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Good place for a family reunion in Wisconsin

My sisters and I are working on a family reunion for next summer. I just read(and notified my sisters) your Cabins for a Crowd article. Last summer we had a fantastic time in Itasca State Park. Rustic Suites, great food , hiking, biking etc. We are thinking Wisconsin next time. There are 40 of us, half adults. Any recommendations? - Linnaea, Henning, Minn.

A lake resort is going to be the best place for a party with 20 kids, so you're smart to plan early, because it's hard to find vacancies for 40 people at a lake resort.

Try to reserve a year in advance, the Monday right after the week you want. Even so, it will be easiest to find vacancies in June and late August.

It's hard even to pick a lake resort (for more on picking resorts, see One in 1,000). You could look at the family-run Treeland Resorts on the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward. There's one 1928 resort and, three miles away, 13 three-bedroom vacation homes built in 2003 that can be combined to have six bedrooms and six baths.

Treeland has some lower-priced motel suites, which is good in groups with varying income levels (for more, see Planning a family reunion).

It would be easier to find space at Heartwood Conference Center & Resort, 40 minutes west of Hayward. It has a house, hotel rooms, cottages and duplexes, and meals are available for groups. Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans get a discount on lodgings.

It has a sand beach on a lake, and kids love to go tubing on the nearby Namekagon. It also has tennis, volleyball and basketball courts and mountain biking on its ski trails. Just to the south in Spooner, the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad offers fun excursions to Trego.

For a cheaper trip, see if you can rent the modern cabins at the blufftop Wyalusing State Park at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers, four buildings that each accommodate 27 people and have indoor bathrooms and a separate kitchen.

This is a gorgeous park in a gorgeous area, but there's no lake, and activities (paddling, hiking, a cave tour by boat across the river in McGregor) are better suited to older kids.

For more ideas, see Cabins for a crowd.

Last updated on November 14, 2011