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Values & Tradition

River Haven on the Wolf strives to retain the values and traditions that the history of the Haven is built upon – values such as family, hospitality, holisticness, and a connection to nature. River Haven on the Wolf hopes to instill these feelings into their guests to inspire them to return and re-experience the Haven, creating memories and traditions of their own.

History of the River Haven on the Wolf


History of the Haven on the Wolf

River Haven of the Wolf is one of Wisconsin’s longest standing log cabins, and its history is embedded within both its community and the history of the Wisconsin lumber industry.

As lumbermen and loggers traveled further through Northern Wisconsin, there became a great need for lodging places for the travelers. Between 1860 and 1885, the Wolf River was the location for over a dozen of these resting locations. These cabin stops would play an important part in the development of the lumbering industry on the upper Wolf River. They would also contribute greatly to the resort and tourism industries of the surrounding area. River Haven on the Wolf was one of those historic cabins.

River Haven on the Wolf is the last of the remaining Log Cabins. The Log Cabins, as they were called, built by farmer, logger, lumberman, and Civil War veteran Chris Hill, were the most extensive and best-known cabin lodges on the Wolf River. While most Wolf River cabins were naturally unpretentious and roughly constructed, the Log Cabins were built for comfort and accommodation. The Log Cabins’ locations along the Wolf River also provided access to some of Northeastern Wisconsin’s best hunting and trout fishing. In 1875, a correspondent of the Wisconsin Lumbermen referred to the Log Cabins as “a favorite summer resort for sporting gentlemen.” Another correspondent of the Milwaukee News even wrote that within four miles of the Log Cabins could “be found as good trout fishing as there is in the State.” The popularity of the Log Cabins amongst fishermen led many to refer to Hill’s Log Cabins as Wisconsin’s first fishing resorts.

Today, the last of Richard Hill’s Log Cabins is known as River Haven On the Wolf. River Haven on the Wolf offers comfortable accommodations to families, friends, sportsmen, groups, retreats, and more. While River Haven On the Wolf has updated its name and undergone physical modernizations while preserving its historical appeal, its prime location for outdoorsmen is still unrivaled, and the serenity of the cabin’s location is still unmatched. Almost 125 years later, the words of a correspondent for the Oshkosh Northwestern publication still ring true: “If you want to have a good time and gain plenty of health, come to River Haven on the Wolf.”

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