Pack both cool and hot weather clothes. While temperatures are warm during the day, in the evening they can dip into the 50s even during the summer. Warm clothes will make those cool evenings by the fire much more pleasant. Don’t forget your swim suit and swim gear!
Bring shoes appropriate for all the activities you’re planning. Sneakers, flip flops and hiking boots will be useful. Don’t forget bug spray and sunblock.
The cabin is provided with linens for beds and bath towels and hand soap. We do not provide shampoo or bath soap so don’t forget to pack those. We will provide one bath towel and washcloth per person, with an additional towel per person upon request. We do not provide clean towels during the week. Beach towels are available upon request but does depend on availability (please request prior to your arrival).
The cabin kitchens are fully outfitted with dishes, utensils, pots and pans, dish soap and hand soap, dishcloths and towels. We also provide coffee filters, paper towels, napkins, salt/pepper, plastic bags and plastic containers for storing your food. There are two large grocery stores in Park Rapids, both open 24 hours, and smaller stores in both Nevis and Dorset. If you are coming from the West, you will most likely go through Park Rapids. If you are coming from the East, you can go through Nevis on your way to the resort. Don’t let Google Maps have you bypass Nevis, which has two gas stations, a nice size grocery store for a small town, a bar/liquor store, many restaurants and a wonderful bakery. Drive through Nevis to check out what is there. The resort is just 7 miles from Nevis.
Cabin #2 has a gas grill (gas provided) and all other cabins have charcoal grills. We provide the charcoal and a charcoal chimney to start the charcoal. If you prefer lighter fluid, please bring your own.
Also available upon request are a pack n play and a child high chair that has a tray and attaches to a chair. Please request these in advance as we have just one of each. Cabin 2 does have two child gates. Once is permanently fixed at the top of the upper loft and one can be moved.
Don’t forget to bring your fishing gear. You can pick up a fishing license in Nevis, Dorset or Park Rapids. Nevis is 7 miles from the resort, Dorset is 10 miles and Park Rapids is 16. If driving from the resort, you will drive through Dorset to get to Park Rapids. For a complete list of fishing licensing requirements and fees, or to purchase your license online, go to Minnesota DNR Fishing License Page.
All cabins have a TV with a blu ray or DVD player. We have a large library of DVDs available for you to use while here . We do not have satellite or cable in the cabins. We also have several games available for your use.
Cabins do have WiFi.
We have a canoe, kayaks, paddle boards and a paddle boat that are free for guests to use. We also have two pontoon boats and small fishing boats available to rent. For outdoor games, we have ladder ball and bean bag toss. We also have a kids play set. For beach and water play, we have sand toys and various “floaties” available and a water trampoline. We have life jackets of all sizes available for guests.
If you plan on flying in, Minneapolis (MSP) is about a 3 1/2 hour drive and Fargo (FAR) is a 2 hour drive to West Crooked Lake Resort.
Just in case you were wondering, there is an excellent hospital in Park Rapids and in Fargo there is a major medical center