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Private Island on Michigamme River in Upper Peninsula of MI

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2005
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Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Member since: 2005
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Private Island on Michigamme River in Upper Peninsula of MI

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Republic Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom w/ shower, stone fireplace (maximum 4)

Escape the ordinary vacation. Relax or be adventurous. Fish your heart out! This historic (1800s), 2 bedroom, cedar log cabin is nestled within a 2 acre rustic private island on the Michigamme River. Electricity, running water, land-line phone and WI-fi are some of the creature comforts on this rustic island. Enjoy the wildflowers and wilderness. Rustic Decor. High beam ceilings. Kitchen, breakfast bar, bathroom with shower, plus a gorgeous natural wood-burning cobblestone fireplace warms the living room. TV (2 channels)/VCR/DVD. Linens provided. An open mind and flexibility are keys to fun here.

The Island is only accessible via a boat. Be your own captain with our provided boats! A Jon boat (best in low water), simple pontoon (best in high water) with electric motor, canoe, aluminum boat, and a paddle boat for 2 are all provided for your sole use during your stay.

Off-street and alongside road parking. Republic Island is the home of excellent fishing, bird watching (a bald eagle nests nearby), and canoeing.

Activities near the Island/Large group option: Canoeing, pontooning along the river, fishing and swimming at the beach are all fun activities. Relaxing with a good book and listening to the sounds of nature is my personal favorite.

Marquette County: Rated as a Top 5 Mountain Biking Destination by Bike Magazine

Ojibwa Casino: 1 hour, 8 miles East of Marquette or Kewadin Casino in Baraga: 1 hour Northwest of the Island.

Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises: 1 hour 45 minutes (Munising)

Dog sledding: 1 hour 45 minutes (Munising)

Snowmobiling: Enjoy 25,000 miles of trails

Visit the Historic Republic Mine: 2 miles

U.S. Ski Hall of Fame - Ishpeming: 14 miles

If you'd like to visit the Island with more than 4 people, we do have a 1/2 duplex in the town of South Republic, just 6 miles South of the Island. The duplex has 3 bedrooms-sleeps 8 total. We also have a 5 bedroom/4 bath Lodge in Rapid River (1 1/2 hours Southeast of the Island.) Call for details.

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Getting to our Island is via a boat: You must have at least average agility. plus a relaxed, open mind to have a positive experience.

Getting to and from the island: You can park your car in either the off-street parking or along the small asphalt road. The boat landing is approximately a 8-10 foot walk down to the dock. Then, hop in the boat and either row or use the motor over to the island. It is approximately a 5 minute row or a 1 minute motor ride (approximately 100 yards). Once you've crossed the river, from the dock to the cabin on the island is a casual winding walk of approximately 50 feet up to the cabin.

*Boats and motors subject to change without notice for required maintenance or environmental needs We can guarantee that you will have transportation to the Island, yet we cannot guarantee that all modes will be available when you arrive. We do our best to ensure that they are all available and that the motors are in working order.

*If there is not someone in your group who is willing and able to row/paddle (if needed) 100 yards to the Island, then the Island vacation may not be for you.

The Island Experience: The Island is very quiet. There are many times you can hear silence. An American Bald Eagle has nested and flies near the Island. If you are interested in the Island, you need to keep in mind that you are actually in the wilderness. Nature abounds, creatures great and small are part of your experience.

Yes, there are animals on the island. This is not Disney World. We have seen snakes (non-poisonous), raccoon, skunks, mice and squirrels, to name a few. Deer, moose and bear have not been known to come directly onto the island, yet it would be possible, if they wanted to swim. If you are uncomfortable being so close and surrounded by real nature, then we have other properties where you may be more comfortable.

The Island is ideal for out-doorsy couples seeking romance and peace or for small families who love to fish with creature comforts of home. Beware: If ANY member of your group is not out-doorsy, or is afraid of the sounds, sites or smells of the wilderness, then your trip will be contaminated. The Island is too small of an area to escape from negativity.

**Everyone in your group must be able to entertain themselves (fishing, reading, exploring nature, non-selective TV/DVD watching) in order to enjoy the Island experience.

Budget-minded option for additional guests: We have a 3 bedroom 1/2 duplex in town. It has a large kitchen, big screen TV (cable) and a washer/dryer.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Mark and I are both from the Metro Detroit Area (with roots in both Sterling Heights and Allen Park--we now live in Wyandotte.) Mark spent many years of his youth in Buffalo, NY. Mark is superman in disguise and has been a steelworker for 36 years climbing, inspecting and repairing cranes. I spent my 20s traveling the world via my wonderful Peace Corps experience in Paraguay and teaching at the International School Bangkok in Thailand. My 30s were spent teaching high school in Detroit and enjoying working at Borders. Mark and I have 4 children-- 3 adult children + our sweet 4 year old.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Republic

Cara (glancing through a real estate catalog while driving through Michigan's Upper Peninsula) to Mark: 'How cool. A private island for sale!'

Mark: 'We can't afford it.'' (implying that as a teacher and steelworker, those ideas are crazy)

\Cara: 'But...... perhaps.....other people would find it just as neat of an idea and want to rent it.

Mark: 'That's an idea.'

Then, the owner let us spend the night on the Island. We realized that this 1800s cabin would take a lot of work to get it up to a good condition. Still, we figured we were up for the challenge, even though we lived 9 hours away. We have since developed many local relationships so that we are able to maintain the property.

What makes this cabin unique

Not many people have an opportunity to stay on a deeded private island with no other cabins and a sweet sense of peace and tranquility.. We offer 4 simple boats, as a boat is the only way to get across the 300 feet to the Island.

History buffs will love the real logs that were hand cut and placed to create the cabin. Privacy seekers will love the peace and tranquility. Nature lovers will enjoy seeing all types critters and small animals. I love when the eagle nests on the Island. Fishermen/women will love the ease of fishing right off the Island, or taking the boat just feet from shore. Adventure seekers will love the whole experience of an unpredictable vacation where you can truly make the fun your own.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Pay with confidence
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Private Island on Michigamme River in Upper Peninsula of MI
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Port Washington, WI

Crossing the river to a bygone time

  • 5 of 5

The Republic Island getaway cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula proved to be an ideal place for my wife and I to celebrate the countless adventures we have experienced during our 10 years together.

The log cabin on the Michigamme River brings the "roughing it" experience adventurers want with most of the modern conveniences.

Getting to the cabin requires a bit of a leap of faith, since you need to to use the provide canoe, rowboat or paddle boat to reach the isolated lodging (which is actually located atop a peninsula that juts into the river). The boat ride allows you to feel you are leaving your day-to-day worries behind in the roadside parking area.

Hauling baggage and a week's worth of supplies across the river makes the island of limited appeal to some, but there is a sense you earned your stay once you get to the island.

A few minutes of paddling, and you reach the dock, where a pontoon boat awaits. The beauty of nature quickly envelopes you. A short climb takes you to the cabin, a real log cabin with a modern-day addition.

If you go to Republic Island expecting modern hotel services, you will be disappointed. But if you are open to adventure, it is a sheer delight.

The large living room has a view of the river on one side, and a striking stone fireplace on another. The furniture is comfy, as you would expect from a well-lived-in cabin. Unexpectedly, the room features a TV with a DVD player and a surprisingly large collection of movies and TV shows.

But you don't go to Republic Island for the video entertainment — there are gorgeous scenes of the river and trees from every room.

The bedrooms are small, but more than adequate. The same can be said about the bathroom, which features a shower stall.

The kitchen offers all your cooking need, including a spectator gallery created by the line of stools that line the breaks bar. A stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster and coffe maker are available. A charcoal grill and a gas grill are offered on the deck, located through sliding glass doors from the kitchen. The place cries for outdoor dining and coffee sipping whenever possible.

We loved watching the myriad of birds flitting through the trees and on the river. We saw eagles, mocking birds, mergansers, jays and woodpeckers. Tracks in the riverside mud showed frequent four-footed visitors, too.

Fishing from the dock or any of the provided boats can provide a challenge for even the avid angler.

The greatest appeal of Republic Island is the solitude — often the loudest noise you'll hear is the wind blowing through the towering pines.

We loved our stay and plan to return to our Anniversary Island.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway

Whaaah - Don't make me leave/ I want to go back!!

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful cabin - very rustic and homey. I don't think there is anything they forgot to put in this cabin. Felt right at home. The quirks of staying in a historic cabin made it so fun and full of character. It was very quiet - enjoyed the downtime. (Watch out for those mosquitoes though - there is a reason they're called the "state bird" - mean little buggars!)

If you want 4 start luxury w/ a pool and someone to keep you entertained- don't come here. But if you enjoy playing games and connecting w/ your family, toodling about on a river that is so calm you think you're on a lake, cooking meals at home and roasting marshmallows, exploring the UP and pretending (if only for a minute) that you're a "Youper" - then this is paradise!! I've already recommended this place to others - run, don't walk - reserve your space now!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You've captured the true essence of the Island! Thanks for visiting! We'd love to have you back again! Great guests are the cornerstone to why we love sharing the Island experience. Thank you! You made my day! Sincerely, Cara


  • 5 of 5

Spent the week together with my daughter and her boyfriend just before they left for college, and my teenage son and his best friend as well as my husband and my puppy. Absolutely loved the cabin! So beautiful and peaceful and secluded. Much to do around the area and explore with the family. Played a lot of board games included with the cabin (the newlywed game was the best!). Lots of fish were caught and ate up =) The heated floor and the shower were great...lots of water pressure and everyone had their own room thanks to the fold out loveseat. Also the wifi was great. Firepit, hammock, patio, grill, you name it...we utilized it...including the indoor fireplace when it was raining we roasted What an excellent getaway for you and your family and Kara was great and more than helpful....the local guide and the notebook with entries helped us find the best fishing spots (even though my husbands bobber is still attached to one of the We had an awesome time and can't wait to get together and book another week as soon as we get the chance <3 Thank you Kara for the accurate description of the property. It was even more beautiful than the pictures and was very clean and well taken care of....I have recommended this vacation spot to everyone I see, especially those with fur-babies....our dog just loved being able to go with us WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Kalamazoo, MI

A Week On a Private Island

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and well-maintained. Honestly, they thought of everything, right down to spices in the kitchen. Cara was super-friendly and helpful. The cabin was well appointed. Beds were comfy. Heated bathroom floor was a huge plus. We were able to bring our dog, who loved the trip, but has decided she isn't much into fishing. We saw a MOOSE from the jon boat, which was a rare treat. Also had the opportunity to view a doe and her fawn. Caught lots of fish, cooked and ate most of them. Water was pretty low, which is normal for the fall, so we weren't able to use the pontoon, but the jon boat worked just fine. We brought our own trolling motor and battery. If you aren't into rowing, consider it. Well worth the added effort. The listing was pretty accurate, so we knew what to expect. The information packet was helpful. I would recommend this property to any friend or relative who desires a true "get the heck away from everyone else" adventure. I would not recommend it to anyone with any mobility issues. We fished everyday. I am a fishing maniac. My husband isn't. But the location was great, so there were plenty of opportunities to take photos. The Island is located really close to a number of other areas. It was surprising how easy it was to get to Lake Michigamme, Houghton, Hancock, etc. We toured the Quincy Mine in Hancock. If you go, try Tony's steak house on US41. Great food. If you want a really nice, decently priced meal, I would highly recommend Mt. Shasta right outside of Michigamme. The food was excellent, as was the service. The place is very cozy, an 1800's log cabin. And it was the site of filming Anatomy of a Murder, with some interesting stories / pics on display. We will be back, and are also so impressed with the management we are looking forward to renting other properties they manage in Michigan. Could not be happier!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It is a very special place. Fall is a unique time on the Island. So glad you took time to explore the surrounding area as well. Thanks again! Cara


  • 5 of 5

There's no better way to describe the Republic Island than a place of peace. The cabin is well maintained and well equipt, thus it allowed time to partake in the important things in life, like fishing. If you like smallmouth bass, be sure to venture to the second bridge by canoe. I caught some dandies there.

Until next time, Peace.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Traverse City, MI

Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay here: we were able to relax on the island in the mornings, and explore the little towns in the U.P. in the afternoon and evening. Great location allowed us all the comforts of home (wifi for our teenagers) and a secluded, private setting. The cabin seems rustic at first glance, but it's been well cared for and updated: believe it or not, the bathroom floor is tiled and heated! The owners were genuinely glad for us to be there, and provided us with all the information we needed. We kept in touch via cell phone and text. We would recommend this to any family looking for a unique, secluded vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Marquette Sawyer International Airport (MQT)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Pine Grove Bar
Nearest Ferry
180 Miles
Mackinac Island- out of St. Ignace
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Crystal View Municipal Golf Course, Crystal View
Nearest Train
259 Miles
Milwaukee, WI
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
MI-95 (1.5 miles) US41- 8 miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Summer Place
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Marquette Mountain
Nearest Beach
1.8 Miles
Republic Township
Car: necessary

The Island is on the Michigamme River, a wide part of the river where you feel like you are on a lake!

Lake Michigamme is nearby. A beach with playground is a 1.5 mile canoe or car ride away.

34 miles to Marquette and Northern Michigan University.

20 miles to Ishpeming, where you can easily eat out or shop. Visit the National Ski Hall of Fame or the Historic Republic Mine. Plenty to do, or not to do, every season.

Fall: Immerse yourself in the Fall colors. Hunting:deer, duck, grouse and small game on the island or off the boat. Large tracts of public land, which are also available for hunting.

Spring: Fish for Small and Large Mouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Perch, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Crappie and Trout (boats provided),

Summer: fishing, canoeing, boating, bird watching and some swimming.

Other Activities: x-country skiing, Fall colors, canoeing, absolute relaxation, dog sledding, lighthouses

Golf: GreyWalls Golf is one of the most talked about golf courses in Michigan. The course has tumbling, rugged fairways with few flat lines, some awkward-looking shots and rugged rough and bunkering. Chances are, your ball is going to bounce off one of the granite walls during your round at Greywalls. This is not a pasture-flat golf course. The course has rolling hills to it but many outcroppings on the sides and in fairways. Greywalls is a course worth experiencing because it is one of a kind.


Rates & Availability

From $110 Per night

Republic Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 22 2015 - Jun 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
PEAK- Summer
Jun 19 2015 - Aug 9 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 10 2015 - Sep 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2015
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
October-Nov 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%


  • **Boats and motors subject to change without notice for required maintenance and water level changes. FYI: During the Fall, at times the pontoon needs to be pulled due to decreasing water levels.
  • Non-refundable accidental damage deposit waiver fee: In lieu of a security deposit, guest is required to pay a non-refundable accidental damage waiver fee. This fee is automatically included in your rental fees. The waiver does not cover intentional acts that may cause damage or any deliberate violation of a stated Freshwater Vacation Rentals Policy. The damage waiver covers up to $1,500.00 of accidental damage per stay. All damage must be reported to our office prior to your departure. Freshwater Vacation Rentals will assess the nature of the damage and respond accordingly. If damage is not reported, this waiver is void.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy.Notice of cancellation must be in writing. $100 cancellation fee applies to all bookings.
    *45 + days prior to your arrival date: You will receive refund of advance payment less $100 cancellation fee.
    *44-14 days prior to your arrival date: If property is not re-rented, all rents and taxes paid shall be forfeited. If we secure and confir


Republic Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Inside bathroom w/shower - toilet , shower , heated floor
  • If you'd like to be truly green, there is an additional composting toilet located in the utility shed. The bathroom has a traditional sink, faucet, toilet and shower with running water electronically pumped from the well on the Island.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , electric fireplace+ extra space
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , wake up to a beautiful view of the river through the trees
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , a closet to hang your belongings,
    Front Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull out sofa in entryway
  • Each of the bedrooms have 2+ windows, each with a water view. Bedroom 2 has the best view of the river with the view at eye level of the bed and the trees in perfect position. We have 3 small bedrooms with one double bed in each room. Enjoy the electric fireplace in the Master Bedroom with a strong blower on those chilly nights. For more information go to
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
* Electricity + running water. * Telephone with local and long distance (voice only) service.Wi-Fi Internet just added this year! *The bathroom w/ indoor toilet, shower and sink. * Boat motors can be sensitive, and challenging, without boating experience. *We guarantee you access to the Island. There is no guarantee which of the boats will be available, although normally they all are up and running. The river fluctuates throughout the seasons, so patience is required. You may have to paddle the 100 yards (1-5 minutes) across. The river may be too low for a motor. *The kitchen has staples and cookware available for your use. * High chair available upon request. *Outdoor fire pit with wood for gazing at the stars or making smores. *Guided fishing (ice or boat) and canoeing on inland lakes and streams can be arranged. *Snowmobiles, cross country skis, and snowshoes can be rented in Ishpeming-20 min

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