoods.  We look to have a slow and steady build up of the white stuff before Christmas.  

2 inches is coming down tonight with more on the way


No it is not fireworks.  I pointed my iPhone up to the falling snow to see what it would catch



Right now we do still have openings through the holidays but we are quickly filling in.  I am offering some Christmas weekend specials.  Give a call for details 715 356 3018   We are now full however for the 30th.  Restawhile is our only cabin open for New Years night only.  Bayview is our only cabin open for January 1st.  On January 2nd we have a few cabins opening up call for details.  


Guy have been busy out in the woods with the warm temps we had.  I followed the truck in to see what they were up to

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Steve and Troy have been trail blazing.  They decided to make an extension to our red trail.  The Valley of Darkness was their destination for the trail.  


Following Steve between the trees



The new red trail goes past another of the deer hunting stands that we have out in the woods


The new trail goes past a small boggy lake


This small spit of land that we think was an old rail road spur from the logging days around the 1900’s juts out into the boggy lake


The tail goes past this area and will be a neat place to watch through he seasons 


Heading into the Valley of Darkness


It does have a spooky feel to it



Following Steve out of the Valley to Ridgewood road where the tail pops out at the edge of Timber Ridge


Popping out of the valley to the paved road.  This trail will be a nice addition to our trail system.  Hope you take the time to enjoy it on your next stop in to the resort


Back at the resort the lake is frozen over and not thick enough to skate on but it sure looks like fun




The dogs and I took a walk in the woods to see what Troy and Steve were up to with chain saws.

The woodpile has been growing by the wood shed with what they are up to


We ran into Steve first who was looking up and analyzing the look of his new trail at the back of our property by Timber Ridge road at the end of the Red Trail we have already


Troy and the Gator were at the top of the hill on the old farm road that runs through our 4 Timber Ridge properties from the days when Timber Ridge was a field for cows


The guys were cleaning up the old road and seeing where they can connect things to our trails we already have.  A wind storm blew over these popple a few years ago and they are destined for the wood shed

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Making plans how to get he gator back to this pile of trees.  Maybe someday a cedar swing will be sitting here looking out at the small valley at the back of our property.

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Chain saw out of gas and headed back to the wood shed


Side Note:  If you are walking past the old green boats you might spot an old green mercury motor if you look closely.  We lost Troy’s dad this year and this old motor has wandered to our house and may make it on an old boat one of these days.  It still works.  It was used by both his dad and grandpa on their fishing adventures


Old Mercury motors that still work from your dad…. priceless memories. 

The old motor has found a spot to land in honor of a good man, Marvin Gibson, a good fisherman, father, father in law and grandpa.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Thanksgiving at the Cliff is lots of food, fires, games and laughs.

We had a full house at the resort enjoying the holiday

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The Robinson Family was up enjoying there 3rd Thanksgiving in Birchwood

Parchesse ws the name of the game in their cabin


The Walstad guys got done deer hunting for the day and football was on the agenda with them. They were grilling steaks later in the day and doing a double header of football.  I think the deer are safe today


The Rudatt family was all about comfy pj’s and doing puzzles

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Doing a puzzle by the fireplace how could Thanksgiving be better than that


Next stop was the Evans DeerCamp


These guys have spent 19 years in the woods across from the resort hunting and celebrating Thansksgiving together at the Cliff

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The Sveda family was keeping Bear Den rocking with games and food.  It has been 2 years since we have had the whole crew at the resort

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The owners of Blackwood the Zaremba family were up enjoying their 2nd Thanksgiving in their own cabin.

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I could not catch all of the Becksmith Family together in the cabin but I caught half of them at the playground before the turkey was cooked

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The Ring family enjoying their first Thanksgiving in Shamrock

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Cooking with a hungry dog was going on in Restawhile with the Hynes’

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Betsy and Marybeth enjoying their 19th year the Cliff with their 3rd dog since I have known them.  

Happy Thanksgiving from The Northwoods

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It was a gray week and the black and white photos matched the weather


Everything closed up and ice creeping across the lake


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The beginning of the holiday season at the resort brightened up the cabins.  We had several groups of deer hunters at the resort.  

The blaze orange after a gray week was welcome.  The deer have hit the bushes and are hiding pretty good so far I heard.

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The Evans crew up hunting for their 15th plus year.  They keep the deer stands in our woods going that you see along our hiking trail

Day 1 was slow but they have many more days of hunting ahead of them

The rest of our hunters were either asleep or out to eat and eluded my camera


Anyone need Christmas Stockings I have a few left.  Email me at I have a bear, cat, cabin, 2 snowman, santa, a full pattern santa, angel  and Peace and Joy stockings left.  I am making a few more before Christmas in the moose, tree and snowflake patterns.  They are 50 dollars each and that includes the name back stitched on.  I will only make a few more before Christmas before I start making them for 2018

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Ice and snow have arrived in the Northwoods.  Each morning the ice reaches a little farther across the lake


Mack would like to lodge a complaint that it is too cold to go pee outside in the morning and nobody has made bacon in a week for him. 

He is very sad…   Things look up for him today with 4 cabins arriving with breakfast eaters he is hoping armed with pounds of bacon

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It was time to pull out the boots this morning and brush off the car

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Definitely feeling more winterish around here

Much different than…


Just yesterday when Steve was blowing off the roof of Birchwood

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And Troy piling our winter wood by the house

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Back to snow in the pines pictures

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It was cold and crisp out to start the week.  The leaves are now all down.  The snow melted and it was time to get the resort cleaned up before more snows arrive


The views off the hill while leaf blowing where spectacular today




Blowing leaves down the stairway


In other news, I ran into a 4th sock machine that I could not resist.  This 1902 Gear hart is now the oldest machine I own.  It is called a knee knocker.  The cylinder the needles sit in rotates and when it gets going swings the weights on the sock and will knock your knees if not careful.  It will be fun to get this old machine working and on display for next summer.  

I am taking Christmas sock orders if you need any contact me at

This coming weekend Steve will be in charge at the resort as we will be traveling to the Menomonie area just east of the Twin Cities to visit Troy’s family.  The sock machines and all the socks will be going with to attend the Elmwood craft fair from 9 – 3 on Saturday.  So if you live on that side of the state and needs socks, fingerless gloves and scarves for Christmas presents come on over to Elmwood Saturday. 

We still have 4 cabins open for the weekend with Steve and Mack in charge