In 1915, Lydia Anderson Gustafson registered the current property, which was a farm, as Lakeview. She operated the farm until the fall of 1947, when Elroyd & Hilda Sprague purchased the property. At the time there were 7 cabins, a main house, which also was a boarding house, a dining hall, and a farm with a variety of buildings.
All the cabins were originally up on the hill where the upper driveway is now. Roy & Hilda moved all the cabins except 2 down to front area where there are travel trailers now, closest to Balsam Lake. Eventually the dining hall split in two to make two separate cabins, making a total of 9 cabins.
In 1963 – Hwy 46 was moved away from the lake to where it is presently located. Mobile homes that were previously located close to the road on the very south east side of the property were relocated up on top of the hill.
In the spring of 1966, Grady & Nova Reed (Roy & Hilda’s daughter) purchased the property from her parents. Within a few years, both cabins that were still on top of the hill were moved off and replaced with mobile homes. A back row of mobile homes were added after that.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s the mobile home park on the north property was added. It was done in a two different stages. Grady planted a maple tree in each lot. This is where our Senior Mobile Home park resides today.
Grady passed away from cancer in Feb, 1978. In 1981, Nova sold off the remaining cabins and replaced them with RV sites.
In the fall of 1999 the property was incorporated as Lakeview Park, Inc. Steve & Laura Williams (Grady & Nova’s daughter) began an active role of managing the property.
With the addition of city sewer/water to the whole property, the Senior Park was expanded with the addition of the double-wide lots in 2003.
Lakeview Park currently operates with 40 year-round sites in the Senior Mobile Home Park and 77 sites in our RV Campground that is open from May 1st – Oct. 1st.
We have met a lot wonderful people over the years and have many returning guests….some are 3rd, 4th and 5th generations. We thank you for your business, value your friendships and look forward to seeing you in the years to come.
Laura & Steve Williams