The Hiawatha Lodge has a long history of being a premier vacation destination in Eagle River. Once a resort with small cottages and a supper club, the property was divided and developed into a motel in the 1960’s. The motel, originally called the Hiawatha Motor Inn, changed hands a few times over the decades. In 2002, the owners began a massive remodel project on this fine building. In 2010, we (Scott & Keilah Frickson) bought the motel. We renamed it the Hiawatha Lodge and have continued to improve and develop the property for the enjoyment of our many guests.
Before buying the Hiawatha, we lived in Eagle River, AK. Scott retired after a 29 year career in the military where he flew various rotary wing aircraft. Keilah was enjoying a happy career as a writing professor. You can imagine owning and running a hotel was a big change for us! But it was a great new opportunity. We fell in love with the community here in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and we love the customer service business. We enjoy providing hospitality for so many wonderful people that now are much more than guests; they have become family friends.