About The Wharf Resort
Learn More About the Owners
Daron and Lori Stenvold, along with their daughter Lexi, and son Dylan, have owned and operated The Wharf Resort since August 2003. In 2003 Daron left his executive sales job with the fortune 500 companies to make his own dreams come to life!
Lori had recently graduated college and wasn’t interested in a desk job, thus she decided to help with Daron's new venture. Neither of them had spent much time on Mille Lacs before, but enjoyed camping, lake life, and the challenges of running a business.
The resort was bought as a rundown campground with a small set-up bar as an office. Along with cleaning the grounds and adding customers, the office was moved to the back of the bar, a liquor license was obtained, and a full menu was drafted within a few years of taking customer requests.
In 2006, 'the 'Experience 1.0' was added as the first launch boat, and in 2009, the 'Ercoa Experience 2.0' was custom built as the second launch boat. 2009 was also the year that Toucan’s was born as a name for the restaurant that continued to grow. In 2011, Daron and Lori were married and expanded the family with their children Lexi and Dylan. In 2016, with the plans of moving to a more family-friendly resort the “Fishermen’s Wharf Resort” was re-branded to “The Wharf Resort”, Your All-Season Fun Spot and Campground. Now watch the “Fun” begin to grow!
More About the Business
We are year-round FUN! Toucan's Restaurant and Bar has daily specials and many fun events every month. The Wharf offers seasonal and short-term camping, charter boats, rental kayaks and SUPs, and weekend events. We have full ice house services and rentals during the winter along with many enjoyable weekend events.
Items for Sale
10' x 23' Fish House / Seasonal Cabin - $9,000
The cabin was built in 2008. For the first year, it was used on ice and then on land as a seasonal lot. It includes a 10' x 3' storage / bathroom, 35K BTU Empire heater, A/C, 3 burner stove / oven, small fridge inside and a full-size one outside, 4 bunks - 2 queens and 2 twins (all are great quality mattresses), DirecTV dish, cherry cabinets, couch and recliner, microwave, under-counter-mount radio, ceiling fan, 2 propane lights, fire pit, propane grill, and a 10' x 18' deck. The cabin was constructed using Knotty Pine interiors and steel sidings. It is also located in a great camping site. Get in touch with Joe at 651-246-3518 for more details.
6x8 Spear House - $500
You can get it delivered by us or we can pull it onto Mille Lacs South East Side for you. This premium house was built and only used a couple of times. It is for sale because we decided not to get into the Dark House Rental Business. Call Daron at 320-676-3693 ext. 181 for more details.
10×16 Fish House - $3,500
The exteriors of the cabin include metal roof, siding, and door. It has oak runners, 3 windows (2 windows can be opened), 2 100lb lp tanks, and an air-lock entryway that doubles as b-room. The interiors feature a tongue and groove pine, ceiling fan, wall mounted and vented furnace, carpeting insulated floor and 7 holes with 4 rattle reels, and a nice kitchen area with working stove, oven and good storage space. It also comes with a 19' TV-VCR combo, DVD player, stereo, and marine band radio. The house is wired for 12V and 110V. Contact Jerry at 715-716-6336 for more details.
Truck Camper - $500 or best offer
The Camper contains a working condition heat / electric oven and cooktop. It can sleep 4 people and is in good condition. Call Jim at 612-412-3442 for more details.
1997 Trailer - $12,000
The trailer is located on a full hookup site F-05. You will also be offered the deck in front of the trailer. Call Gary at 612-670-0303 for more details.
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Active Members of the Local Community
The Wharf Resort is a family and locally owned business that was established in 2003. We are members of the Mille Lacs Area Tourism, NFIB, IAAPA, Isle Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Veteran Owned Business. We are your all-season fun spot and campground that is close to home and nature.