Kalahari Resorts plans Wisconsin treehouse project

The Nelson family, owners and operators of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, are developing a new resort in the Wisconsin Dells area called Dawn Manor in homage to the historical home previously located on the resort’s land. The lodging at the new resort, named Kalahari Treehouse Collection at Dawn Manor, will have 21 partially supported luxury treehouses and 31 ground-supported houses, in addition to a 10,000-square-foot Wisconsin supper club, named Daylene’s Supper Club at Dawn Manor, all overlooking scenic Lake Delton.

The Kalahari Treehouse Collection at Dawn Manor, located off County Road A on Lake Delton, will also have a reconstructed beach area and 18 boat slips with both beach and restaurant access, in addition to a refreshed gazebo and boathouse. The Wisconsin Dells Ducks boat access currently located on the property will remain in place. All registered overnight guests at the Kalahari Treehouse Collection will also get complimentary access to Kalahari’s indoor waterpark a few miles away.

The treehouses are being designed in partnership with Pete Nelson and family, the former stars of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” for eleven seasons, and will reflect the region’s natural aesthetic. Each unit will have screened-in porches, kitchenettes and lake views.

In addition to Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells area, the Nelson family owns and operates Trapper’s Turn Golf Club and Lake Delton Waterfront Villas. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has three other locations nationwide in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, with a fifth location opening in 2026 in Virginia.

The Kalahari Treehouse Collection at Dawn Manor represents an investment of over $50 million and is currently in the initial stages of construction with plans to open in phases starting in late 2024.