Forest Haven of Island Lake LLC was created to provide an affordable year round peaceful retreat and vacation lodging environment. That's right, enjoy regular times of getting away...during the summer, fall, winter and spring. We sell and rent little cottages, and place them in our forest. Here weary souls can escape the fast pace of life, families can enjoy a comfortable Glamping Vacation Spot, individuals can incorporate a Rhythm of Rest with recurring Sabbaticals. We are your Haven in the Northwood of Wisconsin for regular seasons of rest, reflection and rejuvenation.
With an eye toward the progression of the "smaller home" industry, Forest Haven Cottages LLC recognizes an expanding landscape in the midwest region of the United States, where our little "stacked timber" cottages could easily extend beyond our current vacation/hospitality venue here in Island Lake and into the evolving marketplace which is looking to address a variety of circumstances with smaller homes.
Ronda’s passion for hospitality began when she lived in Chicago. For 4 plus years, her family enjoyed hosting foreign exchange students in their home from all over the world. While still in Chicago, Ronda and her husband worked long distance with contractors to design and build their family home here in Island Lake. After moving to Wisconsin, Ronda purchased a lake house on Prairie Lake in Chetek which she quickly turned into a successful vacation rental. Now as an independent contractor, Ronda brings her experience, passion for hospitality and 6+ years of relationship with local contractors, inspectors, County Zoning & Health Department staff, into managing the operations of Forest Haven.
Forest Haven's long term direction and success, as well as daily operational performance are guided by these values:
A. SPREADING GRACE: Every interaction and task we embrace is for the Glory of God. "We press on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus"... with the goal of one day hearing the words... "Well done, good and faithful servant"...
B. OWNING A SPACE: We are committed to make the dream of owning a little cottage an affordable reality for the middle class individual and family.
C. CREATING A PLACE to unwind: A growing body of scientific research supports the tremendous health benefits for mind, body and soul of getting out into nature on a regular basis. Forest Haven of Island Lake is a place to find that needed rest.
We would like to recognize the Indianhead Action Agency, located in Ladysmith. As a new Rusk County business, Forest Haven became
a client of their Business Development Department and received amazing support and direction in the establishment of our company.
A special thank you to Andrew Strom, Business Development Program Assistant for all your help in setting things in order.
The blueprints for our cottages are prepared by the Drafting and Design Department of Arrow Building Center in Rice Lake. Designer Lance Nielsen has been working directly with our builder for the past 6 years, crafting plans according to Wisconsin UDC building codes.
As well, our team includes an engineer and licensed inspector who knows Wisconsin building codes inside and out. We can move forward assured things are done right.
Forest Haven's stacked pine timber cottages are built by a team of Amish builders who have been building wood cottages for 12+ years. The original builder has trained his son to continue the business into the next generation. The success of their business has, in the past six years spawned the establishment of an Amish lumber mill, cabinet maker and steel roofing company...all on the same country block. Without a doubt, this Amish community knows what they are doing. Their quality handcrafted cottages can be found scattered throughout the northwestern region of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
We are proud to utilize the same licensed transportation company that has been delivering these Amish built cottages for years....offering experience that provides peace of mind!
Our kitchen cabinets are built and installed by a team of local Amish carpenters. If you purchase a kitchen with your cottage you will be able to choose the style and colors, as well as type of counter tops.
In addition, we have pulled together an amazing team of licensed electricians and plumbers from Rusk and Barron County.