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Lake Retreat Close to Town and Enjoy Nature on Bike Trail

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Lodge, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Cozy cabin home on beautiful, shady, tree filled lot on private North Lake Drive of Lake Kampeska. Close to Kampeska Lodge for hunting and fishing advice and supplies, also convenient to Highway 20, for easy drive to Watertown and shopping or Lakefront dining at Lunkers Restaurant. There are three large parks and bike trails encircling the lake. Bike trail access is across the road going by the property.

South Dakota is famous for it's fishing and hunting. You can fish on the many nearby lakes for walleye, pike, and bass. Pheasants are heard daily from the property and duck, goose, and deer hunting are popular in the fall.

Watertown is known for the Terry Redlin Art Museum, Historic Goss Opera House, Casino Speedway Racing, and many other fun activities.

This property is 3.5 hours West of Minneapolis, MN on Hwy 212, 2 hours North of Sioux Falls, SD on Interstate 29, or 2.5 hours South of Fargo, ND on Interstate 29. Watertown is centrally located on the Eastern side of the Coteau Des Prairies Lake Region. It is an easy one day drive from The Black Hills of South Dakota and Mount Rushmore.

Keywords: lakefront home, dock, on north shore of Lake Kampeska

More Details

Paula Christensen
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

Why Paula Christensen chose South Dakota

We grew up in the area and always enjoy the people, recreational options, and the change of seasons.

What makes this lodge unique

This property provides good family or group accommodation value compared to local area motels.


Watertown Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main level bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs bathroom in loft bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 bunk bed , Loft bedroom, also contains twin daybed, area sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) trundle bed in loft alcove upstairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen sofabed in living room, Bunk Beds (1) twin bunk beds in loft alcove upstairs
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Dock with Bench and Ladder. NO beach in front of home, shoreline on North Lake Drive has big rocks. Swimming NOT recommended due to possible fishing tackle caught in the area from former guests


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Lake Retreat Close to Town and Enjoy Nature on Bike Trail
average rating of 4.631579 based on 19 reviews

Average basic cabin

  • 3 of 5

Everything was fine..Like the upper level for sleeping. Although the rental needs a good deep cleaning. It still beats staying in a hotel for 3 nights..

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are a bit surprised and disappointed at the low rating we received. The guest and her family members had stayed at the cabin for 3 days in late December, and we had no notice that they were unhappy with the property or the value we provided at that time. There have only been two reservations since they stayed at the property, and little has changed. We agree that the housekeeping had not been completed before the guest's visit. All linens were washed, the bathrooms and kitchen were cleaned, and the upstairs carpets had been vacuumed. The downstairs floors were swept but not vacuumed or washed, which we understand disappointed the guests. The driveway and sidewalk were sloppy with melting snow. I did not have time to reinspect the downstairs floors before leaving on vacation. Clearly we should not have rented the cabin until all housekeeping was double checked, and we should have declined the reservation request and directed the guests to one of the excellent local motels. In our partial defense, at the time we received the reservation request, we were in China on a family vacation. We had not expected a February reservation request before we had a chance to inspect the housekeeping work when we returned February 7. We understood the guest's party of nine people were returning to Watertown for a funeral. As they were return guests, we felt a degree of responsibility to accommodate them. It was a short notice reservation request, which we have a policy of not accepting. We knew the housekeeping was not complete, but it was nearly so. Never the less we broke our policy of not renting the cabin before all housekeeping is completed. We have learned several valuable lessens from this experience, and realize that accepting the reservation request from the guests before making SURE that the cabin was fully ready was a mistake.
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Spacious House with Great Beds

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at the house and although it was extremely cold outside, it provided a haven for our belated Christmas Party. Updated information on the lack of internet was our only drawback. But even that was a refreshing pause in our hectic lives.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to provide everything needed for a comfortable stay. I have also updated the listing to make sure it is accurate. Thank you for your observations.
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nice house

  • 5 of 5

nice house, everything was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a family visit

  • 5 of 5

We make at least one trip to Watertown every year and have been staying at this property for the last several years. It is a wonderful place to stay. Very peaceful and beautiful. The owner has always been very attentive to our needs. We look forward to coming back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love repeat guests! We try to keep the home comfortable and clean, and with the trees and lake, we agree it is a peaceful spot to relax and unwind. Thank you for your kind remarks.
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Homan family

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at your cabin at the Lake. It was such a nice clean cabin with everything that

we needed.

I highly recommend to anyone visiting in the Watertown area to stay here. We had people from

every age group and everyone had a good time. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind remarks. We try to have a vacation home that is clean and is comfortable for a lake vacation. On North Lake Drive, the shore is not as good for swimming as the south shore of lake Kampeska, but the dock makes it easy to be in the water past the rocks on shore. There are beach areas within a couple of miles and the lake has many boat launch access points. We hope that you can stay again.
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It worked out well!

  • 4 of 5

The house was pretty well clean but needed a good spring cleaning. The coffee pot stopped working. The outside fire pit was very touchy and wouldn't stay lit. Too many annoying signs around the house. The book was good information. Swimming area should be better if it's a lake house.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We are sorry you had a bad experience at our lake home. The coffee pot does work, but was clogged when coffee grounds overflowed the filter. We do have lots of signs around the property, such as a warning to not park on the lawn, a "slippery when wet" sign on the sidewalk near the garage, and several informational signs inside the home. We have always felt these were for the benefit of our guests but understand that they could be viewed as a nuisance.The fire pit is hard to light unless the fine print instructions below the gas controls are followed, and sometimes rain gets into the gas lines. We will add a new large print instruction note for how to light the fire pit. We do try to maintain the home in a clean and well maintained condition, and would appreciate any specific recommendations you might have. The home is on the lake, but we do not advertise it as a swimming area, though many of our guests do swim there. There is no beach, and there is nothing we can do about that. We are glad that the home worked out well for your needs, and hope that you can give it another chance.
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Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Memorial Park or City Park on Lake Kampeska
Car: necessary

Lake Kampeska is noted for its recreational activities. Jet ski rental available in Watertown. Canoes can also be rented in Watertown.

Terry Redlin Art Center in Watertown is worth the visit.


Rates & Availability

Watertown Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Off Season
Nov 3 2016 - May 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer season
May 19 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Hunting season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Off Season
Nov 19 2017 - May 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
May 26 2018 - Sep 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
Hunting Season
Sep 5 2018 - Jan 2 2019
4 night minimum stay
Winter Off Season
Jan 3 2019 - May 23 2019
3 night minimum stay
Summer season
May 24 2019 - Sep 3 2019
4 night minimum stay
Hunting season
Sep 4 2019 - Nov 8 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

If stay cancelled within 60 days of occupancy or after final stay funds due, refund will be given in full if unit can be re rented to another guest for the same time period. Funds will be held for a future stay, if refund not allowed.

Guests agree NO SMOKING and NO animals allowed at any time.

Guests are adults over the age of 25 and responsible for safety.

Extra charge for over 6 guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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