Three Bears Lodge Now Open

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

What started as the largest campground in Wisconsin in 1971 has now evolved into the ultimate playground for families.
"Our goal is to keep families together, to bring them in and have fun," said Joyce Stenklyft, general manager of Jellystone Park.
The building process for Three Bears Lodge at Jellystone Park in Warrens started September of 2004. But contractors weren't sure whether it would open on its scheduled date.
"We just said, oh yeah we'll make it, we're opening. And actually on Thanksgiving morning at 10 am, we opened the doors and had a full campground."
The 90 million dollar project opened its most recent addition, a 48,000 square foot indoor water resort on December 8th.
Families are now able to enjoy the water resort by staying at one of the 140 log cabin villas, which hold up to 12 people. But none of this development would have been possible without a little help from Mother Nature.
More than 1000 trees were wiped away by last summer's tornado, which went through acres of land. But surprisingly, Jellystone feels that the natural disaster was a blessing because the park is now completely visible from Interstate 94.
"It's priceless advertising. Everybody that goes by the interstate looks in and they see us now."
Last June, severe storms and a tornado that was rated F-1 by the National Weather Service ripped through the campground, which caused about 400-thousand dollars of damage.
The park is now working to complete conference center facilities and 112 hotel rooms, which is expected to be ready this June.


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