About Us

Barky's Resort is located on the southwest shore of Otter Tail Lake, about 5 miles north of Battle Lake, MN.  We are a 3 hour drive north of Minneapolis and about 1.5 hours east of Fargo.  The resort is owned and operated by Ryan and Alicia Draeger and their two children, having purchased it in 2014.  In total we have 12 cabins on approximately 3 acres with 400 feet of lake frontage.  In 2021 we added the 12th cabin, located on the north shore of Otter Tail Lake about 4 miles by boat from the main resort.  We plan to start taking reservations for Cabin 12 soon so if you're interested, let's talk!

We are open all year.  In our summer prime season (June 12 - Aug 20) we offer weekly Saturday-to-Saturday cabin rentals.  During our off-peak winter season (Aug 21 - June 2022) we have a 2-night minimum with stay-and-play packages popular for ice fishing, snowmobiling, and family getaways.  Thanks for stopping by, we hope to see you soon!


Barky's Resort was founded by Vincent & Maxine Barkmeier in 1956.  They hailed from South Dakota with a restaurant background, and they operated a full service restaurant at the new resort.  They quickly gained a reputation for wonderful dinners and especially their home-made ice cream.  Vincent and Maxine and their family operated Barky's until 1980, and we think the restaurant ended around that time. 

The details from 1980-2014 are a bit patchy.  If you can help fill them in, we'd love to hear from you.

We're proud to to continue the Barky's legacy of providing relaxing, family-friendly vacations.

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