Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT LAKE ARE YOU ON?

In these northern most parts of Minnesota, the Mississippi River comes out of the ground some 30 miles from Oak Haven. The water of the Mississippi River in our area is very clear and very clean. (Click on “Lakes” to view map) It travels through Lake Bemidji, runs ten miles East and gently pours into 1100 acre Big Wolf Lake, slowly passes by Oak Haven Resort, gently pours into 1600 acre Andrusia Lake, then gently pours into 15,000 acre Cass Lake and then on to Lake Winnibigoshish…then on and on. Please click on LAKES and view the map of the Cass Lake chain. Our guests enjoy knowing they have the opportunity to boat to and fish NINE different lakes. The river moves very slowly. It is crystal clear and holds an abundance of wildlife including fish, bald eagles, loons, ducks, turtles and frogs. Kids can easily paddle canoes and kayaks upstream. We hear it all the time “Is this really the Mississippi River?”  These are the very Headwaters of the Mississippi River. It’s so calm and peaceful you will be pleasantly surprised. If you like to see nature at it’s finest…come to Oak Haven Resort.

CAN I BRING MY OWN BOAT?

Yes….bring your boat!  You will be given a reserved dock spot.  Email or call to receive this docking location PRIOR to launching. Cement boat ramp. Electricity. 91 octane gas for boats. Come to Oak Haven! (oakhaven@bemidjiresort.com / 1-218-335-2092)

LOCATION?

We are on “the old highway” between Bemidji and Cass Lake Township. County Road # 8 from Bemidji and # 75 from Cass Lake township are the same highway. (also called Roosevelt Road SE) We are nine miles East of Bemidji and 6 miles NW of Cass Lake township. We are 27 miles north of Walker…150 miles North of St. Cloud…140 miles West of Duluth…130 miles East of Grand Forks and 140 miles East of Fargo.

DO YOU HAVE A SWIMMING POOL?

We have TWO HEATED swimming pools that are always a big hit in the summer time. We have an indoor heated pool and an outdoor heated pool. We have TWO NEW HEATERS so our pool water is nice and warm! (85-88 degrees)  Lake water is usually much cooler. (Summer 65-75 degrees) Come to Oak Haven and enjoy our indoor and outdoor pools!

DO YOU HAVE A BEACH?

Yes we do. Kids enjoy making sand castles on our beach. It’s also where you will find our canoes and our “sit-on-top” kayaks. These are free for our registered guests to use, providing they follow some basic rules. (# 1 is every child and every adult must properly wear a life jacket) By the beach you’ll also find Tether ball and our Rainbow Clubhouse Playground (swings and a slide).

WHAT ABOUT THE FISHING?

This is Muskie and Walleye Country!  You can also land big Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Crappies, Sunfish, Perch and more. Choose your plan….deep water drop offs, shallow weed lines, lily pads, little turns in the river….you have NINE different lakes to boat to. Go after what ever kind of fish you prefer. Please look at all the fish pictures on this website. Big Wolf Lake is 1100 acres and 60 feet deep…Lake Andrusia is 1600 acres and 66 feet deep…or boat into the vast Cass Lake and explore over 10,000 acres of water and several more lakes that are part of the Cass Lake Chain of Nine Lakes. PLUS….kids and adults enjoy catching Perch, Pike, Bass and Sunfish off our docks! See our Fishing Report for more helpful information.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES?

Lots of things! Two heated swimming pools are a big hit. Enjoy free use of our canoes, sit-on-top kayaks, plus, catch fish off our docks. Two sand boxes plus a Rainbow Clubhouse Playground (swings and a slide).  Plus we have basketball (bring your own ball), volleyball (bring your own ball), badminton (bring your own rackets and birdies), horseshoes, Tetherball and outdoor Ping Pong. Got a favorite TV program? Dish Network brings over 80 quality TV channels into every cabin. All cabins have color TV’s.

CABIN COMFORT

We have log and wood sided cabins. All of our cabins have air conditioning. Enjoy our dual soft water system. Your skin won’t be left dry and itchy from the hard water you’ll find at many Minnesota resorts. Plus, we have installed quality tankless water heaters. This means when you arrive, you won’t be asked to use the old water in a traditional water heater that heats the same water 24/7. At Oak Haven you get fresh, clean hot water all the time. That should be important to you and your kids.

DEPOSIT PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Deposit required is 33% of the projected invoice total. Deposit must be paid by American Express, Visa or MasterCard. If you cancel 90 days or more ahead of your scheduled arrival date, you may choose full refund or full credit. If you cancel 30-90 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, you will receive full credit towards your next trip here. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, no credits or refunds. There are no refunds, discounts or credits for early departure. You are required to pay in full for all boats, cabins and seasonal campground space you have reserved.

REMAINING PAYMENT

After your deposit, the remainder of your invoice is due on your scheduled arrival date. For this payment we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash or Check. You are required to pay in full for all boats, cabins and seasonal campground space that you have reserved. There are no refunds or credits for early departure. If you rent a boat from us, our boat must be emptied and thoroughly cleaned out. There will be a charge if we have to clean and/or pick up debris left behind in your rental boat.

CHECK IN TIME

We rent cabins weekly (6 nights) from 4:00 PM Saturday until 9:00 AM Friday.  If you are a weekly guest, please do not arrive before 4 PM. Do not launch and dock your boat until you know your reserved dock spot.  Get this reserved dock spot in advance by email or by phone. (1-218-335-2092)

GUESTS

Oak Haven is a “good behavior” resort and campground. All guests must abide by our ground rules, such as no littering, quiet nights, etc.  “Day Guests” (short term visitors) must call and register with us at the lodge. (1-218-335-2092)

PETS

No pets please. Thank You. (Since 2008)

GROUND RULES

Oak Haven kindly asks guests to be respectful of other guests, our property and the environment. Enjoy your campfire well into the night without preventing others from falling asleep. Don’t slam doors in the early morning, allowing other nice people to sleep in. Lots of nice parents with great kids come to Oak Haven. For them, we kindly ask our guests to refrain from cussing. Please don’t litter. This is our year round home. We would not come to your home and toss our daily trash in your yard. This is called “being a good person.” It’s how we were raised. No pets please. We stopped allowing pets in 2008 due to some irresponsible pet owners. We love pets. This is about pet owners. You can count on Oak Haven to be free of pet odors, pet stains and pet disruptions. Come to the very Headwaters of the Mississippi River, where things are naturally clean. We’re looking for guests who want to keep it that way.

Stay at Oak Haven. 

Thank You.

Deb and Mike Trachta
Owners and Managers since 2007

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