Mondeaux Dam Lodge

Mondeaux Dam LodgeMondeaux 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. 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.

Late in 2017, an architectural design plan for repair was pursued by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest through a contract with U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc. About one-half of a proposed plan and associated design has already been approved by the Forest Service, and we anticipate having completed designs in hand by the end of 2018.

The design is being reviewed by 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.

As restoration continues, new opportunities for visitors at the Mondeaux Lodge have been introduced. Through the USDA Forest Service’s special use permitting process, we have established the Mondeaux Dam Snack Shack. The Snack Shack offers snacks and bait, and delivers firewood to campsites. The Snack Shack is even offering brand new experiences for the community, like feature movies on the big screen shown after dark on the beach.

Phase 1 

Phase 1 of Mondeaux Dam Lodge renovation project was completed late in the fall of 2017.  New picnic tables, two new public day use boat docks and new sand on the beach completed work for this phase.

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


Phase 2 Update

Phase 2 of overall project will wrap up later this summer with completed design work for interior/exterior building renovations, wastewater system upgrades, as well as plans for an accessible path to beach and glacial spring.  The Forest is seeking opportunities to fund renovations (Phase 3). 

View Mondeaux Dam Snack Shack News Release

Mondeaux Dam Lodge Rehabilitation Phase 1 (Summer 2017)