Indian River house rental - View of the back of our home
View of the back of our home
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • 2 Bathrooms
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Indian River House Rental Photos and Description
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)

Location. Location. Location.

Nestled on over an acre of pristine Northern Michigan forest, including one hundred and fifty feet of Sturgeon River frontage, Cawthorne's River Retreat is a vacation hideaway unlike any other.

Located on the famous Inland Waterway, you can literally float down the river on a tube, in a kayak, raft, or canoe! In ten minutes, you will reach Burt Lake, Michigan's third largest inland lake.

From Burt Lake, you can continue your adventure on the Inland Waterway down the Indian River and all the way to Mullett Lake, Michigan's second largest inland lake, if so inclined!

There are plenty of activities right at your fingertips! Within walking distance, you can enjoy Burt Lake State Park, Devoe Park (Public Beach), historic downtown Indian River, or the famed Gaylord to Mackinaw City Rail Trail, perfect for biking, walking or snowmobiling.

There are plenty of activities right at your fingertips! Within walking distance, you can enjoy Burt Lake State Park, Devoe Park (Public Beach), historic downtown Indian River, or the famed Gaylord to Mackinaw City Rail Trail, perfect for biking, walking or snowmobiling. There are several local restaurants, fast food eateries, and the local grocery store also within walking distance!

The perfect location for those seeking the serenity and beauty of Northern Michigan, as well as the comforts of home, Cawthorne’s River retreat is a must see.

We are conveniently located within 30 miles of Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Nubs Nob, The Odawa Casino, Gaylord, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, and Mackinac Island.

Amenities include brand new handmade log beds, new mattresses, and bedding! Brand new 46 and 32 inch Samsung LED TVs, and all new furnishing add flair to the over 2000 square foot home.

Our kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes and utensils…and a ton of storage space! We have all of the conveniences of home including coffee maker, fridge and freezer, range and oven, microwave, toaster & dishwasher!

Our dining area comfortably seats six adults, with a beautiful view of the surrounding woods!

The living room, which features sweeping views of the famed Sturgeon River, includes a walk out patio, vaulted cielings, and gas fireplace.

The upstairs features a master suite with a handcrafted queen size log bed and new mattress set & bedding.

The second suite, also upstairs, includes 2 brand new twin handcrafted log beds. Perfect for children or singles, also with new mattresses and bedding.

The finished basement, which walks out to 150 feet of Sturgeon River frontage, is home to the third bedroom suite. Outfitted with a brand new handcrafted queen log bed with new mattress & bedding you are sure to get a good nights rest!

This home is the perfect getaway, no matter the season.

Winter enthusiasts can enjoy snowmobiling, skiing, and hunting.

Fall is the perfect time to view the incomparable colors of Northern Michigan.

During the spring time, watch nature come back to life.

And summer on the Inland Waterway is pure bliss!

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Thank you for checking out our home, we hope you like it here as much as we do! Our 4 kids love to explore the wooded property and have fun in the river. It is a beautiful getaway!

Jason & Suzanne

Jason Klonowski purchased this house in 2013

Northern Michigan is unique & breathtaking! We love the outdoors. We love the water. Based on those criteria, our vacation home in Indian River is a place like no other!

3 Reviews of Property 965348 in Indian River, Michigan

Fantastic Location with Great Updates for 2014!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
Fantastic Location with Great Updates for 2014!
+1 2482553201
Indian River Northern Michigan

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Everything about this cottage is great! The location is perfect as it is within walking distance of Burt Lake State Park (great beach), mini-golf, tubing, ice cream, grocery, and the down town area. We had a blast, and didn't have to worry about much during our stay as most things were provided for us (linens, kitchen items, utensils, and cookware). Also provided were board games, some DVDs, satellite TV, and lots of extras! Each year 6 of us rent a cottage, and there was more than enough room for all of us without getting in each others way. We enjoyed having a fire each night, and relaxing by the river. We also went tubing down the Sturgeon River twice, however, it is VERY fast and we had some difficulty keeping steady. Another day we rented a pontoon from Indian River Marina and cruised around Burt Lake and Indian River. Burt Lake State Park has a nice beach with picnic areas and volleyball. The beach is within walking distance, or is a VERY short drive. Walking into town was also nice, lots of cute shops, and some restaurants. This area is perfect or a summer getaway, and is a short drive to other destinations (Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, Lake Huron). Our group had an awesome stay and we will hopefully be back next year!
Helpful votes: 1/1
Fantastic Location with Great Updates for 2014!
+1 2482553201
Indian River Northern Michigan


  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
This house was perfect for our family vacation! It is way far off of the little dirt road you come down to find the house so the kids could run around outside without any worry of them being near the road. It was great that the kids could play in the river!
The only down side was no air conditioning on super hot days. The people sleeping upstairs had it rough but the basement was awesome! Thank you for such a beautiful home and a great vacation.
Helpful votes: 2/2
Fantastic Location with Great Updates for 2014!
+1 2482553201
Indian River Northern Michigan
Imlay City, Michigan

Totally Awesome with a catital "A"

Totally Awesome with a catital "A"
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
We were lucky to be the first ones to ever rent this home. There is only me, my wife and 10 year old son, We own property on a small lake in the erea and the timing was never right to build on so we always rented a place close by but found ourselfs driving to town and back our whole vacation.We've stayed on lakes, rivers and some nice places in the middle of the woods but never a place as Awesome as" Cawthorne's River Retreat". We had to wait a few days to get our vehicle fixed while we were up there but if your vehicle breaks down, this is the place you want to be because you need absolutely nothing at all and you can walk or ride a bike wherever you want to go, ie, grocery store, dining,putt putt golf, tube rental, downtown, beach etc... The house is stocked with" EVERYTHING" you could possibly think of, so if you forget something dont worry. All the cupboards and drawers were labeled as to what was in them so we didn't have open them all to find something. They even had laundry soap and bleach, there was a basket in the main bathroom with EVERY toiletry item you could think of, in it! My favorite part was interacting with the tubers and kayakers as they went by to drop off their rentals around the corner (and tubing ourselves). The water was only knee high when we were there and the bottom of the river is covered with small rounded pea-stone size rocks that were totally harmless and "tickled your feet as my son would put it." My son spent most of the time walking around in the river wearing swimming goggles with a small fishnet in each hand as he caught baby perch minnows. (Didnt think he could even catch one, so I bet him 20 dollars and lost because he had a total of 26 in the minnow bucket before we had to leave, so dont bet your kids). He would also walk up the river a couple hundred yards and then float back on the tubes they had there for us to use. Believe me , he got a workout in that river and slept like a rock! Roasted smores in the firpit right next to the river at night, that was awesome! Loved the way the house was set up, looks better in person than in the pictures. We spent most of our time in the middle part because there was just the 3 of us this year but the whole house was impeccable. We already booked it for next year and many more years to come! This is our new spot! The owners were always available via cell phone, text and they made us feel at home and relaxed the whole time we were up there. Thanks Brevin, Heather, you guys ROCK!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 8/8