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Empty Bar Resort

     Sandhaven has roots dating back over 80 years to 1937 when the first cabin was built.  Empty Bar Resort was started by two close friends, Amery & Fred, from Chicago.  The Resort was started with lots of hard work & a genuine love for Sand Lake & the surrounding area.  Avid fishermen & hunters, they were able to live their dream while running their Resort all the way into the mid 1990's.  Rumor has it, that Amery & Fred were great athletes in the Chicago area & continued their fierce rivalry with fishing & hunting.


Campbell's Lodge

     The Campbell's purchased the Resort in the mid 1990's. Joe & Carol are the ones responsible for building our three 5 bedroom cabins; Bear, Moose & Wolf).  They also remodeled all of the original cabins on the lake shore in the early 2000's.  Along with their 3 children, they ran the Resort for over 20 years while continuing many of the relationships that Empty Bar Resort had started.

Sandhaven Resort

     Tim, Tom & Donna Brekke's dream of owning a resort took a long time of searching for the right mix of cabins, beach & most importantly fishing.  They found everything that they were looking for at Campbell's Lodge on Sand Lake.  A rare mix of brand new cabins mixed with all older cabins being completely remodeled was exactly what they had been searching for.  Throw in the awesome fishery & legendary fishing of Sand Lake & the final piece of the puzzle was in place.  Tim actually came up with the new name for the resort... he said "I want to rename the Resort Sandhaven" as they were all standing barefoot on the beach with the sand between their toes.  Sometimes ideas are just that simple... that's how Sandhaven Resort was born.


Sandhaven Updates

     The 2017 season and was a great success, meeting many new people and full of good fishin' stories. We are looking forward to another exciting year for 2018 and we have many updates currently in the works.

     We kept busy during the Fall, finishing the road work on the main driveway and completing the new boulder walls that will surround our new beachfront patio.  This Spring, Able Concrete will be completing our new stamped concrete patio and sidewalk in front of the Lodge. It is going to be a dramatic change with flower gardens and patio seating for our Guests.  Our fish-house is getting a full makeover, including a new roof, siding, windows and doors. We are hoping to have new sinks and the interior finished by the start of this season. We stained the Bear, Moose and Wolf cabins and added curtains and new decor, giving them an even more "Up North" feel.

     We will be the first resort on Sand Lake to offer Jet Ski Rentals as well as getting a bigger 20' Rave Water Trampoline with blob attachment for the kids inside all of us!

     We have partnered with Nick Smith of Open Season Guides to take our Customers out fishing at a great price. He has a wealth of fishing knowledge and we are very excited that he is working directly with us and our Customers to make their stay at Sandhaven a memorable one.

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