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Big Mantrap Lake -- Family Cabin On the Water!

Nevis, MN, USA
  • Cabin800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

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 Now he's been replaced by his 3 year old brother!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


Steve or Ann

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 16, 2018
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 Thorpe

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
          • 1.5

          Location Type

            • Lakefront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Fireplace
                          Gas Insert
                        • Garage
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Mobile 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


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • VCR


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          We have lots of life jackets hanging in the garage.


                                            • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Peace and quiet

                                                              Michael and Kim R.Newon Iowa

                                                              Beautiful well cared for home on Mantrap Lake. All the amenities you will need. On a nice quiet bay, private property and dock. Wonderful gas fireplace for the cool mornings. Owner called us first day to make sure everything was ok! What a nice thing to do. We stayed 2 weeks and we will be staying 2 weeks again next year. Loon, Otters with a family, eagles, osprey and deer were just some of the wildlife we saw. We found our place of heaven. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home.

                                                              Yearly Get away

                                                              Holly W.

                                                              My family LOVES going to the cabin year after year.

                                                              Piece of heaven

                                                              Barbara E.

                                                              This cabin is so special. The owners are wonderful and so accomidating in many ways. We look forward to our stay every year. We give this property 5 stars!

                                                              Little piece of heaven !

                                                              Barbara E.

                                                              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.

                                                              Three weeks vacation on Big Man Trap. This was our second year to return from Nebraska.

                                                              Betty and Wally A.

                                                              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

                                                              Fantastic family week at private, lakefront cabin

                                                              NDNewbiesNorth Dakota

                                                              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.)


                                                              Nevis, MN, USA

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

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              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.

                                                              11 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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