Open House

We are having an Open House Saturday, September 3rd & 10th 11-2 pm.

The home is going for $ 168,900.00

Take a look at the map below for direction.

 


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Turtle Lake Delavan Wisconsin 1908

Lakeside Farm Resort

    William A. Erwin came west with his parents in 1862, as a young man, he got an  education in Franklin county, New York. After marrying in 1866 and having six children, he located to Delavan Lake where he ran a resort, Strow’s Park. He ran it for about nine years, which became a favorite gathering place each summer for hundreds of tourists and visitors to the beautiful lake region. After selling William moved to Green Lake and resumed farming for 13 years, then located in Turtle Lake and continued farming for 3 years, then sold out and bought a farm in Darien township. I was told by the grandson, of the man who purchased the farm,  J.O. Anderson bought the farm with the attention in keeping it a working farm, when people started  to come, wanting to stay. People from Chicago  and all over was offering money to vacation on the farm.

resorts, lakes, roaring 20's turtle lake, delavan WIThey started marketing the property As a resort, that became Lakeside Farm Resort. They offered free camp sites if you rented their boats. They also furnished vegetables, milk, butter, etc. They were proud to say, We have Jersey cows.

The rates for board rooms went from $7.00 to $10.00 per week for two people. For one person it was $9.00- $12.00. Children 10 and under were half price. The resort also had transient rates. %1.50- $2.00 per night.

   The store on the property sold fresh vegetables from the garden, fresh meat, fish, milk, cream, butter, eggs, cottage cheese, and fruits that were in season. For your convenience, they had postcards and stamps. Good line of Confectionery and chewing gum; also a fine stock of Tobacco and cigars.

 

   This poem in the paper brochure really describes what it was like,  a place to relax your soul.

Crystal Bowl at Turtle Lake, Delavan WI

Crystal Bowl at Turtle Lake, Delavan WI


How could you enjoy the lake? They had a sandy beach, rented boats and also had drivers if you just wanted to enjoy the view. The lake is stocked with bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and blue gill.

Crystal Bowl at Turtle Lake, Delavan WI

This is how the paper book advertisement looked as you turned the cover.

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The Lakeside Farm Resort is long gone but is a part of our rich history, but we have another nice resort here, McItyre’s Resort. The lake has more cottages on it than these photos, but it is because of these resorts that brought people here. The lake still offers great fishing, and thanks to the D.N.R. we have the Turtle Valley Wildlife Area surrounding us.

 

Turtle Valley Wildlife Area

  • 20160813_102317Turtle Valley Wildlife Area is located in western Walworth County, northwest of the city of Elkhorn. County Hwy P and O disect the property into three areas. The property is approxmately 1,900 acres with two small tracts of land on Turtle Lake and one large tract South of Turtle Lake.

    Turtle Valley Wildlife Area consists of mostly shallow marsh and wet meadow with tall grass prairie on the surrounding uplands. Cattail dominate the marshes and a few small woodlots exist on the property.

    The Wildlife Area was created in 2000. Prior to restoration of the wetlands the muck soils were farmed for mint. Through cooperation with USDA-NRCS, wetlands were restored using a series of berms, breaking drainage tile and plugging ditches. Nine flowages were created through the restoration process and prairie was planted in the uplands.

    The shallow marshes are managed to maintain fifty percent open water. This hemi-marsh environment is ideal for waterfowl production and provides excellent hunting opportunity. Management activities to promote grassland and savanna are conducted on the surrounding uplands.

    The habitats throughout the entire wildlife area will be maintained and improved using a number of techniques including prescribed fire, brush removal, planting native species and removal of invasive species. Water level maipulation is used in conjuction with the aformentioned management tools. Be sure to prescout your hunting as flowages may be drawn down in the fall. A waterfowl refuge exists in the middle of the property to hold birds in the area.

  • Turtle Valley Wildlife Land Acquisition
  • Recreation

    The Turtle Valley Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

    • Birding
    • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
    • Hiking (no designated trail)
    • Hunting – especially noted for waterfowl, pheasant and deer
    • Trapping
    • Wild edibles/gathering
    • Wildlife viewing

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Turtle Valley Wildlife Area

 

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Turtle Valley Wildlife Area

Turtle Valley Wildlife Area is located in western Walworth County, northwest of the city of Elkhorn. County Hwy P and O disect the property into three areas. The property is approxmately 1,900 acres with two small tracts of land on Turtle Lake and one large tract South of Turtle Lake.

Turtle Valley Wildlife Area consists of mostly shallow marsh and wet meadow with tall grass prairie on the surrounding uplands. Cattail dominate the marshes and a few small woodlots exist on the property.

The Wildlife Area was created in 2000. Prior to restoration of the wetlands the muck soils were farmed for mint. Through cooperation with USDA-NRCS, wetlands were restored using a series of berms, breaking drainage tile and plugging ditches. Nine flowages were created through the restoration process and prairie was planted in the uplands.