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My husband, dogs and I try to get to Fish Tale Cottage every year. The house is comfortable and loaded with everything from kitchen utensils to wi-fi. Just sitting on the deck and looking out at the lake is a delight and you can put security gates at each end for the dogs. The entire living room has glass windows for walls and the sunset are absolutely phenomenal. The best pictures I've ever taken are here. Enjoy this one :)
We've rented the Celtic Lodge for three years and have it booked again this summer. Cottage Keepers is a great agent for helping to set up these wonderful vacation opportunities.
Our 2019 cleaning meeting with our 5 crews :)
Cottage Keepers are such nice folks. I still appreciate that they did not pound us on the head for closing the door and locking outselves out! That really make us feel like guests.

With over 20 years of experience renting Private Vacation Rental Homes, we pride ourselves in being able to match the best home for your vacation.

With the 60 degree weather we had this past weekend ... that means summer vacations are just around the corner. We still have some beautiful homes with availability for your getaways! Visit for rates and dates ;)

IT'S FRIDAY!!! Open windows ... birds chirping ... red squirrels squeaking ... and SUNSHINE ;)

The best part ... Found the perfect home for a couple of families that will be vacationing in our area this summer!

Midwest Golfing Magazine 2020 Golf Show Page 10

Very proud of one of our local golf courses!

Castle Rock | S32 Ep. 5

See the great things that just 1/2 of Castle Rock Lake has to offer. With so much more offered on the other side of the lake ... you are sure to have a great vacation with us!

The Castle Rock Lake area has everything from burgers and beachside to relax and recline. Whether you're looking for a lake-filled day or a quiet little stay...

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We have received amazing feedback from our past guests recently that I would love to share with you!

Ginny & I can try and explain to you how great our area is and all the memories you and your family can make ... but hearing it straight from our guests that have experienced it, is so much more meaningful. We are so excited that these families had such a great time staying with us :)

Angler's Pride Guide Service

Please be careful out there and have fun!!!

WRPCO encourages residents, outdoor enthusiasts to use caution as draw downs begin.
— Wisconsin River Power Company (WRPCO) will begin draw downs of the reservoirs at its Petenwell and Castle Rock hydroelectric dams next week, an annual step to prepare for increased spring river levels. A gradual draw down of the Petenwell reservoir will begin Jan. 27, with the Castle Rock draw down starting Feb. 1.

A draw down is a process in which the reservoir located upstream of a dam is lowered. WRPCO performs a draw down each year at its hydroelectric dams to prepare for spring water runoff caused by melting snow in northern and central Wisconsin.

Water levels may be reduced by up to 5 feet at the Petenwell Dam and up to 6 feet at the Castle Rock Dam while each respective draw down is in place.

Safety precautions

A draw down can create unstable ice conditions. To remain safe, residents and outdoor enthusiasts should:

Avoid snowmobiling or driving vehicles on the ice.
Obey all warning signs and heed flashing lights, horns and sirens.
Be aware of rapidly changing water conditions.
Bring a cell phone and contact 911 in an emergency.
Stay outside of buoy lines.
Have a safe escape route planned and evacuate at the first sign of danger.
Current reservoir elevation and river flow information can be found at under 'Hydroelectric Project Data.'

Both draw downs are anticipated to finish by the end of April.

Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Tube | Travel Wisconsin

We have homes that are only about 45 minutes away! Come enjoy the snow! The best money-saving deals in winter sports are at Cascade Mountain. Kids 12 or younger ski free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Ice safety: DNR, emergency personnel urge caution on area lakes and flowages

Please Read With ice conditions in northern Wisconsin currently in a poor and unsafe state, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local emergency personnel are urging extreme caution on Northwoods lakes and flowages and providing safety tips before venturing onto the ice.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Eagles congregate at feeding sites, particularly in winter. These groups are usually vocal and enjoyable to watch as birds jostle for position and bicker over prey. Take a look at this pecking order!
Interested in seeing them this winter? Check out Eagle Events around WI and the work our partners at the WI DNR are doing at:

Photo: Four maturing bald eagles establishing their spot on the ice courtesy of Roger Leitner

This is the best time of year to see the bald eagles in action. It is truly breathtaking to see so many in one place! If you are able to visit ... the best place is just off of HWY 21 at the boat launch by the Petenwell Dam.

OK, so yesterday you loved the still shots--today we'll see some action shots! Thanks Roger L.


Things to think about before leaving to go on vacation!!

We're rooting for these 12 clever plant hacks!

How to Pack for Your Wisconsin Cabin or Vacation Rental Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but packing for one can be quite stressful. This is especially true when you’re not sure what to bring. Well, has you covered. Whether…

[12/23/19]   From all of us at The Cottage Keeper ... we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Let us help you with your Holiday shopping this year!

Instead of dealing with the hassle of purchasing yet another unwanted/ non-needed present ... give the gift of relaxation and making memories.

Get the whole family together and rent a warm and cozy home to play games, watch movies, and enjoy each other!

Visit to find the perfect place.

We have received our 1st snow fall for the season! As much as most of us our not ready for the cold ... it sure made for a gorgeous morning :)

Five Reasons US Travelers Book Vacation Rentals Direct When booking vacation rentals in Wisconsin or anywhere in the US, they have two options. They can book directly with homeowners and local property management companies, or they can go through a thi…

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy several of Roger Leitner's October eagle photos.

We would like to welcome 2 new additions to our rental management program! Gooseneck Landing & Gooseneck Point! You can either rent them individual or can rent them together for larger groups as they are located next door to each other and have the same homeowner. We are very excited to have this in our program for the 2020 season :)

Wisconsin's Fall Color Report The 2019 Wisconsin Fall Color Report is the most comprehensive in the state. Get the best locations for viewing fall colors on our peak fall foliage map!

We would like to introduce one of our new homes available for the 2020 season! LakeView Terrace located on Castle Rock Lake has everything you will need for your vacation. Lake View Terrace can accommodate up to 11 guests alone or up to 23 guests conjunction with Pine Ridge Shores located next door. Look for updates at very soon!

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Make your plans to join us at the refuge for some great speakers and activities during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 13-19. The Necedah NWR is also celebrating its 80th anniversary, so you won't want to miss any of these special events.

Adams County, WI Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Sand Valley Local Appreciation
October 9 - 21, 2019
Adams & Wood County Residents and Property Owners - Book your reservation by calling (715) 325-9500 and request the local appreciation rate :
$49 Golf on Sand Valley or Mammoth Dunes
$25 Golf on The Sandbox
In addition, all locals receive a free logo hat. Book now as the season is coming to a close soon; call to reserve your tee time today!

#localappreciation #golfwisconsin #fallgolf #golftravel #wsga #sandvalley #travelwi #visitromewi

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Meanwhile in Wisconsin

Midwest weather.

Featuring Ryan Ruebl of Meanwhile in Wisconsin.

Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Summer's almost gone, but there's a great fall waiting just ahead.

Wisconsin's Fall Color Report The 2019 Wisconsin Fall Color Report is the most comprehensive in the state. Get the best locations for viewing fall colors on our peak fall foliage map!

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Adams County, WI Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

3 DAYS until the end of the raffle and we are doing a poker run to finish the fun!

Hi everyone! I recorded this morning so I know it is afternoon! 😊

Please pick up your UTV raffle tickets through Saturday and support your local chamber and tourism!

You can get them still at:

Property Works
Mo's Bar and Grill
Lure Bar & Grill
Pineland Camping Park
Petenwell County Park
Castle Rock County Park
Chamber Office
Northern Bay Resort
bayrest resort Wisconsin

All tickets will be picked up by Saturday mid afternoon, so you will have to get them at Pineland after noon when the poker run starts!

Drawing at 7 pm!! We will be doing a live video!

Last minute opening for the Labor Day Weekend at Eagle Bay located directly on Castle Rock Lake! With 5 bedrooms, loft, and 3 full baths there is plenty of room to accommodate up to 14 guests. Enjoy the very spacious yard over looking the water with 2 kayaks, volleyball, and ping-pong table. Email us at [email protected] to reserve NOW!!!

Fawn Creek Winery

Fun at the Creek starts at 3:30. Live music by the Hoot Owls, trivia, and wine!

Come back on Saturday for more live music. Kovalence plays at 12 and the Orange Whips play at 3:30.

Brad Palmer plays Sunday at 1.

The one and only Pat McCurdy is back next Saturday!!

Adams County Health & Human Services Division of Public Health

Sooooo ... Get out there and enjoy our your weekend on the water ;)

We would like to clarify some misinformation that is being circulated. The beaches at Lake Petenwell, Castle Rock, and Lake Arrowhead are NOT closed related to Blue-Green Algae. The report that is being circulated is from last year. For current information always be sure to check this page as well as the Adams County Website.

Bree Morgan Music

The Barn Throwdown grounds! Two days away!

Did I say pumped, excited or stoked enough?! NO! Cuz that’s how ready I am for this Festival!

Do you enjoy fishing? Or do you like to golf? We just had a last minute opening at WI River Retreat located directly on the Wisconsin River and only 10 minutes to the Lake Arrowhead or Sand Valley Golf courses. Dates open are 8/23-8/30. call 888-404-2688 or email at [email protected]

Greater Mauston Area's Waterfest on Castle Rock Lake Waterfest on Castle Rock Lake is held annually on the first Saturday of August in the Greater Mauston Area. It features a Venetian Boat Parade, family games and fun and beautiful Wisconsin sandy beaches!

When staying in the area ... this is a must do!!! Tons of fun and very relaxing :)

More fun in the sun and the river is dropping. Making the river conditions perfect and plenty of sand bars and beach areas to stop at. :D

Sandy Shores offers a 3 mile float on the Wisconsin River. Find more information and make a reservation at

We are only 15 minutes from Wisconsin Dells.

Thank You for this review from your stay at Celtic Lodge! We look forward to seeing you again next year...

Overall, we had a great week. The children enjoyed the water and was very easy to supervisor them. The cabin was roomy and provided each family with a place of their own. Eating establishments were close as well as other businesses. The whole family went tubing which was a hit with everyone. We really had a great family week and thank you for the experience.

We would again like to rent the cabin sometime after July 4, 2020. I will be looking for your past-preferred guest e-mail the end of October.

PS: The wine was great as was the vineyard!!!

Rita's Roost

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The Cottage Keeper would to wish each and everyone of you a FANTASTIC 4th of July!!!

Beautiful large home now available on Petenwell Lake from 7/26-8/2! Your chance to take advantage of this last minute availability at this popular home due to a family emergency. This home has everything you will need during your vacation. Sleep up to 14 guests, beach directly in front of home, large wrap around deck with screen porch, and nestled in a very quiet area.

Call 888-404-2688 or visit to reserve it NOW!

Sand Valley Restoration Trust

Cactus in Wisconsin?!
Yes! We actually have a native cactus in Wisconsin! The brittle prickly pear cactus (Opuntia fragilis) is a native cactus that we help to restore and conserve here at Sand Valley. Most prominent on the golf course property, guests can also see it on the restoration land as well if they know where to look. These plants can be found in bloom during June and July.
If you have never seen a cactus come out and search for one! Just be sure not to disturb it, as the species is on Wisconsin’s threatened species list.

We get excited helping you find the perfect vacation home just as much as you get excited planning your vacation!

Do you need a getaway for you and your loved ones to a place that’s comfortable, where nature and beauty meet? Then it’s time for you to rent a privately-owned waterfront home in central Wisconsin! With over 20 homes to choose from, you’re certain to find a home where you can enjoy family and friends that’s close for all (mid-way between Chicago and Minneapolis). It is the goal of the Cottage Keeper to provide our guests with many of the amenities of home, in the relaxing atmosphere of one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful recreation spots – Castle Rock Lake, Petenwell Lake, and the WI River. Unwind, as you take in the ambiance and adventures that central Wisconsin has to offer. Experience one of Wisconsin’s best hot spots known for its amazing waterparks and great entertainment! Many of our homes are located only 30 minutes north of the attractions at the Wisconsin Dells! Enjoy the comforts of home and economies of sharing lodging costs, while relaxing on the shores of our beautiful lakes.

Whether you’re interested in a cozy cabin in the woods or a pleasant waterfront home, you’ll appreciate having a place to call your very own for your getaway. Roast marshmallows around your own campfire, laugh together about your day’s excursions, take a moonlit swim, count stars while lounging on your deck! With our help, you’ll quickly discover why “there’s nothing quite like a Wisconsin vacation”!

As a licensed WI real estate broker with 20 years of vacation rental experience, we pride ourselves on representing some of the finest privately-owned vacation homes in Central Wisconsin. Our homes are located on the 4th and 2nd largest inland lakes in Wisconsin, Castle Rock Lake and Lake Petenwell, the Wisconsin River -- as well as at Lake Arrowhead, a championship golf community.

Enjoy your vacation in the privacy of a home at a fraction of the cost of traditional lodging. Our job is to make sure each home has been maintained to our exceptional standards. We work hard to find you the perfect home to match your specific needs for your family vacation. All of our homes are state inspected and state licensed to assure you of clean and safe accommodations, which your family vacation deserves. And we meet you once you arrive, to explain our area and provide our guests with a personal contact during your stay! Visit our website for pictures and descriptions of all our homes (sleeping 4-16, 2-7 bedroom, private & community piers, close to beaches and restaurants, and some pet-friendly).

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1916 Chicago Dr
Arkdale, WI

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:00 - 19:00
Friday 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday 07:00 - 19:00
Sunday 07:00 - 19:00
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