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Sandy River Bottom Just Short Walk or Small Boat to Torch Lake Sandbar

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8+)

Renovated interior and exceptionally clean cottage located just minutes from the famous Sand Bar at the south end of Torch Lake, one of the world's most beautiful lakes. Added new TV for 2013 along with larger dining room table and very large 10 foot picnic table. Cottage has 2nd lot with 145 ft. of private frontage just across the street on Rapid River, with its great sandy riverbed with gradual sloping bottom, ideal for kids, fishing (Blue Ribbon Trout Stream), canoeing, kayaking or small boat access to Torch or entire chain of lakes. Incredible sunsets and local wildlife viewable from the patio or dock.

Boat the over 75 miles of connected waterways during the day and enjoy the private shady wooded yard from the hammock, enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot tub or spend the evening around a campfire(wood provided) by the beach. Close proximity (less than 1 mile) to 2 public boat launches provide convenient access to Northern Michigan incredible Chain of Lakes. A variety of boat rentals are available by the day or week to meet the needs of any group.

The house has been comfortably updated, with two queen beds and a queen over queen bunk bed. Infant’s crib and additional inflatable queen mattresses are available. New 450 thread-count sheets and towels are provided for your comfort. Fully equipped kitchen with both gas and charcoal grills available. Front and rear patios with a large deck for outdoor entertainment. The home is wheelchair accessible with a roll-in shower in second bathroom. Includes cable television and high speed internet access including wifi and recently added portable Air Conditioning unit.

Nearby golf includes The Bear, A-Ga-Ming or The Legend. Try the recently expanded Turtle Creek Casino, or explore nearby Alden. We are only 20 minutes from Traverse City, home of the National Cherry Festival, Harbor Days in nearby Elk Rapids, the National Morel Mushroom Festival in nearby Boyne City, or the National Trout Festival in Kalkaska. Perfect for enjoying the spectacular Fall colors in late September and early October. Also ideal for hunting.

Antrim and Kalkaska counties are snowmobile friendly with rentals and hundreds of miles of nearby trails. Shanty Creek/ Schuss Mountain is right around the corner and Boyne is just 45 minutes away. There are beautiful hiking and snowshoeing trails out the back door or just minutes away in the National Forest, Skegemog or Grass River Natural Areas.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2016

Why Mike chose Rapid City

Beautiful 145 feet of frontage on sandy river with Blue Ribbon Trout Stream up river and small boat access downstream to nearby Torch Lake and entire Chain of Lakes.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy the hot tub after a swim, playing in the garden or hiking at nearby Seven Bridges.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We also enjoyed our time here. the location is great and our little 2 and a half year old girl enjoyed the day trips to the beach and shaded playground in downtown Elk Rapids, Castle Farms in Charlevoix and Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan. Thank you for providing all the literature about the region which helped us plan our trips.

The house is very nice and we felt right at home.
Jul 2010
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Torch River Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1) Both are queen bunk beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
National Wildlife Foundation certified habitat and wildflower garden attracts lots of local and exotic wildlife to the property.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Sandy River Bottom Just Short Walk or Small Boat to Torch Lake Sandbar
average rating of 4.7 based on 20 reviews
East Lansing MI

Jim & Mary

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely what the doctor ordered; you look for a place that is convenient and accessible. Conveniently located on main road accessible to Torch Lake and Torch River. Our entire family vacation here during the same time and this location could not be any better. We have vacationed here for the last 30 years. This home works perfectly for us. All the amenities and extras to make any vacation the ultimate experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Charming, cozy retreat...

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this charmingly updated, comfortable cottage. The home is easily located, which was a nice feature when returning at night as we could readily locate the home near the intersection of a couple of roads. An extra-deep attached garage is nice for securing your vehicle and with room enough to open the lift-gate of our SUV we were conveniently able to unload our luggage in the closed garage. The home is spacious and well-appointed with a high-quality television including cable and a DVD player. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms provide plenty of space with a sizeable walk-in shower and convenient washer & dryer (we were especially pleased there was no rust in the water which is a common annoyance in some homes). A lovely dock directly across the street provided convenient access to the Rapid River, with our kayaks it was a short paddle to the crystal blue waters of Torch River leading into Torch Lake - a paddle that takes roughly 30 - 40 minutes. The hot tub was a wonderful relaxation after an invigorating day on the water. Overall we were impressed with the cleanliness and comforts of this charming cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review.
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Crete, IL U.S.A.


  • 5 of 5

We were VERY impressed with & thoroughly enjoyed staying at this home! It was as nice & clean, etc. as the reviews said & the pictures showed! The idea of queen sz. bunk beds is great as that can accommodate 4 people instead of 2. It was easy to find (although we are familiar w/ area) - location & pictures described it very accurately! Everything was in place when we arrived - VERY CLEAN (our granddaughter said the bathroom smelled like a "pool"! - nice!) & hot tub perfect temp. as it was cool when we got there! Such nice amenities for the cost!! Linens very nice & clean & plenty of them! The owner, Mike, was so pleasant & courteous & answered us quickly regarding just one "issue" we needed to ask about. It was nice, too, since it was cool that we were able to sit around the firepit & and also the "chimney fireplace" on patio. Sitting by the stream/river was sooo peaceful & serene - enjoyed the kayak too! Also, nice that it's set up for a handicapped person w/ ramp up front & wide door & step in shower in 1 of the bathrooms. All in all - a great place for a vacation! To us there is NO OTHER lake as beautiful as Torch - takes our breath away every time we see it! Boating on it is awesome & there are several small beaches close by! We returned to a few of our favorite eating places like Torch Riviera - Alden Bar (great burgers!) & Pearl's in Elk Rapids. We have always enjoyed walking around & shopping in both towns of Alden & Elk Rapids! We would definitely recommend this place & would love staying there again!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you're looking for all the comforts of home, this is it.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this cottage/house with my family (2 adults, 2 kids under 11). Upon our arrival, the house was SPOTLESS. If you are looking for a clean vacation rental near Torch Lake, this is it! Pretty much all of the comforts of home were provided here. There are three bedrooms (2 w/Queen, 1 with a Queen bunks!). There's also an air mattress if you're really squeezing in the group. I would say this would comfortably fit two families of four. The hot tub was also very clean. Across the street there is a kayak off of the dock for your use. The river is very shallow though -- it was only up to my kids' ankles in parts, so kayaking wasn't something we did much of while we were here. Linens are all provided and are all very clean. You will honestly feel like you're staying in a hotel. We didn't have any problems while staying here, but the owner was just a quick email/phone call away and is very responsive. There is also a computer in the house if you need to look up directions or places to go. I would rent this property again if we vacation in this area again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful feedback. The kayak has been very popular this year and we'll be adding a second for next summer. The float from Freedom park downstream past our cottage is a lot of fun.
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Algonquin IL

Loved it! Clean and cozy with modern comforts.

  • 5 of 5

Napping in the hammock, watching the sun set down the river, feeding ducks, roasting marshmallows around the fire pit... This cottage and its amenities provided the best in comforts for a most enjoyable stay. Remodeled and super clean, it just feels so cozy and homey. Heated bathroom floor was a nice crisp morning surprise. Have stayed here in the Spring and Fall, excellent experience both times, would go back anytime of year!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review. We really appreciate the feedback and hope to have you stay with us again next summer!
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New Baltimore, MI

5 Star

  • 5 of 5

We have come to your cottage in years past and are so looking forward to our time there this year. The surroundings are just so beautiful and one of my favorite places to be. Your cottage is so pretty, clean and up-to-date with all the conveniences of home. Wonderful for when my family comes to visit. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure. Thanks for the feedback.
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Less than 1 mile to Torch Lake Sandbar!


Rates & Availability

Torch River Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Our cottage is only available for Saturday to Saturday weekly rentals during the summer. Off-season rentals are more flexible but we have a $700 minimum/stay for our first time guests

1/2 of rental fee is and signed contract is required to reserve the cottage
1/2 of rental fee and $300 security deposit is due 3 weeks prior to your arrival

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