Waubee Lake Lodge: Rooted in History

Located six miles from Lakewood, Wisconsin, Waubee Lake Lodge is built upon storied soils once occupied by Native tribes, French merchants and 19thcentury sportsmen.

“Waubee” is derived from the Chippewa tribe Chef Waubeskibinas (meaning White Eagle), who in the 18th century, likely lived adjacent to Waubee Lake for its’ lush forestry and connectivity to fertile trout streams.

The Toutelette family—settlers from France—are the first owners of record of the site now occupied by Waubee Lake Lodge. The three brothers operated a trading post on these coordinates until the mid-1800s, offering ammunition to Natives in exchange for venison that was re-sold to restaurants. The location was probably between what is now Powers Lane and Waubee Park Lane where the former Nicolet Pines stood. The Everett family would then own the land in the late 1800s, building cabins for hunters and fisherman.

After the turn of the century, sheep farmers tended the soils before Wayne King, the “Waltz King”, bought the land in 1930, and built a cabin on the lake. Mr. King and his wife were soon known to the neighbors and were well liked by them. They were both avid water skiers, and every afternoon people around the lake spent hours watching them. In 1968 the Kings left the north country, having sold out to the Federal Government.

Herman Kroger, a former caretaker for the Kings, left the position to open a tavern which was incorporated to house the old Waubee Lodge. The Lodge would change hands numerous times over the next 50 years.

Since 2009, Russ and Mary Kralovetz are the site’s humble stewards, having purchased a new Waubee Lake Lodge,shortly after the original building was damaged in a fire in 2005. Waubee Lake Lodge now offers 17 guest rooms as well as 7 cabins for rent, a well-stocked bar and an inviting dining experience, as well as a banquet hall. Like the proud waters and lands it rests aside, Waubee Lake Lodge is for all to enjoy.