Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Big Mantrap Lake -- Family Cabin On the Water!

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

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 (40 miles). If you are here during "Taste of Dorset" I highly recommend attending! I saw the world’s youngest mayor (four year old Bobby) during a previous visit. Now he's been replaced by his 3 year old brother!

We start renting in May and end in October, the water pipes are not insulated and the dock has to come out before ice forms. New for 2013; we updated the kitchen, fireplace and TV. In 2015 new carpet went in along with a new couch after the previous one fell apart as I was moving it for the carpet. Opps, sorry Mom. 2016 saw a new roof on the cabin along with a new grill and an internet connection.

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 a deep water lake 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 in the den. 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 condone 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. Read them carefully it is easy to get confused. Also, we continue to have 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.

Sincerely, Steve

Keywords: house, secluded, rustic, wooded, Dorset, remote, Park Rapids, Nevis

More Details

Steve or Ann
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Nevis

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • cell phone
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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.


Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Landing

30 minutes to Itasca State Park - headwaters of the Mississippi River


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Nevis

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

Other Vacation Properties