Coon's Franklin Lodge

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Still Lake
Sunset and Kickball
Waterfront Sunset
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Waterfront Bar
Dining Room
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Historic family-owned lodge since 1892 in the Northwoods of Wisconsin

Coon’s Franklin Lodge is a unique and historic resort offering comfortable accommodations, all-inclusive dining, exciting recreational activities, and plenty of opportunities to relax, bond, and soak up the beauty of Trout Lake. Located just five hours north of Chicago and four hours northeast of Minneapolis, we’re ideally situated for a weekend getaway, family vacation, or corporate retreats

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, our resort is located on 250 acres of gorgeous forest and pristine water.

About Coon's Franklin Lodge

Our Lodge has been in the Coons family since 1892.  We still utilize some of the original buildings including our main lodge which has four rooms.  We have a total of 28 cabins.  Only 3 of which are winterized.  We have generations of families who vacation here every summer. 

We are located on Trout lake which is around 3,900 acres and well known for muskie and lake trout. We offer all types of watersport activities like kayaking, waterskiing, and boat rental. Coon's is an American Plan resort meaning all meals are included with a guest's stay.  Our guests keep coming back every year for the pristine water, gourmet cuisine, and the Coons family as your host.  We also are a destination wedding location.

As an employee, you get the opportunity to utilize watersport equipment, hike on our trails, attend yoga, and play tennis.  There are also lots of local bike trails (paved and mountain) and music venues around the area. 

The Employee Experience

One of the best parts of working at Coons is that we offer dorm-style housing.  Some of our rooms are right on the water with breathtaking views of the lake.

Mornings are busy for our staff with our wood and ice service to each cabin, breakfast and lunch service, waterfront and housekeeping.  Most staff is off in the afternoons before dinner service.  This is the best time to be off work and either sitting on the dock, waterskiing or hitting the bike trails. Our most successful employees return year after year because of the hospitality and respect they are shown by the Coons family.

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate is someone who can take ownership over their job duties and operates with integrity and respect for themselves and their co-workers.  The Coons family wants you to enjoy this little slice of heaven as much as our guests do. 

Room and Board

We provide dorm-style housing and 3 staff meals a day.  We can accommodate most dietary requests.  Room and board will be deducted from your paycheck at the rate of $65 per week. 

Employee Perks

Fun Things to Do at Coons When Off Duty

We highly encourage all our staff to make use of the beautiful Northwoods and the resort activities available while not working.  How often do you get to live at a resort?


There is a beautiful trail winding throughout the resort property.  Biking, jogging, and hiking are very popular.  Everyone is welcome to explore.  Basketball is a favorite. 

Tennis Courts:

There are four courts on the premises.  During the time the courts are not in use, all employees are welcome to take advantage of the courts.  We ask the following things:  Permission is needed, proper tennis attire is required (whites), tennis shoes only, no running shoes.  Should any guest want to come and use the courts, vacate the court promptly and courteously.


Trout Lake is one of Wisconsin’s finest.  There are two docks located on the waterfront.  The swimming dock is for guest use only.  All employees are welcome to use the boat dock.  Employees are welcome to use the following equipment: sailing, water-skiing, canoes, rowboats, and kayaks.  No motor boats.  You must check out all equipment with the proper resort personnel.  Once again, guests have first preference.


Trout Lake Golf Course is located 2 miles north of the resort off HWY 51.  We get a 20% discount!  For more information see:

Yoga: Staff can join in our guest Yoga class In the Lodge, Tuesdays at 10am.  You must pre-register with Emily or Sarah due to limited spots available.

Getting Here and Getting Around

We are located about 10 miles from the towns of Woodruff and Minocqua.  I would say about 50% of our bring an automobile with them.  There is minimal public transportation and biking on the highway is discouraged. 

For Fun

Fun Things to Do in the Area

Music in The Park- Sunday Nights in Manitowish

Big Top Chautauqua- Although a little bit faraway, but world-renowned musical venue:


Map it Vilas County. Great app to find hiking spots to meet your needs:


How to Apply

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