porch in morning sunshine
cozy fireplace

Sixty-five years have passed since as a 7 year-old youngster, I first came to this place on Otter Tail. Then there was a simple cabin. Over the years, as the family grew up and added generations, the simple cabin morphed into today’s main cabin. A guest house and shed were added. The family has since scattered; time has come for a new family and friends to experience the joys of life beside that lake.

If you wish to learn more, call me, Gail Johnson, at (609) 882-7259.
Or call Steve and Barb Backstrom at (218) 205-6286.
The property is listed with Steve and Barb Backstrom.

view from the dock back door, guesthouse and shed


The land consists of three lots. Combined they have 180 feet of shoreline and an area of 29,561 square feet (0.68 acre).

The back hill shields the property from the road.
The concrete driveway is shared with the two neighbors to the east. While it may appear a little rough on its surface, more than 50 years of service testify to its sound construction and durability.
The east lot line and the west lot lines are defined by the white, decorative fences seen in the photos.

drawing of the three lots

East Yard and Back Hill

east yard and driveway east yard from hilltop east yard towrd hill

Front Yard

front yard looking west front yard looking east

West Yard

west yard from lakeshore west yard from guest house

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With its vaulted ceiling and knotty pine, the open living area has changed little over the years. The wood box / window seat harkens back to a time when the fireplace was the primary heat source, and a large supply of dry wood was a necessity. Now each room has electric heat with its own thermostat.

The kitchen and bathroom are located in a wing added on the north. The porch was built out toward the lake. Two downstairs bedrooms and the loft were enlarged by pushing out the east wall.

Open Living Area

east wall of common area overhead shot of living room chairs southeast corner of common area southwest corner of common area west wall of common area northeast corner of common area and back entrance south wall and entrances to kitchen and back entrance fireplace vaulted ceiling of cabin

Three-season Porch

from porch looking west from porch toward lake from porch looking east


view of kitchen other view of kitchen

Bedrooms and Loft

photo of front bedroom in cabin photo of back bedroom in cabin photo of loft photo of loft


first view of main cabin bathroom second view of main cabin bathroom

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Because the guest house is offset from the cabin, each of the two very large bedrooms on the ground floor has a view of the lake. Each has its own outside entrance; they share a deck and bathroom / laundry room.

The second-floor open room is reached from an outside staircase at the back. We’ve always called that room the “office” because it has a work space. However, it has almost always had a television set as well. There is also a bathroom with a shower and a large storage space.

front of guest house deck stairs to second floor

Ground-floor bedrooms and bathroom

east bedroom in guest house east bedroom in guest house west bedroom in guest house west bedroom in guest house photo of downstainrs bathroom photo of downstainrs bathroom

Second-floor open area and bathroom

photo of the office photo of the office photo of the office second floor bathrrom second floor bathrrom

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The shed is 396 square feet on a concrete slab. It has three rooms each with its own door to the outside. One of the rooms began life as a kids’ bunk room. More recently that room housed the refrigerator for soda and beer.

photo of the shed path between shed and guest house

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Recent maintenance and upgrades





Room Dimensions

Dimensions are rounded. Square feet were calculated using the rounded numbers.

cabin room dimensions guest house room dimensions shed room dimensions

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the lake in sunshime heron on the dock moon with dock on the right

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