Edward C. Young built the Idlewild Resort back in the 1920s according to the Wisconsin Historical Society. The oldest photographs available of the first lodge on Birch Lake were taken circa 1929. The chimney was added to the building around the time this photo was taken. There was a forest fire in the area prior to this photo being taken that completely devastated all the woodland area.
The Birch Lake Bar & Resort have been owned by a few different owners since its beginning as the Idle Wild Resort. The building was devastated again by fire over 10 years ago. It was rebuilt as the bar and restaurant it is today. The most recent purchase of the property was in April 2021 by Patrick and Michelle McCalmont under The Birch Lake Bar & Resort, LLC.