• Point Bluff Resort: Rent a canoe, kayak or tube and enjoy the Wisconsin River. Good dogs are welcome in canoes at Point Bluff.

Castle Rock Lake: Rent a pontoon  or fish from the dam. Rent boats nearby – the Dirty Turtle or Castle Rock Water Sports.

Buckhorn State Park has swim beaches, hiking trails (a couple dog friendly) and boat launches. Rent canoes and double kayaks at the ranger station and take the self-guided canoe trail from the park.

Castle Rock Golf Course is right down the road. They have reasonable green fees and a Friday Fish Fry.

Shipwreck Bay is a bar/restaurant on the shore of Castle Rock Lake. During the summer they have bands on the deck on Saturdays and you can rent boats right next door. They have the best shrimp and Bloody Mary's in town.

• Pine Cove: is another lake restaurant.  During the summer months, they welcome dogs on the outside deck and they have a fun lineup of mason jar drinks. Adorable lakeside atmosphere and you can pull right up to the place in your boat. 

Big Sky Drive-In Theatre, just outside the Dells, has two outdoor screens and shows a double feature during the summer months. This theater is pet friendly, so you can bring the whole family.

• The Dells, besides waterparks there are magic shows, a comedy club, movie theaters, a zoo, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and all kinds of fun arcades and a new ice palace in the winter. A good restaurant to try is the High Rock Café, downtown Dells.

• Go antique hunting! Two of our favorite places are the Red Hen Antique in Necedah and The Antique and Craft Mall, outside the Dells. Other good shopping has to include the Red Geranium, Copper Rose, the Tomah primitive and country arts and crafts shops and The Outlets in the Dells, all easy to find.

Depending on the time of year you visit, here are a few of our favorite things to do:

Red Ridge Ranch:  Sleigh rides, trail rides and hay rides. Open year-round with fall festivities and winter fun. 

Carr Valley Cheese Factory: Taste samples of Wisconsin's FINEST in the chalet style factory store. Mmm...cranberry white cheddar, black truffle goat cheese, and cheddar fudge.

Burr Oak Winery: Taste award winning local wine in a remodeled barn with a beautiful courtyard and spectacular sunset view.

Fawn Creek Winery: Fun tastings, gourmet food items, unique gift shop, seasonal music on the deck, and a Frisbee disc course in the woods. Try their wine slushies.

Elroy Sparta Trail: One of the first rails-to-trails projects in WI.  The old train tunnels are a fun!  Stop in LeValle for ice cream and browse an antique shop along the long the way.

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge: Stellar bird watching, dog friendly hiking, snowshoeing and new visitor center. Well known for their work with Whooping Crane rehabilitation as well as reintroductions of butterflies and many other species. Check out a "Let’s Go Outside" activity backpacks for kids, full of naturalist tools for exploring the outdoors. Or try one of the seasons scavenger hunts.

• Rent Snowshoes: Little Pond Lodge has snowshoes for rent $10/pair/day. We also have kid snow stompers available, with dinosaur tracks on the bottoms. There are acres behind the cabins to explore, or head to the refuge for a full day of outdoor activity.

• Geocaching:  Lots of hiking opportunities, and several geocaching sites in our area! Fun for the entire family. ​ 

• Before you head home, stop at the car wash in Mauston, and get your pup cleaned up in the doggy wash booth. Let your dog play hard and get dirty while you’re on your getaway – there’s plenty of time to air out on the drive back home. 

Your own little vacation spot

Little Pond Lodge cabins each have their own yard, secluded fire pit gathering area and charcoal grill.  If you want to vacation with another group, you can request neighboring cabins.

What We Offer

We want you to feel like our personal guest, with the privacy of a do-it-yourself vacation.

About Us


Q:  What to bring?

  • Bring your own bath towels, bath soap/shampoo.  If you are bringing dogs, don't forget their towels, blankets and crate, (if they will be left unattended).
  • You may need to bring a hair dryer.
  • You may want to bring a blender or any other specialty cookware like muffin tin or roasting pan. 
  • Bed linens provided, kitchens have pots/pans and fully stocked with dinnerware.

Q: Can we bring our own firewood?

  • We have firewood bundles available, but don't require you buy them from us. Please only purchase firewood within 5 miles of our site, to reduce transfer of tree disease and beetles.
  • No wood can be brought in across state lines.

Q: Are the grills charcoal?

  • Yes, sometimes guests will leave behind charcoal and lighter fluid that you may use. Otherwise, bring some or buy it locally.

Q: Is there a grocery store nearby?

  • Yes, Festival Grocery is located in Mauston, 6 miles South of the cabins. 

Q: Is there Wi-Fi available?

  • We don't technically provide Wi-Fi because our coverage area is spotty, but The Lodge, Loft and Luxe can pick up the office signal pretty well.  We are happy to share the password.

Q: Can you swim in the ponds?

  • Dogs love the ponds!  Highly encouraged.  :)
  • People also enjoy Dovey Pond, the fountain runs intermittent throughout the day to allow for swimming. However, there is no lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Q: What time is check in?

  • Between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 pm. You need to arrange later check-in times, if needed.
  • Check-out is by 11:00 a.m.

Q: How far are the cabins from Castle Rock Lake?

  • 2 miles - Depending on the restaurant/bars or marinas you prefer, we may be anywhere from a 2 to 9 mile drive.

Q: Is there room to park a boat trailer?

  • Yep. :) Be sure to mention you are bringing along toys, so we can try and get you the cabin with easiest parking.

If you think of anything else, feel free to call, e-mail or text us!    (608) 406-1082

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Who loves your dog  as much as you? 

That'd be us! 

Our vacation rentals are as pet friendly as they can be. If your dog could talk, he'd be begging for a trip to Little Pond Lodge.

Don't bring your pup somewhere he's just allowed - take him where dogs are welcome!

The vacation rentals at Little Pond Lodge are not your run-of-the-mill cabins. We strive to make the unique property and rentals a beautiful backdrop for your special memories.

Most of the artwork and decor has been found locally or hand-made for each rental.  The outdoor grounds change with the seasons, but there is always something fun to see.

We promise you will not find anything like this anywhere else. If you are looking for the place that supports living in the moment, plan a trip to Little Pond Lodge.