What can be more relaxing than the image of a cool, calm lake relecting the surrounding trees as you wake in the morning to watch ducks and herons fly overhead or to simply enjoy that first cup of coffee.
Added to this is the pleasure of the setting sun, glowing orange on the lake, followed by a canopy of stars shining overhead, the big dipper visible and amazing. Later, as you join your friends and family by the new the fire pit patio, listening to the crackle of burning logs, you hear the haunting call of the loon, signifying your call to the lure of the north woods.
Each day as the sun warms the decks, you will find yourself enjoying the time spent with friends and family; teaching the kids to swim and dive, trying your hand at fishing or kayaking, or relaxing by the lake with a book that you have been saving just for the occasion.
The beauty of the area can be enjoyed by everyone, and you will be able to spend your time when indoors appreciating the comfort of a modern lake home. Relax in the screen room, or lounge on one of the five levels of decks with your favorite book. Learn how to use the authentic, wood fired Finnish sauna, and after heating up, run to the lake for a quick dip only to head back to the sauna to repeat the process.
Do not let the name of the Lake, 'Bad Medicine', fool you! It is 'good' medicine. The lake's name comes from a Native American legend about a chief who was lost here. On some maps it is called Lake of the Valley.
Ask anyone in the area about Bad Medicine, they will tell you of clear clean water in a pristine setting. With no inlet or outlet, the water is the best! It is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout, which are a joy to catch. Many other species live happily alongside.
The lake itself is a rare treat. Rated by Minnesota Monthly magazine as the state's best swimming lake. The fishing is excellent here as well.
You can try your hand at horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, or other activities that are provided. If you have your own golf clubs or bicyles as there are plenty of opportunities for both activities nearby. Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River, is just twenty minutes away.
Gift and craft stores, along with antiques, can also be found, and there are a number of restaurants available to you within a short drive. If you prefer, you can stay almost completely away from the world in your own retreat with the beauty of the northwoods surrounding you.
Spend the evening at the family patio fire, roasting marshmallows and making s'mores, singing songs, and watching the sun set over the water. Then move into the screen room to finish the day with conversation, cards, and friends. Another perfect day at the lake!
If you have a larger group, we have a Guest Home on the premises, right behind the Main home, that can accomodate 2-4 folks, with one bedroom, a full bath and kitchen, sofa sleeper, and wood stove. It was our only cabin, until we built the Holiday Home. We refurbished it over the last few years. It can only be rented with the main home. The Guest Home will not be rented to others when you are there on your vacation. It will remain vacant.
Those who have a fall schedule available often appreciate fall the most. We have decided to offer our home for a few weeks in the fall for our guests.
We know that the fall brings foliage changes, quiet times in the cabin, singing around the fire pit, and easy watching the serene lake at sunset.
In many cases, it is the best time to be there, with insect population down, and little activity on the water.
The lake is still warm enough for a quick swim followed by a refreshing sauna. The sauna wood smoke is in the air and the screen porch is beckoning.
Some say the fishing improves in the fall, and the golf courses are easy to access at your own schedule as the family groups have returned to school. All in all, it is a fine time to visit us.
We will have a few weeks available from the early September until the middle of October. Rates can be up to 25% lower for your enjoyment.
We choose to only lease for a few weeks to defray the taxes, and make improvements. We have many repeats so if you wish to visit us, please plan a year ahead.
Growing up in North Dakota I had memories of visiting the lake with my family. Given the lack of lakes in North Dakota, the tendency was to travel to Minnesota to enjoy all the area had to offer. My wife grew up in northern Michigan, spending her summers at 'the lake' since she was six years old. We both grew to appreciate all that lake property had to offer, and worked together to create our lake home in northern Minnesota.
We purchased this property the year Elvis died. We have raised the home, and our family here for over 30 years. Now that the kids are older, as we are, we inclined to share our lake home with you and your family. The description of the property is exactly what you will experience. Yes...there will be mosquitoes at night; however, remember that they are worse just at sunset and then thin out, and the screen porch and other indoor ammenities will be appreciated. Enjoy the home and treat it with pride and respect as if it were your own. We enjoy every moment that we spend here, and hope that you will too.
Neil Hensrud purchased this house in 1977
We selected this lake, Bad Medicine, as it has been consistently rated as one of the top lakes in Minnesota, with superb water clarity, seclusion, and scenery. The area is old growth forest, with many hiking trails for wildlife and birdwatching. The size of the property, over 2 acres, provide plenty of room for outdoor activities, yet almost completly private. Over the years we have improved the property with all amenities, and now find, if we did not own it, we could not afford to buy it!
The property address is Sunset Drive for a reason. The sunsets in this latitude are long, relaxing and spectacular. The home and decks are situated with a western exposure, which gives all a perfect view over the lake. You cannot imagine more colorful vistas. Complete privacy if one wishes, yet access to all sorts of amusements. Swimming and just relaxing are prime.
The property does have a lake deck at water level. The shore is sand, gravel and some rocks. While great swimming, the water does become deep not too far from shore. As always, if you have children who are not swimmers, you will need be prudent.