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Reay Boathouse (C. Slattery photo, 2003)

Reay Boathouse (C. Slattery photo, 2003)

Reay Boathouse interior (C. Slattery photo, 2003)

Reay Boathouse
Three Lakes, Oneida County
Date of construction: c. 1928

As motorized boating became commonplace on northern Wisconsin lakes, vacationers developed wet boathouses as a distinctive building type to protect their expensive wooden boats. The Reay Boathouse is located on the narrows between Laurel and Medicine lakes on the Three Lakes chain in northern Oneida County. Built in c.1928 for William M. Reay, this three-slip wet boathouse allowed him to pilot his boats into the building, then raise them by hoists out of the water. The upper level contains one large recreation room, built to exploit the dramatic views from its waterside location.

The boathouse's large-scale, upper-story living area, and Craftsman style details are unusual compared to other boathouses in the area, which tend to be simpler in design. Many vacationers consider this boathouse to be a local landmark.

The Reay Boathouse is located on private property. Please respect the privacy and rights of the owners.

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