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Long Lake - Where Memories Are Made!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms (sleeps 6), 1 Bathroom, Laundry room, fishing boat/motor included

Comfortable 3 bedroom, 1700 sq. ft. lakefront cottage, sleeps 6 people, on beautiful Long Lake in Park Rapids, Minnesota. It has a gradually sloping swimming area with a natural, hard sand bottom and 100' sandy beach area. It's perfect for small children. One of the two heavy-duty roll-in docks has a built-in ladder that’s perfect for swimming. Swim off the dock in crystal clear water, walk on sandy Chippewa Loop, gather around the lakefront fire pit in the evening and be prepared to get the best sleep ever in the North country.

This privately owned year round lakefront cabin is just 6 miles outside of Park Rapids, MN. Come discover the various area attractions and take yourself back in time by parking in the middle of the street downtown. The cabin is a perfect vacation spot for making special memories. The family vacation experience includes the scent of fresh pine, water sports, quality fishing, lakefront grilling right outside your door and family fun you create. Enjoy a panoramic view of Long Lake while drinking coffee or reading on the front deck or on the log swing in the front yard.

Long Lake is 9 miles long, 1,974 acres with a maximum depth of 135 feet, great for all water sports including canoeing, skiing, tubing, lake cruising and fishing. As one of the larger and deeper lakes in the area, it features walleye, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, bluegill, and rock bass.

The vacation cottage is fully heated and air conditioned. Each of the three bedrooms have queen size beds and plenty of closet space. It also features a 16 x 16 large four seasons room with a double reclining couch and 2 Laz-E-Boy recliners, 48' flat panel television, cable TV and DVD player. Free wireless internet access. The living room also has an additional TV and DVD player. The living/kitchen and dining area is an open floor plan with an amazing lake view.

The cottage is fully furnished and move-in ready. All you need to bring is your clothes. All bed linens and kitchen and bath washrags/towels and beach towels are included. The kitchen is fully equipped including microwave, toaster, blender, coffeemaker, electric skillet, griddle, crock pot and all pots, pans and dishes you could possibly need. There is a fire pit overlooking the lake for night visits around the fire. All firewood is provided. There is a deck on the front and on the back of the cabin. A Weber charcoal grill is provided located on the lakefront side of the cottage.

For cruising the lake a 15' canoe, Lund 16’ fishing boat with a 15 HP Evinrude outboard motor and 18' Bass Buggy pontoon boat with a 40 HP Johnson motor are included in the rental price. The pontoon lift has a large canopy that is great for little ones to get out of the sun. If you prefer to bring your own boat, we will be happy to let you use one of our boat lifts or tie it to our second dock.

The cabin is within a short drive of Itasca State Park, the source of the Mississippi River, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, a variety of restaurants, and the boutique shops of downtown Park Rapids. The Heartland Trail for biking starts in Park Rapids and is a paved bike trail that extends for over 100 miles to the east. There are many shops and restaurants along the way. Bicycle rentals are available at the trail head. The Park Rapids area is great for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. You can truly discover the beauty of the Northwoods.

You will witness the breathtaking brilliance of the stars far away from the lights of the city and hear the song of the loons across the lake calling out to one another in the tranquil darkness. Who knows? You may even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights while you’re there! The satisfaction you'll feel knowing that you have provided your family with the gift of enduring memories--that's priceless.

This cottage has a central furnace and is insulated for early spring and fall fishing trips as well! Spring and fall fisherman will be nicely surprised.

For the comfort of our guests and out of respect those with severe allergies, absolutely no pets are allowed and there is no smoking inside the cabin.

More Details

Mike Appel
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2017

About Mike Appel

My wife and I met one summer in 1968 on Chippewa Loop on Long Lake. It's no surprise when we tell you our hearts and our favorite place in this world will always be on Chippewa Loop in Park Rapids, MN. Our parents loved it here and had it not been for that, our lives would have gone in totally different directions. We love to share our lake home with other people and watch them make special memories in our special place with those they love. Life is about relationships and this is the place relationships are built.

Mike Appel purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Mike Appel chose Northwest

Growing up having family vacations on Long Lake was a very unique and special vacation for us as kids. It seemed our parents were always working on the cabin on Chippewa Loop, but our memories are of running barefoot down the road, swimming for hours, learning to ski and meeting new friends. There are countless memories of being in fishing boats on Blueberry Point, teasing other friends and fisherman and having a great time. The fish fry gatherings were amazing, the laughter contagious. and the sleeping was the best in the world! Our adult children and grandchildren look forward to MN vacations as much as we always have. It has not lost its charm. It's fun to watch as they run barefoot and do all the things we did with the same enthusiasm. When you stay in our cottage we want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as if you owned it. We want you to use it as if it were yours.

What makes this cabin unique

The lake is so clean you can see the minnows swimming around in the shallows, can see your fish on the line way before they get to your boat, and you can see the bluegill swimming around from the end of the dock. If you have little ones they can catch fish all day long from the end of the dock. If you love to go for walks, the winding, sandy road called Chippewa Loop is the best! The clean, fresh pine-scented air is so refreshing you'll want to leave your windows open at night. Even though you're enjoying the Northland on a beautiful lake it's only 6 miles to town where you can find groceries, drug stores, shopping, fishing tackle, live bait, boat dealers, any kind of restaurant you can imagine, theaters, go-cart racing, miniature golf, golf courses galore and yes even a Walmart! What's there not to love?


Park Rapids Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 bath - fiberglass tub/shower one-piece unit Vanity sink/cabinet with mirror
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 bedrooms - all Queen size Space in 4 seasons room for overflow sleeping (bring your own air mattress/sleeping bags) Pack n Play for sleeping babies/tots available upon request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Family fire pit in front yard overlooking the lake. Firewood is provided. There are boat rental providers in the area including but not limited to jetskis, large pleasure boats and ski boats. Rentals can be daily or weekly rates. Mike will be available to give fishing tips. He's fished the area for years.


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Long Lake - Where Memories Are Made!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved it. The cabin was fantastic. Beds were comfortable. We loved that there was a pontoon for our use. Towels, beach towels, and bedding were all provided which was great. Washer and dryer also came in handy for our family of 6.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments Stacie! We loved having you stay in our home and hope you made great memories. We try to include as much as we can to make your stay convenient! Mike and Di Appel
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Perfect cabin for a relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week long stay at the Appel cabin. The cabin is perfect. It has everything you need-comfortable beds, stocked kitchen, plenty of room for relaxing, great washer and dryer area, plus many outdoor activities. Most of all It was SUPER CLEAN! They have thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable and stress free like basic kitchen items, books, movies, wi-fi, all towels and linens, the list could go on and on. The boats were a perfect addition to our vacation for fishing and for our small children to enjoy the lake. We loved our time on the little beach. If you are looking for a spot that has it all.. this is the cabin for you. We had such a wonderful time. Thank you Mike and Di for sharing it with us. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moorhead, MN

Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Appel cabin is just what the doctor ordered. We appreciated all of the amenities and enjoyed cabin, the view, and the lake. The cabin lives up to its listing! We had a wonderful family vacation. Thanks Di & Mike!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time staying at this vacation house. I've been coming to this area for several years and this was the nicest place I've ever stayed. Mike and Di are wonderful hosts and we couldn't ask for a better vacation. I've never booked a place from this website and was a little nervous to do so. Would do it again in a heartbeat. The vacation house was super clean, had a nice kitchen, 3 bedrooms, a cool sunroom and an awesome view of the lake. We don't have a boat so that is something that we need when we come up there. This was the only house I found who provided boats. Would highly recommend this rental. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

To encourage that the Appel's cottage would only be available to our family, friends and us, we should be writing an unfavorable review. However, Mike and Di have opened their wonderful home to us for the last couple years. Their generosity and wholesomeness makes this rental our favorite. We hope to return for many future vacations. Dale and Von O.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love getting to know our guests! This family is very dear to our heart and we look forward to each visit. We feel very blessed...
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Where Memories are made!!

  • 5 of 5

Simply wonderful! Invited by Dale Omlscheid to spend the week with he and Von. My brother from another mother. Cats meow. The cabin (house) was wonderful!! Lake was really fun to explore, and sit around the fire and swap sea stories with Mike.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed the stay and all the amenities! We try to make it homey so you feel like our house is your house. We are truly blessed to have great renters like you! Thanks for loving and appreciating all the work it takes to make your experience pleasant...Mike and Di
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bemidji, MN
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
58 Miles
Staples, MN
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles

Heartland State Biking Trail

Itasca State Park, Head of the Mississippi River

Paul Bunyan Attractions

Logging Camp Restuarant


Rates & Availability

Park Rapids Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov. 2017
Oct 28 2017 - Nov 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
May 1 2018 - Jun 9 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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