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Large Lakeside Retreat on Cove Bay (Mille Lacs Lake, MN) - Perfect for Families!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Onamia

5 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 2500+ Sq Ft, 2 Acre Private Lot, 150' of Gently Sloping Beach

Are you looking for the perfect getaway for your family and friends? Our lakeside retreat on Cove Bay has it all... a spacious house, awesome yard (large, flat, and a very private setting), perfect swimming beach (shallow and clear with a mix of sand and gravel), and many kid-friendly activities. Everyone in your group will have a blast (adults and children alike), and we genuinely look forward to your visit with us!

Our 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,500+ square foot home on the highly sought-after Cove Bay (Mille Lacs Lake, MN) is only 90 minutes from the Twin Cities and situated on a 2 acre private lot with level elevation (right up to the lake) and 150’ of gently sloping beach, perfect for families with young children. Four of the bedrooms have queen size beds (one on the main level, great for grandparents) and the 5th bedroom has three bunk beds, one queen size bed, one futon sleeper, and a window seat (a perfect room for the children, including new 50" television w/ DVD player and DirectTV)! There are also a total of four bathrooms (two full and two ¾ baths), and these are attached to the bedrooms for complete privacy... you can't ask for a better setup for your family and friends, with the potential to comfortably sleep 16 people!

This two-level home also includes a fully equipped kitchen (for all of your cooking needs), spacious dining area (seating for eight with eight additional chairs available), main-level living room overlooking the beautiful lake, separate TV/Video room (60” television w/ DVD player, Wii game console, DirectTV, and complimentary wifi / high speed internet), laundry facilities for mid-week washing, and outdoor propane grill for your tasty Bar-B-Ques.

Mille Lacs Lake is a world-class fishery, with walleye, northern pike, jumbo perch, giant muskie, and smallmouth bass! Referred to as the "Walleye Capital of the World", Mille Lacs Lake was recently ranked as the 10th best bass lake in America by Bassmaster (2015). The lake also yielded three beastly "world-record" muskies in late 2015, each in the 60+ pound range! Feel free to bring your own boat… a bait shop and public landing are both less than two miles from this home, and the dock is yours to use during your entire stay. You can also book a launch trip for your group, or a private guided fishing trip that will create memories for a lifetime. There are many trophy fish to be had on this renowned lake!

In addition to wonderful fishing, this lake home also features 150’ of gently sloping beach, perfect for swimming (it is shallow for a long ways out, great for young kids, and the water is extremely clear). Enjoy a gorgeous sunset from the private dock or the lakeside fire pit, and know that the private setting (see satellite view on Google map below) will provide a very quiet and peaceful getaway for you and your family and friends. Our large yard (2 acres!!!) is perfect for spreading out and enjoying yard games, and it includes an outdoor playground for the children, basketball hoop in the front yard, a paddleboat and six kayaks for zipping around on the lake, tons of games and toys for the children, and numerous activities nearby (see list below for some of the local attractions).

The rates posted below include EVERYTHING you could possibly need for your stay... just bring your food, clothes, and toiletries! There are no hidden charges. We provide complimentary wifi / high speed internet, the laundry facilities are free-of-charge, the six kayaks and paddleboat are available for your entire stay, the dock can be used for mooring your boat (no dock charges), two propane tanks are provided for the gas grill, no parking fees for your vehicles, the garage is full of toys and swimming supplies (including life jackets and water shoes), the kitchen is fully equipped (free coffee, condiments, spices, etc), and so forth. We provide a "general information" package one month before your check-in with information on all of these amenities and MORE, including local attractions and fun things to do during your stay.

We are currently taking reservations for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask these in your response. We look forward to having you and your guests. Thank you!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jason Wimmer
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2016
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About Jason Wimmer

My wife and I live in the Minneapolis area and we have three young children (ages 5 - 10). We love the close proximity of our lakehome to Minneapolis (it is about a 90 minute drive) and we have spent many wonderful days here with our family and friends!

Jason Wimmer purchased this house in 2013

Why Jason Wimmer chose Mille Lacs Lake

My wife and I purchased this lakehome in summer of 2013. We had three young children at the time, and we wanted to have a special "getaway" for our family... someplace outside of the hectic city where we could relax and create special memories together, that would last a lifetime!

As we looked at different properties, we had numerous criteria; however, there were five things that stood out on our list, and this property had all of them (see unique benefits below). We have made several improvements to this lakehome over the years, and we continue to make improvements each and every year, based on feedback from our family, friends, and guests. Right now, it is the perfect retreat!

Our family and friends love this lakehome, the Mille Lacs Lake area in general, and everything it has to offer. Now, we would like to share our blessings with you and your family and friends!

What makes this house unique

As we looked at different properties, we had numerous criteria; however, there were five things that stood out on our list, and this property had all of them:

1) Close proximity to our home (it is about 90 minutes from Minneapolis)

2) Plenty of space for family and friends (the lakehome has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths with over 2,500 square feet, which can easily accommodate 16 people... all of our family and friends can visit without feeling squished)

3) A great swimming area for our young children (the water is shallow and clear, and the beach area is a mix of sand and gravel, awesome for swimming)

4) A spacious and private yard with level elevation (the yard is 2 acres in size and provides for very peaceful getaways), and

5) Great fishing! We love to fish, and while this was not #1 on our wish list, we are thankful we were able to find everything above, plus GREAT FISHING! We do not believe there is a better lake in Minnesota to get the variety of fish (walleye, smallmouth, muskie, jumbo perch, pike), while also having the potential to catch a trophy. We have personally caught and released many trophy fish on this lake, including walleye up to 29" and smallmouth up to 21" and muskie up to 52" and pike up to 39"... the fishing can be a BLAST!

If these benefits match any of the criteria on your search for the perfect rental home, we would love to have you stay with us!


based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

Large Lakeside Retreat on Cove Bay (Mille Lacs Lake, MN) - Perfect for Families!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Minnesota wedding trip

  • 5 of 5

We came to MN for our son's wedding, and needed space for our extended family. It was so nice to have the whole house to spread out, and there were lots of quiet spots for those needing time alone. We used the kayaks and relaxed on the dock, as well as inside on the many reclining seats! My sister prepared a gourmet rehearsal dinner for the wedding in the kitchen, and transported it to the wedding site. (the use of the garage fridges was perfect). By the way, we loved the extensive collection of life vests!

I loved how remote the house was, it was very peaceful.

We did notice that not having a public bathroom on the first floor was a bit awkward (had to go upstairs or go through someone's bedroom).

If we need to be back in that spot of MN again, I would consider your home again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Perfect for groups

  • 5 of 5

Very well stocked with entertainment needs. Loved the new appliances. Extra fridge in garage came in handy. Comfortable furnishings, great views, peaceful, very private. Beautiful landscaping. Better beach lounge chairs than what I first saw in photos, bonus. We will consider this location in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing memories!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for 4 nights, we have rented cabins for the last two years and this was our favorite by a long shot! It had everything we needed and we didn't need to bring anything extra for the kids like toys, bikes, life jackets, floaties and the list goes on and on! It was a great place for the family to spend time together and make lots of memories! We are hoping to stay again and again! Jason and Sam are great people to work with and have an amazing home!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Summer Escape

  • 5 of 5

For the past 10 years my family has been renting a cabin for our summer vacation and this one by far was the best one we have stayed at. The lake home was absolutely beautiful and fully furnished with everything we needed. From kayaks, a paddle boat, toys, board games, water shoes, a play set, life jackets, bikes, wagons, lawn chairs, yard games, flashlights, laundry detergent, Wi Fi, a sandy beach and the list goes on and on. There is not one detail the owners have overlooked. We loved the roominess of the home and the bedroom suites. It was a truly memorable vacation!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South East Minnesota

Return Renters for SURE

  • 5 of 5

The VRBO rentals have been our vacation source for 8 consecutive years with our family. This has been the most outstanding vacation yet! To start the home was BEAUTIFUL, well kept, and the lawn neatly groomed. The owners take great pride in creating a great atmosphere for vacationers. The home accommodated our entire group very comfortably. They thought of EVERYTHING that we would want or need. From the huge supply of water shoes, which we used, life jackets so we didn't have to pack ours, toys and more toys for the kids! The playground area was outstanding. Bikes, water toys, tubes, kayaks, paddle boat!! Box fans, night lights for the kids, flashlights for power outage!! Not a thing that didn't occur to them to provide!! Stocked kitchen for indoor meal prep and outdoor grill for cook outs. A huge table that provided family style dining with our large group fit nicely. Card table and extra chairs for jigsaw puzzle entertainment and extra seating. Separate TV area from the living room to just sit and visit. The tv and Wi-Fi provided was so appreciated. Then to touch on the information packet that was so thoroughly done. It gave tips we would need in any kind of situation that might arise during our stay, in addition to thorough directions to get to the lake home and nearby attractions we may have wanted to see. This home is located on such a beautiful property and the wildlife so entertaining that we found we didn't need to go elsewhere to see anything better. We fished, kayaked, water tubed, swam, and enjoyed nature. For such a huge lake, there was not many other people on it during our stay. Our weather was actually perfect, didn't get terribly hot, and only had rain one day/night. The attached garage made it possible to still be outdoors but not get wet! Fire ring was used on the nice nights. The mosquitoes made us feel right at home, nothing we weren't used to! Jason and Sam were excellent in answering our few questions so promptly and considerately!

We will surely be returning next year and are already making our plans! Thank you again, Jason and Sam!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 generation vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our children and grandchildren enjoyed our time at this beautiful lake home. It had EVERYTHING we needed to meet our needs. Very clean, well maintained. There were an abundance of outdoor toys for the grandchildren to play. The beach and views were exceptional. Loved watching the eagles. Jason was always accessible and easy to contact. Definitely will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Minneapolis, MN
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 169
Car: necessary

There are many activities nearby, for all of your family and friends, including the following:

• GOLF: Izatys Resort is only a 5 minute drive, and offers the award winning golf course Black Brook, nestled within the Minnesota Great North Woods with natural water and marsh hazards, native deciduous trees and extensive use of wildflowers and undulation greens. The Garrison area (approximately 20 miles) is also home to the Northwood Hills Golf Course. For over 40 years, the Mille Lacs Golf Course in Garrison has welcomed golfers from all around! Finally, Fiddlestix Golf Course is located in Isle (approximately 10 miles) and is a par 71 championship course that spans 6,250 yards of wonderful, scenic terrain. It was recently recognized by Star Tribune as a top ten public golf course in Minnesota.

• 4-WHEEL & SNOWMOBILE: The Red Top and Soo Line Trail systems are just minutes away and offer miles and miles of beautiful wooded trails, for four wheeling, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or hiking.

• STATE PARKS: The Father Hennepin State Park and Mille Lacs Kathio State Park are both less than 10 minutes and provide hiking, swimming, playgrounds, cross-country skiing, 100 foot observation tower, nature programs, canoeing, and various other outdoor activities.

• GRAND CASINO MILLE LACS: The Garrison area is approximately 20 miles and home of the Grand Casino, which offers gaming (casino, bingo, pull tabs, arcade), live entertainment (see their website for a full listing of concerts and shows), a stadium movie theatre, and numerous dining options.

• PLEASURE BOATING: Sailing, jet skiing, canoeing, and pleasure boating are great on Mille Lacs because it is wide open and has relatively little boat traffic.

• FISHING LAUNCHES: Fishing launches are very popular on Mile Lacs Lake, with many resorts and local businesses in the area that offer fully guided fishing trips and sunset cruises around the lake. Mille Lacs launch fishing boats range in size from 25 to 73 feet and hold up to 50 people. Many are even equipped with restrooms and grills for outdoor dining.

• SHOP & DINE: Browse the many shops and craft stores in the small towns of Isle and Wahkon, both less than a 10 minute drive. Or drive / boat to one of the many local Restaurants and Diners. A full list of local attractions and dining options will be provided to all of our guests prior to their check-in date.

• MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM AND TRADING POST: Trace the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and discover how they have preserved their culture.

• WATCH WILDLIFE: We regularly see many types of wildlife from this lake home. Included on the list are turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrels (both black and grey), bald eagles, blue herons, wood peckers, gulls and terns, ducks and geese, humming birds, orioles, and a variety of song birds. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will love the private setting... surrounded by lush woods, panoramic views of the water, and natural beauty everywhere!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Onamia, Mille Lacs Lake

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2016 - Fall / Winter
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017 - May
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017 - June
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2017 - July
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2017 - August
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2017 - September
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017 - Fall / Winter
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £122
Cleaning Fee £163
Refundable Damage Deposit £408

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Onamia in Minnesota

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Attached to Bedroom #1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Attached to Bedroom #2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Attached to Bedroom #3
    Bathroom 4 / Kids Room - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Attached to Bedroom #4 / Kids Room
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Main Level w/ attached 3/4 bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Second Level w/ attached 3/4 bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Second Level w/ attached full bath
    Bedroom 4 / Kids Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 3 Bunk Bed , Second Level w/ attached full bath
    Bedroom 5 / Sun Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Second Level w/ NO attached bath
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Many of our guests inquire about outdoor seating. We have two large picnic tables outside of the house, for you and your guests to enjoy meals while watching the sun set! For exterior seating, we also have two chaise lounge chairs that are lakeside and one swinging chair (two seats) that is lakeside... both are perfect for taking in the beautiful views of the lake. In the garage, we have seven adult-sized lawn chairs, four child-sized lawn chairs, and four gravity chairs... please feel free to use these while sitting around the lakeside firepit, and making S'mores.

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