along the Mississippi River
4300 sq ft, Sleeps 52
7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
watercrafts available to rent
Dining Room seats 31, plus extra tables/chairs/floor space for 18 more. Balcony along outside w/ beautiful view of river & even more space for dining
With 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 52 bed spaces, and large gathering areas, this Nauvoo vacation rental can accommodate several generations!
Youth groups, including adult chaperones, often need a place to stay when visiting Nauvoo. Check out this Nauvoo vacation rental!
With several water-craft rental options, along with river-front access, this Nauvoo vacation rental makes for a perfect place for water-sports fun!
This Nauvoo Vacation Rental is located 7 minutes south of the Nauvoo temple (with a view of it from its riverfront) and 12-18 minutes from Keokuk shopping (Wal-mart, restaurants, etc). It sits on a secluded property up on a hill, right off the road that runs along the Mississippi river, with its front to the river and its back to the woods.
The property was home to a YMCA camp from the early 1900s until the 1980s. The lodge available for your group’s stay was built in 1961 and is the second camp lodge (with the original lodge further up the hill having been built in the early 1940s). During the 1990s the whole 90-acre property (including both lodges and all the cabins) was purchased by a family, who then used the lodge as a single-family dwelling. In late 2021 we purchased the lodge from this family and have since remodeled—gutting & replacing old bathrooms, adding new bathrooms & bedrooms, installing a new robust septic system & a 4-stage water-filtration system, installing 2 instant hot-water heaters, outfitting the kitchen with all it needs to feed a small army, and filling the lodge with beds/furniture/linens/etc. This has all been done in order to accommodate YOUR GROUP, whether you are gathering for a family reunion, a youth group, or a collection of friends!
The lodge currently has 52 bed spaces in 7 bedrooms. One of those bedrooms is an original (remodeled, temperature controlled) camp cabin, located about 50 yards from the lodge. There are 3 queen beds in the lodge, with the rest as double bunk beds or triple bunk beds. Each bottom bed of the double bunk beds has space and comfort enough to accommodate the less agile adults, while the triple beds are better suited for children, teens, and agile adults. Consult the floor-plan photo to see how the beds and bedrooms are situated.
The kitchen at this Nauvoo vacation rental has been outfitted with 2 sinks, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, and an extra-large refrigerator/freezer. There is an ice machine in that freezer, but your group may want to bring more ice and store it in the garage fridge/freezer. The kitchen has all of its cupboards & drawers labeled and filled with supplies. Of note: medium-sized propane grill on the balcony, a couple crockpots, several electric griddles, several sheet pans, 2 large drink dispensers, pots/pans/skillets, serving bowls/dishes, casserole dishes, toasters, blender, dishes & silverware for 50+, etc.
The dining room accommodates 31 seats on a permanent basis, with 18 more seats available via folding tables/chairs. These tables and chairs can also be placed on the sprawling balcony if the weather is favorable.
Many visitors are entertained in full with all that Nauvoo has to offer—historical sites, live musicals/shows, in-town shopping, etc. In addition to those main attractions, this Nauvoo vacation rental itself offers lots to do!
Inside, there are many puzzles and games, along with a pool table in the cabin and ping-pong table in the bunk room. There are 2 main gathering areas inside the lodge—one is upstairs where the kitchen, dining room, and living room all adjoin. The other is a downstairs game room/living room/bunk room, where you may often find the kids hanging out or watching a movie. There are 3 Roku televisions in the lodge (upstairs living room, downstairs living room, and one upstairs bedroom). The lodge also provides Wifi.
Outside, you have the river-front property, which has a fire pit, large grassy area, shade trees, and beach available for your gatherings and water fun. S'mores and lightning-bug capturing can be a nightly activity (lots of on-site wood for your fire)! Several watercrafts (Jon boat rated for 8 people, Hobie catamaran sail boat, 2 kayaks, 2 aluminum canoes, 2 inflatable boats, several inner tubes) available on site for rent. Lots of life jackets (18 adult plus 2 infant/toddler), camp chairs (12), & s'mores sticks (8) available for your use. A 6' table, a couple picnic blankets, and a medium/large cooler are also available for your use. You will need to bring your own beach towels, though.
Available for rent on site (in the garage) are:
Jon Boat rated for 8 passengers--$350/day
12 ft. Hobie Catamaran sail boat (fits 2)--$100/day
Canoes (2 available, fit 3 adults each)--$25 each/day
Kayaks (2 available, each fits 1 adult )--$20 each/day
Inflatable boats (2 available, each fits 4 adults)--$20 each/day
Inflatable tubes (8)--$20/day
Each of these, except the Jon boat, can be launched from the riverfront across the street. The Jon Boat can be launched either in Hamilton or in Nauvoo (we normally use the end of Parley St).
The property itself can be fun to explore, and there are a couple of nice hiking areas in Nauvoo: Hopewell Mounds (Indian burial grounds) and the trail around Horton Lake.
Consult VRBO for current nightly rates and available dates.
This Nauvoo vacation rental has bed sheets, bath towels, washcloths, kitchen and hand towels, pillows, and comforters. There are also a couple of hair dryers, an iron & ironing board, and washers & dryers. For the little ones, we provide 2 pack-n-plays, 2 booster seats w/trays, and one stroller.
A hand soap, a few hotel-sized shampoo/conditioners, and a couple rolls of toilet paper will be in each bathroom, so you will likely want to have youth/families bring their own. There will also be only a couple kitchen trash bags, dishwashing pods, and laundry pods, so longer stayers will want to bring more.
Additional gathering space available for rent,
located 2 blocks from the Nauvoo temple
Banquet-style seating for up to 100, or audience-style seating for up to 125. Visit www.nauvookirche.com for more info.