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Classic Minnesota Lakes Cabin Retreat

Located on the quiet, 1,000-acre spring-fed Big McDonald Lake, Big McDonald Resort is a true angler's paradise. In addition, the resort's location in Otter Tail County places you in the heart of "Lakes Country" -- where over 1,000 lakes are tucked among rolling hills and forests. Accommodations include eight comfortable, cottage-style cabins that are only steps removed from the lake and offer great views. With easy access off the interstate, Big McDonald Resort provides the quintessential Minnesota lakes experience full of fishing, boating, swimming, or simply relaxing!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 8 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Fargo, ND
  • Nearby Water Big McDonald Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


The Big McDonald Resort is a perfect location for your next family retreat. Head to Big McDonald Lake for a fishing excursion or hit the local golf courses with your loved ones! The cabin accommodations will ensure you spend quality time with those you love the most. Head to Dent, MN for your next family retreat.


Seeking for a little downtime away from the lake? Bring your clubs and kill an afternoon by hitting the links. Several golf course options in the area include Perham Lakeside Golf, Rockpile Golf Course, and Lida Greens Golf Course -- all of which are enjoyed by novice and avid golfers alike.


Over 1,000 acres in size, spring-fed, and boasting a water clarity of up to 25 feet, Big McDonald Lake is a true angler's dream -- as well as being one of the cleanest lakes in the state! As one of the more popular lakes in the area for walleye and northern pike, your next trophy fish awaits at Big McDonald Resort. In addition, the lake also has an abundance of largemouth bass, crappie, pan fish and bullheads.


The focal point of a retreat to Big McDonald Resort is most likely going to be the lake of its namesake. The 1,000-acre, spring-fed, and crystal-clear Big McDonald Lake is a favorite fishing spot, as well as a haven for canoeing and kayaking. Come out and experience what a Minnesota lake retreat is all about!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Accommodations at Big McDonald Resort include eight well-appointed cottage-style cabins. They are all surrounded by well-manicured yards, shaded trees, lighted docks, lawn chairs, picnic tables, barbecues, playground and a clean, sandy beach area. Each cabin has been updated with all the modern fixings to create the perfect "home away from home."

Additional Information

  • Beach
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Canoeing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Sailing
Room Amenities
  • Deck
  • Kitchenette
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Free Parking
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 53.3 miles
  • Hector International Airport (FAR) / 54.4 miles
  • Benson Municipal Airport (BBB) / 87.3 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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