Bringing paradise north
Tiki Beach Bar and Resort near Campbellsport offers several amenities

By RALPH CHAPOCO - Daily News

August 16, 2017

Nicholas Conway of Kiel poses for a portrait on Tuesday afternoon on one of the balconies overlooking the beach area at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort on Kettle Moraine Lake in the town of Osceola.
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TOWN OF OSCEOLA — For those who want to get a sense of life in Florida, one business is bringing the experience to people in Wisconsin so they don’t have to travel south.

The Tiki Beach Bar and Resort at Kettle Moraine Lake, an establishment near Campbellsport that opened a couple of months ago, is offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy water and camping experiences in a relaxing setting.

“Toby Watson, a doctor located in Sheboygan, he purchased this property because he was in love with Key West,” General Manager Nicholas Conway said. “That is why you see all the light blue around, all the ceilings outside are light blue. Every room you see in Key West, they paint the ceilings blue because the flies are less attracted to the light blue because it is like the sky.

“He fell in love with that. He wanted to come up with his own version of that here.”

Gregg Lentz of the town of Fredonia takes in the sun while relaxing with his 11-year-old daughter, Avalina, Tuesday afternoon at the Tiki Beach Bar and Resort on Kettle Moraine Lake in the town of Osceola.
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The attraction has several amenities for visitors to enjoy. It is situated adjacent to the lake and visitors can access the water via a beach, compliments of the resort. There are several picnic tables along with a full bar for people to order their drinks.

“It is an inflatable water park,” Conway said of one of the beach’s amenities. “It has got trampolines, a little slide, obstacle courses and that is something that we are going to build on as well.”

Once children are done playing in the water for the day, the adults can order their food and sit and talk as they watch the sunset on the outdoor patio area. The patio overlooks the water and is separated from the beach by a single flight of stairs.

Children run across an inflatable in Kettle Moraine Lake Tuesday afternoon at the Tiki Beach Resort on Kettle Moraine Lake in the town of Osceola.
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For those who would rather stay indoors, there is a bar where people can order food and listen to music year-round. On certain nights, staff will host live bands playing a variety of genres of music.

“We will have classic rock to country, to rock ‘n’ roll to a solo acoustic act,” Conway said.

People can reserve a banquet hall for special events, including wedding receptions, business gatherings, birthday parties and other celebrations. There are also several facilities that provide creature comforts to varying degrees, from condominiums where individuals or families can remain year-round to a couple of sites that campers can use for a single day to a couple of months.

A couple of condominiums are still available for families to purchase. Owners can remain there year-round or rent out the location when they are away. There are also cabins for rent along with campgrounds for guests to bring their recreational vehicles or pitch tents for a few days.

“We are almost creating our own business model here,” Conway said. “It is Elkhart Lake meets Plymouth Rock. We are a mix of campground/ semi-luxurious campground and resort.”