WELCOME TO Cousin's Cabins
Frequently Asked Questions
Horseshoe Lake on route 84 (there are other lakes with the same name!) is a pristine 100+ acre lake surrounded by wildlife, birch and pines. It is a private lake which means that access is limited and makes for a peaceful stay. Horseshoe Lake has walleyes, bass, northerns, sunnies and crappies. Activities include boating, tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. Learn more about our lake here.
What are the cabins like?
Our cabins are cozy, clean and dressed in north woods knotty pine. Each cabin has a bathroom with shower, screened porch facing the lake, gas heater and deck furniture, picnic tables and grills. Each cabin has a beautiful view of the lake, two or three separate bedrooms with queen and full beds. Kitchens include full-size gas stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, full-sized refrigerator, and all the dishes and utensils needed to make your stay fun and relaxing. See photos and our resort and cabin on this site.
What is provided with the cabins?
The kitchen is fully equipped for all your needs including paper towels and kitchen towels. The bedding and bath mats are provided, but please bring your own beach and bath towels, paper supplies and personal items. If you are traveling long distance by plane and wish for our assistance in stocking or supplying your cabin, please contact Stacey for details and pricing.
Can I bring my own boat?
Certainly! Our cabins include a private boat launch and three docks. We have a spot for your boat! Note that there is a small fee to use the private boat launch; this helps us maintain the launch.
What’s available for the kids?
Great fishing, beach, swimming, games, exploring, and on rainy days, take advantage of the local shops, movies or turtle races in either Nissaw or Longville. Pine River hosts duck races weekly and there are multiple mini-golf opportunities, go-cart and a new zip line in Brainerd. We also have a separate shelter with a TV/DVD player for movie watching on rainy days; or use the shelter for crafts or yoga or games.
Do you have boats?
You bet! We have kayaks, paddleboard, and fishing boats for our guests. We also have one gas and one electric motor (at daily/weekly rental rates).
You have a shelter? Our shelter is a separate building with a TV/DVD for yoga or other exercise tapes and space for floor excercise; or use the facility for group games, puzzles or meals.
If you or your guests are interested in Yoga, Mindfulness, Guided Imagery or Writing, we can refer you to local practitioners who will provide their services on site. Just contact Stacey ahead of your reservation for referrals and/or information.
Here is an idea of sessions available. Note: These providers are not employees of Cousin's Cabins.
Yoga: Guests may schedule a personal or group session. The yoga Instructor practices a gentle yoga that is beneficial to all ages and all physical abilities. An hour session will leave you feeling relaxed and limber.
Meditation/Guided Imagery: Guests may experience the beauty of breath and deep relaxation guided at the guest's comfort level. If you have never had this experience before, this is the perfect time to try it out-- surrounded by the beauty of the northwoods and the pristine waters of Horseshoe Lake.
Write About It: This is a fun and creative experience that will enhance “time at the lake”. The instructor provides a fun experience in taking “pen to paper” while guests learn the benefits of journaling, creative writing, poetry and memoir writing. There is NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED to bring out your “inner writer!"
What else is there to do in the area?
You’ll be in the heart of Minnesota’s newest golf mecca with over 20 distinctive courses.
We’re located close to the award-winning Paul Bunyan State trail. It boasts of over 100 miles of paved biking, rollerblading, and hiking (and snowmobiling) trail that stretches from 10 miles south of Brainerd all the way to Bemidji. Learn more about the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Of course there’s great shopping from antiques to boutiques, fisherman’s supplies (!) and many arts and crafts locations and shops. You can access a five-screen theatre just a few miles away, in either Pequot Lakes or Hackensack for those rainy days. Mini golf, go carts, water park and zip line activities are all available in and around the area. There are also several golf courses; you will find a list of courses in our cabin notebook.
There are many churches nearby, and some of the best dining you’ll find anywhere. And if you’re into canoeing, there are outfitters in the area.
When are you Open?
We open the first of May and stay open through “fall leaves” season through Mid October.
What are your rates?
Our rates change with the seasons. We welcome you whether you’re staying for a couple of weeks or just a few nights. We have a three night minimum stay but do not provide part weeks during prime rental season unless we happen to have an opening. Always give us a call or send an e-mail and we’ll give you our best current rates and availability.
Why only two cabins?
Our cabins were formerly a part of Birch Lane Resort. We purchased our cabins from Ron and Ruth Bouma, who still live on the lake and still own two cabins. If you need additional cabins over what we provide, please contact us and we will work to get you the space you need!
How far ahead should I make reservations at Cousins Cabins?
Obviously if you want to be sure we have an opening on the dates you would like, it’s best to reserve well in advance. Many of our guests reserve their cabin at the end of their stay for the next year. But if you suddenly have an opportunity to take a “mini vacation”, by all means, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail or give us a phone call. We will always do our best to accommodate your needs.