Frequently Asked Questions
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Answers to common questions
We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions.
- How do I figure out how much a cabin will cost?
First, determine the dates you want to come and which cabin you would like. Next, find the season on the rate page that your dates come under. Then look under the cabin you want and the length of stay to find out the rate. Don’t forget to add extra person charges if applicable. Finally, add sales and room tax, which total 10%, to your bill.
- Do you allow pets at the resort?
No pets are allowed at the resort – either in the cabins or on resort grounds. If you have guests visiting you while at the resort be sure they are aware of our no pet policy.
- What time do I have to leave by?
Check-out time is 9 AM. You are expected to be out of your cabin and off premise by the check-out time. A late check-out is subject to an additional charge.
- What time can I arrive at the resort?
Check-in time is 3pm. Early check-in is subject to an additional charge.
- How do I make a reservation?
Call us at, 800/221-7699 or 715/542-3765 or click on the book a cabin link found on all pages of our website. If the cabin you want is open for the dates you request, we’ll reserve it for you pending receipt of your deposit.
- How much of a deposit do I need?
A deposit equal to half of the base rate is required to hold a reservation. Base rate is the rate before adding extra persons or taxes.
- When is the deposit due?
Your deposit is due within one week of making a reservation.
- What happens to my deposit if I cancel my reservation?
That depends on if we are able to fill the vacancy created by the cancellation. Please see our cancellation policy.
- When do I pay my bill?
Your bill should be paid in full upon arrival. Late arrivals should pay the following morning.
- Is the bedding furnished?
Yes, all the bedding is furnished. The beds will be made up for you prior to your arrival.
- Are towels included?
Towels are not included. Bring your own towels or rent them at the office for $2 a set.
- Are cribs or high chairs available?
We don’t have any cribs available but do have a limited number of high chairs. If you need a high chair, let us know before your arrival, and if available, we’ll have it in the cabin for you when you arrive.
- Do you rent pontoon boats and outboard motors?
Yes, we rent 6 pontoon boats from 12 to 18 ft long and also 8 HP outboard motors. For details on our boat and motor rentals click on Boat & Motor Rentals.
- Can I bring my own boat and is there a charge?
Yes you can bring your boat. There will only be a charge if you need more than 2 mooring spots. We can’t guarantee the availability of extra mooring spots.
- Is there a boat launch at the resort?
No there isn’t one at the resort. The public boat launch is 3 miles from the resort.
- When do you take guests water skiing?
Weather permitting (no skiing if it’s raining) we take guests water skiing Monday thru Friday from June 15th to August 14th. Waterskiing starts at 9:30 AM. We go until we’re out of skiers with each person getting one turn each day. There is no resort skiing on Saturday or Sunday.
- When is the best time to come up fishing?
The best fishing is usually from mid May through mid June. December ice fishing can also be excellent. September and October would be the next best fishing time.
- Where can I golf in the area?
There are 7 golf courses within 20 miles of the resort.
- What if there isn’t enough snow to snowmobile?
While on winter rates, our snow policy goes into effect if there isn’t enough enough snow to ride. Under the snow policy there is a cancellation fee of $25. After deducting the cancellation fee from you deposit, the remaining balance becomes a snow credit. A snow credit can be used at any time of the year and is good for two years at Idle Hours Resort.
- When is the snow policy in effect?
The snow policy is in effect if the snowmobile trails are closed or the clubs are not grooming due to a lack of snow. The snow policy will not go into effect until 72 hours before your scheduled arrival. If you cancel before that our regular cancellation policy applies.
Map to Idle Hours Resort
Directions to Idle Hours Resort
Idle Hours Resort is in St. Germain, which is located between Eagle River and Minocqua in Northern Wisconsin.
The resort encompasses 15 acres of wooded land with 500′ of north shore lake frontage on Little St. Germain Lake. The lake has 980 surface acres of water, 14.5 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 54′. The lake is like four small lakes joined together – known as West Bay, South Bay, No Fish Bay, and East Bay. The resort is located on East Bay. The lake’s configuration assures you of finding calm water even on windy days.
FROM ST. GERMAIN TO THE RESORT
In St. Germain, take Hwy. 155 North towards Sayner for 1/4 mile to Birchwood Drive (Woodland Auto Clinic is at corner), turn right onto Birchwood Drive and continue for 3 miles to Idle Hours Ct. The resort sign is on the left side of the road and Idle Hours Ct. is on the right side of the road.
FROM CHICAGO AREA
I-90 to I-39 & Hwy 51 North at Portage WI to highway 70 east at Woodruff, WI to St. Germain. (Hwy 17 North may be taken at Merrill, WI to Eagle River. Then Hwy 70 west to St. Germain.)
ALTERNATE ROUTE FROM CHICAGO AREA
I-94 to Milwaukee to I-43 North to Hwy 41 South at Green Bay to Hwy 29 west to Wittenberg to Hwy 45 north to Eagle River and Hwy 70 west to St. Germain.
FROM MILWAUKEE AREA
Hwy 41 north to Hwy 45/110 north at Oshkosh. Hwy 45 north to Hwy 70 west at Eagle River to St. Germain.
ALTERNATE ROUTE FROM MILWAUKEE AREA
I-94 to I-39 & Hwy 51 at Portage, WI to Hwy 70 east at Woodruff to St. Germain. Or follow I-43 to Green Bay, see alternative route from Chicago above.
Airlines: Your can fly into Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 35 miles from the resort. During the summer there is a scheduled charter service from Palwaukee Airport in Chicago to Eagle River and Woodruff. Private planes may land at Rhinelander, Woodruff or Eagle River.
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Contact us by Email
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Contact us by Phone
If you’d like to talk to us, feel free to contact us by phone at 800/221-7699 or 715/542-3765.
Visit us in Person
If you happen to have found us while visiting the area, stop on in and visit us. Our office is open most days from 9 – 5.