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Waterfalls at your doorstep, excellent fishing!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Covington Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms (incl. 1 loft), 1 full bathroom (with a shower) , sleeps 6, 80 acres

The Tioga Falls Cabin on 80 private acres is a very unique vacation experience. Do you love to connect with nature? Have you always wanted to experience living 'off the grid'? Can you (and everyone in your group) accept the imperfections and pitfalls of what the bugs, little creatures and weather may bring to an area? As much as I would like to hope it is, the Tioga Falls Cabin isn't for everyone.

In consideration of many of my city friends level of comfort, it is a challenge to be so secluded and surrounded by nothing but the log cabin and nature itself.

Everyone in your group must be avid, authentic,outdoor-loving people. This is a technology-FREE vacation. Cell phones don't work well at all. It's not for everyone, yet absolutely IDEAL for the right people. In this environment, one unhappy or non-outdoorsy person in the group has a direct, negative impact on everyone traveling together in this secluded space.

Have you every backpacked or camped in a tent, at any point in your life? Did you love the experience? Please ask this question to everyone in your group. If your answer is yes, then this is the ideal creature comfort step-up you've been looking for. As a backpacker myself, as I age, I find myself deeply appreciating the indoor plumbing and sleeping on a standard mattress that an experience such as staying in this gorgeous, custom-crafted log cabin deep, in the U.P. woods, provides.

Sitting on the fully screened-in porch watching and listening to the soothing waterfalls below as you enjoy the amenities from home, feels as though you are truly in the heart of a wilderness oasis. Fish for trout to your heart's content. Canoe down the river. Melt into your vacation within the 80 wooded acres surrounding the cabin and take this opportunity to truly get away from it all. Drive the 2 mile 2-track trail from the main road into this peaceful log cabin. Wade in the water, hike around the property, fish and read a good book. Perfect for the family vacation that will be remembered by all. Or the romantic retreat for two. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of water falls right out your window! Your nature-loving family will love this unique, full log home to call home for a week and beg to return again. Perfect privacy and relaxation. Escape from technology, though most cell phones do work if you must turn them on. Cozy up to the wood stove with the provided wood.

Fly Fishing: The Tioga is an excellent brook trout stream with slow and fast moving sections plus beaver ponds. The Sturgeon is an excellent brown and brook trout stream.

This 80 acre property is surrounded by state forest.Paddle down the river in the provided canoe. The Tioga River runs next to the cabin and the Sturgeon River is 1000 feet from the cabin door. There are marked trails throughout the property.

Sturgeon River: Paddle down the river in the provided canoes. The Tioga River runs next to the cabin and the Sturgeon River is 1000 feet from the cabin door. There are marked trails throughout the property.

The cabin experience, deep in the woods: After carefully driving the 2 mile 2-track rocky road toward the cabin, you will find the cabin resting perched almost on top of the soothing Tioga Falls. If you are interested in staying at the cabin, you need to keep in mind that you are actually in the wilderness. Nature abounds, creatures great and small are part of your experience. Yes, there are bugs when you explore the woods. Please bring your insect repellent. Still, the fully screened in (floor included) porch protects you inside.

The cabin is ideal for outdoorsy couples seeking romance and peace or for small families with older children who don't need to be entertained by technology, yet love to fish, explore, hike and read books, with most of the creature comforts of home. It can be challenging with more than 1 couple traveling together, as there is only 1 bedroom door. A outdoorsy couple, small outdoorsy family or a group of 6 or fewer friends have had the most positive experience at Tioga Falls

It can be a challenge if any member of your group is afraid of the sounds, sites or smells of the wilderness. Plus, everyone in your group must be able to entertain themselves (fishing, reading, exploring nature, listening to the radio) in order to enjoy the woodsy experience.


ATV: Yes, you are welcome to bring your ATVs. There is plenty of room to park and turn around your trailer as well. Keep in mind that while there are hundreds of miles of trails, while most of the trails are not groomed.

Bathroom: The bathroom is a very comfortable size with a standard toilet, vanity/sink and a shower. There is NOT a bathtub at the Tioga Falls Cabin. Please bring your own soap and shampoo. At times, we do have these supplies, yet we do not inventory them weekly.

Blow Dryer: We ask that you please limit the use of your hair blow dyer as it may drain the power enough to inhibit the well from working properly.

Boats: Are boats provided? Yes, we normally have 2 canoes awaiting you on the rivers. One on the Tioga River and another on the Sturgeon River.

Bugs: Yes, there are plenty of bugs in the wilderness, surrounding the waterfalls and on the 80 private acres. If doors are left open, even for short periods of time at the cabin, then bugs/flies/mosquitos love to sneak in. We do not spray for bugs, as with the natural landscape, along comes bugs. Depending on our level of rainfall, moquitos can be plentiful. Bug spray is highly recommended. Hence, we love the screened in patio porch. If you are at all concerned about bugs, critters or small animals, the Tioga Falls Cabin may be too much of a challenge. It is important to us that all of our guests have a positive experience.

Campfires and Fireworks: Please keep your campfires in the provided ring away from the cabin. Plus, we do not allow fireworks at the Tioga Falls Cabin.

Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba. While it has improved over the years, it still varies by your provider and actually cell phone. Please give your family the office contact number (734) 284-5677 and we can always send someone out if you needed to be reached.

Critters: Even though we deep clean the cabin between each stay, at various times, especially after heavy rains, mice do get into the cabin. The Tioga Falls Cabin is in the middle of 80 private acres along the water.

Energy: Since the Tioga Falls Cabin is powered by solar (with a generator back-up that we try to keep the use at a minimum), we have to be sensitive to the electrical use. Therefore, there is NOT a TV or microwave. We ask that you please limit the use of your hair blow dyer as it may drain the power enough to inhibit the well from working properly. There are no power lines to look at anywhere you turn.

Fall Colors: Generally, the peak time period to see the colors is between mid-September through mid-October.

Fishing: There is primarily brook and brown trout in the Tioga and Sturgeon Rivers which surround the Tioga Falls Cabin. It is best to use worms, small trout flies or small spinners as bait.

Heat: The wood Stove is the only source of heat at the cabin. To date, it has provided plenty of heat for our guests.

Kitchen Supplies: We have many basic kitchen supplies at the cabin. If there is something that you can't live without, I strongly advise you to bring it. We do have a coffee pot, toaster, refrigerator, stove/oven. There is a cast-iron skillet, though keep in mind that the skillet is is washed differently than standard dishes. There is NOT a dishwasher. We normally have dishsoap on hand for your use.

Propane Refrigerator: Keep in mind that the refrigerator may be a little smaller than most of us have in the city Also, with a propane refrigerator, you don't get the blast of cold air coming out, as you do with an electric fridge most of us have at home.

Stove/Oven: 4 burners, yet probably a bit smaller than most of us have a home.

Linens/towels: We do provide the linens for the beds, which are fully made upon your arrival. Also, we provide basic towels. Please bring your own linens if you are particular about the thread count or are bringing a dog who sleeps with you. We provid basic bathroom and kitchen towels as well.

Paper products: We do our best to make sure there is plenty of toilet paper and paper towels during your stay.

Shopping: Where is the nearest grocery store? The nearest grocery store is about 1/2 hour north, in LÁnse.

Trails: Yes, there are trails surrounding the cabin and the 80 private acres, yet they are not groomed, nor regularly maintained. It is a rugged adventure. The walking trail to the Sturgeon River is not straightforward, nor does it have a perfect walkway. You do need to have decent mobility skills to maneuver around the 80 acres comfortably.

2 mile Two-Track Entry: Depending on the weather, the 2-track can get quite rough.The 2 mile two-track is never predictable. You'd have to be prepared for a possible adventure. It's not your average cottage experience. You may have to travel the 2 miles at a snails pace, getting out to move a branch of a tree if needed. We have care-takers who drive in and out of the cabin on a regular basis in a regular car, yet we have also seen a storm come through before guests arrive and there are limbs that had to be moved as they drive in. We try our best to keep the road as functional as possible. The road has only been actually impossible in the winter. We are maintaining the road on a regular basis, yet in 2 miles of wilderness, sometimes it's a breeze to get in and sometimes it's a challenge.

Waterfalls: The falls are right outside the screened in porch. Still, the terrain isn't simple for a child or a non-agile adulte to navigate. Still, if you are truly adventurous, you will love it! I can attest to the fact that it is tons of fun, and the beating of the falls on your back is a fantastic "natural spa" experience. Water shoes are essential.

Wood Stove: Yes, there is a wood stove at the cabin. It is the only sourse of heat at the cabin. Guests have always talked about how toasty they feel with the wood burning stove. Plus, we provide the wood!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

• 734-284-5677



If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Michigan

A true dream for someone who truly loves and appreciates nature, exactly as it is, with many of the creature comforts from home.

An opportunity to truly live green.

What makes this cabin unique

The sound of waterfalls-- all day and all night. A deep relaxation experience like no other.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Waterfalls at your doorstep, excellent fishing!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Peaceful getaway with so much to explore!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect getaway for my husband. The cabin had everything we needed and then some. The property was gorgeous! We loved hiking the trails and taking the canoes out. We saw a family of otters and quite a few beaver dams while we were on the river. We were there for four days and it was the perfect amount of time to completely unplug and get away. The only surprise was a couple of mice that made caught us a little off guard. Mice aside I would definitely recommend this rental

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Tioga Falls

  • 5 of 5

Tioga Falls cabin exceeded our expectations, to sit on the deck with the waterfalls that close was beyond description. We hiked the trails, fished,laughed a lot and totally relaxed. To be in such a rustic environment and be able to stay in such a fine cabin made the stay totally enjoyable. We enjoyed being secluded and only ventured out to eat once at the Hardwood Steak House where the food is great, also had breakfast there the first day. The only thing we did not like about Tioga Falls was that we had to leave, could totally live there!!!! The property was well maintained and the customer service was great. Would totally recommend it to anyone except then it would be even harder to find an open date when booking. We are just grateful there are such places available for this type of vacation get away. THANKS!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Everything was great! Very quiet and peaceful! Great place for the nature lovers to honeymoon! The falls were gorgeous and relaxing to listen to at night or in he morning! Looking forward to planning my next trip up there with my family!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Perfect getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we stepped foot on the property, we were hooked. Surrounded by woods and the roar of the falls, the cabin quickly became our home away from home. Roomy, comfortable, and well stocked we loved the Northern feel. Enjoyed a fire in the wood burning stove on cool mornings. We practically lived outside whether relaxing and reading in the screened-in porch or grilling and sunning on the deck just yards away from the sights and sounds of theTioga Falls. Truly awe-inspiring. We did a little hiking and tried our hand at canoeing in several locations that had well-marked trails leading to them. Made one day trip to Copper Harbor. Loved the drive and views of Keweenaw Bay and Lake Superior. Stopped at Hilltop Restaurant outside of L'Anse on our way out for breakfast and the enormous cinnamon rolls! Delicious!

The two-track was as described. We drove our car which is somewhat low-riding but took our time, drove carefully and had no trouble. It was an adventure.

The property managers and care takers were wonderful, accommodating, and always helpful. The only complaint I had was one week was not long enough! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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The most beautiful & peaceful place in the world!

  • 5 of 5

First I want to thank the owners of this cabin for sharing such a wonderful piece of mother nature with all of us. Thank-you ever so much! The Tioga falls, river, forest, and comfy cabin are absolutely a dream come true. The views are breathtaking and extremely serene, an experience I will never forget.

And I also want to thank Cara for making this trip possible and the planning easy. You have been wonderful in helping me coordinate dates for this dream of a trip at 1 year of planning! I truly appreciate all your kindness, expertise, and quick email responses answering my plethora of questions with such patience and grace. You truly are a gem Cara, really and truly! Thank you again!

My 14 year old cavalier handled the two track well, just be careful and take it slow.

My main concern with going on this trip was the wildlife, bears and wolves mainly. Thankfully I didn't see either, but I wasn't out in the woods hiking all that much either, so who knows, but when I did do out I always took the bear spray and was just aware of my surroundings. I did see a moose from afar on the main road, and that was exciting.

The cabin itself is very comfy, nicely done inside, extremely cozy and has all the modern amenities one can appreciate being out in the woods. A wonderfully equipped kitchen, nice bathroom, cozy living room and bedrooms. Love how big the cabin is, especially the openness of the high ceiling. Love love love the screened in porch! That was my favorite part since I spent many hours there every day. It gets very scary at night though, and just stayed in and stayed safe once the sun went down.

Most of my time at the cabin was spent creatively. Where I spent most of my time working on my book. I was comforted by the sights and sounds of the forest and falls/river everyday while I did such difficult writing. It was truly a wonderful blessing! The area is an artists dream & I planned on doing a lot of photography as well, but sadly my main pro camera broke shortly after I was there. That was ok because my main focus was writing, which I did and am now close to completing my first draft of my memoir. It was extremely emotional and hard work, I managed to write 150 pages in my 2 wks there. Every word and page was extremely painful emotionally, but am proud of myself & so grateful Tioga falls helped me on this journey!

I only hope I can go back again, and again, and again to do more writing, relaxing and healing.

Thanks so much Tioga fall

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
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Sept 5-10 2011

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was amazing! My husband and I rented this cabin the week of Labor Day. We enjoyed every bit of it. The wood burner kept the cabin plenty of warm for us. We enjoyed hiking on the trails, took the canoe out for a little trip up the river. Everything was pleasant, quiet and the perfect get away from it all. Brought our beagle with us and she enjoyed all the new smells and the freedom to roam around. Plenty of things to do if you are able to relax or enjoy the great outdoors. We brought our 14' fishing boat along didn't have any problems taking it on the two track to the cabin, we did have to take it slow and so it took us about 20 minutes but without the trailer/boat it was only like 10 minutes. Hoping to have another chance to come back next year :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Marquette (MQT)
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Hardwood Steakhouse, Covington
Nearest Ferry
200 Miles
Mackinac Island- St. Ignace
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
L'Anse Golf Club
Nearest Train
180 Miles
Green Bay, WI
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 41
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
Hardwood Steakhouse, Covington
Nearest Ski
46 Miles
Marquette Mountain
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Craig's Lake State Park
Car: necessary

At the meeting of the Tioga Falls and the Sturgeon River, just 2 miles North of US 41 on a 2-track road. The 2-track road is hilly, rocky and uneven. While in comparison to most 2-track roads in the UP, the 2-track is in pretty good condition (and excellent for running or mountain biking). Still, it requires caution as you venture into the cabin. A truck or SUV is the recommended mode of transportation. A perfect place to get away from it all. Search google.maps for 'Tioga Falls' - the cabin is next to the falls! Enjoy the 80 acres with many acres of State land to explore too. ATV and snowmobiling trails are near.

Other Activities: Hiking, mountain biking (2 bikes provided), and soaking in the cool pools of the Tioga River and Falls. The terrain is not easy, so traditional swimming is not to be expected. This is a wonderful, unique adventure-filled natural vacation spot.


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Covington Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The full-sized bathroom with a shower and toilet is very comfortable.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom-main floor - 1 queen
    Loft bedroom-upstairs - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 4: 3 twin beds and 1 full-size
  • Bed linens and bath towels (1 per person) provided. The cabin is not child-proof. Extra caution is required with little ones both on the staircase and in the loft.
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
The cabin is not child-proof. Also, some of the surrounding areas are rocky and may be unsuitable for very young children. Dogs are possible, ask when booking. Extra security deposit. Cell service is very spotty, though better outdoors vs. inside the cabin. The service depends on service provider. Based on our experience, Verizon, T-Mobile, Altel and AT&T have been ok. Sprint is almost nonexistant. NOTE: This cabin is 'off the grid' which means it is solar powered with a quiet generator backup. The system will provide normal electricity except that electric hair dryers and other electric heating devices can not be used. The refrigerator runs on propane gas, as does the stove, hot water heater, and gas lights. Basic energy conservation - turning off lights and not letting water run - is required for staying in the cabin.

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