Rankin Lodge at Camp II provides a unique opportunity for the students of St. Norbert College to learn and grow in a North Woods setting. Rankin Lodge at Camp II is a forty acre timbered sanctuary located on Otter Lake, nine miles from Wabeno, Wisconsin. The property is on the actual site of Lumber Camp #2, of the “Big Pine” logging days in the early part of the 20th century.
The land and cottage were given to St. Norbert College by Frank and Agnes Wood and Jack and Mary Rose Fitzgerald. The grandfather of the two women was one of the great lumbermen of the Wisconsin north woods. In 2004, the cottage was struck by lighting and burnt to the ground. In the summer of 2007, St. Norbert College decided to rebuild the cottage and name it after recently retired Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Richard Rankin, giving it the name of Rankin Lodge at Camp II.
Camp II sits on beautiful Otter Lake. Otter Creek supplies the 80 acre, 14 foot deep lake and has an enormous beaver dam that holds a large flowage in place up stream. Explore Otter Creek by canoe and portage the beaver dam. Otter Lake has, besides otter and beaver as inhabitants, a good population of bass, crappies, pan fish and northern pike. There is a nearby boat landing if you bring your own boat. Motors are permitted on the lake, but are not necessary.
Rankin Lodge is a retreat center/study outpost/resort for St. Norbert College. It serves college organizations, classes, and faculty and staff families. At Camp II you will enjoy the North Woods environment, with the luxury of Rankin Lodge. The lodge sleeps approximately 30 people, with all the amenities of home. The lodge includes; two bedrooms with an upstairs loft, fully furnished kitchen and two bathrooms with showers, with one being handicap accessible. In the living room, you can enjoy a cozy fire while looking out at Otter Lake through the large windows, or enjoy a nice evening on the deck that is attached to the lodge. The yard has a fire pit for cooking or for just enjoying an evening camp fire.
The primary usage for Rankin Lodge at Camp II will be for the development of student learning. This focus will be directed towards areas such as academic research, retreats, leadership training, recreation and spiritual growth. Rankin Lodge will also be available for the immediate families of current St. Norbert College employees.
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