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Does anyone have information, or know where I may locate some information about storing a permanent ice house on Mille Lacs year-round? I am looking for resort names, prices, size limitations, parking during summer, etc.

I would like to build a permanent house in the range of 8'x14' to 12'x24', and would like to store it year-round on Mille Lacs, enabling me to use it as sleeping quarters during the summer for open-water fishing, and during the winter for ice fishing.


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There are quite a few places that do this on the lake but you are going to find that everyone that does has different accomidations different pricing and plow roads to different areas in the winter.I am not sure how familiar you are with the lake but I would first figure out what part of the lake you want to be on then call some resorts and see if they have any openings then plan on making a trip up there to check them out.This time of year is probably the best time to start checking and some of the best spots can have waiting lists.If you know what part of the lake you want to be on I can give you some names of places but every place is different and what I may like you may not.

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It costs us $450 a year just to store our fishhouse (10x20). It's taken to an area across Hwy 169 for the summer. That price includes moving the house on/off the lake, lifting and banking it and summer storage.
To actually use it as a summer cabin you will have to also pay a monthly (space) rent, which will vary from resort to resort...it's not cheap!

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Use the Resort Locator above,
scroll down to Mille lacs and start checking them out and contacting your best choices.

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some of the resorts will even run an extension cord to your fish house for summer use.


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We used to keep our house at Bobs trailer park in Garrison and stay there in the summer but when Bob got out of the ice house buisness we would keep it there and have garison sports which is next door pull out our house. When we got our cabin on Wig-Wam we just decided to store our house at garrison sports because we dident stay at the fish house in the summer anymore. Bobs was a great place to stay in the summer, we had our fishhouse under some big pine trees so It wasent hot. There are fire rings to start a fire and It was cheap. Only 11 dolers a night to sleep there. He also had clean bathrooms you could use, and a fish cleaning house. Im sure you could store your fish house there. He just stopped pulling them out he still stores some. YOu just tell Garrison sports that your house is at Bobs and they drive the 50 yards and get it. The garrison marina is just down the road and the Blue goose is just down the road the other way, Win-Win.

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Shakeem: We moved a perm to Macs Twin Bay. The cost is 425.00 per year. Includes taking it out and bringing it back for storage. Any additinal move will cost from 25.00 to 80.00 depending on how far we move it. they will also plow a road to it (in case we ever get snow) and be sure its always accessable. We cannot use it in the summer months however. I believe there is a law regarding the use of it during the summer if you don't have bathroom facilities. Something about running it like a campground but without toilets,,,,no quite sure on that part. I've found Macs to be real good to work with. Hope this helps as well. bill

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I have a 8x17 at Brandt's. It runs about $300 per season which includes storage, one move on and off the ice, blocking/banking, and 2 road passes. A bigger house such as yours would run more, although I think the limit is 10x20 unless you work something out.

We are also able to use it as a summer camp. I believe it runs about $3/day. Limited power supplies are avail.

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Same as mentioned above...

We have a Perm. out of Macs Twin Bay as well. I HIGHLY recommand Macs. Kevin (owner of Macs) has a GREAT setup. He does a WONDERFUL job keeping the roads plowed to your house and making sure everything is going good while you are up there. They have onsite Propane, Bathrooms, Showers, Bar(not Kevins but it's a bar wink.gif ) The have a website with all the rates on there. The website is listed below:


Email me if you have any questions about Macs I would love to see more FM'er up there!

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