Lake Country Cottage Drop-in Center

Lake Country Cottage Drop-in CenterLake Country Cottage is a drop-in center for adults diagnosed with mental illness.  A drop-in center is a safe environment where staff and members help each other in the following areas:

    • Organized and informal recreational and social activities
    • Finding and keeping housing
    • Assistance understanding and accessing transportation in the community
    • Using art to manage anxiety and stress
    • Learning computer and resume building skills
    • Help finding and keeping employment

Watch this video about the Lake Country Cottage:

Drop-in Hours

Mondays     9AM – 1PM
Tuesdays   12PM – 4PM

Fridays        9AM – 1PM

Sundays     12PM – 4PM (during football season, go Vikings!)

**Please check the Cottage activity calendar for drop-in schedule changes and special events.**

Members of the drop-in Center in Park Rapids planting flowers.

What does it cost to be a member?

Membership at the Cottage is free of charge and open to adults diagnosed with mental illness.  We require a recent diagnostic assessment and a short intake packet, but staff at the Cottage can help with that process.  To download the Lake Country Cottage intake packet, visit our Resources Page.

Calendar of Events

Having activities that you look forward to and spending time with friends is good for your mental health.  Lake Country Cottage offers people with mental illness a regular calendar of events to look forward to and an opportunity to build meaningful, supportive relationships.

Some regular events include:

  • Regular computer classes (Fridays)
  • Arts and crafts (Tuesdays)
  • Yard and garden club (Mondays)
  • Games and cards (Friday afternoons)
  • Football fan Sunday (during football season)
  • One-to-one scheduled assistance with resume building

See our resources page for an up to date calendar of coming events and groups at the Cottage and in the Park Rapids community.

Location of the Lake Country Cottage

The Lake Country Cottage is located at 516 West First Street in Park Rapids (immediately West of Casey’s Convenience Store on Hwy 34).

Feedback from LCA clients:

Friendly and helpful atmosphere.  Feel at ease walking in.

Listens to both my child and me.  Getting us through some very difficult times with care and compassion.

The staff have good attitudes and open minds.

Meeting with my therapist has been making my life and relationships a lot less stressful.

My child's therapist is awesome!  So helpful and relates well to the whole family.

Quick and easy to get an appointment.  Friendly, helpful staff.

They matched me with the perfect therapist!

Easy to work with.  You can tell they genuinely care about their clients.

My counselor helps me out when I need it most.  I can always count on them to say the right things, even when I don't want to hear it.

They work with your schedule and do whatever they can to help you.

The front desk staff had a positive attitude and was patient with me.

The appointment times work well with my schedule.  My children get along well with their therapists.

I always feel that my therapist is listening to what I have to say and helping me come up with practical ways to deal with things.

Good location, feels very professional and confidential!

Easy to get to.  Very friendly people willing to help.

I love coming to LCA.  Everybody is so friendly and make you feel so much better.

I appreciated being treated normally, even though I was getting help with a difficult situation.

I am so thankful I was directed here!

They gave me hope for the future.  Life saving.

All the staff were friendly and helpful.  They answered all my questions.

I love the comfortable feel in the office.

Her thoughtfulness and her knowledge of helping people with depression is what I need to achieve my goals!

I'm so appreciative of my therapist's knowledge, skill and understanding.

The staff members are always well informed and ready to help/answer questions.

Greatly appreciate having the option of Christian Counseling and being able to filter issues through that lens!

It is a very comfortable atmosphere.  Everyone is flexible and understanding!

I found scheduling flexible to my needs.

I had a person to talk with about my problems and my problems are getting better.

When we come in for an appointment, the reception staff always has a friendly smile on her face.

The receptionist staff have been amazing.  They are friendly and caring.  You can tell they enjoy their job.

My therapist was very, very kind and is an awesome problem solver.

My ARMHS staff is awesome!  She has helped me make progress in many areas of my life.  I have better relationships now.

My therapist is a life saver! :-)

You are all warm, welcoming and so very helpful!  Thank you!!

Our counselor wanted to meet our entire family to find out how to better help our son.  She offered lots of suggestions and things to help us in the long term.

Very welcoming place.  We love our therapist!

Location is great and the staff is excellent with customer service.  Therapy is also professional and comfortable.

She's thinking through things with me instead of just giving directions.  It shows that she cares.

My therapist is great!  Of all the therapists we've had over the years, she understands our family and kids the best.  Very helpful!

Easy to work with.  Made me feel comfortable!

Therapy at LCA has helped my progress immensely!

The receptionist knew my name after the second visit...very friendly!

Talking with my therapist is helping, instead of holding it all in.

My children's counselors are awesome.  I've seen huge progress in both my kids.

My therapist understands my child's needs and listens.

I appreciate the text/phone reminders.

My son and daughter are making steps toward our family goals!

They were open to my opinion of which counselor I see.

Everyone was very helpful.  I'm glad I called to get help!

I have a great therapist.  I appreciate her assistance!

I like that the staff are flexible with scheduling.


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Office Hours

Park Rapids Office

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    8:00 to 5:00
  • Wednesday
    8:00 to 7:00
  • Friday
    8:00 to 1:00

Bemidji Office

  • Monday – Thursday
    8:00 to 5:00
  • Friday
    8:00 to 12:00

Menahga Office

  • Open by appointment

LCA offices may be closed over the noon hour. 

Important Numbers

Park Rapids Office Phone:

Bemidji Office Phone:

Menahga Office Phone:

LCA Fax Number (all offices):


24-Hour Crisis Line: