Let us help you catch YOUR dream...




We take our tagline very seriously

and for the last 12 years

have been committed to

helping you "catch your dream". 

From selling your home

to finding a new one,

we look forward to meeting you

and making your dream

a reality. 


About Us:

12 years ago, Kathy Mortensen and Ryan Hanson started Lake Life Realty, a real estate company specializing in Lake Wapogasset/Bear Trap properties. 


Kathy has owned Mort's Marina on Lake Wapogasset for forty-plus years. She has dedicated herself to helping people discover the "JOY of lake life." In 2009 Lake Life Realty was opened with the hope of helping others find their dream of owning a lake place.     

For the past 12 years Ryan and Kathy have been the go to agents for Lake Wapogasset/Bear Trap properties. On average, they have been involved in around 70% of the sales around Lake Wapogasset/Bear Trap, as either a listing agent, a selling agent or both.  Kathy's daughter (and Ryan's wife) Kristin was excited to join the team in 2015. Their knowledge of the lake, and the connection they have with its residents, make Lake Life Realty the perfect company to list or buy with. 

With this success, Ryan has also been able to expand to other cities and lakes in the area and is ready to help you with ANY real estate needs. Whether it be selling or buying, on water or not, he has listed/sold properties all over the northwestern part of WI.   


We take our tagline very seriously and for the last 12 years have been committed to helping you "catch your dream". From selling your home, to finding a new one, we look forward to meeting you and making your dream a reality!




Jason - Cedar Rapids, IA

Lake life Realty is a priceless commodity to Lake Wapogasset buyers and sellers. You have helped us with so many things outside the actual tansaction I'm not sure how we could have done this so successfullly without your help....I can't tell you how great it is to know we have you not only as a resource, but also

as friends on the lake.

Craig & Karen - St. Paul, MN

We found Lake Life Realty to be attentive, helpful and quick to respond from the time we started looking for the right property ,to all the way through working out the details of the sale. 

Mark & Anne - Woodbury, MN

In addition to being knowledgeable, organized and highly professional, Kathy and Ryan are just great people! They could not have been more helpful... highly recommend them to anyone!

Meet Us:


Ryan Hanson

With 12 years of experience, Ryan is ready to help you catch your dream.  Those trying to sell or buy properties on Lake Wapogasset & Bear Trap Lake know that Ryan currently resides on Bear Trap Lake with Kristin and their 2 boys. He knows the ins and outs of the lake and is knowledgeable with local regulations and all the wonderful things the lake has to offer.  He also volunteers and attends the lake sanitary district meetings and lake association meetings to keep up to date on whats going on with the lake.  He currently volunteers as a Trustee, Chairman of the Lake Monitoring Committee, website manager and member of the Communication Committee for the Lake Association. 

Who else better to sell or help you purchase your lake home than someone who lives and breathes Lake Wapogasset & Bear Trap Lake.


And even if you are not looking to sell or buy a lake place, Ryan has plenty of experience with selling other properties throughout Northwestern WI and would be happy to guide you through the process.


  • Realtor/Owner Lake Life Realty - 2009 to present

  • Accredited Buyer's Representative

  • Resort & Second Home Specialist

  • Owner - Lake Life Property Management - 2011 to present

  • Numerous years in the building industry

  • B.S. in Construction Management - University of Wisconsin-Stout 2004

 "I've been a Realtor for 12 years specializing in lake properties, but enjoy selling/finding any property that may be part of your dream.  I look forward to meeting you and finding out exactly what that new dream is."

- Ryan

Kristin Hanson



  • Real Estate Salesperson - 2015 to present

  • Receptionist- Stone Creek Custom Interiors- 2019

  • H.S Art Teacher- Ellsworth WI  (2005-2013)

  • B.S. in Art Education - University of Wisconsin-Stout 2004

Kristin has had her real estate salesperson license for 6 years. Although she works more behind the scenes, taking/editing pictures, and updating websites; she loves looking at houses and dreaming of what could be. She enjoys photographing homes and highlighting the best parts of a property. She can step in if needed for extra showings or help with offers. She grew up on Lake Wapogasset and loves everything lake!

"You'll find me working more behind the scenes; from updating websites, to editing photos; I look forward to working with you and showing your home at its best."

- Kristin

Kathy Mortensen

  • Agent/Owner Lake Life Realty - 2009 to present

  • Owner - Mort's Marina - 1978 to present

  • Editor - "The Lake Scene" newsletter on Wapogasset/Bear Trap - 1981 to present

  • Developer/Realtor - Eagle Crest Cove Townhouse Community - 1999

  • Realtor - Parks Lake and Land Realty - 2003-2009

  • Lake Association Outstanding Volunteer Award - 2007

  • Editor - The Lake Scene Cookbook - 2003

  • Co-Editor - Lake Country Cooking 1 & 2 - 1983,1986

After 23 years in real estate, Kathy is slowly stepping away from being a Realtor. You'll still see her behind the counter at Mort's Marina, on Lake Wapogasset, to keep in touch with all the lake residents who have become like family to her. You are welcome to give her a call to chat about real estate (but she will be leaving all the paperwork to Ryan).  If you know Kathy, you know she's always excited to catch up and chat, so stop by the Marina to say hi anytime. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Lake Wapogasset & Bear Trap and has been involved on the lake for over 40 years. 

"I have been a Realtor for the past 23 years on Lake Wapogasset & Bear Trap and have loved every minute

of helping people discover the "JOY OF LAKE LIFE" on Wapogasset Bear Trap"

- Kathy

2020 was an amazing year for those selling on Lake Wapogasset/Bear Trap.

Most sales went fast and had multiple offers, many above asking price. We have a long list of people anxiously waiting to buy on this lake,

so if you have thought about selling your lake place,

NOW is the time to

put it on the market!

14 WBT Homes SOLD

(Below shows the number of transactions each Real Estate Company was involved in within those sales)


Edina Realty- St. Croix: 3 -21%

Edina Realty- Stillwater: 2 -14%

Coldwell Banker- Stillwater: 1 -7%

Keller Williams- Hudson: 1 -7%

Keller Williams- Roseville: 1 -7%

Keller Williams- Stillwater: 1 -7%

Keller Williams- Woodbury: 1 -7%

ReMax- Eau Claire: 1 -7%

MLSOnline- Champlin: 1 -7%

...we may be small but we are mighty!

2020 Wapogasset &

Bear Trap Sales:

© 2009 Lake Life Realty , Amery WI 

Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Neither Kathy Mortensen, Ryan Hanson, Kristin Hanson, nor Lake Life Realty are liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the information provided through this website.

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