This beautiful 8-bedroom house on the north shore of Crystal Lake dates from the forties, but was extensively remodeled in 1985. It sits on a bluff overlooking Crystal Lake from 125 feet over the water, and includes 400 feet of lake frontage with a small private sand beach. It is furnished mostly with antiques dating from the 20s and 30s. Access between the house and beach is via a 1/3 mile long paved driveway/trail through deep woods. The house is in the middle of 30 acres of deep north woods. The house has one of the most spectacular views of the lake available. The house has a tennis court, picnic tables and swing set overlooking the lake, and a variety of beach toys and equipment down on the beach. A dock and swim raft, and numerous small boats are available in the summer season. In winter, the place makes a spectacular retreat center for family skiing; it is only 12 miles from Crystal Mountain.
Water sports: A number of boats are included in the rental for the summer season. There is an aluminum rowboat, with oars, and a 6HP outboard. There is a sunfish (sailboat) included as well. There are four styrofoam paddle boards, two kayaks and various other floating toys. There are several water skis available. A 20-foot Boston Whaler is available during the summer season for an additional charge of $500 per week, plus fuel. This boat requires some training before use, and is too fast for anyone other than an adult boater with some experience. There are numerous life jackets for all ages.
Crystal Lake in Benzie County, one of the very clear lakes in NW lower Michigan, is about 2mi wide and 9mi long. The village of Beulah is on the eastern end of lake. The western end of the lake is separated from Lake Michigan by only 1/2 mile. Our place is on the north shore, about 1 mile west of Beulah. The city of Frankfort lies between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, where there are Lake Michigan beaches and fishing opportunities. Crystal Lake is at the southern edge of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, where there is abundant access to Lake Michigan. We are also within 8 miles of Crystal Mountain, a large ski resort in the area. There are at least three golf courses within 10miles. The swimming at both Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan is fabulous. Crystal is warmer than Lake Michigan.
Other Activities: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
Golf: There are at least three golf courses within about 10 miles, 'Champion Hill', 'Pinecroft' and 'Crystal Lake Golf Club'.
Ski: The house is about 8 miles from Crystal Mountain, which offers full skiing opportunities. In addition, there are ample opportunities to sled right at the house. When Crystal Lake is frozen, the lake offers opportunities to ice skate and to ice fish. The lake usually freezes sometime in January. We keep the long driveway plowed in winter, but it's very steep in places, so renting parties should have at least one All Wheel Drive vehicle, just in case.
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