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Shing Wako Resort

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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I stayed at this resort in one of the two bedroom cabins over Labor Day weekend for two nights. Our first impression of the cabin was that it was a shabby old fashioned classic cabin which was ideally what we were looking for because we wanted to get more of a "camping" feel. The resort was well...

1Thank Kelsey E
Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Hi Kelsey, Thank you for your review. It appears we were everything you were looking for in a resort, except our quiet time. Our standards have earned us a solid repeat business for families looking for a quality, quiet, relaxing, family vacation. Guests have shared with us how impressed they are that we choose to stand by our resort rules...

Waconia, Minnesota
Reviewed 4 August 2015

Our visit to this resort was an extended family group, ranging in age from 8 to 81. We had 3 cabins, and had plenty of space for our family- the accommodations were great! We so enjoyed being in a family friendly place, that was peaceful and beautiful. The beach is great for kids, the water is very shallow for quite...

Thank Deborah B
Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post such a flattering review of our resort! We hope to see your families return as well! Have a great rest of your summer!

Reviewed 27 October 2014

My large family needed a cabin that offered multiple sleeping and bedroom space. We rented one of the Reunion Cabins and loved it!!😀 The facilities where very well kept and very clean. You could tell the owners take pride in their establishment. They both where very helpful yet also gave us space. The water clarity was excellent alowing fun fishing...

1Thank Gunz99
Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Oh my! Thank you for such a positive and thorough review of our resort!

Sartell, Minnesota
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have gone to this resort for 30 years and we love it!! We stayed in the red cabins for years and now stay in the newer cabins below and they are very nice and accommodating, the cabins even have air conditioning for comfort. The beach is amazing too because it is very shallow for a long ways so good...

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to send a review of our resort. 30 years of staying here certainly makes you qualified! We both thank YOU for staying with us and look forward to seeing and visiting with your family every year!

Rhoon, Nederland
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Maybe our visit to the Brainerd area was not representative, because we were one of the very few visitors in the early season. The first nice springweek end of may 2014 we had teh resort almost for ourself. Nevertheless we can imagine that also in the busy season it is a very relaxing and quiet resort. We enjoyed it very...

Thank Buytenlandt
Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your most gracious review of your stay with us! We enjoyed meeting and visiting with you!

Sioux Falls
Reviewed 9 October 2013

We've been coming to this place for around 12 years. That says a lot. We stay in the newer cabins which are air conditioned and closer to the lake. Each cabin has a fire ring and a charcoal grill which we use a lot. There are boat lifts to rent and that's nice to keep your boat from getting beat...

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for such a flattering review! We appreciate your family staying with us over the years. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to make your stay even better! See you next summer!

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 9 August 2010

We have vacationed at this resort every summer for years. When our kids were little the gradual shallow beach was perfect. Now that the children are young adults, we love the star gazing, paddle boats and kyaks. Marty and Sue are the bests hosts. Cabins are clean and comfortable. An off the charts great place to vacation.

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our resort so generously. I am sorry for the delay in replying. I just discovered I can! We have truly enjoyed seeing your kids grow up over the years and thank you for the referrals you have sent our way. They have turned into guests we look forward to seeing every year...

Saint Paul
Reviewed 6 August 2010

I have nothing but praise for Shing Wako. We travelled there with 3 teens and an 11-year old. We stayed in one of the new cabins that is down at "lakefront", and it was very comfortable. There is an airconditioning unit in the kitchen which we used on a couple warm nights, but mostly the ceiling fans in the rooms...

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your most positive and descriptive review! My apologies for the delayed response and learning curve. We are happy that you enjoy the walk/run around our neighboring Silver Lake! It just adds another amenity we can offer without having to get into your car and drive somewhere. Thank you again!

South Dakota
Reviewed 12 July 2009

We have stayed at four cabin-on-a-lake type resorts and this one was the best yet. Please keep in mind when you read the reviews for this resort that there are three different types of cabins here and your experience may vary depending on which cabin you book. There are six 1947 original cabins which are small and very rustic. There...

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your most detailed review. Many guests have mentioned reading it. We look forward to your family staying with us again!

Reviewed 17 March 2008

My family really enjoyed the resort. Fishing was good, the cabins were clean and large enough so that we were not tripping on each other. Wireless access was very much appreciated. One recommendation is to bring a fan for the kitchen area. We were comfortable most of the time but in the middle of the afternoon and early evening when...

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Sue P, Owner at Shing Wako Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your flattering and helpful response! We have added some features to help in the kitchens. We look forward to your family staying with us again!

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
Room types
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Shing Wako Resort is a quiet, relaxing family resort on Beautiful Lake Edward. Swim and fish in the lake or relax by your private fire ring. Lake Edward is over 2000 acres in size with sandy shores and clear water, ideal swimming for big & little kids. Catch walleye, sunfish, crappies, northern pike, small & large mouth bass. Responsible jet skiing allowed. Resort Amenities: Reunions very welcome and popular! We have 18 cottages ranging from two bedroom cabins, one handicap accessible cabin and spacious reunion cottages. All have cable TV and wireless internet. Plus more what you come to a resort for - a large sandy swimming beach with clean, clear spring fed waters. Lots of green space for playing outdoors, playgrounds for big & little kids by the beach, horseshoe pits, volleyball, basketball, carpet-ball, boat & pontoon rentals and complimentary play boats (canoes, kayaks, paddle boats). Wireless high speed internet - Laundry - Beautiful sunsets - Green Cleaning. Our Very Popular Reunion Lodges offer you generous personal space when staying with a group, Sleep Number queen & kings beds, dishwashers, central air conditioning and free washers and dryers inside each unit. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shing Wako Resort

Address: 24713 County Road 3, Merrifield, MN 56465-4496
Region: United States > Minnesota > Merrifield
Price Range: $157 - $684 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 52
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