The story of Burnt Point Lodge
Burnt Point Lodge sits on a picturesque promontory, overlooking the Back Channel of Wolfpine Lake.
An old trapper named John McCracken built the first cabin here. He kept a tame grizzly, which he would saddle and ride into town. Many years later McCracken sold the land to railroad baron Bartholomew Noble for $50 and a bottle of scotch. Noble built the grand lodge to entertain his friends and confound his enemies. Most of it still stands here today, but the floating ten pin bowling alley sunk several years ago. During prohibition, the lodge (far from the eyes of "Johnny Law") attracted the great and the good from around the world for both its famed namesake cocktail “The Burnt Point Sour” and its infamous annual sled-dog race, which the New York Times once described as a "horrifying debauch, but a damn fine race". The lodge's ancient caretaker, Whitney, claims to have witnessed most of it, which seems unlikely. But in the front hall there is a faded picture of him guiding Teddy Roosevelt on a hunting trip, so who knows.
Burnt Point changed hands several times in the 20th century, before the current owner Nick Taggart won it from a notorious Floridian bingo magnate in a high stakes poker game. Taggart has now reopened the lodge to guests and our dry goods shop to everyone.
We always keep a well-stocked bar and a roaring fire on the hearth. Carved into the pine beam above our front door are the words "Only the Finest" - Noble's family motto which still guides us today. We believe in using only the most rugged and reliable gear, classic wilderness kit to get you there and back. So please, strap the canoe to the car and come visit. We'd love to show you around.
How to find us
Burnt Point Lodge is situated on Wolfpine Lake. To reach us, take US 39 north past Springfield village for 5 miles. Turn right at the sign for Graeber's Landing and park your car at the bait shop, next to the boat launch on the north side of town. Put your boat or canoe in the water there, then head straight across the lake to Tin Can Narrows. When you get to the Back Channel, the lodge is set back in the trees a ways, but you can see it clearly when you're close enough. If you call in advance, we can send Whitney the caretaker to pick you up in the boat.
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The Canoe Shop Playlist
Our canoe shop sits down by the dock. It's where Whitney repairs and stores the canoes, paddles, packs, and the rest of our gear. And, you'll often find several of us there, sitting at one of the benches tapping away at a laptop, perched on one of the old ammunition boxes reading the Graeber's Landing Daily, or just hanging out looking at the lake. Maybe it's because when the double doors are open, the entire shop fills up with a golden light; or because nothing smells better than cedar shavings; but probably because Whitney (in spite of or because of his remarkable age) has the most entertaining and eclectic taste in music. Here's what he's playing today.