A Unique Resort Destination
We are about fresh air, timeless activities, and wholesome experiences peacefully intertwined with nature that provide that missing balance to today’s fast-paced lifestyles. Wilderness Lodge is a family owned and operated resort offering a quality destination where people may enjoy a Wilderness experience re-invigorating the mind, body and soul. Wilderness Lodge presents a special opportunity to be playful and creative, an atmosphere to foster personal relationships, and a setting to make memories that will last a life time.
We also welcome you to visit our beautiful Riversedge Campground located just north of the Lodge on the Black River.
The Beginning, A Private Residence:
The Wilderness Lodge was built in early 1910’s by a wealthy sportsman as a private residence. The estate included three original stone structures that housed a US Post Office, a Church, and a General Store.
A Commercial Venture Followed:
In the mid-1970’s Steven Apted, owner of Miss Hullings Restaurants, The Cheshire Inn, and the Fox & Hound Pub to name a few notable establishments in St. Louis, bought the property and established Wilderness Lodge Resort. At that time, a number of carefully designed cottages were added to the grounds using native rock and timber that still exist today.
Due to Mr Apted’s conceptual efforts, Wilderness Lodge Resort has been listed on many Top Ten travel destination lists and publications such as “The Best Places to Stay in the US” and other travel book series throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s for rustic luxury surrounded by nature.