Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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


Happy Halloween from the snowy Northwoods


We had some light snows come in


Mixed in with the little color we have left



Come on up and enjoy the snow with us before it gets too deep. 

Our rates drop this weekend to our late fall rates.  Cabins start at 135/night for 2 bdrs, Birchwood at 155, Shamrock 170, Kaubashine and Norway 190, Muskie and Holiday 225 and Bear Den and Red Pine at 265/night from now until December 22nd



The sun was out… but it was cold…. I was happily doing book work and the call came….  We need your help…  Come to the beach…

I should know by now what that means.  I get the call 2 times a year, spring and fall


The guys need help with getting the blue dock out


Penny has not figured out that going with Steve in a boat in late October is a cold place to be


Mack in his infinite wisdom of older dog knows the shoreline is the place to be


Dang Steve, the boat floor is cold for me to sit on.  Where is my ball…. hmmm ball Steve we left it on the shore by the shaggy one who steals it from me and won’t give it back….  Steve, do you see he has my ball?


Relax Penny, I am good at this and don’t rock the boat or we both go in


Now what do I do with this?  Hey quit taking pictures and come help


Can I get out of the boat yet? 


You guys could not have done this with out my help


Hey Troy lets let her think that til spring and next spring she gets the leaky waders and the lake temp of 40 degrees and we take the pictures


It was a beautiful weekend with warm temps and beautiful sunsets


Lots of fishing and good times.  The Voight twins, Samuel and Adam stopped by each day to show me their catch they got with their dad, Roy.  This weekend it was Northerns all over 21 inches 


The boys had fun trying out all the old lures in their dads tackle box that they had not used in awhile from their Opa Horst and their great grandfather

Lots of fun for them and reliving memories for their dad Roy of other days fishing with his dad and grandpa.  


Now that the weekend has come to an end and the wind has blown most of the leaves off the trees it is time to close up most of the lake front before snow flies

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Last boat rides


One of our boats is going into retirement.  Big Bertha has been around a long time but Steve says it is time for retirement.  Bertha’s replacement is already here for next spring.  Anyone who is interested in an old boat let me know


Seaweed all loaded up and headed out of the lake.  It is headed to the welder for a little TLC before next spring


All 4 pontoon boats out and in the volleyball court til next spring


Red ski boat headed over to the marina for winterizing and getting a new wood top this winter


We will go back to enjoying the remaining leaves on the trees and close up the rest of the place.  I hear Eagles Nest is being drained today and the fish house is not far behind.  The temps in the forecast mean winter is not far away

So far this weekend we have plenty of cabins to choose from.  Come on up and light a fire and enjoy some cool days in the Northwoods.  Every season brings its own feel which I love and late fall is time for fireplaces, naps and enjoying the quiet around the resort

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It was a beautiful fall day with temps going to almost 70.  The colors were alive on the hillside

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With warm temps and cold temps not far away next week the guys got the itch to get one of the big docks out of the water


Slowly bringing the dock in

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Mastering the art of taking the dock out by boat and not in the water

Interesting story of the day, John Berschid who fishes the lake year round came by while the guys were working to tell them that he has spotted one of our boats at the bottom of the lake just off of the raft.  It is either our missing canoe from spring or one of the green boats we realized has been missing.  John has spotted it by camera and depth locator a couple of times.  Steve was all set to pull it out but we could not get a good fix on its location.  It will be a mystery for another day


Back to enjoying the color on the hillside


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We have one cabin left for the weekend.  Eagles Nest opens on Saturday.  Otherwise we still have cabins open for October 27th weekend



Beautiful fall days.   The warm temps are coming to an end as the colors come out


Time to take the big pontoon on one last spin before taking it out for the winter


Loaded up and ready to head out of the lake


Enjoying another day at the office


Taking out the 28 foot boat is a a task.  Steve ready to carefully maneuver the boat out of the water with Troy’s help

I am standing back and taking pictures


This is the only boat we get special permission for to take out at a private landing on the lake.  This boat is too big to go in at Hilltop and make the corner.  So twice a year in the spring and fall we get the adventure of getting this boat in and out of the lake.  Not an easy task


Headed to the volleyball court for the winter until next spring


Back to enjoying the colors


We are full this weekend October 13th and 14th but have openings mid week and 4 cabins left for next weekend October 20th and 21st.  Give a call before fall, falls away


It was an absolutely beautiful weekend at the resort.  The colors popped and the woods are on fire



The next week should stay great for color.  We have openings mid week and one cabin left for next weekend


Bradley Ocain caught this nice 21 inch walleye just before the weekend.  Nice to see walleye coming out of the lake

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Shamrock had its first day open since May 24th and Troy got to work and the porch is painted and ready for the next season.  After our wet spring last May we had a hard time getting painting projects done so we are catching up this fall with the nice fall weather


Walks down the driveway with the color have been a must this week

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We had 4 niches of rain come down over a 24 hour period on Saturday.  The lake levels are back to incredibly high lapping up over the beach wall


Johnny Thompson celebrated the warm temps after all the rain on Sunday with a last swim out to the raft.  Johnny might be our last swimmer of the season

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It has been a slow start to fall.  The colors usually peak right now but they are still 80 percent green.  This next week should get things going


Slowly falling leaves


The dog as well has not be moving too fast.  Except to the smell of bacon


It is scottie week at the resort.  The scotties have taken over the resort


The dog park is the place to be if you are a scottie or a scottie disguised as a human


Sometimes guests go to the same places all the time and enjoy those same places like a good pair of shoes.  There is comfort in the same pair of shoes but sometimes it is time to try a new pair and see how you like them and run down a new road

Bob and Tammy Robotka love their trips up north.  Bob has been coming since he was a kid starting in the late 60’s.  We were going to go out to dinner with them and they challenged me to come up with a new place for them on a Tuesday night in September.  They listed off their favorite haunts in Minocqua they love but wanted something off the beaten path.  Tuesday nights atleast 2/3 of the restaurants in the area are closed so that does pose a challenge.  I thought for awhile and asked them if they would like a small drive.  They were game and off to Boulder Junction we headed 30 minutes from the resort.  

Our first adventure for Bob and Tammy was to take them down this beautiful side road we know and drive along Trout Lake.  If you are following the bike path to Boulder this road is along that bike path and absolutely beautiful.  It winds along Trout Lake for about 2 miles and then goes back out to Hwy M


Views like this is why you take this road.  Trout Lake always has wind and waves.  There are several spots along the road to stop.  This is also part of the bike trail and you can start your biking adventure and park along it to bike into Boulder Junction.  Bob and Tammy are already planning their biking adventure for next summer with their daughter Kelsey.  The Boulder trail is paved and winds through the woods and is absolutely beautiful


Heading back on our driving adventure.  How can you not enjoy driving down a road that looks like this


We arrived at our destination.  Katie and Bryon suggested this place to us a few years ago.  It is a nice relaxed atmosphere known for their sandwiches, wood fired pizzas and of course their beer


A list of some of their menu


Bob tried they Musky Spit Ale.  As he said “just the name makes me want to drink it”

Bob gave it a thumbs up


Three of us ordered their stone fired pizzas and shared them so we could try a little of each one.  We enjoyed each pizza!

Troy was the odd ball with a pulled pork sandwich which I did not take a picture of as I was to busy enjoying the pizza and wine Tammy and I ordered


Good times with good friends on a road less traveled in the Northwoods

Aqualand Ale House is a place to enjoy!


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We had quite the storm roll through yesterday.  The temps dropped 15 degrees and the trees swayed in the winds.  Happily we kept electric on.  Our electric lines were buried this last summer and we are hoping storms like this knock our power out lot less.  So far so good


Annette took these pictures of the storm rolling across the lake and shared them with me as I was dashing around the resort closing porch curtains


Seagull unfazed by the thunder and lightening


I had some great helpers this morning helping me bail out the boats. 


Had to teach them the trick of stepping all your weight on the back of the boat to get the water all in one place.  


Now to sit back and enjoy these summer like temps

We have a few cabins open for Beef A Rama next weekend.  Call for details.  Beef A Rama is an experience.  Look it up on google to appreciate its craziness


It has been a delightful week with the return of August weather in the 80’s and fall colors peaking through



Lots of folks heading out on the pontoon boat for afternoon cruises


Campfires at the lake at Bear Den


Sweeping up for the next guests




Steve taking advantage of warm temps and painting Bear Den



Mack has enjoyed all the picnics outside people are having


We did have one visitor that stopped in that got everyones attention.  Lauren Rose caught a picture of it through the screen door os Birchwood