Sunset Bay Resort


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Jim & Kristin Wherley

Phone: 218-758-2080

Toll Free: 800-SUNSBAY 786-7229


Email: info*AT*


Location 38274 County Hwy 44 Richville, MN 56576 Get Directions »

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38274 County Highway 44 Richville, MN 56576




  • Air Conditioning
  • Bait
  • Beach
  • Pontoon Rentals
  • Boat Motor Rentals
  • Childrens Activities
  • Fire Ring
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pet-friendly
  • Reunion
  • Water Toys
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Winter Availability
Open in the winter

Accommodations Rates:





3 BD/2 BA

2021 Rates: $236-330/night; $1,180-1,650/wk 1-6p


2 BD/1 BA

2021 Rates: $153-226/night; $765-1,130/wk 1-4p


3 BD/1 BA

2021 Rates: $213-286/night; $1,065-1,430/wk 1-6p


2 BD/2 BA

2021 Rates: $176-251/night; $880-1,255/wk 1-4p


4 BD/2 BA

2021 Rates: $336-494/night; $1,680-2,470/wk 1-8 p


3 BD/2BA

2021 Rates: $306-459/night; $1,530-2,295/wk 1-8p

#8 Winter

3 BD/2 BA

2021 Rates: $200/night, $1,000/week 1-8p

House On The Hill

3 BD + Bunk Room/3 BA

2021 Rates: $460-540/night; $2,300-2,700/week 1-8 p

House On The Hill Winter

3BD + Bunk Room/3 BA

2021 Rates: $250/night, $1,250/week, 1-8p

Cozy Cabin

1 BD/1 BA

2021 Rates: $113-166/night; $565-830/week 1-2 p



2021 Rates: $55/night, $330/week 1-4 p


Our Travel Trailer

2021 Rates: $120-140/night, $600-700/wk for 1-4p

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Sunset Bay Resort, nestled among 15 wooded acres, offers 550′ of clean sandy shore, buoyed swimming area with raft & water sports, a beachside playground and guest laundry facility, outdoor games include horseshoe pits, volleyball, badminton and basketball nets.   In 2021, enjoy a fully remodeled game room to include air hockey, foosball, ping pong, toys, & table games plus a guest lounge with comfortable seating to read a book or catch up on emails.

Located on the east shore of Dead Lake’s north bay, Sunset Bay is only 3 miles south of Dent and 4 miles west of Richville on Otter Tail County Highway 44. Just minutes from Perham, Ottertail City, Fergus Falls & Detroit Lakes. We’re about 200 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, or 70 miles southeast of Fargo, using US Hwy 10 or I-94.

To meet the needs of large groups and couples, we expanded in 2019 to add our House On The Hill (4 BR, 3 BA-sleeps 8 in base, 16 max), Cozy Cabin (1 BR, 1 BA-sleeps 2 in base, 4 max) and 3 more campsites one of which will permanently house our travel trailer rental.  These are available to rent now, so begin making your 2021 reservations today by calling 218-758-2080.

Our original 8 cedar-sided cabins all face the lake, are only 80-90 feet from the lake, and are at least 30 feet apart for privacy. All had new carpet, mattresses/box springs, and exterior stain completed in 2013! We also installed new metal roofs in 2015/16, gutters in 2018 and new windows in 2019 and 2020! They have fully equipped kitchens and private bathrooms with showers (bring your own towels). They are comfortably furnished; each bedroom has a double bed (one bedroom has a set of bunkbeds), and each living area has a futon (we furnish nice, clean bedding for all). Picnic tables, charcoal grills, Adirondack chairs and lakeside fire pits with new fire rings added in 2017.

We now have 6 camping sites suitable for tents, campers, or RVs, 4 with 30 Amp electric & water hookups, and 2 with 50 Amp electric water AND sewer hookups. In 2015 we added a new travel trailer to rent that is now placed permanently on one of our campsites! In 2019 we added a 1BR, 1BA park model cabin called the Cozy Cabin also placed permanently on one of our sites available to rent!  Our shower house and restroom facilities were remodeled in 2017!  Also enjoy full access to all resort amenities. Camping rates include boat launch and beach space for one boat per site.

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The office contains a small store with a few non-perishable grocery items, snacks, frozen treats, logo apparel & souvenir items. New items for 2018 include framed canvas prints taken of Sunset Bay, as well as Sunset Bay Resort Christmas Ornaments and coffee mugs!  We also sell ice and boat gas/oil.

In 2021 we are also adding a new 20 foot Starcraft “Cruise and Fish” pontoon with a 40 HP motor! One 14-foot boat, or launch and dock space for your boat, is provided with each cabin. Paddleboats, a canoe, stand up paddle boards, life jackets and fish cleaning facilities are all available at no charge to guests. Dock space, boats, motors, boat launch, pontoons & window AC units may be rented as available.

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Winter Related

Our cabin #8 and House On The Hill are fully remodeled and available for year round rental. Size and pricing can be adjusted for 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms to accommodate your group. Sunset Bay is close to snowmobile trails, and cabin 8 sits right on the lake for you ice fisherman!

Family Related

There is no better place to bring the family to enjoy all Minnesota’s lake country has to offer! Sunset Bay Resort has 550′ of soft sugar sand beach, a large swimming area, water sports and fabulous scenery. Enjoy our children’s swing/playset installed in 2015!

Fishing Related

Dead Lake spans over 7,900 acres with depths over 60 feet. It offers over 36 miles of lake shore and varied structure. Dead Lake enjoys a reputation for excellent fishing for walleye, large-mouth bass, northern pike, crappie, bluegill and sunfish.

Campground Description

Sunset Bay Resort located in Otter Tail County on Dead Lake in Richville, MN has 6 RV/Campsites all with water and electrical hookups. There is a remodeled public restroom/shower house and guest laundry adjacent to the campground. All campsites come with a fire pit (with fire rings added in 2018) and picnic table. Campers have full access to all resort amenities such as the game room, playground, our fabulous sugar sand beach, and resort grounds. We offer no seasonal sites. Pets are allowed for an additional fee. Dead Lake is a 7,900 acre lake with 36 miles of mostly undeveloped shoreline and depths up to 60 feet. The lake offers all different types of structure, with excellent fishing opportunities. Dead Lake has a reputation as one of the best all-around fishing lakes in Otter Tail County. Northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill are the dominant game fish species.



Fishing Opener Special

Interested in staying during Fishing Opener? Want to stay less than a full week? Get 28.57% off our regular nightly rate when you stay at least 2 nights (5 night maximum stay) from May 1st  through May 16, 2021 (Subject to availability and base occupancy. Additional persons over base occupancy are $30 per night per person).  All rates subject to applicable MN state sales tax.

Stay 5 Nights in a Cabin and the 6th AND 7th Nights are FREE!

Want to stay more than a few nights in one of our cabins? Stay 5 nights at the regular nightly rate, and the 6th and 7th nights are FREE throughout the year! Call us for details or to reserve at 218-758-2080.  The offer is good for consecutive night stays only.

Campground Specials

Rate per night is $55. Rent for an entire week and your 7th night is free. We will also provide the 7th night free if you stay 7 nights in multiple visits. Call for details-218-758-2080.

Referral and Second Stay Discounts

These discounts are offered to our current guests who refer friends, or stay twice in one season based on the guidelines on our website.