The SpaceThis yurt is nestled in the Bayfield County Forest and is only accessible by foot, snowshoe, ski, or bike. Our yurts are 20 feet in diameter and insulated for year round use, complete with woodstove. Fire wood is provided only for heating with the woodstove. The yurt comes equipped with 2 bunk beds; a full mattress on the bottom and a twin mattress on top and sleeps up to 6 people. No linens or pillows are provided, so be sure to pack your sleeping bag. A picnic table is also located inside the yurt.
Outside the yurt we have a bear proof box to store all your food, along with a deck, picnic table, fire ring, and outhouse. This is bear country and the yurts are made out of fabric. Please use the box to store all food and never leave food inside the yurt.
A rundown of the basics:
Bathrooms: the yurt does not have indoor plumbing, nor access to water, but is located near a pit toilet/outhouse, which is available year-round.
Capacity: Can sleep up to 6 people. Additional overnight guests are not allowed.
Accessibility: Only accessible by foot, snowshoe, ski, or bike. No motorized vehicles, of any kind, are allowed. The hike in is about 2/3 of a mile, up hill nearly the entire way. There are steep stretches, so please take your time and plan accordingly.
Cooking: All yurts have a picnic table and fire ring with grill grate for outdoor cooking, and a bear proof locker for secure outdoor food storage. No candles, or other open flames are allowed inside the yurt. Cooking is permitted in the yurt only during the winter (on top of the metal hot plate). Extra caution must be used when cooking inside the yurt.
Electricity: no access to power.
Water: no running water or direct/immediate access to water. Prepare accordingly. Closest water sources would be the ski chalet at Mt. Ashwabay, Lake Superior (must be filtered), or the cities of Washburn or Bayfield.
Heat: Yurts have a wood stove for heat. Split firewood is provided for use in the woodstove only. Matches, lighters or other ignition sources are not provided, so please plan accordingly.
Firewood: Wood will be provided for the wood stove which heats the yurt. Dead and down wood can be collected from the surrounding forest for use in the fire ring. A bow saw and axe are also provided.
Pets: no pets allowed within the yurt or on the premises. No exceptions.
Smoking: no smoking within the yurt. If you do smoke outside, please discard butts in the fire ring. Guest AccessParking will be at the designated lot off Whiting Road, approximately 2.3 miles miles west of Highway 13.
The yurt is located approximately 2/3 of a mile north of the parking area. Access to the yurt is uphill nearly the entire way, including fairly steep stretches. Please plan accordingly and follow the signs to the yurt.
There is no motorized access to the yurt, so there will be no immediate access to your vehicle. Please plan accordingly.
During the non-snow season, you can hike or bike to the yurt. The yurt provides direct access to miles of hiking and CAMBA mountain bike trails.
During the snow covered season, access to the yurt will be via snowshoes or cross country skis only. Please, in the winter, no hiking to the yurt without the aid of snowshoes or skis, as it may damage or destroy the groomed trails.
The path/trail to the yurt will be designated with signs. Please follow the designated path to the yurt and avoid traveling directly on the groomed ski trails. If using snowshoes, please walk on the extreme edge when traveling on portions of groomed ski trail.
The yurt provides direct access to miles of groomed skate and classic cross country ski trails, as well as designated snowshoe trails. Access to all of these trails is included as part of your stay. Please bring your confirmation email, as that will serve as your trail pass.
There may be winter fat biking opportunities. Please inquire if looking to access the yurt with fat bikes.
Trail maps and information regarding other local attractions will be located in the yurt. You can also pick up maps at the local Chambers or by calling our office.
Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. In the summer, that's heat, rain, bugs, etc. Even the occasional really cold summer night. In the winter, that's heavy snow, wind and extreme cold (fortunately no bugs). Please review the weather reports before you come and plan/pack accordingly. Interaction with GuestsThe yurt is rustic and minimally maintained. As such, there will be no direct assistance provided or interaction with staff. Check-in is on your own, as is check-out.
An access/key code will be provided to you and will be located in the HOUSE MANUAL (which you can view only after making a reservation). Information contained in the HOUSE MANUAL will facilitate entry into the yurt. Either print off or jot down this information. Failure to do so may jeopardize your ability to access the yurt.
You are expected to pack out what you pack in (no garbage bins on site) and clean up after yourselves. The NeighborhoodThe yurt is roughly located in between the cities of Washburn (about 9 miles to the south, from the yurt parking lot) and Bayfield (about 7 miles to the north). Both locations contain gas stations, a grocery store, numerous restaurants and other quaint shops. The city of Ashland is located about 10 miles south of Washburn.
The yurt is also in close proximity to numerous outstanding public Lake Superior beaches. Access to the Sioux River Beach (North - Bayview) is approximately 2 miles to the south of Whiting Road. Access to the Sioux River Beach (south - across from Friendly Valley Road) is another mile south of the northern access. These beautiful sandy beaches connect and provide about 1.5 miles of Lake Superior access, with unbelievable views of Madeline and Long islands.
This yurt is also located just over the hill from Big Top Chautauqua (about 1 mile to the east). Shows run from around the middle of June through the middle of September. Check their website for schedules.
The Mt. Ashwabay ski hill is also located about 1 mile to the east of the yurt (same general area as Big Top). Access to all of the cross-country ski trails is included as part of your stay, but use of the ski hill is not. The ski hill provides plenty of downhill skiing, as well as sledding opportunities. They also rent skis, snowboards and snowshoes.
Bayfield County contains more public forest land than any other county in the state of Wisconsin. Nearly 172,000 acres of Bayfield County Forest land, about 273,000 acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, approximately 27,000 acres of state owned lands, roughly 6,000 acres of Parks Service lands and around 8,000 acres of other municipal owned lands. In total, about 51% of Bayfield County, almost 500,000 acres of land, is in public ownership. The opportunities to explore and recreate are almost endless. Getting AroundParking for the yurt will be at the designated lot off Whiting Road. Access from there to the yurt will take about 10 minutes (on foot). The yurt is located on a ridge and access is uphill nearly the entire way. Please plan accordingly. Other Things to NoteLeave No Trace camping principles are strictly implied. You must pack out what you pack in.
This is bear country. All cooking must be done outside whenever possible and all food must be stored outside in the bear proof metal box.
It's also the north woods and the yurt is located right in the middle of the forest. Mice might also find the yurt nice and cozy. If you find a mouse in the yurt, please send it packing. Also, please let us know. The yurt is pretty tight, but, inevitably, mice will get in. The sooner we know about it, the sooner we can address it.
Cell phone coverage is decent at the yurt site, but not totally reliable. Please plan accordingly.