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Watery adventures in Michigan

While Burt Lake might not be part of the Great Lakes, it's still a mightily impressive body of water which makes up part of Michigan's inland chain of waterways and rivers. Dotting its shoreline are dozens of pretty Burt Lake vacation rentals which can be booked throughout the year and used as a base for hiking, boating and fishing. Take the family down to the lake to bask along the sandy beaches or picnic under the shady forests inland. Along its southern shore is the sprawling Burt Lake State Park which may have you reaching for those binoculars for hours of wildlife spotting.

Things to do

The Cross in the Woods

While the main draw is the Mother Nature, there are several interesting attractions to visit while you're staying in a Burt Lake vacation rental. Even if you aren't religious, the towering Cross in the Woods, featuring a vast bronze figure of Christ and several other shrines, is poignant and well worth a visit. Alternatively, you can head off to the Crooked Vine Vineyard to learn about the history of wine production in Michigan. If you bring kids, be sure to take them to Chillermania, the bookstore and birthplace of the American Chillers book series written by Johnathan Rand.


Going wild along the waterways

Not only do you have access to the large lake at a Burt Lake vacation rental, but you'll also be close to the crisscrossing rivers which flow into it, and offer a plethora of adventurous activities. You can use the shallow but fast flowing Sturgeon River which meanders through Burt Lake State Park for kayaking, tubing and rafting with the family. Alternatively, along Indian River which connects Burt and Mullett Lakes, you can catch a glimpse at one of the country's largest herds of giant wild elk which roam around the forests and creeks.


Short summers and snowy winters

Burt Lake vacation rentals and the surrounding area of northern Michigan can be visited all year round. Spring is usually warm and sunny, while the temperature during the short summers soar and are best spent swimming and cooling off in the lake or rivers. Michigan is famous for its fall, a wonderful time to visit when the forested landscape bursts into gorgeous colors. Winter is long and cold, but if you bundle up warm, you won't be disappointed with the variety of snowy activities on offer, from cross country skiing to snow shoeing.

Natural features

One of the great spawning sites for sturgeon

The rivers that run into Burt Lake during spring teem with spawning sturgeon and annual guided tours are always on offer to help understand these fascinating fish. North Michigan has long been used as hunting grounds with travelers descending into the thousands of acres of state land in season for the coyotes, whitetail deer, elk and waterfowl. Along the Indian River, you can spot playful otters scampering along the banks or swimming in search of fish, while overhead osprey and bald eagles circle while keeping their beady eyes open for prey.

Can I find a vacation rental around Burt Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 390 vacation rentals near Burt Lake. From 98 Cabins to 171 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Burt Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Burt Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Burt Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Petoskey: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Upper Peninsula of Michigan: 1,621 vacation rentals
  • Harbor Springs: 423 vacation rentals
  • Mackinaw City: 121 vacation rentals
  • Northern Lower Michigan: 5,073 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Burt Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Burt Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Burt Lake:

  • Petoskey: 1,036 rentals
  • Harbor Springs: 423 rentals
  • Mackinaw City: 121 rentals
  • Boyne City: 876 rentals
  • Indian River: 437 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Burt Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Burt Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mackinac Bridge: 208 rentals
  • Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark: 1,055 rentals
  • Nub's Nob Ski Area: 295 rentals
  • Harbor Springs Beach: 1,088 rentals
  • Headlands International Dark Sky Park: 191 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Burt Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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