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Speaks: english

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

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Upper Peninsula Michigan 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.

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

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 13 traveler reviews

Summer - YES it will be here before you know it! Make your plans now!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews

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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Absolute Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from 9 days of the most amazing stay at this wonderful place. The home itself is filled with love and memories of a family that has decided to share their loving home. The house had everything you could possibly ever need, the kitchen fully equipped, not to mention spotless, the linens were perfect and the view is breathtaking. Whether sitting on the enclosed upstairs porch, which we did on a rainy day or on the downstairs patio, it was truly wonderful. Our dog loved his stay, chasing chipmunks or taking himself for a swim, this was undoubtedly the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. Darlene Turner was an absolute gem in working with us and making us feel so very welcome. She has provided info on the local area and places to visit. You have to check out Sugar Loaf Mountain and Alder Creek. Go into Big Bay and visit Crams General Store, they have the most amazing meat to use on the grill that is part of the home. We have recommended this lovely spot to two of our friends. As a sign says in the house that is dedicated to their family " All because two people fell in love" We will be back as often as we can!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Vacation In 30 Years

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great! from the house to the yard we could not have asked for a better place. The owners were excellent and more than willing to help us with anything we needed, they thought of everything before we arrived and had it ready for us, the best part is we wanted to spend the week alone for some time together just the two of us and got to do exactly that. We were so comfortable we did not want to leave. We would recommend this house to anyone looking for a quite and comfortable vacation with lots of beatifull places to see.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • 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

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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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Upper Peninsula Michigan 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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