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Remote Northwoods Cabin on Big Mantrap Lake

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


Last updated: 01/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible sofa-bed, 1 Bath

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. The rental cabin shares the point of the peninsula with another cabin.

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 1,700 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 1,400 square foot cabin was built in 1965, as a guest cabin for the cabin next door. It has had many improvements over the past six years to make it more comfortable and efficient. The interior 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, dock fishing, or just sitting and enjoying the privacy it affords; it also 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, and a sofa in the living room converts to a double bed.

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    $100 per week per pet...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • It is recommended that guests bring their own drinking water, as the iron in the well water, while perfectly safe to drink, is not particularly tasty. A few resorts on the lake rent boats. If interested, please contact the owner to receive more information....moreless


  • Books:

    A small collection of books is available. Renters who wish to take an unfinished book with them are asked to leave a book of similar genre and quality for the next renter....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Some board games are provided....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite television is provided....moreless

  • Television:

    Dish TV...moreless

  • Toys:

    Some toys are available. Renters should bring their own....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Picnic table on porch seats as many as 12; breakfast bar seats up to 5; game table on porch seats 4...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Baseboard electric heating is available for chilly days and nights....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens are provided. They are well-worn, but comfy. ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Space is available for boat trailers. RVs are not allowed....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    A set of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths is provided for each guest. Renters should provide their own beach towels, if they are desired....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Because of the high amount of iron in the well water, guests are advised not to wash anything of really good quality in the washing machine - less the items take on a peach coloring or stains....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    In addition to the refrigerator in the kitchen, there is a second small, very old refrigerator on the porch. ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    A few bikes are available....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A narrow deck surrounds two sides of the cabin....moreless

  • Golf:

    Headwaters Golf Club is about 20 miles away in Park Rapids. The Bear's Den and BlueBerry are two other golf courses in the Park Rapids area....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A charcoal grill and a gas grill are available....moreless



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7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Extra Person (up to 2) $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%


The fees noted are for a party of six or fewer for a one week stay. An additional charge of $100 per week will be added for each additional person up to eight persons.

The rates for parties staying for more than one week are as follows: two weeks: $1,900; three weeks: $2,750. Every additional week: $850.

Property is rented Saturday to Saturday. Check-in time is 3:00 PM or later, and Departure Time is 9:00 AM. The 9:00 departure time allows the cleaning crew to start their work in a timely manner. Late departures will be charged an extra $50.

Half of rent and all of damage deposit are required upon booking. Remainder of rental fee plus sales/use tax are due 30 days prior to arrival. Damage deposit is required of first time renters and is returned after the cabin has been cleaned and inspected. Repeat renters are not required to pay a damage deposit.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 01/27/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bemidji, MN
19 Miles
Nearest Golf
Headwaters Golf Club
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Nevis, MN

Car: Necessary


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 remote 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, MN, USA:
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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Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/27/2017

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

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

  • Bunk-room, which sleeps four

    Bunk-room, which sleeps four

  • View of waterfront from land

    View of waterfront from land

  • Screened-in porch with lake in background

    Screened-in porch with lake in background

  • Living room with lake in background

    Living room with lake in background

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

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

  • Alex and his Dad with 51" muskie caught in Big Mantrap.

    Alex and his Dad with 51" muskie caught in Big Mantrap.

  • Screened-in porch

    Screened-in porch

  • Kitchen


  • Double bed on screened in porch

    Double bed on screened in porch

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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