Visit Camp Wandawega

We're not a proper resort by a long shot. We're just carrying on the timeless tradition of connecting people to the simple pleasures of simpler times.

Our primary focus is on private, “all camp” events. For such inquiries email info@wandawega.com to discuss your needs. That said, we also make our “surplus inventory” available via airbnb. See the “Patrol Emblem Patches” below to learn more about our humble accommodations. Sorry, no unplanned walk-ins, and pretty please don’t think of staying with us without first carefully reading the details of our listings. Our “no-frills” vibe is part of our charm, but it’s not for everyone.

Accommodations

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

2 vintage cabins, sleeps up to 6 comfortably.

Please do not email for avails, simply visit this listing on AirBnB for avails and booking options, thanks. This private, vintage* pair of cabins overlooks the lake and wetlands, nestled within the legendary Wandawega Lake Resort, aka Camp Wandawega. The Green Cabin can sleep up to 4 guests, but is best suited for 2 or 3. The main room here is suitable for Momma and Papa Bear, while the foyer has a bunk bed better suited for kids. The White Cabin sleeps one couple.

*By “vintage” we mean old and unimproved. This is not a modern luxe joint designed to look old: it’s just plain old. That’s the way we like it, but it’s not for everyone. Like we said, don’t forget to read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations” before requesting a booking.

> Book Side-by-side Vintage Cabins on AirBnB

Raccoon

Raccoon

3-bedroom cabin, sleeps up to 6 uncomfortably.

Please do not email for avails, simply visit this listing on AirBnB for avails and booking options, thanks. The private, vintage*, modest Three-Bedroom Cabin overlooks a pristine lake and wetlands, nestled within the legendary Wandawega Lake Resort, aka Camp Wandawega. It has one large bedroom and two smaller ones. The Cabin can sleep up to 6 guests, but 5 is ideal. It also includes an outside porch, an interior sitting room, a kitchenette and half bath, plus access to Camp Showers.

*By “vintage” we mean old and unimproved. This is not a modern luxe joint designed to look old: it’s just plain old. That’s the way we like it, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t forget to read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations” before requesting a booking.

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Deer

Deer

Top level old bunkhouse, sleeps a baker's dozen.

Please do not email for avails, simply visit this listing on AirBnB for avails and booking options, thanks. This is the top floor of the Old Bunkhouse. Like all of Camp Wandawega, it’s a 100% no-frills vintage *experience. Simple rooms, vintage furnishings. Shared his & hers restrooms with well water. A communal kitchenette. A common parlor at the end of the hall. Camp showers.

*By “vintage” we mean old and unimproved. This is not a modern luxe joint designed to look old: it’s just plain old. That’s the way we like it, but it’s not for everyone.

There are 6 bedrooms on the top floor of the old bunk house, and each room can sleep up to 2 for a maximum of 12 guests. If you have more than 12 then also consider the midlevel of the Old Bunkhouse or some of our cabins.

The Top Floor of the Old Bunkhouse is listed on AirBnB. Thanks in advance for your patience. And don’t forget to read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations”.

> Reserve the Top Floor of the Old Bunkhouse on AirBnB

Bear

Bear

Top & mid old bunkhouse, sleeps 2 dozen.

Please do not email for avails, simply visit this listing on AirBnB for avails and booking options, thanks. This is the top floor and midlevel of the Old Bunkhouse. Like all of Camp Wandawega, it’s a 100% no-frills, vintage* experience. Simple rooms, vintage furnishings. Shared his & hers restrooms with well water. A communal kitchenette. Camp Showers. A common parlor at the end of the hall.

*By “vintage” we mean old and unimproved. This is not a modern luxe joint designed to look old: it’s just plain old. That’s the way we like it, but it’s not for everyone.

There are 6 bedrooms on the top floor and 6 on the mid-level. Each room can sleep up to 2, for a maximum of 24 guests. If you have more than 24 then also consider adding some of our cabins.

The Top Floor and Mid Level of the Old Bunkhouse are separate listings on Airbnb, so you need to book both if you want both floors! And before booking don’t forget to read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations”.

> Reserve the Midlevel of the Old Bunkhouse on AirBnB

> Reserve the Top Level of the Old Bunkhouse on AirBnB

Food & Drink

We don’t provide any food or beverage services. But not to worry, help yourself to the grills, smokers and griddles. Or better yet, visit our friends at local establishments such as…

Holi Canolli

An old school Route 12 roadhouse recently reborn as Holi Canolli, a family Italian restaurant. While most of the historic details of the old joint and the adjacent “Route 12 Cheese and Sausage” have been lost to time, the food and hospitality make it well worth a visit. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find such generous portions of traditional pastas, and coal-fired pizza. If you show up during the dinner rush, expect to enjoy a few drinks at the bar before you get a table. Or better yet, call ahead to make reservations.

Sperino’s

We’ve been eating at and ordering from Sperino’s for as long as we can remember. While ownership – and recipes – have changed a few times over the decades, the vibe has remained the same. Think of it as a Chicago neighborhood Italian joint transplanted to Elkhorn. Sperino Maiale opened Sperino’s Spaghetti House in 1967. His nephew Carlo Ippolito took over in 1976 and turned it into Sperino’s Little Italy. While not Italian, the Aune family carries on the proud tradition. The main dining room ceiling is decorated with a kitschy assortment of Chianti bottles. And, found among them, is a single dusty bottle of Rīgas Melnais Balzams a barely drinkable Latvian herbal liqueur/cold remedy hung by the Latvians of “Vandavega” sometime in the ‘70s.

The Chalet

Inexplicably rising from the cornfields and dairy farms of County A is a gem of a kitschy chalet. From Friday night Fish Fry, to any night awesomeness, The Chalet is well worth the trip. The quality of ingredients, preparation and presentation are NOT your typical middle-of-nowhere fare.

Mars Resort & Supper Club

Mars Resort & Supper Club is an old school Como lakefront resort and supper club dating back to the Prohibition era. While the resort is pretty much non-existent, the supper club is still quite the gem. Old school in just about every regard, it’s the kind of place that’s a dying breed. So go now, before it’s too late. Like most lakefront joints you can arrive by car, boar or snowmobile. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait; if you’re lucky, the piano player will be there to entertain you while you sip your Old Fashioned.

The Village Supper Club

Like Mars, The Village Supper Club is another wonderful, old school lakefront supper club that’s well worth the trip. This one’s on Delavan Lake and circa 1966. Like every place in the entire state of Wisconsin, Friday night is all about Fish Fry. And like any proper supper club, the relish bar is available nightly. Pull up to the bar and order yourself an old school cocktail. Like Wandawega, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Anthony’s Steak House

A one-of-a-kind 70’s vibe, combined with generous portions of steak, fish and chops, make Anthony’s Steak House worth the visit. One of the Yelp reviewers gripes “It’s like eating a steak in a funeral home. If you’re under 60, this probably isn’t what you were looking for.” But that’s what we love about it. Oh yeah, Anthony also owns Vegas Gentleman’s Club, and they’re always kind enough to offer up some free passes, in case you have nothing better to do.

The Elegant Farmer

The Elegant Farmer is where you will find all the goodness of homemade, fresh-picked and delicious offerings in their Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market. Home of the award-winning Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag, The Elegant Farmer is noted by Gourmet Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Food Network and Milwaukee Magazine as having “the best pie in America.” The award-winning Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag has been the farmer’s signature item for decades, baking over a quarter of a million pies each year.

The Trout House At Rushing Waters

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Kettle Moraine Forest, The Trout House at Rushing Waters is more than another great restaurant; it is a unique, mouthwatering, farm-to-fork, culinary experience. The Trout House menus celebrate seasonal local ingredients sourced on-site from their own fishery, smokehouse and the area’s bountiful farms.

Activities

East Troy Electric Railroad Museum

Tour the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum and take a step back in time by riding a historic railcar from East Troy to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, where you can buy their world famous apple pie, baked in a brown paper bag. After the museum, visit Lauber’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor for another fun trip back in time.

Rushing Waters Trout Farm

Year-round trout fishing. It’s a fisherman’s dream! Their beautiful 80-acre farm has crystal clear ponds and raceways full of rainbow trout. Fishing their public fishing pond is a fun and educational way for the entire family to relax and unwind. Rushing Waters Trout Farm invites you to visit one of the most ideal and naturally sited fish farms in the country. No entrance fee or fishing license required and you only pay for the fish you catch.

Ten Chimneys

Ten Chimneys, the Genesee Depot estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is open to the public as a world-class house museum and national resource for theatre, arts, and arts education.

Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin’s historic farm and village buildings comprise the world’s largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life. Return to Wisconsin of the late 19th century, when waves of immigrants came to America’s heartland in search of a better life. It’s a vivid re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants in America’s heartland, located in nearby Eagle.

Kettle Moraine

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the nearby Southern Unit of The Kettle Moraine, making this a popular area for bird watchers, hikers and cyclists. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater.

Elkhorn Antique Flea Market

Check the schedule to see when the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market’s in town. Many experienced flea market junkies consider this among the best in the Midwest, if not the U.S. In addition to the sort of hunting/fishing/rural stash you’d expect to find in Wisconsin, you’ll also find a little bit of everything, from Victorian to Mid-century Modern to ‘70s kitsch and everything in between.

Visitor Info

What’s a Wandawega?

Our guests aren’t renting a couple of random cabins as much as they’re immersing themselves, their friends and family into the whole old-school camp experience featuring a full slate of recreational camp activities. The fact that we have no modern conveniences is part of our charm. For an unedited view of camp, simply search for us on Google, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo to see us through the eyes of the many who have visited over the years.

What you’ll do

Our guests have access to everything from a private beach, a private fishing pier, canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, horse shoes, tennis, shuffleboard, archery, campfires & s’more. Outdoor grills and smokers are available, as are a number of nearby restaurants, bars, and grills. Pets may be allowed with special arrangements; additional fees may apply. Maximum number of guests must be agreed upon before booking.

What you should bring

For starters, the camp basics. A few beach towels. Some Deep Woods Off. Sunscreen. There is no heat or AC, so please check the weather before you come and bring an extra sleeping bag if it’s going to be chilly. As for food, we suggest that you shop local. Bring a cooler and fill it at the Elkhorn Piggly Wiggly, Frank’s Liquors or Wilson Farm Meats. Or Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra. Or The Elegant Farmer. Even the nearby Mobil on Cty A has bait, food, ice, booze and a nice little taqueria within. You could always visit local restaurants like Holi Canolli, The Chalet and Sperino’s.

And remember!

This is a private retreat that occasionally makes a few cabins available for recreational camp activities in order to support the ongoing renovation and the largely philanthropic activities. It is very informal and causal. Before visiting, please review our Manifesto of Low Expectations. All guests will be asked to sign a release of liability. Please also know that Camp Wandawega still hosts Sunday morning Catholic Mass In The Grass at 10am, weather permitting, a tradition dating back to the early 1960s when the property was still owned by The Latvian Marian Fathers. Just don’t want you to be surprised if you’re here on a Sunday morn and awaken to find 100-plus worshipers gathered at the nearby outdoor chapel.

Please note: the photos are not 100% accurate as things are always being moved around, redecorated, etc. They are still indicative of the overall vibe of the joint. We strongly suggest you come for a tour before booking so you know exactly what you’re getting. And, don’t forget to read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations.”

Directions

Wandawega Lake Resort
W5453 Lake View Drive
(north side of Lake Wandawega)
Township of Sugar Creek (Elkhorn)
Walworth County, WI 53121

From Chicago

Average summer travel time is two hours or so.
Take 94 North across the Wisconsin state line.
Take 50 West (towards Lake Geneva).
Take 12 West (towards Whitewater/Madison).
Freeway 12 will wind down to 12 West/67 North, stay on that.
Go past Evergreen Country Club, go past Abels Coners (County ES), then go just past County A and slow down.
A few hundred feet past County A make the second left on Wandawega Drive (if you get to Lauderdale Lakes, you went too far).
Take Wandawega Drive until it t-bones Sycamore and go left (downhill) on Sycamore.
The bottom of the hill is the intersection of Sycamore and Lake View.
The large gate on the right is the entrance to Wandawega Lake Resort. Come on in.
What’s that you say? Why can’t I just take Route 12 all the way from the Chicago area to Wandawega? You can, if you don’t mind stop-and-go traffic. It’s fewer total miles this way, but it makes for a longer travel time. If you go this way, be sure to stop in charming Richmond, Illinois for some homemade fudge.