Frequently Asked Questions
- Why isn’t there a cabin #1?
The story passed down indicates the resort was owned by 2 couples who had a disagreement. When the partnership was dissolved, cabin #1 was no longer a part of the resort. In the future the Office/Game Room may become a rental unit and be designated as cabin #1.
- Do you offer a discount for groups booking more than one cabin?
No! Sticking to the basics has allowed us to operate and grow our business with rates that are much lower than many of the larger resorts. We take pride in offering clean, comfortable accommodations at a very fair competitive price. Rates are automatically lower in the spring and fall. Check our website for Discounts.
- When does bass fishing open?
In Minnesota the fishing opener is in May. Bass season begins approximately 2 weeks later. For specific information check the DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/seasons
- Why do you charge for infants and small children?
We include all occupants in figuring the bill for your cabin. While infants and children may not require the amount of sleeping space needed for an adult, they triple the amount of garbage to be hauled out and double the amount of water used.
- May I rent just a fishing boat? I’ll bring my own motor.
Yes, but the cost is the same. We prefer that you use our equipment.
- Is there an additional charge if we entertain friends or relatives while staying at your resort?
Everyone must report to the office and sign in. During the day we allow each cabin up to 2 visitors at any one time without an additional charge. We do charge for the use of resort equipment. All additional visitors are expected to pay a $10 fee per day. Overnight guests add to your lodging bill. The extra person charge is $25 per night per person. We reserve the right to limit the number of guests at any one time. Please inquire ahead of time.
- Do you rent the pontoon to individuals other than resort guests?
Yes, but arrangements must be made in advance. You must sign an agreement to abide by resort rules for operation of the pontoon and pay in advance. Requests by resort guests are given preferential treatment. Note, do not call on Saturday, we are busy cleaning.
- Do you charge for dock space? Also, I need an electrical hook up to recharge my boat.
Dock space must be reserved in advance. Each cabin is permitted 1 dock space free of charge. At the present time, we do not have an electrical hook-up on any of the docks. However, we can make provisions to get your boat charged.
- I have a good sized boat. Is it possible to get under the bridge and out into the main part of the lake?
Pontoons and larger boats usually travel around the island and through the channel out into the main part of the lake. The distance is about the same. The channel is not difficult to navigate.
- Do you offer Wi-Fi in your cabins?
- Yes, we will be adding Wi-Fi this spring, 2019!
- Are there TV’s in the cabins?
Yes, we do have smart flat screen TV’s in all cabins. There is no cable.
- Where can I rent a boat and equipment for water skiing?
We suggest contacting Water Toys located on the south end of Big Sand Lake at 218-732-7778. They rent a variety of equipment on an hourly, daily, and weekly basis. They will deliver to your site and pick up at the appointed time.
- Where can I buy a fishing license? Do you sell bait and tackle?
We have two grocery/gas/convenience stores in town that sell both fishing licenses and bait and tackle, Northwind Grocery and T&M Express. You can also obtain a fishing license from the DNR website.
- Why don’t you accept credit cards?
The cancellation policy followed by most major credits card companies creates problems. Our season is short and we depend on long standing reservations. By simplifying our business plan, we save money and are able to offer our customers lower rates. We will be reviwing this policy and may accept credit cards in the near future.
- Are there ATV (4 wheelers) trails nearby?
Yes, there are lots of beautiful places to ride in the Paul Bunyan State Forest just north of Nevis. We ask that vehicles remain trailered on the resort. You will need to transport them to the trail head or an approved site to ride. Maps are available. Riders frequently gather at the Stompin’ Grounds (Bar and Grill) north of Akeley, just off Hwy. #64.
- How far from the lake is my cabin?
All of our cabins are located on level ground approximately 75 feet from the lake. Each has a picture perfect view of the lake.
- Are there a lot of steps down to the docks?
Our cabins sit at the top of a gently terraced slope. The bank is steepest in front of cabin #2 and tapers to almost nothing in front of the office. Yes, there are steps in several locations on the resort.
- Explain what is meant by “housekeeping cabin”!
In a cabin set up for light housekeeping you can expect to find most of the essentials for day to day living. The beds are made up and the kitchens are well equipped. We do not furnish towels or personal items. From our point of view, light housekeeping means you wash the dishes, take out the garbage, and maintain the cabin in an acceptable manner during your stay.
- Do you still require a damage/cleaning deposit?
Our regular clientele do not have a damage/cleaning deposit added to their bill. However, we reserve the right to charge large groups or events an added deposit to cover cleaning. Everyone is expected to pay for any damage that occurs. Leaving us a mess may result in added charges and you are not welcome to return.
- Do you provide towels or do I need to bring my own?
Please plan to bring your own beach, and bath towels. For guests who fly in and rent a car to travel to the resort we have a few sets of towels available. Please make arrangements in advance.
- What does the office/game room have to offer us?
This is where you need to report to check in. We have reading material, board games, and puzzles you may check out. On a rainy day you may want to play foosball. Recreational games such as ladder golf, horseshoes, bocce, and washer toss are available. We also sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps. Ask for information on area sites to see and things to do. We have roasting forks, pie irons, and other utensils for open fire cooking. Report to the office to check out life jackets and reserve all rental equipment.
- Do you allow campfires? Do we need to purchase firewood?
Campfires are permitted in the designated area only. We furnish the wood to be used. Please do not bring your own. Transporting firewood can spread disease. Help us preserve and protect our forests.
- We have a pop-up camper. Is it permissible for the kids to sleep in the camper in the parking lot? May we set up a tent or canopy alongside our cabin? We are licensed as a resort, not a campground. We cannot allow this activity.
- Do you have air conditioning in your cabins?
No, up north we have warm days and cool nights. It does not seem practical to install air conditioning that may be needed only 3-4 days a summer. We suggest you close up the cabin during the day and open it at night. We have added ceiling fans in many of the units. Feel free to bring your own fans. Check back later this may change!
- Where can I launch my boat?
All boats put in at the public access near the fishing pier in town. Please check your boat and trailer for any vegetation and clean or decontaminate if necessary. In Minnesota, you must remove the plug and drain your boat prior to transport. Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. If you have questions please ask for assistance. There may be an inspector at the public landing. The laws are designed to protect the lakes and streams of Minnesota. Failure to comply could result in a substantial fine.
- You do not allow pets. Is there a good boarding kennel nearby?
We love animals but not everyone does. Many people are plagued with pet related allergies or are afraid of animals. Allowing pets would require steam cleaning carpets and furniture following your stay. It also would add to our grounds keeping responsibilities during the week. Well mannered pets often bark and display aggressive behavior when they feel threatened in unfamiliar surroundings or when left unattended for long periods of time. We feel it is best for all concerned that you look into boarding your pet nearby. Check out the following options:
Snuggle’ n Snooze Inn / 218-732-7387
Angie’s Groom’ n Board / 218-732-9862
Dogs Paw / 218-237-9729
Glory Be Kennels / 218-732-4620
Town n Country Animal Clinic / 218-732-3445
Walker Animal Hospital / 218-547-3222
- We like to eat out. Are there any good restaurants nearby?
We have an abundance of restaurants in our area. They range from pizza parlors, fast food chains, short order establishments serving down home comfort food, and ethnic restaurants, to fine dining. A weekend fish fry is a common feature. Prices range considerably but there are a lot of places that cater to families with children. Many are only open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Be sure to check in advance. Many close their kitchen around 10:00 in the evening. We have menus for many of these businesses on the resort to help you make a selection. Take out is possible from some places and there are a couple that will deliver to the resort.