Common Questions

Why was the Club formed?

There are very few places like Stout’s Island Lodge left in the United States, with the few remaining one succumbing to overdevelopment in order to generate the income & capital necessary to preserve them or being privatized for use as family compounds. The Stout’s Island Club is the answer for this magnificent island retreat to maintain its soul, and to continue to operate fully improved in facility and services, becoming a world class property it deserves.

How do I best access Stout’s Island?

By car, the Club is located on Stout’s Island, Birchwood Wisconsin – 14 miles NE of Rice Lake  

By private aircraft, Rice Lake Airport.  The airport handles all private aircraft and small commercial planes. The Club will provide transportation from the local airport upon request. One float plane at a time can be accommodated on the island.

By commercial aircraft, the airport in Eau Claire is located about 60 miles south of the Club and has daily connecting flights to Chicago’s O’Hare.

Are there options for property ownership?

Yes – two options.  The first is, subject to personal use requirements: rooms, suites, and/or current or to be constructed homes are available for sale.  In addition, members may want to consider buying a shore property on Red Cedar Lake or the connected Balsam & Hemlock Lakes and – if approved by club management – include them in the club rental pool, and qualify for Associate Membership.

Who operates Stout’s Island Club?

The University Club of Saint Paul is currently responsible for the operation of the club, but after the construction of club improvements and additional structures are completed a professional management company with demonstrated experience operating luxury resorts will take over management.

How many members will the Club have?

The current plan is for the club to have 300 Family Memberships with lodging, and 25 Associate Memberships that will not include lodging (for property owners/renters on the adjacent lakes).  In the event Club ownership/management elects to expand the Club properties it may also expand membership somewhat to keep members annual costs reasonable.

Are there plans to add additional properties and /or major amenities?

Yes. The club is currently looking at several shore property options. In the future the club will evaluate expansion opportunities as they appear.

How are annual dues established?

A club of the quality of the Stouts Island Club is very expensive to operate in order to both provide first class service to its members and maintain the facilities; the club will not work unless it operate at the top of the luxury resort/retreat market. Dues are currently estimated to be $4,500 for the first year of club operations.

How are members selected?

A detailed application is required, along with reference letters. The process will include a personal interview and an extensive background check. The least important characteristic of a prospective member is the ability to pay - character matters more.

How was the Membership Investment determined?

The Membership Investment is $90,000 ($60,000 for the first 20 Members). The investment is comparable to high quality non-equity private country clubs/wilderness camps/ski areas, and less than many. Stout’s Island Club is a much bigger idea than many of these golf clubs, but with comparable capital and operating costs. Upgrades to existing facilities will exceed well over $3,000,000. Additional new rooms, suites, and houses will substantially exceed that number. Pricing is subject to change.

Am I allowed to have guests?

Yes. Guests must be accompanied by a member. In low season, members may send their guests unaccompanied for a maximum of two three-day visits per season based on availability.

Can membership be canceled for violation of Club Rules?

Yes. The Club management is committed to the maintenance of the highest standards of member behavior. Any member who violates its rules risks membership cancelation – with no refund of membership fees or annual dues paid or owed. The club demands courteous and civil behavior towards all members and staff - no exceptions.

Will there be a boardroom or other corporate facilities?

Yes, the Club is currently in the process of finalizing the development plan for the conference facilities. Amenities and the technological features will be world-class.

What is the process to apply for membership?

Submit a membership application. If accepted, we will request your initiation fee (pricing is outlined on the Pricing page), and your fee will be held in an escrow account until enough memberships have been sold to establish the club, and it can begin improvements & new construction.

Are there options for financing memberships?

Financing of initiation fees may be possible under certain, limited circumstances. Financing for prospective members will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Is the Stout’s Island Club pet-friendly?

There will be a limited number of accommodations available that are pet friendly. Service animals are allowed.

Will my spouse or family be entitled to my membership upon my death?

Yes. Your spouse or designated child may continue as members without payment of any additional initiation fee.

Is there a golf course?

Tagalong Golf Club and Resort is located across the lake in Birchwood, WI, and is accessible by boat. Stout’s Island Club numbers will have preferred rates at Tagalong.

Will there be events and activities curated by The Club?

Yes, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Will there be a nanny on staff?

Yes, there will be nanny services available, depending on demand.

Is there covered parking for cars and boats?

Yes, there will be a covered parking area for car and boat storage.

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