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Sidell's Sturgeon River Log Cabin - Kayaks, Fly Fishing, Sauna, Hiking trails

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8-12.

Go to our Facebook Fan Page at Sidell's Sturgeon River Log Cabin for more photos, contact info, reservation info, and to learn more about our vacation home. Our cabin is a custom-built cedar log home on the Sturgeon River completely surrounded by Northern Michigan’s best golfing, kayaking, trout and walleye fishing, canoeing, boating, mountain biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and x-country and downhill skiing! This is a GORGEOUS PROPERTY and is perfectly directly on the beautiful Sturgeon River and walking distance to Trail #7 of the infamous Rails-to-Trails mountain biking and snowmobiling trails. There’s nothing like this 4 bedroom (plus loft), 3 bathroom home in Indian River so close to everything, including:

1. 20 miles from the Gaylord golf courses, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne Highlands, Little Traverse Bay Golf, Black Lake Golf Club, and Crooked Tree Golf Club

2. 25 mins. from Mackinaw City

3. 20 mins. from Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and the Odawa Casino

4. 5 min. from the Inland Waterways for boating and jet skiing.

5. 2 miles from Burt Lake State Park with a beautiful sandy beach.

6. 2.5 miles from beautiful DeVoe Beach in the village of Indian River on Burt Lake

7. 1 miles from Burt Lake Marina for snowmobile rentals

8. 3 miles from Indian River Marina for pontoon boat rentals

Plus, there's lots of parking space for your boat trailers, campers, motorcycles, and extra vehicles!

Inside Details: This is the perfect cabin for Northern Michigan enthusiasts looking to live large while on vacation Up North. Holidays, weekends, and weekly trips here will certainly be extra special with your family and friends! The home comes complete with oak hardwood flooring throughout and terra cotta tile in all the wet areas. It has custom-built cabinetry and stainless steel appliances in the chef’s kitchen and a BBQ deck and gas grill just off of the dining area. The main level also has a tidy living area with comfy seating and a 46” flat panel TV (complete with an Onkyo surround sound system) and a main-floor bedroom with a private entrance to the deck overlooking the Sturgeon River and a queen-size Tempur-Pedic mattress for extra comfort . The upstairs is perfect for a couple and at least 4 children; two in the smaller bedroom and two in the loft overlooking the great room. The upstairs bedroom has gorgeous views of the Sturgeon River and large back yard and has vaulted ceilings.

Outside Details: Outside, between the home and the river, is a nice lawn to run around on with your dog and a beautiful stone enclosed bonfire pit with firewood and seating provided. The cabin is well lit at night while you’re enjoying the late night bonfires at the river. On the big timber cedar deck overlooking the Sturgeon River is a nice outdoor table and chairs with umbrella for relaxing and a staircase that goes down to the lawn going to the river. In the front of the home is a smaller lawn and driveway as well as another vacant lot for extra parking space for your extra vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. Also in the front is paver patio with a cedar log pergola, picnic table, and gas grill just off of the indoor dining area.

Extra Features: Our vacation cabin comes complete with two kayaks for our guests to use at no additional cost. The finished lower level has a custom-built cedar sauna! All three levels have full bathrooms, at least one bedroom with a queen-size bed, and custom-made furnishings.

More Details

Doug Sidell
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Doug Sidell

My name is Doug Sidell and I have a passion for life and for what I do! I'm a real estate broker and investor. I represent buyers and sellers of virtually all types of real estate in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area in North Carolina. My primary residence is in Denver, NC and my business is simply named after me: C. Douglas Sidell & Co. I graduated with undergraduate and MBA degrees from Michigan State University and absolutely love following the Spartans in basketball and football. Most of my free time is spent with my wife, Krista, who is a nurse practitioner at Presbyterian Hospital of Charlotte (and an alumnus of The Ohio State University), our son, Noah, and daughters Anna Faith and Lexi Ann. Some of my other free time is spent fly fishing, upland bird hunting, golfing, cooking, reading, traveling, kayaking, and working on just about anything around the home and Christmas Tree Farm!

Doug Sidell purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Doug Sidell chose Indian River

We didn't buy our vacation cabin, we built it! It is a home I (Doug) designed and built in 2006 on the most perfect piece of Sturgeon River property. I (Doug) chose to buy the land because it is so close to everything that is fun to do in Northern Michigan and because it would enable me to build the type of home I was looking to construct. The finished product is a three-story cabin with a finished, walk-out lower level, a main floor that's set up perfectly for entertaining inside and out, an upstairs that is well-suited for kids and adults, and views of the Sturgeon River just 50' in back of the house. There is a never ending supply of fun things to do; especially for families with children. A few that are really high on our list include: kayaking, fishing, swimming, rafting, canoeing, boating, snowmobiling, biking, hiking, ATV & motorcycle riding, X-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, etc. and it's all just outside the front door of my cabin. I love it! I hope you will to.

What makes this cabin unique

Some unique benefits I enjoy while staying at our cabin on the river include, but are not limited to: peace and quiet; late-night bonfires at the river; lots of room for all my guests/family members; space for the dogs to run around; relaxing in the cedar sauna; playing some of my favorite golf courses all within a 30 minute drive; cooking/BBQing big meals; watching movies on the big screen TV; listening to the birds early in the morning while drinking coffee on the deck; catching trout right in back of the house; riding our 4 Wheeler through all the back-country trails just outside the cabin; taking advantage of all the freedom!


Indian River Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is a full bathroom on each floor conveniently located right outside the bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk bed
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , Bunk bed
  • There are three main bedrooms on each floor with queen size beds and hand-made quilts. In addition, the upstairs has a smaller room (mostly for kids) with a bunk bed that has a full-size mattress on the bottom and twin-size mattress on the top. Also, in the loft is two more twin-size beds. All beds have custom-made white cedar headboards, footboards, and/or whole bed frames.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
This is the quintessential log cabin on a blue ribbon trout stream in gorgeous Northern Michigan! It's close to all kinds of fun. You have incredible golf, hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV trails, snowmobile trails, restaurants, inland lakes, rivers, etc. all within a 5-30 minute drive from the front door.


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Sidell's Sturgeon River Log Cabin - Kayaks, Fly Fishing, Sauna, Hiking trails
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Gorgeous cabin on the river

  • 5 of 5

We had a big family vacation (3 siblings with spouses and kids) for a full week. Plenty of sleeping space, bathrooms, and a large common space made this cabin functional. Up north decor, fully furnished kitchen, washer & dryer, kayaks, hammock by the river, and outdoor space exceeded expectations. Perfect location for the various day trips we took (UP Taquammenon, Oswald Bear Ranch, Mackinaw City, Petoskey), and minutes from Burt Lake state park. We did two river trips, one with tubes and one with rafts. And a couple of us kayaked to Burt Lake and met the rest of the party at the beach.

We had an issue with odor from the dry sewer trap, but Doug was highly responsive to our needs and the problem was fixed. The caretakers lived just down the road and were able to react quickly.

Overall, we would highly recommend The Sidell Cabin to larger parties (slept 10 very comfortably) interested in taking advantage of the many activities the area offers.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jon & Alice, Thanks for writing such a nice review. You and your family are always welcome at our cabin when you're vacationing in beautiful Indian River, MI. We work hard at making sure our guests get what they expect in vacation cabin and it means a lot to us to make sure you're happy. Enjoy the rest of your summer and please keep our place in mind for future trips Up North! Doug & Krista Sidell
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Detroit, Michigan

3rd time stay

  • 4 of 5

This mini-vacation was our third time at the Sidell's Cabin. Every time we go up there we have great time. The house is clean and warm. This time we had little kids with us, and they loved it. There were so many kids books and games for them in the house. (THANKS) I am never disappointed when we visit. 💕?💕?

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Great house in a beautiful setting! We really enjoyed our stay here while we skied!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tammy, Thank you for taking great care of our cabin during your stay. It means everything to us to have guests who treat our vacation home as if it were there own. You and your family are always welcome to stay at our cabin if you're ever visiting Northern Michigan again! Doug & Krista Sidell
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Beautiful cabin! It's even better in person than in the pictures

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was wonderful. It was everything we hoped to enjoy & more!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review, Kelly. You and your family were a pleasure to have as guests at our cabin. You're always welcome to stay whenever you're traveling to Northern Michigan on vacation!
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Great cabin and owner, I plan on booking here every year!

  • 5 of 5

5 stars!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bowling Green, OH

Outstanding property and terrific location!

  • 5 of 5

Once again a terrific vacation at Sidell's log cabin! Cabin was immaculate as always. So much room for our group to spread out and relax. A very picturesque location on the Sturgeon River. The kitchen is well stocked with just about anything needed to create your meals. The large island in the kitchen is perfect for meal prep and to present buffet-style dining for larger groups.

3 full bathrooms, shower/bath combos in all, with plenty of thick towels for a crowd. Very comfortable beds, even the bunks, in every bedroom and in the loft area.

The enormous deck facing the river and the firepit down at the river were put to use every day/night.

The location of the this cabin makes it perfect for day trips to not only Indian River but to other of the many quaint towns in the area. There's a terrific grocery store approx. 2 miles down the road so no need to haul a bunch of food from home.

We hadn't stayed at Doug's cabin for a few years due to our stays in other areas in northern Michigan and the UP. Our group unanimously agreed that we needed to vacation in Indian River this year and a MAJOR reason was due in part to this cabin and all of its amenities!!!

We are already counting down the days until we can return to this beautiful location! The ONLY negative reagarding our vacation this year is that it had to end. :(

Thanks Doug for everything. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at your cabin!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Pelston Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Indian River Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Boyne Highlands
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Devoe Beach at Burt Lake - Indian River

Other Activities: kayaking, snow boarding, snowmobiling, miniature golf

Golf: All the major N. Michigan golf clubs are close by! Some of these clubs include Bay Harbor, Little Traverse Bay, The Crooked Tree, Treetops, Marsh Ridge, Otsego Club, Michaywe, Black Lake, True North, and of course, the Indian River Golf Club.

Ski: Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and Nubs Knob are all about 30 minute from the cabin!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Trash Removal $10
Summer Lawn Care Fee $25
Pet Fee $100
Caretaker/Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Base rates are for up to 10 people. Beyond 10 people the rental rate increases by $25/person/night. Three or more nights the nightly rate for up to 10 people is reduced to $350/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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