About Us

My husband Jim and I are natives of the Rice Lake area.  Both of us being outdoor enthusiasts, we put our heads together and came up with The Great Outdoors store theme. 

Jim is a well-known contractor in the area and believes strongly in maintaining the highest quality craftsmanship in the products we sell.  

I enjoy traveling to new places to find unique shops and seeing new ideas. I wanted to create a store that was different than others in the area. We started in a 12 x 24 log cabin in May 2000 and soon found that we needed more room to display all of our outdoor and indoor handcrafted items. We moved to our present location in October 2000. 

The Great Outdoors uses a variety of crafters including the Amish and Mennonites, as well as many crafters from the local area.  

Customer Satisfaction is our number one goal. We work hard to provide you, our customers with top quality products and services so that you will come back time and time again.

We hope you enjoy the wide variety of items that the Great Outdoors has to offer. It truly is a store for everyone in the family to enjoy. We are open year-round and are adding new seasonal items all the time.

Hope to see you soon!

Jim and Suzanne Crotteau