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Nature Lovers Paradise - Dogs OK-

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4- BR-Great Location Borders Hoffmaster St. Park. on Little Black Lake

If you like the outdoors, you'll love our home! The view of quiet, quaint Little Black Lake is spectacular! This 1 mile long lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Little Black Lake is shallow and weedy so it is not good for swimming. We include the free use of our bikes, kayaks, canoe and row boat with our rental rate and have lake access. Hoffmaster State park is in the back yard. The magnificent park is home to huge 200' sand dunes, miles and miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails. At the end of the trail you'll find over 3 miles of sandy Lake Michigan beach. (Lake Michigan is a 30-minute hike from the house)

In the fall the pace slows but the beauty remains. The fall colors are spectacular

In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating .

The Lakes Mall, Craig's Cruisers, countless restaurants, golf courses, theaters, pubs etc. are less than five minutes away by car.

We will consider parties of up to 8 people however there is an extra charge for groups of over 6 people.

There is a road between Little Black Lake and the house, it is not a major road however there is a fair amount of traffic, due to subdivisions in the area.

Area Attractions : Michigan's Adventure,

Grand Haven's Musical Fountain,

Miles & Miles of Beautiful Singing Sand beaches

Grand Haven State Park,

Hoffmaster State Park,

Muskegon State Park,

Pere Marquette Park,

Check out the sun sets over Lake Michigan,

U.S. Silversides in Muskegon,

Grand Haven & Muskegon's Farmers Markets,

Charter Fishing Boats,

Picturesque Piers,

Bike paths,

Craig's Cruisers,

We do have another home, listing #322166: Both houses are on Little Black Lake and Hoffmaster State Park and each has High-Speed Wireless Internet and Cable TV. We allow well trained, well-behaved dogs in our homes. We have an ample supply of board games, books, and videos.

Our Unique Area: Little Black Lake is a precious inland lake. Unlike many West Michigan lakes, it is nearly undeveloped. There are only a handful of homes on the entire lake. Therefore, it is an excellent lake for kayaking, canoeing or fishing. It is not unusual to catch 5# Bass, 10 inch Bluegills or large Northern Pike. I should also mention that we do not recommend Little Black Lake for swimming. Although the water quality has been tested and it is one of the cleanest lakes around, it also is a shallow weedy lake and most parts have a muddy bottom. For swimming, we recommend Lake Michigan. You can walk there from our home. It takes about 30 minutes but I assure you if you take the hike, you'll feel like you've found paradise.

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017


Norton Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Lower Bath
  • Our home is very clean and well maintained. We supply hand soap, toilet paper and basic cleaning supplies.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 11 x12
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 9 1/2 x 11
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 11 x 12
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 11 x 11 lower level
  • Little Black Lake can be viewed from all the bedrooms and the living room and dining room. The sunrises are spectacular. Make sure you pack your camera.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our home has hardwood & tile floors throughout. This house is very clean with a beautiful view of Little Black Lake out the front windows . Look out the back windows and into the rolling hills and forests of Hoffmaster State Park. Our home sits on approximately 2 acres of land so, there's plenty of room both inside and outside. If you need something just ask we may have it.


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Nature Lovers Paradise - Dogs OK-
average rating of 4.7954545 based on 44 reviews
Chicago, Illinios

Little Black Lake Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Owner's provided accurate description of property. Home was clean, well maintained and pet friendly. All amenities were provided and then some including rowboats, kyaks, canoes, fire pit, bicycles, helmets and even a walking stick for trails and binoculars for birdwatching. The house was cozy, bathrooms clean and kitchen was very well equiped. The owners were very informative about the area and readily available for the few questions we had. The location was very private and quiet and the light on Little Black Lake was magical at sunrise and sunset. There were numerous hiking trails and the walk to the beach through Hoffmaster State Park was pretty short. This getaway provides a very good combination of comfort and outdoor activities. There is nice shopping and gelato in Grand Haven just to the south and the farmers market in Muskegon, just to the north is very large. All in all it was very relaxing and fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Scootergal for taking the time to review our property. We agree you, there is something magical about the sunrises and sunsets on Little Black Lake. No two are ever the same. We are also very lucky to have Hoffmaster State Park in our back yard and even though we have lived in West Michigan all of our lives we are still in awe of Lake Michigan and the beautiful dunes. All of our guests should plan to spend a day walking on of the singing sand beaches in our area and watching sunset over the Big Lake.
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay and especially liked the proximity to Hoffmaster beach and the Grand Haven area. Lake was shallow and weedy, but still a nice view and getaway from the city.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean house with plenty of rooms and everything you need for outdoor activities.

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient to the main parks and beaches.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay!

  • 4 of 5

This home was just comfortable for us! It was nice having four bedrooms and two bathrooms. We stayed a week and enjoyed the bicycles, kayaks and the trails to Lake Michigan. We found an ice cream place close by too. The fire pit was fun at night making s'mores and visiting/praying with our adult children/spouses. We would recommend this home if you would like a relaxing vacation!

It was explained well in the information but we would have liked the lake to be one we could swim at with a beach. We had so much fun here.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time staying at Doris's house. What we loved the most is that you can walk out your back door and be in the State Park within 1 minute. From there its an easy 20 minute walk to Lake Michigan. We were there at off season and so we took the dogs down to the lake. They swam and had the time of their lives.

Besides the location the house was very clean. Although it is a little outdated the cleanliness made up for that. The lake across the street is beautiful and although it was too cold to go out on the lake, it looked as though in the summer months it would be paradise.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice accommodations and owners

  • 4 of 5

We had a family weekend at Doris' home. The house was clean and well equipped. They even had Kayaks, canoe and row boat. Our dogs were welcome. Their back yard goes directly to a forest preserve. You can take the trail and walk to Lake Michigan. We all had a great time and any questions you have Doris cheerfully answers.

We would go here again.

Vince & Linda

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Lake Express
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Oakridge Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U. S. 31 & I -96
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Grand Traverse Pie Company, And many others
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Hoffmaster State Park
Car: necessary

This is a nature-lovers paradise.

In front of our home is enthralling Little Black Lake - 250 acres of serenity. Hop in our kayaks, canoe or row boat- take a paddle and relax. Soak in the the quiet peacefulness and uniqueness of the unadulterated surroundings. It's a treasure trove of wildlife. Bring a camera to capture the spectacular sunrises, sunsets, moon rises and quaintness.

Take a walk out our back door and into Hoffmaster State Park. You'll be greeted by a canopy of hardwood trees, birds singing, squirrels chattering and 1300 acres of hiking trails. A ten minute walk brings you to the Gillette Nature Center. A twenty minute hike brings you to a mammoth dune. Climb the stairs to the top or meander around it and down to 3 miles of singing sand beach on Lake Michigan.

At the end of the day, roast marshmallows around our fire pit and then curl up in one of our four comfy bedrooms. Free linens, bikes, kayaks. canoe and row boat.

Other Activities: Lake Michigan and it's beautiful beaches, sunsets and piers are a must see! You may also want to check out Michigan Adventure & Craig's cruisers, the beautiful boardwalk and The Musical Fountain in Grand Haven, Also, don't forget to visit one of the many farm markets, u-pick farms, Muskegon's Naval & Art museums or just kick back and relax.

Golf: Oakridge golf course is just down the street. It is a great course. Other favorite courses include Stonegate, Muskegon Country Club and Grand Haven Country Club.

Ski: Great cross country skiing right out the back door


Rates & Availability

Norton Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

During the off-season, we will consider long term monthly rentals or rate is 1650.00 per month for 2 people the winter. The monthly rate is for a minimum of 2 months and is based on the number of guests.

During the busy summer season, we rent by the week from Sunday to Sunday. Our rates are for groups of 6 or less.

We will consider spring and fall rentals of less than 1 week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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