|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
TIOGA FALLS CABIN
The only place with sole, private access to THE true Tioga Falls!
*ON THE RIVER
*VERY SECLUDED - "off the grid"
Please keep in mind that the Tioga Falls Cabin/secluded 80 acres experience is not ideal in consideration of the average city person's level of comfort. 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.
*TECHNOLOGY-FREE (FREE OF TV, INTERNET, & RELIABLE CELL SERVICE) - just sit back and relax
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. Ideally, it is best to bring a truck, though with good, careful driving, a regular car can make it down the 2 mile-2 track. Still, you will probably bottom-out at least once, and it is hard to avoid the tree branches close to your car.
When you are at the Tioga Falls Cabin, it's so refreshing to wade in the water, hike around the property, fish and read a good book. Perfect for the family vacation if the whole family is agile, adventurous and relishing exploring nature. This cabin is perfect for up to 6 adult friends and will be remembered by all. Or it can be the romantic retreat for two (if BOTH people enjoy the outdoors.) It isn't ideal for families with young children, or multiple couples traveling together, as there is only one bedroom with a door. Families with children who love nature, and can entertain themselves without electronic devices will absolutely love it! It is wonderful to fall asleep to the gentle sound of water falls right outside of the screened in porch.
Your nature-loving family will love this unique, full custom log (not a kit) home to call home for a week and beg to return again. Perfect privacy and deep relaxation await. Keep in mind that being deep in the woods requires you to be comfortable with nature. Yes, bugs do exist in the woods. Yes, when you open the door in the evening, bugs may get into the cabin. You have to be very conscious of your environment, even though this beautiful cabin has many of the amenities from home. Here you can escape from technology, though some cell phones do work, if you must turn them on. No TV or Internet-- just connecting with nature. Keep in mind that being at a place this secluded brings out everyone in the group's idiosyncrasies. In our personal experience, if even one person isn't a true, adventurous nature-lover, then that energy WILL negatively effect the whole group & your experience.
Experiencing the Fall colors at Tioga Falls is incredible. Imagine being surrounded by 80 acres of unique colors. Many photography opportunities are possible. In the Fall, feel free to cozy up to the wood stove with the provided wood. Even though the refrigerator and generator use propane, the cabin is heated by the wood-burning stove, as needed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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, mosquitos 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 dish soap 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 adult 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 source of heat at the cabin. Guests have always talked about how toasty they feel with the wood burning stove. Plus, we provide the wood!
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
• Established in 2005
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.
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.
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.
The sound of waterfalls-- all day and all night. A deep relaxation experience like no other.
We had an awesome stay in the UP. This cabin was perfect for a Grouse Hunting trip. The cabin was well stocked with supplies, and we tried to leave it with more than it came with (we left things behind like oil for cooking and coffee). We seen over 30 Grouse near the cabin, Snowshoe Rabbits, Deer, and we even ran into a Bull Moose eating on a tree on the cabin road. Felt very blessed to experience this cabin.
We called the rental company to let them know that the cleaners had not come in and changed the bedding between visitors, and they were kind enough to give us a partial credit towards our next rental (I have rented twice from Fresh Water and really enjoy their customer service).
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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.