Congratulations to Rice Lake Chamber May Member of the Month Paul Bunyan Resort .
Paul Bunyan resort, located at 939 Lakeshore Drive in Rice Lake, is owned by Barry & Julie Cran.
Originally opened in the early 1850’s, Paul Bunyan’s was once a logging camp. Barry & Julie have been told it is the oldest operating business in Rice Lake that has never had to shut down. They live on-site in a gorgeous log home that was built in 1980. A pretty cool piece of trivia is that this was the largest log home in the world until another one was built in London in 2010.

As I followed the path down into the resort, it’s like you enter your own private community. They have a beautiful piece of property, and I was able to watch 3 loons swimming around the lake while I was there. Eagles also nest in the trees on the resort, and for about 2-3 weeks in the spring and fall, they have two Golden Eagles that have been nesting in the trees.
Barry & Julie went to junior high and high school together and even had lockers close to each other but didn’t reconnect until many years later. Barry ran a power plant in San Francisco and Julie has a background in Business Administration and Operations. She left that busy and intense career path when they decided to move and become resort owners. Julie says she does not miss the crazy hours! They purchased Paul Bunyan Resort, were married, and now this will be their 9th summer of owning and running the resort. Barry & Julie do all the cleaning, yard work, and maintenance themselves, which makes for a very busy year!
Paul Bunyan has seven cabins, each with their own dock. They offer boat, motor, and pontoon rentals to all guests. There is room for 5-6 RVs with a public restroom, showers, and on-site laundry. There is a stainless-steel fish cleaning house, and they plan on reopening the office and gift shop this year. They also offer a kayak and paddle boat free for guests to use. Paul Bunyan is open year-round and has beautiful grounds for the guests to enjoy with a nice fire-pit and play gym for the kids. Kids can also use the end dock to jump off and do some swimming in the summer.
They have many repeat guests, including a family that has been vacationing at the resort since 1965. They also have families that reserve the entire resort for 1-2 weeks for a getaway. While Rice Lake used to host 9 resorts on the lake, Paul Bunyan Resort is one of only two remaining.
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Thank you, Paul Bunyan Resort, for continuing to be a huge part of the Rice Lake Community!