Jude English and Brad Johnson are the new owners of Affordable Ravenswood Resort, on Prairie Lake.
Earlier this year they were driving around looking for a cabin on the lake when they were told this resort was for sale. Unlike other resorts they saw, it was just the right size for them.
They made an offer on the house and two cabins on May 27, the day before Labor Day. It was accepted. They closed on the sale June 15, purchasing the property from the former owner, Don Mathieu.
The couple are working on moving into the house and doing their own renovations as new owners. They’ve installed new rip rap on the shoreline and will be updating the fish house. They plan to turn another small building on the property into a community room.
The cabins are a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom size and well-kept and furnished and they are rented weekly, from Saturday to Saturday.
“It’s a quiet, laid-back, ma-pa deal,” Johnson said, adding the neighbors have been supportive and welcoming.
English noted there were many repeat customers at the resort, and she was looking forward to that. “They become family,” she said.
They will also have two pontoon and two boat rentals at the resort.
The couple have been together 19 years, after meeting at Country Fest in 1999. English worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and is now retired. She just sold her house in Northeast Minneapolis, Minn., to move to the resort. Johnson works for Schafer Contracting, out of Minnesota. He is from Prairie Farm and remembers coming to Prairie Lake as a kid with his father. While both don’t have any prior resort experience, they operated a concession catering business for 15 years, specializing in charcoal chicken.
Now in Chetek, they look forward to meeting the community.
Johnson said he looks forward to fishing. English said they still have to learn all the good fishing spots, especially now that they are resort owners.
More information about Affordable Ravenswood Resort, located at 951 23–1/2 St., Chetek, can be found at www.ravenswoodresort.com.
English can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 715-924-3247.