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Summer - YES it will be here before you know it! Make your plans now!

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Big Bay House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Summer is the ideal time to visit the Upper Peninsula and we have the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty and charm it offers.

Book now and be sure to have a cozy home in which you can escape the hubbub of daily life! Our home is the perfect place to kick back and relax in the peace and tranquility of the North Woods.

Access to Lake Independence is just down the road. And the snowmobile trail is at the back door. Lake Independence is known for its Perch, Walleye, and Northern Pike - in summer and winter. Lake Superior is 3 miles away. Or you may opt to take advantage of the tranquility of McKenzie Bay. Our home sits on this small motor-free lake and offers great bird watching and abundant wildlife. If you time your visit right, you may be able to see the beauty of the moon shining across McKenzie Bay.

We are on County Road 550 just minutes away from the historical village of Big Bay. This former lumber town is known for having produced the wooden panels for Henry Ford's Woody cars and for producing Brunswick bowling pins. There are abundant opportunities for fishing, hiking, waterfalls, biking, swimming, water skiing, snowmobiling, cross county skiing, all within the picturesque area of Big Bay.

This is a vacation spot for all seasons for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of daily living. The serenity and seclusion we offer is a great opportunity to spend time with those you love as you enjoy the beauty of watching the moon rise over the water, geese and ducks flying in and out, or witness an eagle or osprey catching their dinner. Song birds fill the mornings and evenings with their lilts.

Our family home offers the amenities of a home and is filled with memories of our parents and special family times. The walls tell the story of the love between our dad and mother and eight children.

Come sit by the outdoor firepit and enjoy the many splendors that nature has to offer and enjoy the shimmering beauty of the moonlight on McKenzie Bay. Or curl up by the indoor fireplace and enjoy the comfort of watching the dancing flames.

Keywords: House

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 2, 2016
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About The Owner

Our parents first came to this area deer hunting in 1937. From then on it was a love affair that captured their hearts and finally moving here permanently in 1972. For the 8 of us children it was a vacation paradise and has become home for 7 of us.

Our parents taught us many strong family values and maintaining their home for others to share has become a priority since their deaths in 2005. You get a real taste of local history and the dedication to family and life that they shared.

The Owner purchased this house in 1972

Why The Owner chose Upper Peninsula Michigan

If you enjoy watching birds out your window, deer grazing by the water, eagles flying over the water in search of dinner, watching the beaver swim, and the sound of a Sand Hill Crane, you will love our location. The rolling lawn is adjacent to the woods and gives a sense of privacy. This is truly a home to relax and enjoy your vacation, away from the busyness of the city, yet close enough to enjoy the highlights of Marquette and natural beauty of Big Bay.

What makes this house unique

There is plenty of room and all the amenities of home. Lake Independence is only a mile away and is known for its perch, walleye and northern pike. McKenzie Bay offers solitude and fun catching perch or pike - when the ice is thick enough.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This lovely setting was the perfect place to undo the stresses of our busy lives in hot St Louis. We appreciate your prompt attention to our requests.

Thank You
Apr 2009
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Summer - YES it will be here before you know it! Make your plans now!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 17 reviews

Great vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Big Bay. The Cottage was so clean and comfortable. When staying in this rental you feel like you know the entire Wilcox family history. Lots of special touches on the home. We will be back. Thanks for your hospitality. Loved It!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, Relaxing, Private, and Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We picked this property because of its location. The property is on its own private little lake adjacent to Lake Independence and oh so close to Lake Superior. We enjoyed the huge backyard, the screened in back porch, the walk out to the lake, the row boat, the playful otters, the curious chipmunks, and the numerous birds. The house is good sized with very comfortable beds. Plenty of places to get together as a group and yet steal away in a quiet corner with a book as well. It was just the two of us but you could definitely bring a large family and not trip over one another.

Even though we decided not to cook our own meals and instead made use of the Cafe, Inn, and Tavern just minutes away, I can tell you the kitchen definitely was well supplied. We personally loved the Hungry Hollow Cafe. Great food. Great people.

It was in the upper 80s when we arrived but the house was cool just using the one air conditioning unit. Opening the windows at night meant we didn't need the ac at all. It was great to take coffee out on the porch in the mornings and cuddle up in a blanket. The breeze was awesome.

Even though you are just off the road and there are technically neighbors on each side of you, we really didn't notice because it was quiet most of the time.

There is so much "free stuff" to do close to the property. We went to Alder Falls and Big Pup Falls and had both of them to ourselves! We went to Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook for beautiful views of Big Bay, Lake Independence, and Lake Superior. We also visited a great park on Lake Superior in Marquette.

We did spend some money on a couple adventures. We took a sunset cruise from Munising on Lake Superior to see Pictured Ricks National Seashore ($80 but it was well worth the view). We took a tour of the Big Bay Lighthouse ($6 for both of us, best views ever, definitely recommend).

We would love to go back to the UP and would definitely like to stay here again. It really made our vacation perfect.

Thanks ladies!

Deb Davis

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, relaxing property

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed here for 3 nights and we had a great time. The place was very clean and comfortable. The house had everything: tv, internet, fire place, bedding, towels, dinnerware, you name it. Close enough to UP attractions for an easy drive. Fishing on the little lake was pretty good. We caught perch and pike from the little row boat. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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McKenzie Bay Retreat

  • 4 of 5

This property is gorgeous - just like the pictures! Very quiet and peaceful. The house was immaculate. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Everything you need is right here. Even plastic bags and tooth paste if you forgot them. The owners are pleasant and the stories this home contains should be shared by others. Quiet and relaxing. We haven't left and are already missing the place!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, peaceful and feels like home

  • 5 of 5

This place is very welcoming and you feel like you are staying at your close friend's house. It does not feel like rental property. The family that owns this takes very good care. We felt the house is filled with love and memories, like others who stayed here.

If you are like me who wants to have everything clean, do not look for another place. Backyard is beautiful with bay with-in steps. There is a beach that is not too far from this property that you can visit. Kitchen is fully equipped. We have stayed at various VRBO properties in the US and by far, this is the best property ever.

I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Sawyer International Airport
Nearest Golf
28 Miles
Marquette Golf & Country Club
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Marquette Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Perkins Park
Car: necessary

Thomas' Rock offers a universally accessible view of Lake Independence, Lake Superior and surrounding country side. Beautiful view!


Rates & Availability

Big Bay House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

$200.00 deposit required to confirm reservation.
Effective January 1, 2014 rates increase to $150.00 per night for 2 people regardless of length of stay.
Additional $20.00 per night for each additional person

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Big Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) 2 queen beds main floor, Twin or Single Beds (1) Lower level - trundle beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Lower level
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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