|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The Grizzly Den is a smoke-free authentic log cabin on the Pine River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is approximately 40 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The cabin is located on Snowmobile Trail #472 northeast of Trout Lake. At the Grizzly Den, you'll experience the quiet, beauty, and seclusion of the U.P.
There is no electricity or television at the Grizzly Den. The cabin's green energy comes from a solar powered 12-volt electrical and lighting system, with optional gas lighting. There is a propane hot water heater and self-contained water pump system. The cabin offers a thermostat controlled vented gas fireplace for cozy heat, a full bath, and a kitchen with a gas stove. At this point in time, no refrigerator is available so make sure you bring your cooler.
The bedroom is in the upstairs loft which contains one queen and one full size bed. There is comfortable sleeping for up to 4 occupants maximum at the Grizzly Den log cabin.
The cabin is located 1 1/2 miles from our home and is nestled in the Hiawatha National Forest. In the winter you park at our home and snowmobile the groomed trail to the Grizzly Den. We will assist with luggage to the log cabin upon arrival. All other seasons you can drive to the cabin.
The Grizzly Den is a year-round rental. Fishermen will be able to fish for brook, brown, and rainbow trout, perhaps seeing an occasional salmon swimming upstream. The bird hunters will enjoy the large population of Partridges in the area. The area is also excellent for bear hunting. The North Country hiking trail is just 3 miles west of the Grizzly Den on the same forest road. There are miles and miles of excellent off-road and ATV trails. Kayaking is not possible on the Pine River but there are many lakes in the area that provide excellent kayaking opportunities.
Sightseeing includes the Tahquamenon Falls, Soo Locks, the Mackinac Bridge and nearby Mackinac Island, as well as historical Whitefish Point. You can visit three of the five Great Lakes from our location. Lake Superior is approximately 35 miles to the north, and Lakes Michigan and Huron are approximately 35 miles south and east.
Check-in is 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.
Keywords: Pine River frontage, trout stream, snowmobile trail, bear hunting, partridge hunting, ATV trails, hiking, Hiawatha National Forest, secluded, private, quiet, Upper Peninsula cabin, Trout Lake, Rudyard, eastern Upper Peninsula, wildlife, fishing, loft, kayaking, day trips
Your hosts ~ Steve and Deb VanDyke
Bought our cabin 11 years ago and now live up here permanently. We purchased the Grizzly Den Log Cabin as a second property to use for ourselves and as income.
Centrally located in the eastern Upper Peninsula allowing for many day trip opportunities.
My boyfriend and I just returned from the most tranquil and peaceful stay at the Grizzly Den and will definitely return! The cabin is in the most beautiful and remote setting along the Trout river with miles of snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails! Even in the dead of winter we were toasty warm and cozy inside the cabin. It has everything you need! We had hot water, lights, gas stove, and the gas fireplace was sooo cozy and perfect. Not having internet or a TV was a huge plus as there is so much to do and it is SO unbelievably refreshing to get away from the chaos of life back home. We brought books and games but found we were active outdoors the entire time and just wanted to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with hot cocoa and some homecooked meals when not active. It was so relaxing! Steve and Deb had all the dishes inside that we would have needed. They even had a gift basket waiting for us when we arrived! They also have a selection of games in case you didn't think to bring your own.
Additionally, Steve and Deb were SO warm and inviting. The gift basket upon our arrival was a great touch, and Steve was so friendly and happy to take us by snowmobile to the cabin upon our arrival. He made it very clear that he would be available if we had ANY questions or needed anything at all, but the cabin was so perfect that we didn't need a thing.
We are already making plans to come back here in the summer and next winter again. It is seriously the perfect relaxing getaway! Just what everyone needs to relax and bring life back to basics. Just beautiful and great to rent from such wonderful people.
The Grizzly Den is a great place. When booking places you haven't been before you never know what it will be like. Well it was exactly like the photos. It is very clean and the Van Dykes think of everything you need. There was not one thing we needed that they hadn't thought of. If you like to camp but still like to have the comforts of home like hot and cold water, nice bathroom and comfy bed then this is the place. There isn't a refrigerator or tv/internet, but your are there to reconnect to nature and family so you can do without that. we used a cooler and it was just fine. The nearest town, Rudyard, is small. There is a restaurant there, grocery store, gas station and that's about all you need. We took day trips to soo locks (about 1.2 hour away) and tahquamenon falls where we hiked on the north country trail between the falls. Pictured rocks is a great place that we saw on a previous trip. So there are many things you can do for the day. The pine river by the cabin is clean and you can see the sandy bottom and not deep when we were there in july. The brownish color in the pictures is the way many creeks and rivers are there because of the tannin in all the pine trees. My only regret was that I didn't use our blow up float to float down and then I could have gotten out at the little bridge and walked back to the cabin, but even though it was july it was only about 70 degrees so it was a little chilly for me. The cabin is back a long lane so you hear no traffic and are really secluded. This is a great place to come to get away from everything. The Grizzly Den would be great for anyone from couples to kids who would love to splash in the creek, build campfires and run around the big (and well maintained) yard.
We wanted a place where we could relax and just forget about all our worries and this was definitely the place to be! The river and cabin were beautiful! We used this as our base and went on many adventures but it was always great coming back at the end of the day and sitting on the patio. The cabin was very well built and gave us some ideas for when we build. It was rustic but with the accommodations that are nice to have (running water, lights, and a stove). What a perfect vacation we had! Thanks again!
We had an amazing time at the cabin. The cabin is clean and comfortable. It is a perfect secluded cabin for those that need to get away. There is no electricity but with the twelve vault solar powered lighting system and gas you really don't mind. They have indoor plumbing and provide linens and all the dishes you need. The one thing we loved was waking up to the sound of birds. We saw frogs and my husband saw a bear. It was nice to be away from the city.
This cabin was more secluded than the pictures indicated. What a beautiful place inside and out. Steve and Deb keep it neat as a pin and very well stocked. Don't be concerned about lack of 110V electricity, you don't need it. Just be on vacation, don't worry about hair dryers. Solar system with LP works great. Nature is right outside the front door. Don't miss this rare find!!!
We wanted a cabin that would allow us to get some peace and quiet out in nature, where we could do some cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. After spending our new years break at the Grizzly Den, I can easily say that it was PERFECT. It was warm and cozy even down to -16 degrees. There were plenty of trails to country ski on, including a 22 mile loop. As for snowshoes there were endless possibilities in every direction. To top it all off Steve and Deb were perfect hosts. Steve even started our car before picking us up, so we came back to a warm vehicle. We couldn't of asked for a better place to stay and hope to come back next year!
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3 night minimum stay
|Notes||We require a $125 deposit to reserve your dates. The deposit will come off the balance. Pay by check or cash. No credit or debit cards.|
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