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Twin Cities Private Island Hideaway! Rent the Entire 11.5-Acre Island!

Bedrooms 2
Space 768 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 5

Enjoy the beauty and peace of an urban oasis.

Looking for a wooded retreat but don’t want to spend hours in traffic? In the Twin Cities for business or vacation?

Located on Lake O’Dowd, this 11.5-acre Private Island, you'll have all to yourself, is approximately 34 minutes to MSP airport and 30 minutes to downtown Minneapolis.

Experience the peaceful seclusion of a stunning and unspoiled wilderness setting while enjoying every modern amenity. The lovely air-conditioned cottage (the only house on the island) has 2 bedrooms, a living and dining room and a full bath and sleeps 5. Unwind and watch HD satellite TV or pop in a DVD and kick back.

Park on our mainland lot and take one of the small boats provided to the island. For larger boats, ask us about a local rental company that rents all things marine. Or bring your own boat! Have fun fishing, water skiing, tubing, exploring the island, or just relaxing on the deck. Take advantage of everything this spectacular island has to offer. Once you do, you will want to return again and again.

Diverse Natural Island Beauty: The 11.5 acre island has an array of diverse terrain. There are hiking trails, hills, sandy shores, a large bay, rocky outcroppings, grassy knolls and a hardwood forest. You can catch a glimpse of deer, weasels, raccoons, muskrats, Great Blue Heron, wood ducks and a variety of song birds. You may hear an occasional hoot of the Great Horned Owl. If your stay is in the summer, you can catch the fireflies twinkling at night. The island is in the middle of a fully recreational lake teaming with bass, walleye, northern and muskie. You can cast your line right from the dock on the island or the mainland lot.

Docks, Boats, Life Jackets and Fishing Gear: Available for your use is a 17 ft canoe and two 12 ft jon boats. We also provide life jackets and a modest supply of fishing gear - 2 rods and reels, small box of lures, fishing net and 5 gal bucket. If you'd like a motorized boat, you may bring your own motor(s) to use on one or both of the jon boats. They will accommodate a trolling motor or an outboard motor, up to 6 hp - max wt 86 lbs. There are two 18 ft docks for your use - one on the island and one on the mainland. The island is only about 135 ft from the mainland, so it's a quick crossing.

Even though the island is quite large, outdoor camping (tents, etc.) is not allowed, due to the fact that it is in a residential area. Also, no campfires or firearms are allowed on the island or our mainland lot.

Reservations and Payments and Check In and Out Times: Reservations made at least 30 days prior to rental are preferred. However, contact Cindy to check into last minute rentals. No same day reservations.

Check In time is between noon and 4 PM.

Check out time must be by noon.

Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes for all! The island has several trails, but they are rustic in nature with uneven terrain, so good hiking shoes are necessary.

The cottage is approximately 165 feet up a hill from the lake and we provide a dolly to carry your belongings up from shore.

We provide just about everything you could possibly need during your stay, except food, clothes and your own personal toiletries (although we do stock shampoo, cream rinse, body wash, suntan lotion, bug spray, etc).

And no need to bring bottled water unless you just can't go a day without having it with you. We provide softened and reverse osmosis water that comes from our private well deep in the earth (approximately 380 feet down).

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Cindy,

We had a wonderful time on the island! Your cabin is lovely and we felt very at home here. This was our 3rd annual girls weekend, and it has definitely been our favorite. We had a fun time exploring the island and floating on the lake all afternoon. We are so happy we found this place; it was just what we needed!

Betsy, Mandy, Liz, Lisa, Alicia, Angela & Kate

Jul 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Shakopee

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 768 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 single bed
    Living Room - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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(3 traveller reviews)

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Twin Cities Private Island Hideaway! Rent the Entire 11.5-Acre Island!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Fun little get away close to the cities!

  • 5 of 5

If you want something that is close driving distance to the cities but still feel like you're 'away' this is a great spot! Added fun / adventure that you have to boat to the island. Would definitely go back! :)

  • Review Submitted: 14/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rare Find!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a one-of-a-kind experience! Beautiful, breezy, shaded 11.5 acre island with hiking paths to explore, all to ourselves! The rental home was beautiful. We walked in and were struck by the darling furnishings. The place was well stocked, immaculate, and had all the modern conveniences we needed. We'll definitely be back! Thanks for a great vacation experience, Cindy!

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surrounded by Nature on the edge of a metro area

  • 5 of 5

What a great find !! This new cottage with all new furnishings is very secluded, but easily accessible. We could not believe that you could be in such a nature setting and yet be so close to a major city. We stayed 3 nights, and had a great time. Too cool for swimming in October but the trees were in full fall color. A great getaway for our family.

  • Review Submitted: 03/12/2010
  • Date of Stay: October 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Greg, thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed it. However, we don’t allow pets of any kind. Cindy
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
MSP International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Stonebrooke Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 169 and Marschall Rd
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Stonebrooke Golf Club
Nearest Beach
The entire private island and mainland
Car: necessary

The Twin Cities has a wealth of arts and culture. There are five major art museums, seven history museums and several science museums. Local art and art galleries can be found in every corner of the Twin Cities.

There are over 12,000 lakes in Minnesota, with 900+ in the Metro area alone!

The famed and mammoth Mall of America is 16 miles from our island. Downtown Minneapolis is 20.3 miles away, and the airport is 24 miles away. Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake is 8 minutes away.

Within Shakopee itself, we have Canterbury Downs and Valleyfair Amusement Park. Beautiful and challenging Stonebrooke Golf Course and Restaurant are right on Lake O’Dowd!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Shakopee

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$134.29

Nightly rates reduced to $265 for 7+ nights ($1855 weekly rate).
Nightly rates reduced to $225 for 30+ nights ($6750 monthly rate).
Although the cottage sleeps 5, we provide raised airbeds & linens for up to 3 more guests. There is a charge of $25.00/person/night for each guest over 5. Max 8 guests total.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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