8440 Shady Rest Road • Rhinelander, WI 54501 • 1-800-681-2050 • Contact Us  

Our beautiful 300 acre, crystal clear, spring fed Manson Lake!

About Us


Our History 

Shady Rest Lodge was established in the early 1920's and over the years has provided many guests with an unique vacation escape and the opportunity to renew ones spirit in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. One of the original owners from 1932 described Shady Rest Lodge as "Something Dif'rent on Manson Lake." In 1955 the Fease family moved from the hectic pace of Milwaukee and took over ownership and operation of Shady Rest Lodge. Over the next 50 years the Fease family continued to provide guests with a one of a kind vacation experience. 

Brad & Amy Francis, along with their 5 children, now have the opportunity to serve you as hosts. The Francises are dedicated to providing a quality vacation experience for you and your family for many years to come. We welcome you to come vacation with us and make Shady Rest Lodge a tradition in your family. With so much to offer the entire family, we know you'll agree this is the most complete vacation experience in northern Wisconsin.


Shady Rest Lodge Staff

Our staff works hard during your vacation so you don’t have to.  Don’t want to cook or clean?  No problem.  Our staff will take care of your needs so you can concentrate on having fun (or relaxing).  

We have a few returning staff members:  Kiah Francis, Greta Grum (a junior at University of Dayton),  Tristan Hegarty (a sophomore at University of Nebraska -Lincoln), Nathan Francis (a freshman at Henderson Community College in Kentucky), and Kate Larson (a freshman at St. Louis University) .  

We have several new staff members as well to greet you when you arrive.  Among them will be Sam Reynen (from Aberdeen, South Dakota), Kristine Chapman (a sophomore at UW-Madison), and Kyle Klopatek (from Tomahawk, WI).

Please remember that our staff are here to serve you to ensure you have a stress-free, worry-free, and work-free vacation at Shady Rest Lodge! 

Our staff works hard during your vacation so you don’t have to.  Don’t want to cook or clean?  No problem.  Our staff will take care of your needs so you can concentrate on having fun (or relaxing).  
We have a few returning staff members:  Kiah Francis, Greta Grum (a junior at University of Dayton),  Tristan Hegarty (a sophomore at University of 
Nebraska -Lincoln), Nathan Francis (a freshman at 
Henderson Community 
College in Kentucky), and 
Kate Larson (a freshman at St. Louis University) .  
We have several new staff members as well to greet you when you arrive.  Among them will be Sam Reynen (from Aberdeen, South Dakota), Kristine Chapman (a sophomore at UW-Madison), and Kyle Klopatek (from Tomahawk, WI).
Please remember that our staff are here to serve you to ensure you have a stress-free, worry-free, and work-free vacation at Shady Rest Lodge! Our staff works hard during your vacation so you don’t have to.  Don’t want to cook or clean?  No problem.  Our staff will take care of your needs so you can concentrate on having fun (or relaxing).  
We have a few returning staff members:  Kiah Francis, Greta Grum (a junior at University of Dayton),  Tristan Hegarty (a sophomore at University of 
Nebraska -Lincoln), Nathan Francis (a freshman at 
Henderson Community 
College in Kentucky), and 
Kate Larson (a freshman at St. Louis University) .  
We have several new staff members as well to greet you when you arrive.  Among them will be Sam Reynen (from Aberdeen, South Dakota), Kristine Chapman (a sophomore at UW-Madison), and Kyle Klopatek (from Tomahawk, WI).
Please remember that our staff are here to serve you to ensure you have a stress-free, worry-free, and work-free vacation at Shady Rest Lodge!