Mondeaux Dam Lodge

Mondeaux Dam Lodge

The Mondeaux Dam Lodge remains closed as restoration of this historic Wisconsin treasure continues. Mondeaux Dam Lodge is a key recreational anchor. 

The lodge was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and includes a restaurant building, caretaker’s residence and garage. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The renovations of the Mondeaux Dam Lodge are being coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The Forest Service is working closely with the SHPO to ensure proper steps are taken in design so that the Lodge is not only repaired for enjoyment of future generations, but the historical integrity and feel of the buildings are not lost.

This aging facility was starting to show significant signs of deterioration to the foundation and upon further investigation, the Forest Service confirmed that water was infiltrating the building’s crawl space and compromising the integrity of the entire structure.

Starting in 2017, steps were taken to expose the foundation and stop runoff from further deteriorating its structural integrity. At the same time, efforts were placed on finding a permanent solution to repair facilities while maintaining historical integrity. This began a multi-year renovation project at the historic Mondeaux Dam Lodge.

Mondeaux Dam Lodge Restoration Project

Phase 1 

Phase 1 included new picnic tables, two new public boat docks and new sand on the beach. These renovations were completed in 2017.

New docks installed at Mondeaux Dam New picnic table and sand at Mondeaux Dam


Phase 2

Phase 2 was completed by May 2019 which is the designs for interior/exterior building renovations of the lodge, wastewater system upgrades, as well as plans for an accessible path to beach and glacial spring. These designs were completed though a contract with U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.  

Phase 3

Phase 3 is underway and includes the renovations of the Mondeaux Dam Lodge and the associated garage facilities. LDF Construction received a contract for the work in August 2019.

Most of the building exterior work is done. The contractor installed weatherproofed roofing on all the buildings and replaced old rotted fascia boards. Other exterior work included replacing sections of the board-and-batten siding on the lodge and installing shake-like shingles on the garage. The contractor also excavated the area to make way for a new septic system for both the quarters and lodge.

During winter 2021, the contractor is focusing on interior renovations in the lodge and quarters, which had been nearly gutted. The contractor is also working on improving access to the nearby glacial spring. When finished, an open-sided shelter with ramp will protect a relocated and newly accessible water outlet.

Later in spring, the contractor will turn its attention to grounds work such as paving and installation of an accessible path to the beach.

We expect the beach area to be available for summer use and look forward to year-round lodge operation.  We will make announcements as the project reaches various remaining milestones.

Contract Awarded for Mondeaux Dam Lodge Renovations