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Come enjoy a quiet relaxing vacation in our REMOTE wooded cabin located roughly 30 minutes from Itasca State Park (headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River). Nearby are the restaurants of Dorset (15 miles) and the bigger towns of Park Rapids (25 miles) and Bemidji. If you are here during Dorset days I highly recommend attending! I saw the world’s youngest mayor (four year old Bobby) on my last visit.
We start renting in May and end the first weekend of October, the water pipes are not insulated and the dock has to come out before the ice forms. New for 2013; we updated the kitchen, fireplace and TV.
Bring your boat; the fishing on Big Mantrap Lake is typically phenomenal! And, lots of fishermen come to our bay as their favorite spot. Big Mantrap is known for its Muskie fishing but you can also enjoy catching largemouth bass, walleye, crappies, sunfish and northern pike. You can catch everything off the dock (I've seen it done!) but heading out on the water is sooo fun. We have kid skis and plenty of life jackets in the garage. There are companies nearby that rent boats and deliver them to the public landing if you don't want to haul yours from home.
Sleeping arrangements are as follows: Master bedroom with a queen bed, a loft with a queen bed, two day beds (one on the enclosed porch the other in the den) and one sleeper sofa (also on the porch). So, technically, the cabin sleeps 8 but I will say the place is not real big and you will have to be family or real close friends that don’t mind sleeping near each other. I just slept in the queen bed in the master bedroom for the first time. My Grandparents and then Mother always slept in the bedroom previously but on our last visit nobody wanted to listen to my snoring! It wasn't bad, the new mattress is comfortable but my favorite bed is still the loft. Even after knee surgery and temporarily walking with a cane I managed to get up the vertical ladder to the loft. My kids and wife thought I was nuts. But, I have to sleep in my bed at least once per trip!
More important than sleeping arrangements, there are TWO restrooms inside the cabin and one outhouse. The main bathroom has a tub/shower and the other is a half bath with a clothes washer and dryer.
SMOKING POLICY: Please no smoking inside the cabin. While I support your right to smoke I cannot permit smoking inside the cabin because the smell is bothersome to non-smokers. Please go outside to enjoy your tobacco products. If our caretaker reports the smell inside the cabin we may be forced to impose an additional cleaning fee.
NOTE: I added directions to the public landing near the Boy Scout campgrounds in the map view and I added two links to maps on the Minnesota DNR website. Also, we have had recent email issues where messages are going directly to 'junk'. If you don't get a return email within a week, please call the contact number.
Keywords: house, secluded, rustic, wooded, Dorset, remote, Park Rapids, Nevis
Fire pit for those cool evenings. In the unlikely event power is lost there is an out-house behind the cabin just please don't squeeze the Charmin. You may however want to take some with you. ...moreless
A $100 deposit is required. If you need to cancel we will refund your deposit provided we can rent the week to someone else. If the cabin goes empty for the week because of your cancelation the deposit will not be refunded.
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From the cabin take Hwy 7 towards Dorset. Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 24 to Emmaville. You will make a series of bends and as the road bends to the left before a long straight section you will see a Bingo Hall on the right along with signs to the boat ramp and the Boy Scout campground. I know this map doesn't look it but the lake is connected. There are two more maps of the lake in the "Links" section.
30 minutes to Itasca State Park - headwaters of the Mississippi River
Year Purchased: 1954
About the owner: Third generation military family living in SC and GA. I recently retired from the Air Force but still work on base. Additionally, we as a family operate several small businesses in SC and GA.
Why the Owner Chose Park Rapids: My Grandparents vacationed on Mantrap while stationed in Minneapolis during the early 1950's. They purchased a very small hunter cabin and the property in 1954. The cabin was then rotated so the kitchen window looked out onto the lake and additions were added over the years. First was the bedroom and indoor plumbing. Thank you Grandaddy! (Outhouse is still usable) The dining area and half bath were added in the 1970's. I as a child spent every summer at the cabin and my kids spent many summers there as well. When I fully retire I will be able to return more often but for now I have to work.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: We have great fishing just off the dock. Both Northern Pike and Muskie have been caught from the dock. We have a large metal live well cage in the garage you are welcome to use. I have always loved listening to the Loons and watching for deer. There are even two American Bald Eagle nests between the cabin and the public boat landing. Oh, there is a map of the lake on the porch! Up until a few years ago we only had 1 TV channel, we now have DirecTV. Cell phone coverage in the cabin is improved by a repeater antenna but service is still spotty, texting seems to work best. Out on the water away from iron deposits and trees there is plenty of service.