Connect with those you love at Joten Lake

Everyone Needs Time at Joten Lake Acres
Family reunions, bridal parties & grooms dinners
quilting weekends & friend getaways!  

Escape into solitude at Joten Lake Acres and enjoy 45 acres of peaceful, natural beauty.  This converted century barn in Dalton, Minnesota is so private you can focus on your favorite people and activities.  Host your family reunion or a friends weekend. Have your bridal party stay and host your grooms dinner in the loft.  Enjoy the bike riding trails which double as snowmobile trains in winter including the Lake Wobegon Trail.Plan a three, five or seven day retreat.  Church groups, yoga practitioners are ideal for this large property. 


 Central Minnesota is special place for Native Americans and this region was also explored by the Vikings.  Come create special memories with your favorite people at Joten Lake Acres; you'll be glad you did. 



Joten Lake Acres was purchased in 1997 with the desire to connect to a simpler time and in the peaceful setting of rural life.  The owner's great grandmother lived on a Minnesota century farm; the family homestead had a pump for water in the kitchen, a fire stoked in the stove to cook, and the an outhouse was the only bathroom.  At the family farm, friends, family and neighbors connected with each other over meals, work and conversation.  These experiences inspired the vision of Joten Lake where similar memories can be created; while the barn is over 100 years, there are modern conveniences for comfort. 


The owner purchased Joten Lake in 1997l the land and building restoration was completed in 2016.  The original farmhouse, a chicken shed, a wooden silo, a garage, a horse tack shed needed to be destroyed due to unresolvable structural problems.  Many barbed wire fences and dozens of dumpsters of farm garbage, old farm equipment was also removed. The Barn was jacked-up and a new foundation installed in 1999.  Architectural plans were developed by Sala Architects and build by Legacy Builders of Fergus Falls.  ​Rentals started in 2017 at Joten Lake Acres for guests to have this same experience. 

Mission statement

Joten Lake Acres exists to facilitate land and space that creates, fosters, and enables human connectivity and the space to build and enhance meaningful relationships with others.  The owner greatly values this land and our living environment.  

Business philosophy

Joten Lake Acres philosophy is that events matter, celebrations are important, and honoring one another has meaningful purpose. It is important to use events to bring people together in a manor where relationships can be enhanced and memories can be created.   


Ms. Alison Erhard Tomlinson purchased Joten Lake Acres in 1997 and works to move the vision of Joten Lake Acres so guests can have a memorable and meaningful visit.  Alison holds an MA, in Communications from Saint Cloud State University and a Life Coaching Certification in Somatic Cellular Relief from Soul Purpose in Longmont, Colorado.  While working in finance for her profession, Alison’s personal interests include natural spaces, a connection to friends, travel, exploring life and embracing a love of learning.  Alison takes great pride  in raising two young men ages 19 and 16.  Alison has put a lot of work, intention and capital into this vision of Joten Lake Acres and she is delighted to share this peaceful experience with guests of this magical property.