Escape the ordinary vacation. Relax or be adventurous. Fish your heart out! A break from technology. This historic (1800s), 2 bedroom, cedar log cabin is nestled within a 2 acre rustic private island on the Michigamme River. Electricity, running water and a land-line phone 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. Water-access only. Be your own captain! A Jon boat (best in low water), 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 to visit the Island with more than 6 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 Cara for details.
For more information: Go to www.upmichiganrentals.com
Getting to this water-access only Island: 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.
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 wash/dryer.
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.
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 18000s 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.
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 5 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.