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.
The land consists of three lots. Combined they have 180 feet of shoreline and an area of 29,561 square feet (0.68 acre).
West lot: 02000990279000
Center lot: 46000070036000
East lot: 46000990322000
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.
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.
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.
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.