Frequently Asked Questions


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 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 through many more lakes, before it begins it’s slow turn to the south and heads for the Twin Cities. Please click on LAKES and view the map of the Cass Lake chain. Our guests enjoy boating to and fishing 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. Hundreds of people have stood on our docks, watching kids easily paddle their canoe upstream. We hear it all the time “this is really the Mississippi River?” Please don’t be a person who’s afraid of the word “river.”  Instead, be an explorer.  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.


Yes….boats with big motors come here every summer. Our personal boat is a 20-foot Lund with a 200 hp Mercury outboard.


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 Roosevelt Road) 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…and 130 miles East of Grand Forks and 140 miles East of Fargo.


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. Clean clear water that is always warmer (84-87 degrees) than the often unpredictable lake water (60-75 degrees). Come to Oak Haven and enjoy!


Yes, but not a real big one. Kids enjoy making sand castles on our beach. It’s also where you will find canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and pedal boats…that are free for our registered guests to use. By the beach you’ll also find Tether ball and our Rainbow Clubhouse Playground.


This is Muskie and Walleye Country!  You can also land big Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Crappies, Sunfish, Perch and more. Honestly….quite often you can catch 50 fish in a day!  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 chain of nine lakes. PLUS….kids and adults enjoy catching Perch, Pike, Bass and Sunfish off our docks! See our Fishing Report for information.


Lots of things! During the summer families enjoy our Kids Pontoon Fishing Trip on Wednesday mornings. Kids learn some tips from Mike and Deb while we fish a few hours on our 25′ pontoon. We also entertain everyone with our Kids Turtle Races on Tuesday evenings. Plus the kids get free pizza Monday nights! Two heated swimming pools are a big hit, free use of canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and pedal boats (mid-June to mid August), catch fish off our docks. Two sand boxes plus a Rainbow Clubhouse Playground. Borrow games, puzzles, books from the Lodge. Plus we have basketball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, Tetherball, Ping Pong (Table Tennis – ask us how to win free ice cream!), Foosball, arcade games, much more! Got a favorite TV program? Dish Network brings over 80 quality TV channels into every cabin. All cabins have color TV’s.


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 required is 33% of the projected invoice total. Deposit must be paid by American Express, Visa or MasterCard. (We do not charge you a fee for using your credit card) 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 what you have reserved.


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 responsible for the cabin dates and boat dates that you reserve. There are no refunds or credits for early departure. If you rent a boat from us, weekly, Saturday to Saturday, our boat must be docked by 6 PM for final inspection and refueling. Your final invoice for the week is due by 7 PM Friday evening. Avoid late charges and please be on time. Since 2008, our lodge has been and is closed until 4 PM, which is check-in time for newly arriving weekly guests. Fee for Saturday morning check-outs. Departure required by 9 AM on Saturday’s.


If you are a Saturday to Saturday weekly guest, please do not arrive before 4 PM.  The Lodge opens at 4 PM every Saturday. (Since 2008)


All guests must register at the Lodge upon arrival. Guests must follow posted policies and ground rules. If you are staying at Oak Haven and you ask visitor’s to stop by, we are OK with that, at no charge, if they sign in at the lodge. If they do not sign in, we may add $35 (per day) for each unregistered guest to that cabin’s invoice. PLEASE have your visitors register at the lodge.


No pets please. Thank You.


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, so other guests can 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 home. How would you feel if we littered in your front yard? We stopped allowing pets in 2008 due to the actions of some uncaring, irresponsible pet owners. You can count on Oak Haven to be free of pet odors, pet stains and 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 and we’re looking for people who can be courteous to other guests.

When a resort says “yes” to bad behavior….what are they saying to nice people?  Stay at Oak Haven. 

Thank You.

Deb and Mike Trachta
Owners and Managers

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