Relaxing, fun cottage on Crystal Lake with 80ft. of your very own lake frontage. Looking for a exceptional vacation? Crystal Lake is the place for you! Located minutes from Hart, Shelby, Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Lake Michigan. Great fishing! Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful week in beautiful Oceana County. Sandy beach includes picnic table, small dock, raft and paddle boat! Fall rates available.
Great little cottage. Quite spacious, well maintained and tastefully decorated.
Once you hit US31 the drive is also peaceful. Very nice tree lined street when you arrive giving a very quaint cottage ambiance. Coming through the door you arrive to a clean cottage with two door walls opening to a nice deck facing the lake. Trees keep it shaded from the hot sun and the lake breeze pours through the windows. Lake is all sports, but very tranquil with little use by residents or visitors.
Everything you need is provided for including a nice propane grill on the deck. There is a nice 4-seater paddle boat and a single seater kayak. A small wood dock allows for easy loading. There is also a very nice swimming platform about 30 ft out in 6-7ft of water. Water is clean and refreshing with little to no weeds. Temperature of the water was perfect, not too cold or overly warm.
The shower is a great size and even has a small bench. The well water is clean, does not have an odor, and is not too hard/soft. Towels and sheets are all updated, clean, and in good shape.
Cell phone reception is excellent. Fishing is pretty good and we caught a few small bass.
Overall, a great place that provides a very enjoyable vacation. Owner is very kind, approachable, and easy to contact with questions.
While no place is perfect, we plan to rent this cottage again next year. You cannot help but fall in love with the gorgeous lake setting.
A few cons, but by no means take away from the good experience:
-Furniture is slightly beat up, but certainly acceptable.
-Television is extremely small and while we were there got zero channels (bring some DVDs)
-Canoe is listed for use but is not there.
-Walkout basement is musty, though a dehumidifier is on-site.
Crystal Lake is a clean, spring-fed lake unlike many E. Coli lakes in the lower peninsula these days (I recommend staying away from nearby Pentwater beaches on Lake Michigan as there was garbage floating in the water there and I got an ear infection). The area is very rural but the nearby town of Hart has quite a few good restaurants, and Michigan's Adventures, Muskegon, and Silver Lake are nearby if you want to make day trips. Overall, this rental was very quiet, with most neighbors gone in August. We were the only swimmers in 7 days there, and used the pontoon and pedal boats quite a bit.
There's also excellent star-gazing and I loved the smell of apples and cherries ripening as I drove in the area. The Hart-Montague bike trail is nearby, with an excellent bike rental (The Wood Shed) in Mears if you don't want to tow your own there. I'm a writer and created a short book and pirate treasure map so that my daughter could find toys I'd hidden along the trail. I know misdirection is in some ways wrong, but she loved it. I think she'll remember this trip all her life.
What a nice cottage on a tranquil lake. We appreciated the clean accomadations. Lots to do in the area. We liked the paddle boat, however would have liked to had access to canoes or kayaks. We called around and could not find a place to rent and deliver to the cottage. :-(
Our family was looking for a relaxing vacation spot near Lake Michigan and we were very pleasantly surprised with the Cottage at Crystal Lake. We enjoyed swimming, fishing and boating on the Lake. The cottage was very clean and had all the amenities we needed for our week long stay. Tourist attractions are a short car drive away and the area surrounding the Lake is very beautiful. The owner was easy to work with and even helped us find some nearby attractions and restaurants. We had a great week and would love to return in the future.
Located in the Heart of the Fruitbelt, Oceana County has much to offer. Shelby, Hart, New Era, Pentwater, and Silver Lake each have their own unique atmospheres. Various festivals and attractions are scheduled throughout the summer months.