Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
TV, fireplace, DVD player

Overview of Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat

Entire cabin

Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire cabin

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Lake view
Crosslake, MN

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNelson Lake24 min drive
  • Popular LocationCuyuna Country State Recreation Area26 min drive
  • Popular LocationCroft Mine Historical Park28 min drive
  • AirportBrainerd, MN (BRD-Brainerd Lakes Regional)39 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6
1020 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    2 queen beds
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cabin to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat

Lakefront cabin with kitchen and fireplace
If you are looking for the 'cabin experience', this quintessential cabin in the pines won't disappoint. The property was originally purchased and built by my grandparents in 1958 and has been in our family ever since; it was completely renovated by my wife and I in 2011. A small but efficient layout, the cabin has a wonderful screen porch, sitting area with gas fireplace, and dining room; all with panoramic views of the lake, which is only steps away. It has one bedroom on the main level (king), and a semi-private loft with two queen size beds. There is one 3/4 bath, and a great outdoor shower with views of the lake for those true Minnesotan's. The inside space flows seamlessly to a large lakeside patio with grill, outdoor dining area, fire pit and coffee sitting area. The rental comes complete with a pontoon boat (2014 Bennington), a 4-person paddleboat, a canoe, and of course a hammock in the yard. For those that can't disconnect, the cabin also includes two high definition TV's with Cable (DVD/Blu-Ray on main TV) and free Wi-Fi! And don't worry, you won't be roughing it, the 2011 renovation also brought all new mechanical systems including air conditioning, new appliances, and a new Kinetico softened water system!!

Situated 5 miles east of the town of Crosslake, crystal clear Lake O'Brien is spring fed with a water clarity of 24', the cleanest lake in the entire watershed district. The lake itself is surrounded by mature pines. There is approximately 5 miles of shoreline, of which about a quarter of the lake is undeveloped state owned property. During the summer, this recreational lake is perfect for fishing, skiing, wake boarding canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and all water based activities, including floating on an air mattress!! There is a sandbar where you can walk across the lake which is a favorite gathering spot for 'kids of all ages'!! It's location on a quiet tar township road make it perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. During the winter months the lake is perfect for ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and is a perfect base camp to access the endless miles of groomed snowmobile trails.

Our property is perfect for a family of up to 6 or a few couples. We have a strict limit of 6 due to the size of the cabin and the single bathroom. We do keep our calendar updated and so if you are seeing availability then it's likely available. Upon reservation confirmation you'll receive a complete 'what to bring' list so you are prepared for your time up north. Feel free to inquire with any questions you may have and we’ll be prompt to reply! We pride ourselves on keeping our property and structures/equipment pristine and are certain we'll exceed your expectations in that regard. And further, since we also live on this lake, should any questions or problems arise we can respond quickly. In fact, your only disappointment will be when you have to leave!!

The pontoon boat is typically in the water and available for use from mid-May to the beginning of October.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this cabin offer fireplaces and DVD players. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.

Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Jeff Balmer



Property amenities


  • Close to skiing


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking options include a garage
  • Car required


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Spices


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player

Outdoor areas

  • Barbecue grill
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat


  • Air conditioning


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Boat on site
  • Kayak on site
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Power boating nearby


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1020 sq ft (95 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession).
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transportation to and from this property

About this area


Located in Crosslake, this cabin is on a lake. Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf is a local attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Nelson Lake and Mississippi River. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Nelson Lake - 24 min drive
  • Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area - 26 min drive
  • Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf - 26 min drive
  • Croft Mine Historical Park - 28 min drive
  • Nisswa City Park - 41 min drive

Getting around

  • Brainerd, MN (BRD-Brainerd Lakes Regional) - 39 min drive


  • Aunt Bea's Pantry - 14 min drive
  • Andy's Bar and Liquor store - 14 min drive
  • Rafferty's Pizza - 14 min drive
  • Pine Peaks - 15 min drive
  • Riverside Inn - 15 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat?

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat?

Check-out is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Classic Minnesota Cabin on Beautiful Lake O'Brien - Includes Pontoon Boat located?

Situated on a lake, this cabin is within 20 mi (32 km) of Nelson Lake, Mississippi River, and Milford Mine Memorial Park. Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf and Crosby Memorial Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 204 out of 208 reviews
5 - Excellent 98%
Rating 4 - Good. 4 out of 208 reviews
4 - Good 2%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 208 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 208 reviews
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Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 208 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Jeff Z., Little falls
U wont be dissapointed.
This cabin was very cozy, clean had everything we needed. Beautiful views from anywhere in the cabin and on the patio. We had a great time on our 30th anniversary. The lake was great very quiet and the pontoon was awesome. Thank you Lindsay and Jeff.
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Andy T.
Perfect week up at the lake
Cabin is perfect for a small family getaway. Well appointed cabin on a quiet lake. Included pontoon is a huge bonus. Definitely would rent again.
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Mindi V.
We love this cabin!
Perfect size for us. Love the outdoor shower. The use of the pontoon is such a great benefit!
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Carrie H.
beautiful get away
I've been looking at this property for years, but it was always booked. Now I know why. We had a wonderful time; the lake is absolutely gorgeous. Waking up to the loons and birds is magical. The fishing was fabulous. I hope to come back soon for another visit.
Stayed 7 nights in Jul 2022

5/5 Excellent

Jeremy J.
We had a great time escaping at the Lake. Beautiful lake setting and a charming cabin. We love the pontoon and always catch lots of fish right off the dock. Property owners are gracious hosts.
Stayed 6 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Brad A.
Loved It!
As advertised, a classic cabin tastefully updated and restored. We enjoyed a perfectly nostalgic long weekend "at the lake" and fell in love with the whole place more each day. Great lake views inside and out. Taking an outdoor shower is totally recommended! Boat worked perfectly. Great internet. A place to revive your soul.
Stayed 4 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Joy H.
Peaceful cabin retreat
My family of five and our dog enjoyed a quiet and beautiful stay in this charming cabin. The lake provided great fishing! The pontoon boat rides were perfection. The cabin was comfortable and spacious with exactly what we needed for a weekend of togetherness.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Paul P.
Stayed 4 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Doug C.
Loved it!
What a perfect little cabin with great views of the lake from anywhere on the property. We were greeted by the loons and enjoyed watching the eagles. The pontoon worked perfectly.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Kathy a.
Family Trip
Great cabin. This was our second stay at this cabin. Jeff and Lindsay are the best hosts. We are looking at dates to go back. Highly recommend.
Stayed 4 nights in May 2022