Chippewa Tavern
Clam Lake, Wisconsin    In the Heart of the Chequamegon National Forest
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Welcome to the Chippewa Tavern of Clam Lake, Wisconsin and to the

Heart of the Chequamegon National Forest

"A Northwoods Tradition"

                        For Sale

                                     REDUCED TO $399,000

*** Price is now negotiable. All reasonable offers will be entertained.

Another year has begun and we are solidly into another winter season. Thus, we are into our 37th year of conducting business in the Chippewa Tavern. Time and distance dictates, however that "The Chippewa" is ready for fresh energetic ideas backed by a sound business plan and work ethic. Therefore the sale price has been reduced to:   $399,000.

Because of "for sale by owner" there are no thousands of dollars in realtor fees to be dealt with and that savings is passed on to the buyer.

Also of note, the adjacent yard is a commercial lot with an additional 150 feet of road frontage on Clam Lake Road and is included in the sale. This yard is available for whatever outdoor activities you may have in mind.

So, "The Chippewa" offers a quality 4-bedroom, 2-bath living space plus a state of the art commercial business space with equipment that has constantly been updated and plenty of outdoor space. All for one number.

 Life is good in the Northwoods. Lets make it yours! Call or e-mail Ralph 715-794-2450

The Chippewa Tavern, a four seasons business (restaurant and full liquor bar) has now come up for sale for only the fourth time in its 81 year history.

Upon the repeal of prohibition in 1933, the Chippewa Tavern was founded in Clam Lake, Wisconsin. That same year, the surrounding 650,000 acres was incorporated as the Chequamegon National Forest, with Clam Lake falling in its very heart. Since their inceptions the two histories have gone hand in hand, with the Chippewa having served the Clam Lake community and the National Forest for seventy seven continuous years. A history of service that has made the Chippewa Tavern truly "A Northwoods Tradition".


Located not only in the heart of Clam Lake and the National Forest, the Chippewa is situated in the middle of a 29 mile stretch of highway (Wisconsin State Highway 77) that has been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as the Great Divide National Scenic Byway. Under the scenic byways program, certain roads are recognized as national scenic byways based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Northern Wisconsin occurs during the fall color season when the fiery reds, oranges, yellows of oaks, maples, birches and other hardwoods and the shimmering golds of aspen and tamarack contrast against the deep greens of spruce, pine and fir to the delight of travelers.


Yes, the Chippewa Tavern is really located in the center of this northwoods paradise!

Resurrected in 1990, the present 20 year old structure is a Cadillac of a building. Over built and over insulated, the Chippewa was rebuilt with the harshest of northwoods winter nights in mind.

Consisting of three full floors, including the basement, the Chippewa boasts 4,314 square feet of interior space. Each floor (living, business, basement) has 1,438 square feet of interior space.

From the 8 inch walls to the 22 inches of attic insulation, the facility met or exceeded all state and local commercial building codes at that time.

Blueprints are available on request or can be viewed by clicking here.

                        Master Bedroom                                                                                                        Master Bedroom

                          Dining Room                                                                                                       Bedroom 3

                        Bedroom 2                                                                             Bedroom 1

The upstairs living floor consists of 4 bedrooms with two full baths, a living room and dining/kitchenette area and ample closet space.

Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom, a large bedroom serviced by a walk-in closet and a master bath with space for a sauna or jacuzzi.

Bedrooms 2,3 and 4 are serviced by a very large full bath with shower/tub combination, large vanity, clothes washer and dryer, and the upstairs furnace.

Both upstairs bathrooms have skylights over the showers that light the rooms naturally all day long.

Sliding patio doors in both the master bedroom and the dining/living room open onto a large deck that offers some very nice views through out the seasons. A stairway descends from the deck to the side drive below.



Business Floor

The dining room presently has comfortable seating for 40 diners. The bar seats 10-12 people and is open to the dining area for easy flow of folks between the two areas.


Whether diners are at the bar or at a table, food is prepared in a recently redecorated large commercial kitchen that is convenient to serving both. One half of the kitchen is fully equipped to service a full menu, present or future. The other half is devoted to the pizza operation. The Chippewa presently serves a gourmet Chicago style "stuffed" pizza entirely homemade and prepared on the premises.

So, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, the Chippewa's kitchen and it's plentiful counter space and shelving is fully equipped and prepared to meet any demand placed upon it.



The basement contains a game room with arcade games and a pool table. Access to the game room is downstairs from the bar/dining area. Also in the basement level are a walk-in cooler, a walk-in freezer, ice machine, inventory storage and personal storage areas.

Within 5 miles (or just minutes) from the Chippewa there are approximately 2000 acres of prime fishing waters, as well as rivers and trout streams. There are many more lakes and streams within a few miles more in any direction, all boasting either musky, walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass and panfish. Streams are native brook trout streams.

As well as the fishing and hunting seasons and several other recreational activities (snowmobiling, atving, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking etc.) the North Country has become a point of destination for golfers. There are now a dozen golf courses, from easy to very challenging, within 45 minutes or less from the Chippewa Tavern.

Since the re-introduction of a wild elk herd in May of 1995. Clam Lake is now known as the "Elk Capital of Wisconsin." The presence of elk in Clam Lake, plus all the hunting, snowmobiling and other recreation activities ensure that people are drawn to us on a year-around, four season basis.

For more detailed information on:

Clam Lake "Elk Capital of Wisconsin" click on

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest click on

For anyone who wishes to change their current situation to a quality lifestyle, living and working a small business in the Northwoods with no frustrating "drive times" to the workplace and would like to be in total control of your own future,


If you are a chef who has paid your dues and are ready for your own place to demonstrate your abilities in a quality living environment,


Corporate executives, if it is time for your corporate fishing, hunting, or snowmobiling retreat with all the amenities for small group meeting and a getaway kind of relaxing,


If you would just like to breathe fresh air and drink pure water again and live on a designated scenic by-way in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest, then the Chippewa Tavern is for you.



The Chippewa Tavern
"A Northwoods Tradition"

Lets Talk

If Interested or for additional information
call Ralph Cornell 715-794-2450


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