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Guest Life at Sleeping Fawn

Nature Photos

Enjoy early morning sunrises, golden sunsets over the water and campfires on starry nights. Loons, ducks, deer, Bald eagles, and many others share our woodsy home with us.

Activity Photos

"So, what do we do here?" Enjoy beach games and water toys. Play yard games like croquet and bocce ball, bring your boat or rent one here. We guarantee fun for all ages.

Family & Friends

This is great place to gather. So many families come back year after year. In fact, they love to stay in touch and send us pictures. Here are just a few.

Kids Photos

Kids love it here! Our beach is huge, with clean water, a sandy bottom, and lots of toys and games for in the water and out. Our resort is clean, safe, and kid-friendly.

Fishing & Wildlife

There's so much to see and do, and you've come here to relax. As our guest you'll do just that. From small fry to lunkers, from catfish to cat naps, catch yours here.

History Photos

We have lots of fond memories of Stocking Lake and Sleeping Fawn. View some of our favorite old photos and read an old letter from a previous owner here.

Meet Your Hosts

Joe and Ellen thoroughly researched the resort market throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin before making their big move. Sleeping Fawn was the first resort they looked at and they immediately fell in love with it. They feel you will love it the same way they do.
Ellen and Joe


Joe Scharber, came up with idea to be business partners in a resort in the north woods. A Minnesota native, Joe grew up on Main St, Rogers, MN, and attended Elk River school district. Joe has been employed as a dishwasher, gas station clerk, and Qwest telephone cable installer. After moving to the cities, he continued his journey through the trades as a drywall finisher, restaurant manager and Minneapolis Financial firm cubical operative. Joe has also worked as a volunteer within the community, mentoring youth groups, delivering meals to the elderly and organizing community fund raisers. Joe felt that running a family resort would satisfy his longing to move north and would be a great opportunity to use his skills.

Joe is currently the board of directors President for the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Mantrap Valley Conservation Club, a member of the Mantrap Chain Owners Association, a member of the Emma, Stocking, Bottles (ESB) Lake Association, and a member of the DT business Association.


Ellen Scharber is also a Minnesota native, having grown up on the east side of Duluth. She worked in Minneapolis for Honeywell for 4 years before finding her "niche" as a school bus driver, a job she held for over 30 years. One of her passions was coaching girls' softball which she did for 10 years. Another was tending bar at the local tavern, formerly known as Rogers Pub. After retiring, Ellen wanted to move to the north woods where she could enjoy the wildlife, birds, the lake and reading in a peaceful setting.

Ellen is currently a member of the Mantrap Conservation Club Auxiliary, a member of the Emma, Stocking, Bottles (ESB) Lake Association, and a Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce member.