Our History


Joe & Tenoah Templeton

Shoalnook, originally named Pop’s Retreat, was built by Joe Templeton. He and wife Tenoha owned and operated the cabins until July 2014.

Joe bravely served our county in the Vietnam war and also served the city of Galena as Mayor.

Joe never knew his biological father but was adopted at age 5 and loved dearly by “Pop.” Joe’s father, George Templeton, loved the land on which these cabins were built.

The cabins were completed after Pop’s passing and were named Pop’s Retreat in honor of his father. He taught him the love of fishing and skill of plumbing. We are grateful for Joe’s work and dedication, which has provided many with a place of peace, recreation and rest.