THE FAMILY VACATION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ON BIRCH LAKE

Paul Maddex

Advertiser since 2012
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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Paul Maddex

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THE FAMILY VACATION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ON BIRCH LAKE

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Elk Rapids Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Just 20 miles north of Traverse City, Birch Lake is the family friendly lake. Warm water, sandy shore, gently sloping shallows, great for families, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, playing and relaxing.

The water front cottage is on the south side of Birch Lake, just 3 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, cathedral ceiling, full kitchen, outdoor deck with charcoal grill. It has cable TV, WIFI and CD player. Renter provides sheets & towels. Pillows & blankets provided. Sheets provided with fee.

Amenities include: a sandy beachfront location; gently sloping shallows area for children; dock, boat tie out, full kitchen, comfortable great room, deck, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire place, beach fire pit, close to Grand Traverse Bay and Elk Rapids. Pets welcome.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Paul Maddex (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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About Paul Maddex

We are from the East Lansing area. This has been our family cottage for 50 years. As the 5 sons travel farther away, we want to let others enjoy the wonderful experiences we had growing up at this lake.

Paul Maddex purchased this cottage in 1962

Why Paul Maddex chose Elk Rapids

The warm lake and family access first drew our parents here. Over the years the lake has proven to be a wonderful place for creating family memories. The lake and area are beautiful, and invites you back year after year.

What makes this cottage unique

It was the safe, friendly, family atmosphere that drew us to Birch Lake. The clean, warm water and shallow sandy bottom makes the lake ideal for families and children. Evening campfires, beautiful sunsets, playing splash football and throwing a Frisbee in the shallows, learning to fish and water ski. These are just some of the memories you'll take home, as we did.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

The Family Vacation You're Looking for on Birch Lake
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Been renting on Birch Lake for 12 years. As far as I'm concerned, if you're looking for a great "up north" location, this should be your destination. Birch Lake is small and perfect for families. It's beautifully clean, warm and children can walk out into the water a long way before getting in too deep. Over the years we've rented 3 different cottages. This particular rental had pros and cons over the others. There's a nice, large deck on the back that has a table large enough to accommodate at least 6 comfortably. The beach area is good sized and there's a long dock that we used for sunning, towels, coolers, etc..... The living room has been remodeled, quaint and has nice wood floors. I personally don't like carpeting because of odors and being this cottage allows pets, I worry about fleas, dog hair and so on. Allowing pets is "ify". I appreciated my family being able to bring their dog but worried about what the pets before us had left. There weren't any noticeable odors, messes or hair, so... The master bdrm. was good, comfy queen bed and the second bdrm. also an okay queen bed. The 3rd bdrm was good but for us the bunk beds were useless. No one but small children could have slept in them; adults aren't going to climb to the top and feel claustrophobic on the bottom. We split the beds immediately. However, they still didn't get slept on because both mattress's were on boards and too uncomfortable. One of my family members opted for the couch instead, which made me worry about the flea issue again. The bedroom would be much better with 2 twin size real beds or 1 full size. It is also big enough to somehow accommodate a stack-able or small washer/dryer. The only laundromat nearby is closed; the closest one is 20 miles away. One of the other cottages we get does have a washer/dryer. There is a dishwasher and some sort of water filter. We used the filtered water for coffee and ice and it was fine. However, within a couple of days the sinks, tub and toilets were brown from the water and it was "yucky" for lack of a better word. The dishwasher leaves the dishes looking filmy. This cottage has WiFi, (actually better than mine at home) and the other cottages don't but the cable sucks; couldn't even catch a Tiger game, maybe 6 channels, total. The bbq grill was charcoal and had one rusty leg that fell off a few times. All that being said, I still may choose this cottage again because of the deck, beach and dock. A few small improvements would make this perfect!
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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El Rapids is a wonderful tourist town with shops, restaurants, marina, boat rentals, golfing and more. Close to Traverse City. Day trip activities include Mackinaw Island, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, miniature golf, movie theaters, restaurants, shopping, winery tours and more.

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Availability & Rates

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Elk Rapids Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800
Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $75
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Amenities

Amenities

Elk Rapids Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
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