2000 Sq.Ft. 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Lakefront Home With All Amenities
John Wagnitz, Biocast Consulting Inc.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Home away from Home 😎
This is our 3rd year at this wonderful lake home! We come with our kids and grandkids-in fact our two youngest (both 2 1/2) said, “There’s the lake! We made it just in time!!” We all enjoy the beautiful house, lake, yard, and walking trails. Our only complaint is that the week goes too fast! John and Judy-thank you for sharing your home with us, and for being fabulous to work with!!
Fabulous Week at Perch Lake Home
We enjoyed a fabulous week in Minnesota at this Perch Lake home. The kids enjoyed the sandy beach and water and the adults had a great time fishing and taking paddle boat rides. We also enjoyed the kayaks – they were perfect for exploring the bay of the lake. We loved roasting marshmallows on the beach in the fire pit, which was especially welcome on the cooler nights. We spent serene morning coffees on the dock bench and evening meals on the awesome screened back porch, overlooking the lake. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed for the week and the home was clean, neat, comfortable and decorated with a fantastic “up north” feel. We’ll be back next year!
Judith, we’re glad your Family enjoyed our lake house and took great care of it during your stay we hope to have you back next year!
We had a great week, weather was beautiful!! Kids had fun on the beach, biked on trails to the fairy houses. Fished, kayaked and rode on the paddle boat. Liked that Walmart was convenient. Enjoyed the quiet evenings on the porch viewing the lake. Looking forward to next year! Thanks John and Judy for the use of your home to make family memories.
Thanks Ken it's great to have you and your Family back every year!
See you next summer!
John & Judy
Secluded property nestled right next to town for quick grocery trips and walking trails
This property is the best of both worlds! It’s right next to grocery stores and anything else you might want to grab from town yet feels like it’s a private, secluded property nestled in the middle of nature. The property is home to wildlife; lots of fish, gaggles of geese will visit a few times a day, squirrels with a lot to say, all kinds of birds and you’ll even see a little creature (muskrat, otter?) going for a swim a few times a day.
There’s also a train track near by (if you want to avoid the horn at 3 a.m., might want to skip sleeping with the windows open).
The lake is very clear and FULL of vegitation. It’s definitely more of a fishing lake than a swimming lake. We were a little disappointed when we arrived but after spending few hours raking out a swimming area, it turned out fine. John & Judy provide all the tools you’ll need for this - you’ll just need to provide the labor. :) We brought several floats and tied on to the dock - it worked great. We also look advantage of renting their kayaks and we are very glad we did. The kids (teens) tied a float on and paddled around the lake a bit like “poor mans tubing”. It was good, simple fun! No boat rental needed. 😂�
They also provide a fire pit, charcoal and propain grill. We didn’t think to check the tank before we were ready to grill and it was empty - might want to check that on your first day. We never ended up grilling but they did have great notes in their cabin book on where to exchange the tank if you wanted.
We had some pretty good storms the last few days of our trip and John was great about letting us know about the weather radio, what county we were in, etc. We absolutely loved the screened in porch during the storms!!! It was so amazing to be able to sit out there, stay dry, put together puzzles and play games while listening to the storm. It was my favorite part of the house/trip!
When we arrived, we were missing towels. A quick text to John and his niece ran over to get some out for us. John is very responsive to texts and was very helpful in getting us all the information we needed before, during and after our trip. We had a minor maintenance issue during the stay but nothing that prevented us from having a great vacation.
Very disappointing experience - not as advertised
This “vacation renental” was far from what was advertised. This property was absolutely disgusting upon arrival. The “600 feet of beach front” was absolutely inaccurate and falsely advertised and covered with goose poop. Not only was it disgusting and impossible to clean up, the extremely close proximatey to the highway and Wal-Mart (literally next door) made it impossible to sit outside and relax. Along with all this, anyone looking to rent this property should be aware that you will be watched 24/7 via live footage cameras that surround the house. If this isn’t uncomfortable enough, you should also be aware you will be asked to do everyday choors to upkeep and maintaince the property such as pesticide sprayers, lawn services and having to manage all trash and recycling pick ups. If you are looking for a nice Minnesota cabin get away, keep looking. This is not the property for you.
Brian, we clearly state in your signed rental agreement that pets aren't allowed on the property. It’s unfortunate that you chose to violate your agreement by bringing dogs Into the home when, due to acute pet allergies with our Family and other Guests, we had to charge you for the clean up. We advised you and contacted VRBO, they advised us to cancel your reservation and process eviction, we chose not to do that to your Family. We’re sure if you read all of our past reviews as you did before you rented, all of your review concerns will be proven false and done only in retaliation. Below is a VRBO email from your account we received from your Family member Lucas after your stay:
“Hey Mr. Wagnitz, 8-5-18
I recently stayed with my family at your Baxter cabin and loved it! It was the perfect quiet getaway and just what we needed for a family vacation.
I ended up leaving early in the week and forgot my board games (Risk, Scrabble and Connect Four), all pretty new. Is there a way to connect in the Twin Cities to pick these up from you in the coming weeks? I live and work in Robbinsdale, but can drive to where you’re at.”
- We are in contact with Lucas to return his games
We love this place!!
This is our second year staying at John & Judy's beautiful lake home! We absolutely LOVE it here!! No one wanted to leave. The house is clean and has plenty of space for everyone. The screened in porch continues to be our favorite spot both mornings and evenings. We rented a pontoon for a few days which was a BIG hit! The spacious yard was perfect for can jam,scavenger hunts, and many games of wiffle ball! Best of all, John & Judy are wonderful to work with! They are kind & caring-even sent us a missing baby doll for one of our granddaughters!! WE WILL BE BACK!
Brenda, thanks so much for your kind review and thanks to you and your Family for being such great Gusets and treating our lake home like your own.
You all are welcome anytime and we hope to see you next summer😎
John & Judy
The Brainerd Lakes Area – Explore It. Live It. Whether you are looking for a Minnesota adventure or for relaxation, you will discover endless options year-round in the Brainerd lakes country. World-class golfing, fishing and boating, biking, snowmobiling, shopping – even bird watching or kayaking – are just some of the reasons people choose to visit the Brainerd Lakes Area. This central Minnesota region, a short two-hour drive north of the Twin Cities, is an outdoor paradise. Throughout the seasons, you will find reasons – such as the festivals, the outdoor experiences, the breathtaking environment — to love it here. Discover why There is More to Explore℠ in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota’s premier vacation destination.
- Trails in the Brainerd Lakes Area:
The Brainerd Lakes Area is a tourism destination for a variety of reasons – one obvious reason is the extensive variety of great recreational trails. Discover many options for walking, biking on asphalt or mountain bike trails, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more – and learn why this central Minnesota region is the perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast. The Brainerd Lakes Area landmark trail is the Paul Bunyan State Trail, which runs more than 100 miles from the trailhead in Baxter to Bemidji. On the Cuyuna Range, you will find the newly opened Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trail System as well as the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail. The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway covers more than 50 miles in and near the Whitefish Chain of Lakes through several communities, including Crosslake and Pequot Lakes. Enjoy the beauty by walking, biking, even driving this nationally recognized byway. The Pillsbury State Forest near the Gull Lake Area offers exceptional horseback riding trails. Throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area, you will find a variety of smaller trail systems that offer an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Paul Bunyan State Trail
At 112 miles, the paved Paul Bunyan State Trail is Minnesota’s longest continually paved trail. In the Brainerd Lakes Area, it connects a number of cities, including Brainerd/Baxter, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins and Pine River. Need to take a break between Point A and Point B? This 30-mile stretch of the heralded trail offers a substantial amount of extracurricular options in the immediate vicinity — not only for food and drink but also for shopping and lodging.
The trail links the communities and businesses the Brainerd Lakes Chamber serves to other trails and visitors all the way north to Lake Bemidji State Park outside Bemidji (see sidebar). Of course, there are a number of naturally occurring “distractions” to keep you from getting to your final destination too quickly: As the map below shows, the path of the Paul Bunyan State Trail takes guests past more than 20 readily accessible freshwater lakes.
Originally opened in 1988, the multi-use trail has grown from 50 miles (between Brainerd/Baxter and Pine River) to stretch to the more than 100 offered today. It is primarily for non-motorized recreation, save for snowmobiles in the winter and electric wheelchairs. On most days, you will encounter a mix of pedestrians, cyclists and in-line skaters.
The Paul Bunyan State Trail is visited by 650,000 people a year. Some of those visitors are geocachers. They flock to the trail because nearly 1,000 geocaches are hidden along the length of the trail. There are so many hidden items, in fact, that the Paul Bunyan State Trail has been deemed a “power trail” .
The continuously paved trail follows the route of a Burlington Northern railroad line from the 1890s that was no longer used after the early 1980s. In 2011, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy group inducted the trail into its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.
The main trail systems that intersect the Paul Bunyan State Trail are the Heartland Trail and the Blue Ox Trail.