Black's Cliff Resort's Birch Bark Blog

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

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The party was here this weekend.  The Jung family descended on the resort for their annual birthday weekend.  There is someone in the family that is always celebrating a birthday that ends in a 0 or a 5.  They have decided that each year they are getting together no matter what and celebrating whoever is the 0 or 5 birthday.  Nice way to keep the family together.  They say they just don’t have time in at home to all get together and having one weekend a year designated for the family at the resort is what they are going to do.  This is the 3rd year as a group getting together at the resort

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I found a few members of the family getting ready for their party weekend

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The best use of a laundry line I have seen

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While they were partying we were painting.  Ben was back from his first year at college and we put him to work painting beach chairsIMG_2451 (1)

Lots of boat painting as well was going on this weekend

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Ever wondered how many anchors it takes for all the boats.  Where here is the answer.  Most of them are paint buckets filled with cement

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When tired of painting green Bear Den and Red Pine both had their docks painted

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Leaves are just starting to pop out at the lake

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You can feel summer is not far away

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The lake is calling

We are going to go nightly on our remaining June cabins.  Here is a list of cabins we have left for summer.   We are going to break up the openings on Shamrock June 10 and Norway June 17th nightly.  You have to start or end on a Saturday with a 4 night minimum.   Give a call for details 715 356 3018

I also did not add to the list Restawhile July 8 – 15th at 1240/week this just popped open and will not last long

                                                             Memorial Day Weekend

Norway 3 bdr 260/night 3 night minimum

Wigam 240/night

May 29th – June 2nd 

Lots open at our lower spring rate call for availability

June 2 – June 10th early summer rates

We will do nightly rentals for these cabins with a 3 night minimum

Wigwam 3 bdr 1150/week or 205/night Fri and Sat and 170/night mid week

Norway 3bdr1250/week or 240/night Fri and Sat and 190/night mid week

Holiday 4 bdr 3 and 4th 475/2 nights

June 10 – 17th

Shamrock 1620/week or nightly 240/night 3 night minimum beginning on a Saturday or ending on a Saturday

June 17 – 24

Norway 3 bdr 1720/week

Located at the end of the resort in a nice quiet location

July 14 – 21

Bear Den 4bdr 2545/week up to 10 people

August 12 – 19

Wigwam 3 bdr 1620/week

Labor Day Weekend

Blackwood 2 bdr 3 night min 185/night

Wigwam 3 bdr 3 night min 240/night

Bear Den  4 bdr home3 night min 375/night


Warm spring days have spring popping around the resort


Lots of painting going on


Steve got the job of testing out one of our new motors.  This year we invested in 4 new, yes new, Evinrude 4 stroke motors for the boats.  Two 6 and two 9 horse motors.  Steve was headed out for the maiden voyage of one of the 6 horses


Just another day at the office.  Some people have such a rough day at work


Back to real work.  Troy and Steve have been working away at the new steps into Norway Pines.  They have quite the project down there.  We meant to do this to Holiday too but time is short this year.  It might have to wait till fall


They now just have the porch to build by Friday when folks check in


While they are working on that I have gotten a lot of the porch doors painted.  In the spring we sometimes think paint brushes become an appendage living at a resort


Then there are reports from the south as to what Craig is up to.  Last reported he was headed to Mexico on a mule…. the rest of that story you will have to ask him for this summer.  A picture tells a thousand words and I wonder what tales this pictures has to tell


Been off the blog for awhile due to the space bar on my computer deciding to quite working.  I managed to keep my emails checked on my iPad but the blog did not happen til today when my computer came back.  So peaceful pictures are the theme today


Green chair at the lake is what we all need


Swing beds are all set for summer as we are spring cleaning all the porches and freshening everything up.  Nothing says relaxing like a swinging bed looking out at the lake with the wind in the trees


Some other people have not been relaxing.  Instead Troy and Steve have spent more time in the lake than they would like with wadders on getting all the piers back in


I happily watch the dock going in.  My job was to keep the blue rails straight as the guys pulled the end of the dock out to deeper water.  They are looking at their feet as they are balancing on green chairs in the water trying to keep themselves dry in the deeper water.  Of course Troy was the one that ended up with the water going over his wadders. He took a trip to the sauna to warm up


The old red boat came out of storage for a paint job.  It will be flying across Lower Kaubashine before we all know it


Back to enjoying the quiet of the lake.  I took this picture down at Red Pine while the guys drained out the paddle boat

We had a cancellation on Wigwam August 12 – 19th if anyone is interested.

Plenty of cabins open for the fishing opener for this weekend starting at 130/night.  Muskie’s might be spawning in Cedar Falls this weekend


Spring is springing around the resort.  Snow is all gone and it is slowly starting to look green here and there

Spring clean up of leaves has been in the last week and we are slowly shaking the shaggy leafy look of early spring


The Day Lillies sprouting up in front of Birchwood


Chives I planted in Birchwood garden are also sprouting up


I think this is the first Lilly of the Valley poking through or it is a stray Day Lilly


Lots of dock work is going on getting all the docks straight.  The ice broke off some of the supports so we have a bit more work than usual a the lake this year


Boats floating and waiting to head in to the docks


Slowly repairs are being made and docks are ready for summer


Mack looking for his friends the bluegills in the shallows.  Last summer they nipped him in the legs when he was wading and he took to dog fishing for the first time.  He would wade in the shallows and dive head first after them when they were swimming between his legs taunting him.  For a couple more weeks the bluegills are not in the shoreline until the lake turns back over and the warmer water is in the shallows and not in the deeper water.  He will have to wait to go fishing for a couple more weeks


Meanwhile his younger and not as smart counter part Penny seems to have a problem.  She got out to the raft but can’t figure out how to get back to shore

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Spring has sprung along with all the spring dock work.  Time to get to straightening the docks


First things first, finding the best wadders that do not leak.  Then rounding up the docks


They like to wander away when not anchored down


Getting all the boats out of the way is a must


And the work starts.  I think Troy will tell you this is his least favorite job to do.  Steve made it easier the last couple of years renting a really good sprayer that makes the job much easier than before.  It is a cold wet job to work on


If you missed these pictures on Facebook the other day, we lost one of our big pines in a heavy wet snow by the lake  It landed right in Kaubashine’s boat parking area.  Time to move it a little down the shoreline but how to do that?  First cut off all branches that you can


Attach a rope.  Just another day at the office


Start pulling with the winch and cutting off branches as you go


Down the shoreline you go


This will make a great fish habitat just not in Kaubashine’s boat parking area.  I can imagine the lures caught in this tree in the next years


They tucked it into the shoreline a bit and the fish will love it



For the 2nd morning in a row we woke up to no electricity.  Sunday night we had 70 degrees and a big wind storm go through which knocked out the power and last night 6 plus inches of heavy wet snow and yet again no power.  This is a sight that makes you pull the covers up in April and go back to sleep except for no heat and no power means get out of bed and start a fire


So far from the snow storm we have only found one tree down so far.  The big pine by Kaubashine’s dock.  Not sure how we are going to get this cleaned up….


That was a lot of weight on those limbs to crack that tree all the way up the trunk




This definitely gets in the way of dropping off water skiers at the dock..  Something will have to be figured out


Another tree thinking about taking the plunge but will have to wait for another storm



Except for the month of April it would be a pretty view



The wind storm Sunday night took out this spruce in the back of Wigwam.  We are waiting on the tree service to come take it down.  If we try Wigwam will get hit so we are leaving this one to the professionals


Thankfully this one is caught up in an oak tree over the cabin.  It is not going anywhere.  The tree service has been too busy the last 2 days with trees hanging in much worse spots.  Til they come this one is not going anywhere we hope.

Enough with the storms!

If you did not notice I added June 17 – 24th in Norway to our openings for Summer 2017.  Our list is quickly shrinking.  If interested give a call 715 356 3018



Steve arrived at the resort with 2 of his winter projects that he finished.  This canoe is a 1934 Saint Louis Mermarc canoe.  It has been sitting in our boat shed since 1978 when Craig and Trudy bought it from the Semmelmeyer and Geracke families just down the road from the resort.  The canoe needed lots of work and Craig thought it would be a fun winter project some time.  Well this winter was finally the time and Steve put a lot of TLC into the old canoe and it is actually capable of going back in the lake.  However we decided it would have a different home


Steve also spent a few hours restoring the old resort sign that hangs from the porch.  This is our old gate sign from back in the 70’s and 80’s that found a new home at the perch when the new totem pole gate came in.  Weather the elements had this sign looking pretty shaggy and in need of a facelift


First things first.  The canoe headed to its new home


Steve had researched how to hang canoes safely and he ordered this sling online and installed it.  Now to get it up and in place


A few pulls on the ropes and up it goes.  The boat has been dubbed the Semmelmeyer in honor of its original owners and looks good in its new spot.  Much better than dust covered and in the boat shed


Now what could Steve be thinking of next for his next project that would match the boat theme…..  Stay tuned to find out next winter…  because no time now for basement projects


Down the stairs he goes with project number 2


In place and looking good.  Now on to working outside


When Norway was remodeled years ago the stairway from the old Norway was put by the new door as a temporary stairway til we had time to make a new one.  Time went by…. and the stairway that was temporary stayed and stayed until today..  The guys have plans for it that will be much better


After destroying the old stairway at Norway time to do some tree trimming at Holiday.  Holiday and Norway are getting some outside grounds keeping work done on them this spring.  Holiday is also slatted for a new entrance but time might push that off til fall.  It will be interesting to see how far they get in their sprucing up of the grounds around Holiday and Norway


The lake this afternoon getting blacker and blacker and ready to go out

Right now we are set to have no guests yet in the cabins this weekend.  If you want peace and quiet this might be the weekend to come up.


We are cooking down the final maple syrup.  The trees are slowing down so that means green leaves are not far behind.  Our cooker has gotten a grade of a B this year.  It is slower than an open campfire put uses a lot less wood and attention


Snow is just about gone except for snowbanks


Kaubashine and Shamrocks dock area.  The ice did a number on our docks and Troy and Steve are going to be busy this spring fixing and straightening docks


Still a lot of ice on the lake and a lot of damage that can still happen to the docks



More fun dock work this spring


Nice to see it melting and wondering when the first ducks will be floating around


The lake is slowly melting.  Temps getting to the mid 50’s took out a bit of ice today



It will be nice to see open water here soon and before you know it the slide will be going back in the lake


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Along with the commercials that the state of Wisconsin filmed at the resort they took a lot of pictures to use in their summer advertising campaign.  We were not told where they would end up being used.  Jake was driving back from spring break through Chicago and looked up to see Grant, Uncle Steve, Ali and his cousins jumping in the water along I90 in Chicago.  I am not sure where all these billboards are  but Jake counted 3 in Chicago.  If you see others take pictures and send to us so we know how far Lower Kaubashine and the raft reach.  You might see pictures like this in advertising for the state as well.  Cut them out and bring along on next trip to the resort.  Thanks!   Kind of fun to see where they end up


We still have some snow in the woods but it is melting fast.  The maple trees are dripping like mad and I am thinking this week will be the big sap run when we get into the 50’s


Troy has been busy getting the new windows framed in, in Birchwood.  I think they look great


New bathroom window.  No more banging into the old french window getting out of the shower



Back to watching the lake melt and thinking of summer

We have plenty of openings in April if you want to come up and watch spring, spring.  Only Fools Run at Midnight is the first weekend in April if you are looking for a fun running event in ‘April.  The water falls an hour north of us are best seen during spring melt and April is the time.  Give a call cabins start at 130/night.  We run our lowest rates of the year mid week and weekends