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Secluded Northwoods Cabin on Big Mantrap Lake

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Exterior of Cabin; screened-in porch is in the front.


Last updated: 07/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Situated on the tip of a peninsula that extends three-fourths of a mile into Big Mantrap Lake, this three and a quarter acre property has almost 1,100 feet of shoreline. Named for its many bays, inlets, and channels, Big Mantrap Lake is known as a Muskie lake, but it is also home to large and small mouth bass, northern pike, and crappie. This 1,556 acre lake boasts many miles of undeveloped shoreline, making it a wildlife haven for deer, otters, beavers, foxes, loons, eagles, ospreys, and numerous other birds and animals.

The interior of the 1,400 square foot cabin is finished in knotty pine, giving it a true north woods feel. The 24' x 24' Screened-in Porch that overlooks the lake is perfect for bug-free eating and relaxing. It is also a great play area for kids, particularly during inclement weather.

The waterfront is highlighted by a 100 Foot Dock which has a large platform, as well as a Boat Lift for a ski or fishing boat. The dock is perfect for sunning, swimming, or dock fishing, and it provides a jumping-off point for kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, tubing, fishing, and other water related activities.

Sleeping space is maximized. One bedroom is outfitted with two sets of bunk beds, and the other has a queen-size bed. A double bed is located on the porch, a sofa in the living room converts to a double bed, and a rollaway bed is also available. Tents have been pitched near the waterfront for sleeping quarters for the more adventuresome.

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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Picnic table on porch seats as many as 12; breakfast bar seats up to 5...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking is limited....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    The 'Happy Boat,' an ancient pontoon, is available to rent for $100 per week. It goes forward, backward, and idles - and has absolutely no amenities....moreless

  • Golf:

    Headwaters Golf Club is about 20 miles away in Park Rapids....moreless



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Additional information about rental rates


  • Rental of Happy Boat $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 6.875%


The fees noted are for a party of six or fewer for a one week stay. An additional charge of $100 per week is added for each additional person.

Half of rent and all of damage deposit are required upon booking. Remainder of rental fee plus sales/use tax are due upon arrival. Damage deposit is required of first time renters and is returned shortly after departure, after the cabin has been inspected. Repeat renters are not required to pay a damage deposit.

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Last updated: 07/16/2015
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1959

About the owner: Jim and Anne Crabbe are the owners. Jim's parents purchased this northwoods paradise in 1959, and Jim and Anne honeymooned there in 1962. Since then, they and their three children (and now eight grandchildren) have spent time almost every summer in this secluded getaway. With their retirement in 2008 (which meant time to spend entire summers "up north"), Jim and Anne built a second cabin for themselves on the property. The second cabin meant that the existing cabin could be used by their kids and grandkids, friends, and renters who love the northwoods as much as they do.

Why the Owner Chose Park Rapids:
We love the wildness of the area and the privacy of the site, and we think others of similar interests will enjoy vacationing on Big Mantrap.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
As an avid fisherman, Jim enjoys being on a lake with minimal fishing traffic. Both Jim and Anne are golfers and can often be found on the challenging Headwaters Golf Course in nearby Park Rapids. This property is not for those who are looking for bright lights and a fast-paced vacation. Rather, it for those who prefer to wear jeans and t-shirts while they kick back, enjoy the serenity of nature, and take part (or not) in water and outdoor activities.

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  • Exterior of Cabin; screened-in porch is in the front.

    Exterior of Cabin; screened-in porch is in the front.

  • Living room; screened-in porch in background.

    Living room; screened-in porch in background.

  • Partial view of screened in porch, facing lake

    Partial view of screened in porch, facing lake

  • The dock and waterfront; cabin is to the right behind the trees.

    The dock and waterfront; cabin is to the right behind the trees.

  • Bunk-room, which sleeps four

    Bunk-room, which sleeps four

VRBO #275030

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Date last modified - Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Park Rapids #275030

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