Immersed in beauty and history, the land and settlements on it—now known as Eagle Waters Resort—is a place that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate. And when you do, you might think “I have found it.”
The Native American name “Kee-Mi-Con” translates to this phrase. In the mid-1800s, the property included a trading post, a bank, and a post office. It was a gathering place for fur traders, loggers, and natives. In many ways, it was an information hub and the ultimate goods matrix.
Traders and travelers searching for these settlements for hours, days or weeks often found relief in finding it too. Considering the access to the world’s largest chain of 28 connected freshwater lakes via Eagle Lake and Scattering Rice Lake, this location made sense for these establishments.
And the stunning views didn’t hurt.
The view of the lakes and wildlife are virtually the same today for locals and visitors who dine at Eagle Waters Supper Club or stay at the resort. Eagle Waters pays homage to the Ojibwa phrase with its Kee-Mi-Con Lodge. There are two dozen Kee-Mi-Con lodging units that all have a full kitchen, washer/dryer, gas fireplace, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and more. Pretty nice for today’s standards that help it live up to the origin of the phrase.
Thanks to their spacious banquet facilities, Eagle Waters Resort can offer incredible wedding and gala opportunities for guests. The resort continues the tradition of having newly married couples plant a tree on the property. Many of those couples and families return to see “their” tree years and decades later to see how it’s grown and changed, much like their marriage has.
In addition to the lodge, the resort offers lake-front, lake-view, and wood-view cabins that sleep up to 20 people. And like any quality resort, relaxation and activities are built into the property infrastructure, such as: an outdoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor whirlpool, a sauna, an exercise facility, courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball, a playground, shuffleboard area, a game room, fire pits, rentals for kayaking, canoeing, and bicycling, a swim area, boat docks, and more. It’s possible to play horseshoes with friends at the same place a big lumber deal went down 150 years ago!
Of course, one of the best features of the resort is the restaurant. The family-friendly fine dining venue holds a historic atmosphere with a massive double-sided fireplace, as well as rare memorabilia throughout the facility. And yes, it has a Friday fish fry.
For more information about Eagle Waters Resort or the history of the property, visit https://eagleriver.org/businesses/eagle-waters-resort/. Check out the fall colors this year and rejoice in the Kee-Mi-Con way of life.