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Fun Show: Waupaca Chain Skiers

Waupaca Chain O Lakes - Chain SkiersThanks to all the hard working volunteers who make the Chain Skier Shows possible! Fun to go and watch from the water on Saturday nights. Skiers were cool, on a cool night, last evening. https://www.facebook.com/WaupacaChainSkiers

Chain O’ Lakes – Rental Property Sells After Several Years on the Market

Listed for sale since January 2012, this Chain O’ Lakes rental property on Miner Lake – Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes has finally sold.

Waupaca Chain O lakes E Miner sold ArcThe property has two houses on one lot with a large 2 car garage. The three units have a total of 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

At the time of the sale this Chain property was setup as three separate rental units with large decks overlooking 70 feet of frontage which has hard sand frontage for great swimming.

At the time of the sale, the property had a fair market tax assessment of $599,000.  It was originally listed for $695,000 however, at the time of the sale was marketed for $449,000.

Is This a Great Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes Area Outhouse, or What?

Waupaca Chain O Lakes play areaIf you’ve ever driven on Hwy. QQ through the center of Waupaca Chain Country you’ve almost certainly driven right past this building without giving it a second thought. It’s in Oakwood County Park, a few hundred feet east of Crossings Condominiums on the north side of the road (just behind the children’s playground area).

The walls are faced with real stone. The building has running water and flush toilets. There are separate men’s and ladies’ rooms. There’s a drinking fountain and a trash can. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

The sign on the south-facing gable identifies the structure as a 1984 project of the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.

Oakwood Park covers almost 27 acres of land and includes a small wilderness pond and walking trails. The county provides 5 picnic tables and 3 grills there.

Red Mill Coffee & Ice Cream Re-Opens

This weekend marked a major milestone (not millstone) in the renovation of the Red Mill – the opening of the new Coffee & Ice Cream Shop.

Waupaca Chain Red Mill Todd

Pictured here are owners Todd and Sheila Lembcke standing in front of the entrance to the southern section of the old mill where, for the first time in the Red Mill’s history, food and beverage service now is available. Things aren’t quite finished – the railing around the steps, for example, and the signage. But the ice cream and coffee still taste great, and they’re great additions to a stroll around the grounds that include a Covered Bridge and the Chapel In The Woods.
Waupaca Chain O Lakes Red Mill Inside

Silver Mist Garden Center “Springs” Back After Fire Last Fall

Spring is in the air … Literally . . . in the air.

Waupaca Chain O Lakes Silver Mist Garden Center spring 350Over your head. In baskets.

The hanging basket selection at Silver Mist Garden Center over Mothers Day weekend was truly awe inspiring. Hundreds and hundreds of baskets were hanging in three display greenhouses.

They were going fast around Mothers Day, and the pace continued strong this past weekend. Remarkably, by the end of Memorial Day weekend, they will almost all be gone.

Silver Mist has recovered nicely from the fire there last November 1. A runaway welding ember flamed up after workers had gone out on a break. The water lines had just been blown out in preparation for winter, so little could be done even after the blaze became noticeable.

Waupaca Chain O Lakes hanging basket 350


One Chain resident commented: we got our hanging plant early this year …

but, Jack Frost has been after it recently so this plant has been spending a few nights indoorsSpring is in the air … Literally . . . in the air.

Over your head. In baskets.

Foreclosure Cottage on Dake Lake, Waupaca Chain Sells


Foreclosures are very rare on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes and this one did not take long to sell. This property, which has 115 feet of water frontage, was originally listed at $329,900 in November of last year. As the frost went out of the ground a sold sign was planted in mid April.

At the time of the sale the property had a Fair Market Tax Assessment of $342,900 and was listed for $280,100. The cottage has 800 Sq Ft of living space.

For a complete list of all Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes properties for sale or for complete details of all area waterfront homes that have sold please go to www.WaupacaWaterFront.com

Miner Lake Cottages Sells on the Waupaca Chain

This nice two bedroom cottage with 71 feet of sand lake bottom frontage and 820 sq ft of living space sold recently on Miner Lake – Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes.

Waupaca Chain O Lakes Miner soldThe property faces west on a nice level lot with a detached 2 car garage.

At the time of the sale the property was listed for $395,000 and had a tax bill assessment – at almost the same number – $395,400.

Camp Cleghorn Neighbors Raze Cottages, Build New Homes Simultaneously

Thad Marcom has been building log and timber homes for years — and the construction process is usually pretty typical with few to no challenges. Such was not the case with two of his latest ventures at Camp Cleghorn.
Marcom, president of Strongwood Log & Timber Home Company, was first approached last summer about razing one of the cottages there and rebuilding it; and in the process making it a year-round home rather than only something seasonal. Marcom was somewhat concerned about the ability to get equipment in and out of the area because the lot sizes are only 30-feet wide.

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Fortunately for him and the homeowner, the owner of a neighboring cottage overheard the conversation and decided he’d also like to tear down his older home and build something new that also could be lived in year-round.

“It actually worked in both of their benefits. It would have been extremely hard to do just one of them, as they’re only about five feet apart and are on 30-foot x 100-foot lots,” said Marcom. “So when I tore two down that were right next to each other it gave me more room to work, even though I was building two houses. So instead of having 30 feet to work with I had 60 feet.”

Because Camp Cleghorn rules forbid outdoor construction between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Marcom and his crew had to wait until September to begin the demolition. But right after Labor Day, both houses were torn down and reconstruction work began.

Marcom said the size of the homes and lots presented challenges for him in the building process. “This is an unusual thing to work on two places next door to each other, but also specifically because the houses are very small individually,” he explained, adding that the two new homes are 24-feet wide with six feet in between them (most all homes in Camp Cleghorn have only five or six feet between them). “But as a combined project, it turns out to be about the size of a typical single house that I do.”

“I probably would have turned the job down if I’d only gotten one of them,” Marcom continued. “But because I ended up getting both, it eliminated a lot of the challenges that would have been there otherwise.”

With some of those challenges removed, doing both homes simultaneously resulted in cost-savings for the two homeowners, as well. Marcom estimated they each saved approximately $25,000.

As of mid-April work on the two homes is ongoing, but it’s expected everything will be done by mid-May, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the Camp Cleghorn’s high-season.

About Camp Cleghorn sidebar:

Located on Columbia Lake off of Cleghorn Road, Camp Cleghorn is an association of 41 cottage owners located on the south-east corner of Columbia Lake (part of the Chain-O-Lakes). The camp was founded in 1897 as a summer camp with the mission of educating campers on the virtues of temperance and persuading them to forswear “demon” rum and all other alcoholic beverages. And while cottage/homeowners can partake of alcoholic beverages today, there is no drinking permitted outside of one’s home on the camp grounds.

There is one misconception about Camp Cleghorn that board member Tom Hackbarth wants to set straight, however.
“The biggest misconception about Camp Cleghorn is that a lot of people think we’re tax-exempt, and we are not,” he says, adding that the cottage or home owners all own stock in the corporation, which owns the land. The property owners lease the land for a very nominal one-time fee. “If you buy a place here, you get a 99-year lease for something like a buck.”

All members pay dues to offset the common costs of property taxes, road maintenance, security lighting, and all other expenses incurred by the Camp. Taxes are paid on all lands and buildings except the Chapel and fellowship hall.

For more information:
2015 Strongwood Log & Timber Home Company | www.gostrongwood.com
711 Shadow Road
Waupaca, Wisconsin (WI) 54981

Camp Cleghorn | www.campcleghorn.com
By Cheryl Hentz

2015 Waupaca Chain Property Sales Off to a Great Start

And They’re Off!
2015 Chain Property Sales Off to a Great Start

“Blah, blah, blah.” Is this what you hear when the housing sales reports come on the national news? Well, here on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes the sales report is a winner for property owners as Chain buyers are continuing to acquire properties at a record pace.
Waupaca Chain o Lakes horses off to fast start
Property sales for the first quarter of 2015 have been steady—about equal to last year, and half of the sales so far have topped their Fair Market Tax Assessment value. Six homes have sold since January first of this year, which is neck and neck with last year’s record-breaking number of transactions.

Currently, there are 32 Chain homes on the market. In comparison, and at the height of the recession, 54 homes had a FOR SALE sign parked in front of them here on the Chain. Bottom line? To summarize, inventory is down and sales appear to be on pace for the start of another great year.

Another promising note is that after many years with no condo sales on the Chain, another Wing Span condo unit—on the market for several years—sold this past January. And another higher priced Chain property, listed since 2007, sold in March. Clearly, higher value homes are drawing interest and new buyers are demonstrating that investing in a Chain O’ Lakes home is a safe bet. All in all, great news if you’re thinking of selling Chain property. Click here to check out the 2014 Sales Report and you will see sales have been on the rise for quite some time now.

A Chain property seller recently interviewed three local Realtors before deciding whom to list with. Steve Huhta and Re/Max Lyons Real Estate got the listing. Why? Steve’s A unique and creative marketing plan, designed specifically for that property, is helping assure that the most possible number of out of town buyers sees the property. That means it should sell for the highest possible price. Steve Huhta and Re/Max Lyons Real Estate, are your winning by: always staying current on Waupaca Chain sales and marketing trends and coming up with marketing plans for sellers that other Realtor just don’t take the time or invest the money to do.

For a complete list of Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes properties for sale as well as “Insider” information on homes that have recently sold, visit www.WaupacaWaterFront.com

Chain Groups Meet & Meet on Saturday

Waupaca Chain O Lakes Assocation logo

Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes Property Owners Association Board Meeting
Saturday, April 18th 2015, 8:30 AM

Farmington Town Hall, Hwy 54 and Hwy Q

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Waupaca Chain – Lake District Regular Meeting
Saturday – April 18th 2015, 10:00 AM

Farmington Town Hall

Here Comes Fishing! Waupaca Chain – DNR Survey Chain Fish Population

Great news on the Chain!

DNR Waupaca Chain O Lakes Fish Survey

Ongoing fish surveys this week gauging the population, health and size of Northern Pike and Walleye make for good news for fisherman. Al Niebur, fish biologist with Wisconsin DNR, reports that a 2011 Walleye fingerling stock has grown from 5-7” to a whopping 18”.

“We are very pleased with the fast growth and health of these fish.” Niebur explained.

Along with netting the young Walleye and Pike for assessment, a catch & release initiative, Brown Trout, Bluegills, Warmouth and Green Sunfish, a rarity in out lakes but a pan fish popular, have also been found.

“As the ice melts and moves out, Walleye and Pike begin to spawn. This is the time to catch and release to assess health, population and growth” Niebur went on to say. From the looks of things, it’s time to start organizing that tackle box.

By Terry Kohl

PARADISE on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes & Priced to Sell!

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Beautifully remodeled, professionally redecorated and completely updated year around home on Columbia Lake, Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes:

The new owners of this property will only need bring cloths and some sustenance as they will then be ready to start “funning” on the Chain.

Inviting friends and family will be a delight as this “open concept design” has tons of space for a larger group.

This home faces south and looks across water skiing Columbia Lake. Large windows afford great lake views and multileveled/spacious decks and a gas indoor outdoor fireplace provide lots of space to enjoy the outdoor views.

This property is located right in the center of the Waupaca Chain O Lakes system so you can boat quickly to your favorite hot spot.

Professionally landscaped yard and large shade trees complete the package in the back yard. A few steps down for the deck and you will be on level ground to the waterfront.

Chain year around living … so don’t delay, as this one will not last.

For a complete list of all Waupaca Chain homes for sale or that have sold please visit www.WaupacaWaterFront.com

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