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Big Mantrap Lake -- Family Cabin On the Water!

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • children welcome


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 Now he's been replaced by his 3 year old brother!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 the first weekend of 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.

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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Steve or Ann

Third generation military family living in SC and GA. I recently retired from the Air Force but still work on base. Additionally, we operate several small businesses in SC and GA.

Steve or Ann purchased this cabin in 1954

Why Steve or Ann chose Minnesota

My Grandparents vacationed on Mantrap while stationed in Minneapolis during the early 1950's. They purchased a very small hunter cabin and the property in 1954. The cabin was then rotated so the kitchen window looked out onto the lake and additions were added over the years. First was the bedroom and indoor plumbing. Thank you Grandaddy! (Outhouse is still usable) The dining area and half bath were added in the 1970's. I as a child spent every summer at the cabin and my kids spent many summers there as well. When I fully retire I will be able to return more often but for now I have to work.

What makes this cabin unique

We have great fishing just off the dock. Both Northern Pike and Muskie have been caught from the dock. We have a large metal live well cage in the garage you are welcome to use. I have always loved listening to the Loons and watching for deer. There are even two American Bald Eagle nests between the cabin and the public boat landing. Oh, there is a map of the lake on the porch! Up until a few years ago we only had 1 TV channel, we now have DirecTV. Cell phone coverage in the cabin is improved by a repeater antenna but service is still spotty, texting seems to work best. Out on the water away from iron deposits and trees there is plenty of service.


Nevis Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 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)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Big Mantrap Lake -- Family Cabin On the Water!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Little piece of heaven !

  • 5 of 5

Mantrap is our favorite lake to fish for pike and musky. We have fished it for 14 years and have always stayed at resorts due to our young children needing amenities including a pool. Now that they have grown up, we decided to rent a cabin and what a cabin it was. Not only were we steps from our dock, we had everything we could ask for including a secluded bay full of fish, a choir of loons serenading us throughout the day, and access to everything we could ever want or need. Our needs were met in every way. My favorite time was walking out on the dock in early morning with a cup of coffee and listening to the songs of the loons. It was so touching watching them teach their babies.

The owners could not be nicer nor more accomodating. I hope we can return for another 14 years and then some.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Three weeks vacation on Big Man Trap. This was our second year to return from Nebraska.

  • 5 of 5

The area is a favorite with good bass fishing, Northern Pike are abundant and our biggest reason to Man Trap is the Musky fishing. We seen 10 and caught none. We have fished this lake for years and camped in very nice grounds. Cabin has been refreshing to retired visitors. It offered every amenity we wished for. Well Internet conections were a problem. Everything else was in great working conditionn clean, handy for disabled with no inclines to water. Few steps. The owners are impeccable that we have high regards for. We did our utmost to respect there property. Best regards Betty Allison

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Dakota

Fantastic family week at private, lakefront cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our family has outgrown some of the "resort" style lake destinations that often cater to younger kids. We had a perfect stay at this lovely home. With 1.5 baths, separate bedroom, sleeping loft, porch, deck, miles of countryside and lake, there's plenty of space for everyone to get away if they feel like it. Fire pit and grill make for happy together time, as do side trips to Walker, Dorset, Park Rapids, Itasca, etc. Rented a pontoon from Freemont's Point - easy access, great fun, nice people. The cabin is extremely clean, well-maintained and well-stocked, including towels and bed linens (bring your own beach towels). We set up badminton, but bocce, volleyball, croquet would also work just as well. The owners are delightful and accommodating. All in all, my husband, three sons (12, 16, 21), and I all had a wonderful and relaxing time and we love this cabin! It's a sturdy and sensible place that has been well-cared for and updated over the years and it's perfectly situated on an idyllic spot. Can't wait for next summer! (Research the area ahead of time and print out maps, etc., as there is no internet service and usually no cell service. There is cable TV and one flat-screen - as seen in pictures.)

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Apple Valley, MN

Great week away!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet location for a get-away and we found it! We had a great week. The cabin was perfect for my husband, son, and I, and there was plenty of room. Our 14 year old son liked sleeping in the loft and having his own bathroom. He also caught a record size fish for him (32 inch Northern, off the dock!); he also caught a nice bass off the dock. We did a lot of catch and release, and were out fishing every day. It was a bit challenging finding the lake access for our boat, but once we figured that out, it was great to have our boat and the dock right out front. Most outings fishing were successful, and mainly stayed right in the small bay where the cabin was located. We enjoyed the fireplace on a few cooler mornings. Anne, the owner, called us the second day to make sure we were settled. I enjoyed talking with her for a while and learning more about the history of the cabin. We biked the nearby trails from Dorset to Park Rapids, and did some geocaching too. We also played Frisbee Golf a few times in Park Rapids. We fit a lot of activity in, but also had a lot of downtime to read and relax. Definitely would recommend this cabin to others!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterloo, IA/Central U.S.

Much better than going to a resort

  • 4 of 5

Very nice place! The owner was very easy to work with and the cabin had everything you could need. The bay in which the cabin is located is very quiet and secluded. The lake is scenic and great for fishing panfish, bass, and muskie. If you are bringing a boat, I do recommend dropping it off at the launch before you unpack your car at the cabin. The road to the resort is very tight and it is difficult to turn the boat around once you have arrived. Other than that, this place is amazing.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mora mn

loved it

  • 5 of 5

My stay at this cabin was wonderful. It had plenty of room and I brought way more then I needed to because the cabin was well supplied with all that I needed. It had towels, dishes, pots and pans, and most of all toilet paper. It also had fresh linin. My family and I had a great time. The fishing was not the best but we did have two good days so we were able to have two fish fries while we were there. I will be going to this cabin again. I also loved the privacy of the bay. Two thumbs up for this vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Landing

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


Rates & Availability

Nevis Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2016
May 6 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2016
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
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.
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