About the property
- Cabin2024 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Loft, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 11, 2 Car Garage, Many new items
Beautiful Cabin on a Beautiful Lake
Waterfront is Private, only useable by you
Note: There is a longer flight of stairs down to the lake, as illustrated in the fourth photo
Big Sand is 1,635 acres with a maximum depth of 135 feet, great for skiing, tubing, and fishing. Fish for walleyes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, bluegill, and rock bass. The cabin faces West for great sunsets!
Make family memories at the lake!
*Log Cabin -- Sleeps 11 in beds
*Towering Pine Trees on 2.5 Acres
*2 Car Garage with Opener
*Sandy shallow shore is great for swimming
*Crystal Clear Water -- 25 feet of visibility
*135 feet deep -- great for fishing
*Sleeping loft sleeps 5 in beds
*WiFi (optional, $30 for entire stay)
*Unfinished basement with:
*Ping Pong Table
*New bedding throughout
*New bath and beach towels
*New coffee maker
*New pots & pans
*New electric pancake griddle
*Washer & Dryer
*Outdoor Gas Grill
*Dock and Lift for your boat
*Canoe and Paddles (6 adult and 4 child life jackets)
*Beach Towels are ready! Just bring sunscreen :-)
VRBO/HomeAway has the property listed as 'sleeps 13' Please note, this includes the two couches -- the property sleeps 11 in beds, 2 on couches (we just don't want there to be any disappointments/misunderstandings) -- The 3 bedrooms are carpeted, as is the sleeping loft upstairs.
3 miles North of Dorset (great restaurants)
10 miles East of Park Rapids (restaurants, shopping, candy store, souvenirs, etc)
28 miles West of Walker (Leach Lake, restaurants, shopping, souvenirs)
23 miles from Itasca State Park (walk across the Headwaters of the Mississippi)
Closest Hospital is Park Rapids -- 10 miles
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Michael Marzolf
My wife and I have been part-time residents of Park Rapids Lakes Area since 2005. Having camped in the area as kids, coming back was so exciting! We appreciate that the area is low-key, and quieter than the Brainerd area, but still there is plenty to do. We are both avid cyclists and runners, and REALLY appreciate the Heartland Trail (49 miles paved). We also are triathletes, and take part in the Northwoods Triathlon each year. We hope you enjoy our cabin and the Park Rapids Area as much as we have, and that you come back to build more family memories!
Michael Marzolf purchased this Cabin in 2014
Why Michael Marzolf chose Lake Emma
We purchased this home on Big Sand as a legacy property, one that will be in our family forever. As you will see, it is in beautiful shape, ready to be enjoyed. We are interested in having you stay if you are interested in taking care of it too -- that way it will be just as nice when you return next year :-)
What makes this Cabin unique
Some of the unique benefits of this cabin, this lake, and this area include: *Comfortably Furnished Cabin On Big Sand *Sleeps 11 in beds (4 queens, 3 twins) *WiFi (optional, $30 for entire stay) *Fireplace (for use in winter only) *Unfinished basement with: *Air Hockey *Pool Table *Ping Pong Table *Outdoor fire pit *2.5 acre lot *Horseshoes *Deck with picnic table overlooking lake *Dock and Lift for your boat *Canoe & Paddle *Life jackets (6 adult, 4 children) *Satellite TV Waterfront is Private, only useable by you
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very nice house, we really enjoyed our family get together. A lot of room
Great Place! Even better owner!
My wife and I and our family had a wonderful stay here. From the time we arrived, we were greeted with a beautiful, immaculately clean, north woods home to enjoy. The first thing we realized was that we had packed too much "stuff" with us. Because, literally everything we needed was provided. The house was very well stocked with everything from kitchen utensils to beach and bath towels to games to firewood for campfires............. They even provided the fixings for s'mores!
The owner, Mike, messaged me shortly after we checked in to be sure that everything was good. Turned out the WiFi had been knocked out by a lightning strike, or power surge, taking the card out of the receiver. I assured him it wasn't a big deal to us. But, he had a repair person out right away and got it running! Very nice to have an owner who is that responsive, instead of excelling at making excuses!
The house is very well kept. There are a lot of trees on the property, so it feels secluded. The dock on the lake is new and very high quality. The swimming area is sandy, the water is crystal clear, with a very gradual drop in depth. So, it was perfect for our little granddaughters to swim.
My wife and I have been bringing our family to the Park Rapids area for 30 years. This property is, by far, the best overall experience and value that we've ever experienced up here! We left the place we had previously stayed at for several years, because the owner had let the resort fall into disrepair and the service had diminished. Not the case here! I can't say enough nice things about the owner, (Mike) and the great hospitality we were shown.
Thanks for a great vacation!
Family of 11: Grandparents, Children, Grandchildren
Our family time for these five days in July was superb. The cabin floor plan is perfect. The three game tables in the basement were a surprise and a plus. The beds were comfortable, and the kitchen amenities were everything we could have asked for. The games and children"s activities held the interest of our young family members. Our oldest daughter and her significant other caught several fish, including a couple large bass. The long walk down the pier/dock felt a little surreal and the kids loved it. And I can't forget the steps. They were a bit intimidating but they certainly kept us from gaining too much weight; we approached them as our daily workout. The small children had no trouble with them. Chairs on the landings waited to give us respite if we needed it.
We rented a pontoon from Water Toys. It was perfect for pulling the grandchildren on a tube.
My very favorite activity at any lake includes watching the sunset; Big Sand Lake accommodated our desires. The sunsets were spectacular.
This was our second stay at Michael's lake home. The weather was perfect EVERY day. Not only is the lake home beautiful but so is the lake. We swam, tubed, fished, boated, and snorkeled every day. The water clarity is amazing. The sunsets were beautiful. This owner is very attentive to his renter's needs. We really appreciated the high chair and pak n play that he had waiting for us when we got there. (I really think he would have pizza delivered to the lake home if you messaged him and said you were hungry. Haha) I would highly recommend this lake home. I can't think of one thing that would have made our week better. Thank you Michael!
Great location! Great land owner!
My family spent most of the time fishing and fishing. It was pure clean fun. The lake was beautiful! Sunsets spectacular! The house was home away from home. Thankyou Micheal!
Amazing Lakefront Home Vacation Rental
My family and I just returned from our weeklong stay at Mike and Nerissa’s home on Big Sand Lake. We had the most wonderful vacation! We did not want our week to end! Mike and Nerissa’s home is truly beautiful inside and out. The home was very spacious and easily accommodated my family of 10 and we did not feel as if we were on top of one another. The home is stalked with a lot of care; plenty of kitchen amenities and cooking utensils, lots of both bathroom and beach towels, firewood for the fire pit, fans for the bedrooms and the beds were all very comfortable. The outdoor space is great as well. My nephews enjoyed riding their bikes countless times around the circular driveway and we enjoyed several campfires at the designated fire pit area. The outdoor grill and table on the deck was perfect for dinners in the evening. Big Sand Lake is a very clean, clear lake and we took advantage of our time in the water. Having the boat lift next to the dock was an added bonus as we were able to bring our boat and easily store for the week. The dock is one of the longest docks I’ve ever seen and you can tell it’s brand new. There is a very nice sitting area at the end of the dock with built in benches which were great to watch the sunsets. There are several steps leading down from the home to the dock, but that was never an issue for my family. All and all, truly one of the best properties I have ever rented on VRBO and I have rented several. Mike is very, very responsive and you can tell he takes a lot of pride in his home and truly wants his guests to have a wonderful rental experience, which we had no problem having!
Northern Minnesota, and specifically the Park Rapids Lakes Area offers many opportunities for making family memories. In the summer, Swim and Fish in some of the states cleanest lakes, Bike/Walk/Run on the Heartland Trail (49 miles paved), and Shop and Eat at many fantastic locally owned establishments. Winter activities include snowmobiling and cross-county skiing all winter long, which you can enjoy while staying at one of over 25 resorts and motels open year round.
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FIREWORKS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED! Last year there was a grass fire from just a sparkler -- We apologize but this cannot happen again, and thus we cannot allow fireworks. A NOTE REGARDING NOISE AND BEING RESPECTFUL TO OUR NEIGHBORS: We have had many families stay at the cabin, and they have had loads of fun -- this makes us very happy! Unfortunately we had one guest who was loud and obnoxious, including the use of profanity. Our neighbors were offended, and my wife and I were as well. This incident caused us an enormous amount of stress and ended up costing me over $2,000 to defend myself. I recovered part of this cost from withholding 100% of the guest's damage deposit. We truly want every guest to have the most fun possible while they are at the cabin -- we simply remind you that this fun cannot be at the expense of our neighbors. Sincere thanks in advance!!