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Clean, Cozy, Waterfront Cottage on Manistee Lake Spells Fun!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 8 nights


Kalkaska Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy your stay at our cozy cottage, on 850 acre Manistee Lake. Centrally located in the northwestern area of Northern Michigan. This cottage on the lake, with your own sandy beach, is quaint, and is a place where wonderful memories can be made! This cottage is clean and comfortable. It is a perfect setting that offers something for everyone in your party. Two kayaks are provided for you, spring to fall.


WALLEYE SEASON opened April 25, don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of the start of the season.

For those who like to cook, there is a newer kitchen and it is stocked with just about all the pots, pans and utensils you would need. We have a waffle iron and mixer for blending some fresh concoctions to enjoy down by the water and fire pit while watching the sunset.

You can buy the freshest fruits and vegetables, locally grown, home made sauces and baked goods in Kalkaska, at the well known -- CHERRY STREET MARKET. See website-- wwwcherrystreetmarket.

Oh' and don't forget, you can cook a great tasting meal using our wood BBQ grill too. (see picture)

WALLEYE SEASON opens April 29, 2017, don't miss this opportunity.

Manistee Lake has good fishing for Walleye, Small and Largemouth Bass, pike and various panfish. The lake is not crowded and is fun to fish, explore and look at wildlife, like the bald eagle. Bring your boat.

Located very close to thousands of acres of state land and small streams. A very good place to go deer and bird hunting, or exploring. The many acres of state land help to reduce overcrowding. All very very close by.

Whether you want to relax and read a good book at the waters edge, play golf nearby at a beautiful golf coarse, go fishing on your boat or kayak on a very uncrowded and scenic lake. Take a picturesque canoe trip down the magnificent Manistee River not very far away. Boat, sail or waterski the wide open Manistee Lake, it's all available.

Great sightseeing is close by, take a short drive to Traverse City, Petoskey, or other surrounding destinations, it is all there for you.

The lovely wooded lot, sandy beach and boat dock, will provide you a place to really relax and have a great time. Just bring your jet ski or boat and launch it across the lake, less than five minutes from the property, and the boat dock to tie up to.

Looking for night life and entertainment? It is just a short 30 minute drive to the newly expanded Turtle Creek Casino!

The cottage is also just a few miles from the GRANDVIEW GOLF COARSE with incredible views and a restaurant. Some great rates and fall colors now. If golf is your pleasure there many more courses within an hour.

The surrounding woods are wonderful for hiking, biking and off roading on the extensive ORV trail system. There is a dirt bike trail just minutes away from the cottage. Take advantage of the cooler spring and fall weather and ride the many trails that are nearby. No need to trailer your rides, you can ride along the side of the road in Kalkaska County.

Manistee Lake is especially popular for families with younger children as the sandy bottom extends out and is shallow and safe for play. The beach and shallow water at the property edge is really great fun for dogs to play as their feet can touch the bottom for quite a way out. Have a BBQ on the outdoor river rock BBQ, and take in the fabulous sunsets our lake is known for. We provide some firewood so you can enjoy campfires in the fire pit at the lakes edge...bring your marshmallows!

Keywords: Lakeside cottage

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Steve

My whole family enjoyed many years going to the cottage. We looked forward to getting away from the city an having fantastic campfires and smelling the fresh air. I always liked to ride the trails on a dirt bike. Also, looked forward to fall and some fantastic bird hunting while the fall colors took hold. Then took many scenic drives in the fall and visited the many local orchards.

Steve purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Steve chose Northern Michigan

Easy drive from Southern Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The location is centrally located, and close to some very quant towns.

What makes this cottage unique

There are many, but for starters. The lake is big and not congested. The walleye fishing is very good, thousands of fish planted recently, along with the ability for doing about all of the water sports.

There is a fire pit at the waters edge, where you can watch the sunsets while roasting marshmellows.

Next, the very close proximity thousands of acres of STATE land with many trails for offloading, biking and hiking etc.

Big rivers that are not very far away. They offer excellent fly fishing and canoeing.

In the fall there is hunting for deer and birds on many square miles of state land only minutes away. A VERY PICTURESQUE golf coarse close by with great rates.

I could keep going!!!


based on 29 traveler reviews

Clean, Cozy, Waterfront Cottage on Manistee Lake Spells Fun!
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Summer Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Had a beautiful week with my family at this Cottage! The setting is perfect for a Up North get-a-way, on a lake! The lake and beach area are very clean and perfect for children and pets to play! House is cozy and cute! For rainy and cool days, the fireplace and cable big flat screen tv was a plus! We also appreciated the wi-if! House equipped with everything for basic needs! Centrally located to Kalkaska, Mancelona and Grayling! Only about 15-20 minutes up north drive time! Close to ORV trails! Property is nestled in the woods for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing, beautiful vacation!

Thanks Cindy and Steve!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, MI

Great Memorial Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend here with my husband, our 6 week old baby, and our golden retriever. The pictures do not do justice to this place. Its extremely clean, and better yet extremely comfortable. All amenities were there. The yard was fantastic and the beach area was pretty nice. It was very easy to go in and out of the water, nice and shallow quite a ways out. The wood fire grill was interesting.... but easy to operate and different/fun :) The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped, we had a great time and plan to be back. Thanks Steve!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

The property was fantastic on beautiful Lake Manistee. Really enjoyed going down to the water, where there was a fire pit, wooden swing and a long dock and simply taking in the beauty of the lake. Great property for a couple or small family.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Swartz Creek MI

Very nice cabin on a beautiful lake.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is in a beautiful setting with all the comforts of home, we plan to stay again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful place

  • 4 of 5

This was a beautiful place cozy and worth the stay it would of been nice if they had the u use u replace rule it was difficult to get there after a very long drive needing to use the bathroom and there was no toilet paper. Bit other than that it was very very nice there we would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southwest Lower Michigan

Very nice cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with our stay. Cottage was well kept and clean. Very nice location and nice view of the lake. There was a lot of snow when we arrived, but the drive was plowed and plenty of wood to keep a toasty fire going every day during our stay. We look forward to planning a stay in the summer. Only 30 mins from Traverse City. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grandview Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles

Boat rentals such as fishing or pontoon boats are available to rent near Grayling and Traverse City. Usage of our kayaks (on our lake!) is for you to use, while looking for the bald eagles or pleasure. We are surrounded by beautiful woods and thousands of acres of state land available for exploring, hunting or mountain biking etc. etc.. State ORV trails, dirt bike trails and snowmobile trails are about five minutes away. Just get on the bike and go almost anywhere in Kalkaska County. The beautiful Grandview golf coarse is a very short distance away, with great views and dining. There are more fabulous golf courses within a 1/2 hour drive. 2 exceptional fly fishing and fabulous canoeing rivers close by. Canoe rentals available on the Manistee River.


Rates & Availability

Kalkaska Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
july 4th & following Wk
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 7 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $250

SPECIAL Spring & Fall - MID-WEEK RATES, Stay 3 nights 4TH night FREE. Sunday through Thursday night ONLY

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Kalkaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3/4 bathroom (no bathtub).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1 Double Bed, 1 New sofa bed- queen size, good mattress, 1 twin Bunk Beds, good quality mattresses, these beds are suitable for adults as well as children.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Free use of 10 foot kayaks for guests enjoyment! Including life jackets for adults and kids.

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