Special care has been taken in the design of this 4 year old, rustic cabin on the Marengo River. In tune with its natural surroundings, the cabin’s disguise is a pleasant surprise. With wood siding the color of the pine needle forest floor and its green metal roof, the cabin blends into this lovely building site and wooded 10.67 acres.

The 1,056 sq. ft. cabin is lifted above the land. Post-footings anchor it without destroying tree roots. Complying with county zoning rules, the cabin is set-back the required 100 ft. from the river. The land’s gentle elevation allows walking access to the river, a class II trout stream, and to the 1,023 ft. of river frontage that borders the cabin’s property.

While I describe this 32×24 cabin as rustic – that does not mean it is primitive or uncomfortable. This relatively unadorned interior is casual, charming, warm and inviting. There is a main room, a bedroom loft and a composting toilet.

The main room is designed with a purpose for each corner – food prep and clean up, dining, heating and relaxing. An open stairway leads from the main room to the cozy 24×12 sleeping loft.

There is open shelving in the kitchen area and an electric range and refrigerator. The kitchen sink has no running water. Water is brought in and stored. The sink drains into a bucket below it.

A simple wood stove heats the year round cabin. The open plan makes the living space easy to heat in the winter and easy to ventilate in the summer.

The interior walls are poplar panel, and the floors are pine plank (new this spring). Exposed framing and the warm wood tones of the pine and popple add to the cabin’s rustic charm.

A 12×12 screen porch extends the living space and provides another dining area, more sleeping room and extra storage.

Outbuildings include a sauna, a wood shed and a storage shed.

Solitude is what you find here. And while the setting is remote, it is easily accessed and is located about 6 miles east of Hwy 63 near Mason, WI. The Four Corners Store is about 1 mile from the cabin, and you will be delighted to find a deli, grocery, restaurant that includes vegetarian fare and a bar with micro brews on tap.

The Marengo River is a beautiful, north woods stream. It is largely spring-fed and holds a brook trout population. There is a nice 10.8 mile canoe/kayak trip from Town Hall Rd. north to Four Corner Store Rd. It passes by this cabin & property. According to American Whitewater, this section of the river includes Class II & III rapids. The undeveloped shoreline provides excellent scenery.

Whether you love water travel, trout fishing, biking country roads, wild life viewing, skiing and snowshoeing or just want to relax at your own pace, this cabin on the river is designed for outdoor recreation and shows an appreciation of all things natural.
Directions: From Cable: Hwy 63 north about 20 mi. to Hwy E. East 5 mi. to Four Corners Rd. So. to Stienstra Rd & home.