Cedar Lodge & Settlement Review

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E 11232 Hillside Drive, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965
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Editor’s Review of Cedar Lodge & Settlement

Cedar Lodge's idyllic location on the Wisconsin River reminds guests of why this part of the state soared in popularity in the late 1800's. The resort's 400-foot beach faces a glimpse of the Lower Dells' famously scenic sandstone formations that were carved out when Glacial Lake Wisconsin broke through an ice damn and roared through the region.

Boat tours take thousands of Dells tourists past grottos and canyons, towers and chimneys every year, but Cedar Lodge guests can skip the crowds and chart their own path down the river by renting pontoons, kayaks and other watercraft next door at River's Edge. You can also rent fishing boats and buy bait.

Cedar Lodge is nestled along the wooded Wisconsin River corridor, fitting in nicely
... more with its log architecture and balconies that offer serene views. It feels remote and removed from downtown's carnival of shops and crush of attractions lined up along Highway 12. That makes this one of those rare Wisconsin Dells resorts where staying put is part of the allure.

Families can choose from nine, second-story Riverview Lodge rooms, eight main floor Riverview Villas, five Riverview Suites or seven Cedar Lodge Settlement Cabins across the road.

Kids can cartwheel like crazy on the wide-open riverside lawn that's ideal for running and playing, swing on the playground and build castles along the beach. There's also an outdoor pool that overlooks the river and an adjoining deck for teens and parents to kick back, text, read and relax.

Families who crave a water park with plenty of thrills won't be deprived either. Cedar Lodge provides guests with free passes for the seasonal Noah's Ark Waterpark, which claims to be the largest water park in America, and the year-round Chula Vista water park with indoor and outdoor features from a water coaster to scream-worthy slides that are almost a sheer drop down.

The best part is that after a busy day of climbing stairs to water park slides, getting soaked beneath splash buckets, lounging by the wave pool and riding a rumbling water coaster, you can return to Cedar Lodge's quiet corner of the Dells near Lost Canyon.

Campfires crackle near the beach, crickets are the music in the evening, and a bald eagle might soar into the pink light of the sunset. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Scenic location on the Wisconsin River
  • Outdoor pool and beach
  • Log-home architecture and balconies
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Skiing
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Cedar Lodge's rooms feature the cozy, warm feel of a log cabin with sliding glass doors, a balcony or patio and views of the river. Amenities include a microwave, mini-fridge, electric fireplace, coffeemaker, table and chairs, free Wi-Fi and 42-inch flat-screen TV. Riverview Kitchenettes, Whirlpool Suites and Fireplace Suites all sleep two to four people, and the largest cabin can sleep up to eight. Accommodations are big enough for portable cribs, which are $10 per night. The resort doesn't have rollaway beds, but offers portable cribs for $10 per night. Ironing boards and hair dryers are available, but must be requested.

Deluxe Lodge Rooms
Located on the second floor with all the standard amenities, Deluxe Lodge Rooms sleep two people, with one of the units sleeping up to four with a king bed and a sofa bed.

Riverview Kitchenette
These sleep between two and four people depending on the unit. Most of them with two queen beds and one unit has one king bed and one sofa bed. They all have a two-burner stove in the kitchenette.

The Fireplace Suite
With room for up to three guests with one queen or one king bed and a sofa bed, these rooms also have a fireplace and a two-burner stove.

The Whirlpool Suite
These rooms also sleep up to three guests with a private bedroom with one queen bed and a living area with one sofa bed. They also have a two-burner stove.

The Great Room Fireplace Villa
These first-floor riverview units include one king bed and one sofa bed, plus a two-burner countertop stove and a deck with a gas grill.

Riverview Lodge Rooms
These second-floor units sleep up to four people with two queen beds and a balcony.

Premier Lodge Rooms
With one queen bed and one full bed and one twin bed bunked together, these are ideal units for larger families as they can sleep up to five.

One-Bedroom Cabins
If you really want to settle in for a longer vacation, the five one-bedroom cabins sleep up to six people and have full kitchens, porches, charcoal grills, a fireplace and various sleeping configurations, such as one downstairs bedroom with one queen bed, two double beds in the loft and a daybed or futon in the living room.

Two-Bedroom Cabins
With one extra bedroom, these cabins offer the same amenities as the one-bedroom models, but sleep up to eight guests.

Master Villa
Big or extended families have room for eight people in these first-floor riverview units. There is a master bedroom with one king bed, private bath and whirlpool tub, plus a guest bedroom with two double beds. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a living room area with a queen sofa bed.

The second-floor chalet offers room for six people with two bedrooms, each with one queen bed, and one sofa bed in the living area. It has a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, as well as a deck with a gas grill and patio furniture.


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