Crystal River Inn & Cottages is an 1853 farmstead located in the quaint and historic village of Rural just minutes from Waupaca, Wisconsin and the Chain O’ Lakes. The Inn sits on the banks of the Crystal River with the river peacefully flowing and winding throughout the historic village.

The Inn offers 7 Guest Rooms and 3 Cottages. Children of all ages and well behaved dogs are welcome in the cottages only.  Crystal River Inn is the perfect destination for your vacation, retreat, family reunion or small outdoor wedding.

The Inn’s 7 guest rooms have antique furnishings, a view of the river and/or woods, and a nook for reading or visiting. Guest rooms include private baths and most rooms include a fireplace. Two first floor rooms each have a private entrance, a double whirlpool tub and fireplace.

Crystal River Cottages are located on a 11.5 acre property with an abundance of wildlife & birds, gardens, walking paths & trails, historic barns and a labyrinth located in the native prairie. Breakfast is included for guests staying in cottages.  We welcome children and well behaved dogs ($25 Pet Fee) in our cottages. Complimentary WIFI is available in the cottages.  Kids of all ages will love playing in the Toy Cottage!  Connect with each other by playing an outdoor game, watching a movie, or pick from tons of board games.

NEW!  We offer an Electric Vehicle charging station for overnight guests only!

Crystal River Inn Kayak Rental is available for overnight guests only.  Kayak rental includes life jackets and complimentary transportation for $35/day. Please reserve kayaks in advance for guaranteed availability. We are happy to offer complimentary transportation to guests who bring their own kayaks.

As Innkeepers, we’ll provide you with the our favorite places! Learn more about the area.

There’s so much to experience in Waupaca & the surrounding  area with dining, breweries, wineries, ice cream shops, local shops, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, biking, local festivals, historic venues, live music & so much more!

Learn more about Waupaca and Crystal River Inn & Cottages by watching the above Discover Wisconsin episode!

Experience nature and wildlife as you explore our 11.5 acres of Certified Wildlife Habitat with many trails, an Artesian well, a Labyrinth, short and tall grass prairies, native plant gardens, woods and historic barns.

We are Travel Green Wisconsin certified and brew only organic, fair trade coffee and teas.  We serve fresh vegetables and fruit from our garden and organic farm fresh eggs. We’re pleased to cater to special diets, i.e. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or food allergies. The multi-course breakfast is served in our dining room that overlooks the Crystal River.

Paul and Shayna Cappelle, along with our daughter Vivian, are the Innkeepers of  Crystal River Inn & Cottages  Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by our “Inn Dogs” Lucy and Roscoe.  Lucy is a Bernedoodle (75% Bernese Mountain Dog / 25% Poodle) that will be 4 years old in June 2024 .  Roscoe is a sweet boy who is new to the Inn.  He was rehomed to us in November of 2022 from a family in Kansas.   He is a 2.5 year old “miniature horse” sized dog, St. Bernedoodle (50% St. Bernard / 50% Poodle).  On the farm you’ll see cats, chickens and a rooster!

We have been the Innkeepers since February 2018; however, we have a long history with the Crystal River Inn.  Meet the Innkeepers and learn about our incredible story of love, fate and destiny with the Crystal River Inn & Cottages!

Crystal River Inn & Cottages is located just 3 miles from Hartman Creek State Park which offers hiking, biking, swimming, and hike the Ice Age Trail that runs through the park.  You can bike miles of beautiful rustic roads right from the Inn.  We’re just minutes from the beautiful Chain O’Lakes for boating, kayaking and canoeing. The Waupaca area has many shops and excellent restaurants.  Or rest and relax at the Inn, cottages and grounds.

We welcome you to feel at home and create memories of an unforgettable experience. There are so many ways to enjoy the Waupaca and surrounding area.  A few of our favorites are enjoying a campfire by the river, kayaking, swimming, star gazing, and watching the magic of hundreds of fireflies on a warm summer evening.

Check in time is 3pm to 6pm. Check out is 11am.  Early check in must be pre-approved. Please contact us if your scheduled check in time has changed.


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We welcome you to feel at home and create memories of an unforgettable experience!

~ Paul, Shayna, Vivian, Lucy & Roscoe ~

~ inspected ~ licensed ~ insured ~