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Bad Medicine Lakeside Retreat. Close to Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lodge, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 7-12)

Book your own Private Lodge! We have openings for 2018 summer season. Text or Call is best way to book your week- reserve early!

This Bad Medicine Lake Home is the perfect place for a very comfortable and private retreat. Do you vacation with other families? This home accommodates 2-3 families comfortably!

The home's warm and welcoming atmosphere is perfect for any type of get together. Family Vacations, Reunions, a Ladies Getaway? The kitchen with it's open floor plan is perfect for entertaining a large group.

Wake up to Breath taking Panoramic Views, just steps away from the Water’s Edge.

The Great Room, Dining and Kitchen areas offer an open floor plan, perfect for mingling. The Bonus room is cozy, where kids can retreat to read a book, board games or movies. If you need to get connected, office area provides DSL service for quick work updates.

Voted 'Best Swimming Lake' in 2008, the Bad Medicine Lake area is also abundant with outdoor recreation; ATV, Hiking, Biking, Boating, Water skiing and Great Trout Fishing are just a few of the endless choices. Walk across the Mouth of the mighty Mississippi River, only 10 minutes away from Itasca State Park.

Boat lift and paddle boat available with rental.

30 minutes north east of Park Rapids, which offers Golf & Putt Putt, Antique shopping, and Rodeos. Take advantage of the Heartland trail, a paved path that is perfect for walking, rollerblading and biking. There are many visitors spots along the trail plenty of restaurant options. Bike rentals available in Park Rapids where the trail starts. Make sure you stop in Dorset. Plenty to see and do along this trail.

Our home is located 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, just enough distance for a private peaceful getaway. Detroit Lakes offers many restaurants, mini golf, movie theater, four golf courses and music festivals like 10,000 Lakes Festival and WE FEST.

We look forward to Hosting your Summer Vacation!

Keywords: Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Lakeside Lodge, Bad Medicine lake, Itasca state park.

More Details

Louella Fraser
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Filipino
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 27, 2018

About Louella Fraser

We have enjoyed Bad Medicine Lake since 1993 and built this home in 2009. We have hosted many friends and family over the years, that have hosted their special family and friends gathering in this home. It is a place we built from our own family's experiences from staying in other vacation rental homes, with deep appreciation of comfort and flow that adds to a memorable vacation!

Louella Fraser purchased this lodge in 2009

Why Louella Fraser chose Ponsford

Bad Medicine Lake is one of the top premier lakes in the Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids area. Known for some of the cleanest water and Trout and Walleye Fishing. If you prefer to swim in clean crisp water... here it is!

What makes this lodge unique

LARGE boulders frame the experience from inside to feel the comfort of upscale living outdoors close to the water's edge with windows offering panoramic views! We built the home with thoughtful consideration to the importance of comfort, space and warmth to enjoy and create memories together and sometimes.. on your own!


Ponsford Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Spa tile private master bath
    Bathroom 2 upper level Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Large Bathroom to accomodate!
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Service Bath Main Level
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main Level Master Bedroom with private Bath
    Bedroom Sail (3) - 1 queen , Large Bedroom with Built in Drawers faces lake side.
    Bedroom Sunshine (2) - 1 queen , Large Bedroom with built in drawers. Beautiful view of swamp
    Loft + Den - 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Kids room with plenty of bonuses!
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper sofa.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Bad Medicine Lakeside Retreat. Close to Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Detroit Lakes

Beautiful home on a beautiful lake!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home that had all you needed to enjoy your stay. We had so much fun! Plenty of room to spread out and the kids had room to play. We could have used a garbage and recycling pick up mid week; we had to take a load of recycling over to recycling center so we could refill that but unable to empty garbage. Other than that it was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West of South Dakota

Beyond my greatest expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

I was privileged to spend Independence Day weekend at the Lodge with family. The location is immaculate, so well maintained and beautiful. The activity on the lake was fun. The lake never seemed crowded or intrusive. The lodge itself is spacious and comfortable, a kitchen to die for, lounge areas upstairs and down makes room for any activity, quiet or lively. A campfire for evening chats and marshmallows included old and young. The owners are most welcoming and wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hope, Minnesota

Lake House Memories: The...

  • 5 of 5

Lake House Memories:

The place is absolutely fantastic!!! great view of the lake..a perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2009
  • Stayed: December 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
35 Miles

We built this home with families in mind who share summer vacations together as their tradition, the lodge offers a private lodge setting.

Bad Medicine Lake is known for it's water clarity and cleanliness. Known for Trout fishing and One of the Top Best Swimming Lakes in MN.

Our shoreline is wrapped by boulders and panoramic views of the lake, it's like your on the waters edge sitting in the great room.

There are rock steps leading to the water's edge and dock. Small beach area for the kids and plenty of decking space for seating.

Some of the area attractions located within 25-45 minutes is Laport which offers a vineyard and Lake George offering many unique one of a kind shops both great destinations for a lazy summer afternoon of rest and relaxation. The Shooting Star Casino is located 45 minutes in Mahnomen. The Shooting Star hosts a wide variety of shows. Restaurants within 20 minutes are Lobo's, Elbow Lake Store, Douglas Lodge, Ice Cracking Lodge. Devotional sites: St. Mary's Grotto at Two Inlets, Lutheran and other congregations in Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes.

Come relax and enjoy and take it all on Beautiful Bad Medicine Lake!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

1/2 Due immediately and 1/2 due 14 days before check in date OR 1/3 due immediately to secure reservation. 1/3 due 30 days after first payment and/or balance due 14 days before check in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund