Raystown Lake Vacation Rental

Main living 2nd level w/screened in porch & wrap around deck& steps to back yardview of the pole barn and side of the house, parking area for 2 cars not showingAutumn leaves in the back yard at the cabinScreened in porch w/seating for 8, grill is on the side, fire ring in the yardPartial view into the front room2nd level living rm off screened in porch & wrap around deck. Cathedral CeilingPartial view of the kitchenView of the woods & deck, table is able to seat 6, use the 2 seat hickory benchMaster bedroom with king bed, ceiling fan & TV. Attached half bath.3rd bedroom with bunk bed. A pack n play is available in the closet & floor fan2nd bedroom with queen bed, ceiling fan & closet1st level, 1100 sq ft open family room w/bar & pool table converts to ping pongPart of the family room, view of mural painted by a local artistSpring time at the cabin, 10 forsythia bushes surround the propertyView of the lake from the bottom of the walking path, hike down from the cabin.
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State Route 3018, Raystown Lake, PA 16652


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 9
Type: Cabin
Per night: $180 - $235
Per week: $1,200 - $1,450
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Raystown Lake vacation cabin rental
Our cabin is located at the Northern End of Raystown Lake. Our vacation rental house is named Bears Den and is within walking distance to the lake. Travel along scenic Piney Ridge Road to our cabin located half mile down Parks Road. Challenge your hiking skills by walking down the path 2/10th of a mile from the cabin to the lake or park in the cul de sac & hike 300' to the lake. The path is maintained by the Core of Engineers. Take a fishing rod or towel with you to sit & relax in this quiet no wake area of the lake, you won't hear a sound except mother nature at it's finest! We are 5 miles from Seven Points Marina boating and swimming area. At the Marina you will find a (seasonal) restaurant boats & the many boat slips.
If you don't have a boat & would like to spend time on the lake, you can enjoy a pleasant ride aboard the Princess which leaves the Marina around 1 PM for an hour & half narrated ride. Check the dates & hours of operation for the many dinner cruises. Relax and enjoy the open air 2nd floor or sit in the climate controlled 1st floor. You can rent pontoon boats and spend an enjoyable day out on the lake with friends and family by calling Seven Points Marina to reserve a boat. For your own boat you can rent a slip by the day or week while on your vacation. Charter one of the many fishing guides for a few hours or go on a midnight outing to catch some of the many fish in the lake.

Our Bears Den cabin is surrounded with trees on a secluded mature landscaped acre lot. There is enough parking for a few cars. Our cabin offers central air plus many ceiling fans to help keep you cool in the summer months. Hickory hardwood floors, full kitchen with microwave & dishwasher. Service for 12. The cabin is furnished with beautifully made Amish log furniture and decorated with a bear theme. Free WIFI. TV in the living room, master bedroom & the family room has a 47" cable TV with HBO & NFL Network with lots of seating areas and gliders to relax on. Enjoy the pool table which converts into a ping pong table & the bar area and still have plenty of room for children to play on their own table & chairs, games, toys & walker. The cabin has an open feel to it with over 2100 sq ft to relax in. There are 3 bedrooms on the main floor and a queen and twin bed in the corner end of the family room with full bath w/ shower stall.

The cabin is cozy enough for two on a romantic getaway or spacious enough for a family reunion.

Enjoy listening to the birds in the morning with your coffee on the screened in porch & enjoy relaxing meals in the evening away from bugs. We have a gas grill with an extra tank off the screened in porch. Relax around the fire ring in the evenings and make some delicious s'mores or mountain pies.
Area Information
Raystown Lake celebrated it's 40th anniversary in 2014. The US Army Corps of Engineers completed the lake in 1974. The lake is surrounded with woods and mountain ridges. The lake has become a world class fishery, hosting more than 90 annual bass tournaments, pleasure boating, water skying and swimming. A man made beach area with sand is close to the Marina with a bath house & bathrooms.
Enjoy the view from Henderson Overlook and an easy 300 yards walk to Hawn's Overlook to view the dam and possibly spot an eagle flying by. To date 5 nests have been spotted around the lake. One of our repeat vacationers to the cabin loves to fish & was enjoying fishing in a quiet cove when he had an eagle perch right above them, so keep your eyes open you might even get to see a bear swimming in the lake, two have been caught on camera over the years.

Did you know the town of Huntingdon was voted # 1 for small towns to visit in PA. The town has many historical buildings, lots of great eating establishments & grocery stores & events going on throughout the year. I have a welcome book in the cabin with many brochures from local restaurants & ideas for places to visit.
Visit Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville within a 2 hour drive from the cabin.
In May the Allegrippis Bike Fest is held & is becoming the biggest in the East Coast for mountain biking. Just to mention a few places to tour or hike are the Isett Museum, Sweigart Antique Auto Museum, Lincoln Caverns, Trough Creek, Rails to Trails. Thursday's in the summer to mid October from noon to 5 pm stop by the outdoor market in the Huntingdon park & buy some fresh made breads, cookies, deserts, fruits in season & local grown vegetable's. Enjoy a play at the local playhouse in McConnelstown, golf in one of the local golf courses. Visit the Visitors Center at Seven Points Marina for a view of the lake from their deck. On Tuesday Mornings mid June through mid August stop by the Raystown Lake Visitors Center's Wake up Reception with many door prizes given out & listen to interesting facts about the area while enjoying coffee and bagels from local restaurants.
Juniata College is just minutes away.
Altoona is within a half hour drive, home of Lakemont Amusement Park, Shopping, Railroaders Memorial Museum, great restaurants, close by in Tipton is DelGrosso's Amusement Park.
Penn State is within 45 minutes. We have many brochures and maps of the area's on our coffee table. Spend a night at the cabin during Penn State's football season.
Bedford is within an hour, golf at Bedford Springs Inn and let the wives enjoy the warm spa. Visit the Old Bedford Villiage & many great shops in downtown Bedford.
In the Fall what a beautiful time to be in the Allegaheny's. Take a day trip to elk country or spend a night at the Benezette Hotel & drive around to the overlooks to watch & listen to the elk's bugling. The leaves are beautiful that time of year.
Don't hurry during your stay, we welcome you to relax and enjoy a slice of heaven!
Check out Raystown Lake Events & Happenings to learn more about the hidden treasures in this beautiful area..

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Apr 01 2015 Apr 30 2015 $180 $190 $1,200 - 2 Nights
May 01 2015 Sep 07 2015 $235 $235 $1,450 - 2 Nights
Sep 08 2015 Dec 31 2015 $210 $210 $1,200 - 2 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 6% State & 3% Hotel
Deposits: Half the total amount is due within 10 days of receiving the lease. Balance is due 30 days prior to check in. Rates are for up to 6 people, over 6, $10 per person per night, with a maximum of 9 people, Must be 25 years or older to reserve the cabin Holidays are 3 night minimum, No smoking indoors
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Refundable Security Deposit $250.00 - returned within 7 days after satisfactory check out (if no theft, damage or evidence of smoking) Ask to have beds made & ready for your arrival with Professional Laundered Linens provided for a minimum fee, check with owner. Pets welcome under certain conditions, check with owner.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 3 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Game Room
  • Parking Included
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Patio
  • Screened Porch
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Mountains)
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Pool Table
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Canoeing
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (4 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (4 miles)
  • Golf
    (7 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (4 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (4 miles)
  • Bowling
    (8 miles)
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (4 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (4 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Hunting
    (<1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (4 miles)
  • Beach
    (5 miles)
  • Children's Pool
    (25 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (4 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (5 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Lake
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (4 miles)
  • Boating
    (5 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Beds can be made and ready for your arrival with professional laundered linens for a minimum fee - check with owner.
We have children's books, toys & games, table and chairs. No crib but we have a Pack N Play & walker. For older children ping pong or pool table.

Mactown Pizza and OIP Pizza will deliver meals to the cabin. See information in our welcome book for contact numbers and menu's . Pets have visited the property from time to time.

Reviews for this vacation cabin rental in Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania

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Tammy Grim Sorresso

York, PA

Couples Getaway

We recently stayed at Bears Den with 2 other couples for a getaway weekend. This home was absolutely beautiful and spotless! The home was equipped with everything and anything that you would have in your own home. I especially loved the window above the fireplace that allowed the sun shine through out the kitchen and living room...no need for lights until the sunset. I think maybe we were the first visitors to see snow in the area our first day there. It melted right away, but was quite amusing watching our husbands build a fire in the firepit as the snow pelted down. Bears Den is definately a place where you can relax in any part of the home. While we didn't observe any live wildlife, the home is filled with lovely décor that gives you the rustic feeling true to the name Bears Den. Bill and Doris are wonderful to work with and very helpful with anything you need to know about their home and the area itself. We are already planning on a return in the spring or summer before the marina closes for the season to enjoyed the use of the lake. All in all, even though it was off season, the brisk mountain air and comforts of home made it a fabulous stay! We played a lot of poker and enjoyed lots of country music in the evenings and can not wait to visit Bears Den again. Thank you Bill and Doris, everything was above and beyond our expectations!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Hello Tammy,
Bill & I are delighted that you and your friends enjoyed your first stay at the cabin. I understand all three couples have been to the area before over many years and it is so good to know even in the cool weather it is a place to return to again and again. We look forward to hearing from you for your next stay to the Raystown Lake Region..

Kathleen F. Weaver-Miller

Gettysburg, PA

Family Lovin' at the Bears Den

After researching the area rentals for 5 hours I finally settled on the Bears Den ... so glad I did. We were a group of 8 (youngsters and oldsters) ... the "cabin" (much more like a home) was awesome. We had more than enough room with 3 bedrooms, a large living room, large and well equipped kitchen, ample bathrooms, very large rec room/tv room on the ground floor, fire pit in the backyard. I sipped many a cuppa of coffee in the screened-in porch. Lovely to sit there very early in the morning with that coffee and listen to the birds, watch for the sky to lighten, look for mountain critters, and just mellow out. Will definitely rent again next fall, but this time for longer than a weekend. It was so hard to leave that place. None of us wanted to go back to the daily grind after enjoying our time there. Also, there is much to do in the area. And to that end there are loads of brochures, maps, area attractions, restaurants, etc to browse through. In addition ... the owners of the cabin were wonderful to us. Thank you, D. You're a doll!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Hello Kathleen,
Thank you for the wonderful review! We are very happy you chose to stay at our home away from home. I loved the questions your granddaughters had for us before your arrival and hope you can stay again only longer. My rock garden needs a few more stones signed.
Doris & Bill Shank

Maria-Viking Huffman

Palmyra, pa

Pictures don't do justice!!!

This place is so beautiful! We loved our long weekend here! The pool/ping pong table kept the kids content while we soaked up the serenity of the surrounding nature. The house is well-equipped with all the comforts of home to help take the hassle out of packing. Do yourself a favor and enjoy a trip to this cabin rented by very hospitable people!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much we appreciate your wonderful comments! This was your first visit to the Bears Den and one never knows what to expect. We are delighted to know you enjoyed it! We look forward to hearing from you again!
Doris & Bill Shank

Fay Hartzell

State college,pa.

Amazing rental

Bears den is an amazing rental property.We have rented this property several times and each time is an awesome experience. The property is beautifully decorated and has every thing you could possibly need.We also love how clean the home is which is saying a lot since I'm picky about that.The home is very comfortable and we are never in any way dissapointed.We are always very happy to rent this home again and again so I think that says it all.One last thing to say is how friendly the home owners are.My husband and I highly recommend this rental property. Fay Hartzell

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Hello Fay,
Thank you so much, we appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you next year.
Doris & Bill Shank

Fay Hartzell

State college,pa

Amazing rental

We have stayed at this beautiful rental property several times and each time we are more than satisfied.The home is wonderfully decorated and very comfortable .Everything you could need is there for your use.We always notice how well it is maintained and how clean it is and trust me I'm a neat freak so it's VEARY CLEAN.You can't go wrong with this rental.We always feel like it's our home away from home.One last thing to say is the home owners couldn't be any friendlier.Always a great rental and we keep coming back so that says it all :)

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Fay & David,
Thank you so much we are happy to have your family vacation here. We realize how difficult schedules can be to make time for a few days away. It is most gratifying to know you enjoy your time here!
Bill & Doris Shank

Ronnie Wood Keels

York PA

Wonderful Stay

We very much enjoyed our stay at this house. Owners were very nice in helping us with any questions or concerns that we had prior to, during, and after our trip. Highly recommend this home. There were 5 of us there, 4 over the age of 18 and plenty of room for all. The walk down and up to the lake was a bit of a haul, but from my understanding that is the norm there. Neighborhood was very quiet and beautiful. Would definitely book it again!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your comments and we look forward to hearing from you again.
Doris & Bill Shank

Tammy Cooper

Biglerville, PA

Great Place to Stay

We rented the Bears Den for a long weekend. Arrived on Friday and left on Sunday. This place is fantastic inside and out; its beautifully decorated; showers had great water pressure, we played pool and ping pong downstairs in the basement; house is very spacious; supplied with everything you need. Highly recommend you stay here

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Thank you Tammy & Mark for choosing to stay at the Bears Den. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with you family at our cabin. We appreciate your comments & look forward to your return.

Doris & Bill Shank

Debbie Hawhee

State College, PA

Perfect, really.

The Bear's Den is gorgeous, inside and out. We have stayed here with extended family and with three small families. It's great for kids, an easy drive to all the attractions in Raystown, and a peaceful place to stay. The kitchen and living area fill with natural sunlight, and the screened porch is a great place to dine or read. The owners are wonderful hosts, as evident by the thought they have put into furnishings, decor, and supplies. (Each time I visit I notice something they owners have added to the kitchen supplies. You will not find yourself thinking "Darn, this place needs X." They even thoughtfully provide a spare propane tank for the grill! Meal preparation is a pleasure, as a result. We love Bear's Den!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your comments! It is our pleasure to provide a comfortable place for families and friends to enjoy precious time together. We look forward to your family coming back every year.
Bill & Doris Shank



great trip

Beautiful place, total relaxation. Just what we all needed. Thank you

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

We appreciate your comments & we were so glad you chose to stay at the Bears Den!
Doris & Bill Shank

Kitty and Terry

Lancaster PA

Tranquil, clean and comfy

You will love the Bears Den and will want to go back again and again. It's perfect for a romantic weekend, girls' getaway, or guys' fishing trip. Lots of room! Love it!

Bill & Doris Shank

Owner's reply:

Thank you Kitty and Terry,
We were happy to have you spend time at the cabin, Thank you for your comments! We look forward to your return!
Doris and Bill Shank

Owner Supplied Testimonials

There has never been a place we stayed that felt like home but this cabin is the exception. It is home away from home. We love coming here each year and making new memories. This year we spent a full week verses a long weekend. We spent time up in State College/Penns Cave and a day hiking at Trough Creek. We spent a lot of time down at the lake at the end of the road. The Shanks are wonderful people and always so friendly and helpful. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. Thanks for another wonderful visit!
The Keebaughs, Annapolis, MD

We had the best vacation in years. So much relaxing and food. My kids had a blast swimming, fishing, tubing, skiing,. Absolutely love the screened in porch. Thank you for sharing your home with us. My parents were so happy for the extra family time. Hopefully we will be back soon!

Your cabin is so cute and all I can say, you call it a cabin but it's not like any cabin we've ever been in. "So much better". We loved everything about the cabin. Well supplied, beautiful decorations and very clean. We had a wonderful time and want to say thank you for sharing your place.

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. It is adorable and tastefully decorated! We especially enjoyed the screened in porch. The Bears Den is very clean & comfortable and has everything a vacationer could want or need. We will most definitely recommend it to anyone who wishes to visit Raystown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Reason's to come and stay at our home away from home in our vacation rental at Raystown Lake?
A: Our cabin is cozy enough for 2 celebrating a special date or spacious enough for 9 people. Unwind after a busy day and enjoy the day in the screened in porch and all the any amenities the cabin has to offer.
The cabin is close to the lake for hiking, sight seeing, water sports, close to grocery store's & restaurants & so many areas close by to plan day trips. Each season has a beauty all it's own!

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