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Connect with those you love at Joten Lake

Everyone Needs Time at Joten Lake Acres
Family reunion and 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 find peace and focus on your favorite people and activities.  Host a family reunion, friends weekend, craft circle, a bridal party. Host your grooms dinner in the loft.  Enjoy the bird watching, watching a bright starlight night, cook, do bike riding on local trails which double as snowmobile trails connect into the Lake Wobegon Trail. Yoga practitioners and other circle groups can plan a meaningful retreats here.


Ottertail Count is special place and has been for 1,000's of years for Native Americans and the early Viking explorers! 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  by the owner who wanted to connect to a simpler time and in the peaceful setting of rural life inspired by her great grandmother who lived on a Minnesota century farm.  The family homestead in Cologne, MN had a water pump in the kitchen, stove required a fire in it to cook, and the only bathroom was an outhouse! At the family farm, friends, family and neighbors connected with each other over work and the land and community conversation. 


These experiences inspired the vision of Joten Lake where similar memories can be created.  The owner purchased Joten Lake in 1997  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.  The land and building is designed to enhance meaningful relationships with others.  The owner greatly values the land, waters and the living environment.  

Business philosophy

Joten Lake Acres believes time with friends and family to be present matters.   Events, celebrations and connectivity is important.  Honoring one another has meaning. 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.  She holds an MA, in Communications from Saint Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and a Life Coaching Certification in Somatic Cellular Relief from Soul Purpose in Longmont, Colorado.  Alison works in finance and loves educating people on financial topics.   Her personal interests include embracing the outdoors, being active with sports, sharing wonderful food and conversation as a way of connecting with friends, travel, and exploring life.  She embraces a lifelong love of learning.  She takes great pride in raising two young men ages 20 and 17.  Alison has put a lot of work, intention and capital into her vision of Joten Lake Acres and she is delighted to share this peaceful experience with guests of this magical property.

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