Namakagon Landing is a woods lover’s dream near Cable, WI on beautiful Lake Namakagon in the Chequamegon National Forest. Just under 3 hours from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul this 4 bedroom, accessible lake home is a barrier-free paradise. Enjoy swimming, boating, paddling, biking, golf, bird watching, ATV, and fishing in summer and snowmobiling, ice-fishing, and world-class X-C skiing in winter. Relaxing is available year-round. No matter what the season, you are sure to create a lifetime of memories.
The “Landing” was created by and for people with mobility issues, but all are welcome. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts, understand the challenges of accessible travel, and are committed to making this property the most accessible lake home on the planet. Opportunities and equipment for adaptive paddling, fishing and boating are available for use during your stay. There are literally hundreds of nearby lakes, rivers, trails, fishing areas, state parks, and resorts in the surrounding Chequamegon National Forest. Most have good access.
Getting Here: The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) serves all major airlines. Shopping at The Mall of America is one stop away from the airport’s light rail station. Duluth International Airport has daily service from Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago and is 2.5 hrs from Minneapolis via I-35N. Cable Airport – Small aircraft only.
Features and Amenities
- One level, open floor plan
- Wheelchair compatible bed heights
- Accessible bathroom and tub shower (easy transfer)
- Attached, heated garage
- Air conditioning
- DSL/Wireless Internet Access
- Cable TV/VCR (with movies)
- 3 TV’s – One in the great room and in two of the four bedrooms
- Patio with gas grill
- Level lake lot and lake access
- Large, level yard
- Accessible, level walkway to private dock
- Pets allowed
A canoe, sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, life jackets and a fishcat boat are included with your reservation. There are several mountain bikes and a handcycle in the garage as the area is known for its epic mountain biking, which isn’t very accessible. Feel free to prove us wrong. An accessible, 17′ Pontoon Boat with 25 hp motor is available for an additional charge. Several fishing guides in the area will accommodate people in wheelchairs. Nearby resorts rent fishing boats and kayaks in summer and snowmobiles in winter.The 2012 IPC Nordic Paralympics are being held at nearby Telemark Resort, which has hundreds of miles of XC ski trails, which the adaptive skiers train on.The American Birkebiener, the largest Nordic ski event in the US, is held each February and has an adaptive XC ski team. This multi day race draws visitors from all over the world. The “Birkie,” as it is affectionately called, is based out of the Cable/Hayward area and begins at Telemark Resort. Some have been competing in this event for over 30 years.
Fishing Has No Boundaries has an annual event on the Chippewa Flowage and provides fishing opportunities for all abilities.There is no shortage of festivals in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Bike Race and Festival is held every year in September and brings thousands of mountain bikers and spectators. There is also a Musky Festival in June (Hayward), Lumberjack World Championship in July (Hayward) and a Lighthouse Festival in September (Bayfield). Duluth hosts an annual Bayfront Blues Festival at Bayfront Park.
With over 3,000 acres, Lake Namakagon has plenty of room to explore its many bays and islands as well as the headwaters of the Namakagon River. It is a good all-around fishing lake and one of only three lakes in Wisconsin managed as a Class A trophy Muskie lake. Anglers regularly pull 40 pound fish from the waters. There are also healthy populations of walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and large and smallmouth bass.
Lake Namakagon is surrounded on all sides by the beautiful, million acre Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest. The forest has miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiles. There is also good hunting for white tailed deer, black bear, ruffled grouse and water fowl.The Namakagon River, part of the 252-mile St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, is protected for wilderness and recreation. It is a wonderful place to explore by canoe or kayak with your own equipment or through one of several outfitters.
Cable, WI and the Surrounding Area
The town of Cable is 10 minutes away and is very small and quaint. There are several accessible restaurants, retail shops, museums, a grocery store, and nearby resorts with fine dining. One of our favorites is the Rookery Pub but there are several others with various levels of accessibility. The Sawmill Saloon/Mooselips Java is also very accessible. It is halfway between Hayward and Cable in Seeley and offers live music.Hayward is only 30 minutes away and offers a variety of more activities including a bigger retail district, fast food, family, and fine dining, grocery and liquor stores, a winery, museums, movie, local live theatre, and full service medical facilities. There are several casinos in the area run by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe offering dining and entertainment. Hayward has always been a popular vacation destination for Chicago residents including its most famous, gangster Al Capone, who had a secluded hideout on one of the area lakes during the 1920’s.
Copper Falls State Park is about an hour away in Mellen, WI and has an adaptive hiking trail to a beautiful waterfall. It has two accessible rustic cabins and is breathtaking year-round, but especially in the fall.The scenic town of Bayfield, WI and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are a little over an hour away on beautiful Lake Superior. Accessible activities in Bayfield include Ranger-led ferry rides to historic lighthouses, apple orchards and festivals, and live music at the Big Top Chautauqua, which brings in national bluegrass and folk venues from Willy Nelson to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The Madeline Island Ferry makes hourly departures to the tiny, scenic town of Lapointe, WI, which has a nice selection of quaint shops, galleries and restaurants, and a state park with a beautiful, sandy beach. Cars and wheelchairs are allowed on the Ferry. You can stop at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on your way to Bayfield for an hour or afternoon.The beautiful twin port cities of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI are also about 1 ¼ hours away. Duluth’s harbor features a paved lake walk with nearby shopping, restaurants, beaches, entertainment, museums, and historic mansions.
Scenic Skyline Drive above the city offers outstanding views of Lake Superior. There are numerous state parks and waterfalls along the North Shore of Lake Superior, but you will need more time for that. Plan a day trip/picnic to Gooseberry Falls or Splitrock Lighthouse State Park in Minnesota. Both have accessible visitor centers overlooking Lake Superior.The Gitchi Gami State Trail follows the north shore of Lake Superior and can be used for biking and handcycling and other wheeled recreational activities. When completed, it will be 86-miles long.