Rice Lake

Rice Lake home

Our first vacation home purchase is in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Rice Lake is located approximately 2 hours straight east of Minneapolis, MN in Northwestern, Wisconsin. We like to call this unique and beautiful home, our Rice Lake Castle. This house boasts over 4,000 square feet on the main level with an equally finished lower level and sits on a 3-acre lot. We are only the second owners of this amazing home which was built in 1979. It’s located on a semi-private lake, called Lake Montanis and has nearly 350 feet of lake frontage. Lake Montanis is a 212-acre lake with a maximum depth of 14 feet.  Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye.

The beauty begins when you pull in into the circle drive surrounded by trees on all sides and the lake on the other. It’s not uncommon for a whitetail deer to walk up into the front yard. The main level of the home contains 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a den with a bar and fireplace, a living room, kitchen with eat-in area, an indoor pool, a wet bar overlooking the pool, an indoor hot tub and indoor sauna. In the climate-controlled garage, you will find a laundry room. 

You’ll enjoy sitting around the table in the kitchen, eating meals with your family and friends while looking out over the lake. Our kitchen contains your basic amenities (pots, pans, dishes) and also includes 2 crock pots, a Keurig, an Instant Pot, a waffle maker, muffin tins and more. We have cooking spray on hand, as well as salt and pepper and some basic spices. We also have a drawer that contains aluminum foil and Ziploc baggies.

Relax in our large living room and watch sports or movies on the 70” Roku TV. With our free Wifi, you can connect to your favorite app to watch the programming of your choice. Just off the living room is a closet full of games, puzzles, and a puzzle board. If the weather outside is less than desirable, there is plenty to do indoors! If you want a quieter space to read and kick back with a drink, head into our den. It has a beautiful gas fireplace and bar. It’s the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book or sit back and get some work done. 

The lower level contains 3 bedrooms, each containing 2 bunk beds that have twin uppers and full lowers. There is also a bathroom located on the lower level. In the middle of the lower level is an incredibly cool retro game room. It’s the perfect spot for adults and kids alike to play and have fun!

When it comes to outdoor water activities, we can help you out! We have 2 kayaks with paddles available for use on the lake. Fishing poles are located in the garage as well as adult life jackets. Whether you want to fish from the dock, from a kayak, or rent our pontoon boat (for an additional daily fee), you’ll love the fun and relaxation Lake Montanis provides. Make sure to review the Wisconsin fishing requirements and license information prior to your stay!

The key feature that sets this home apart from so many others is our large, completely renovated indoor pool. No matter the weather outside, it’s always 70 degrees inside! While you’re enjoying the pool, or the hot tub located at one end of the room, you can look out the wall of sliding glass doors to view the beauty of Lake Montanis. Have a drink at the wet bar that overlooks the pool. Maybe you’re wanting to relax in the sauna. It’s located right off the pool room, in addition to a bathroom and shower area. We guarantee your family will spend a lot of time enjoying this incredible pool. We have pool floaties and toys available for your use (located in the garage). 

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Rice Lake is the largest community in Barron County, Wisconsin. Located just 19 miles northwest of Chetek, it serves as the county’s commercial and tourist center. For those that love outdoor activities, Rice Lake offers plenty to do. Combine that with the fact that the Chetek Chain of Lakes are just a short drive away, and you’ve got plenty to keep you busy! 

Rice Lake sunset


About Rice Lake

Rice Lake is located in northwestern Wisconsin. The actual lake itself is an 859-acre lake with a maximum depth of 19 feet. Fish include musky, panfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, and walleye. There are 6 public boat landings from which to access the water. In addition to the lake, one of the other popular attractions is the Cedar Side Walking Trail. This 3.8-mile out-and-back trail is great for hiking, running, biking, and walking. There are also miles of trails for use on your ATV, UTV, or snowmobile. 

Indoor Activities

Aside from all of the wonderful outdoor activities that the area boasts, there are plenty of indoor activities for people of all ages. The community has an indoor skating park with an arcade, a bowling alley, a performing arts center, a hockey arena, escape rooms, the Pioneer Village Museum, indoor mini golf and so much more!

Rice Lake Shopping

The community of Rice Lake offers a lot of retail, grocery, and specialty stores. All your big box stores are present, as well as many restaurant chains. The town has plenty of smaller mom-and-pop shops plus many amazing privately owned restaurants. One of the favorites in town is the Norske Nook. The Norske Nook restaurant is famous for both Norwegian and American specialties, award-winning pies, and authentic Norwegian lefse. You won’t leave there hungry or disappointed! If you want a fun retail experience, you must experience DaaBIN Store located in the heart of downtown Rice Lake. This bin liquidation store will not only provide you with some incredible deals on products you didn’t know you needed but you’ll also be entertained throughout your visit there. This true treasure hunt is fun for all ages. 

Rice Lake Racetrack

If you love auto racing then you’ll love Rice Lake Speedway. Racing typically begins in April at the track. Their website lists event information along with dates. The speedway opened in 1951 and is the longest-running track in Northern Wisconsin. This 1/3-mile oval track hosts weekly divisions of modified, super stock, street stock, and pure stock. 

County Fair

The Barron County Fair is held annually in July at the fairgrounds located in Rice Lake. There’s a carnival, animal showings, a 5k, and so much more. It’s a popular event that draws people from all around. 

Whatever it is you’re looking for, the small community of Rice Lake certainly has big things to offer. Reap the benefits and friendliness of this small-town environment while enjoying all the comforts and amenities larger communities offer.

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