About the property
- Cabin1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 120 nights
Family friendly classic cottage~1 large loft, 1.5 bathrooms, sleeps 5
EAST LAKE COTTAGE
SLEEPS: 5 max
BEDROOMS: 1 open loft (no bedroom door): 4 beds
*LAKEFRONT (East Lake)
*SMALL PRIVATE BOAT DOCK
*PETS ARE WELCOMED
This small cottage on the inland East Lake is perfect for the family looking for the classic cottage experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The cabin is just about 90 minutes West of the Mackinac Bridge, 7 hours from the Metro Detroit area and 9 hours from Chicago. The amenities from home, coupled with the beautiful view of East Lake makes for a perfect get-away. Eat inside at the wooden table and sleep together in the comfy loft.
Enjoy fishing on the 120 acre East Lake either from the dock or the rowboat that is provided with the cabin. The walk-out basement with an easy access 1/2 bathroom makes it convenient to walk into the cabin from your campfire. The cabin is also within walking distance to a little store. As with all of our properties, pets are considered-- just ask. Linens and towels are provided as well as basic paper products. Bring your family and enjoy the fun of relaxing in the outdoors. Cook outside, eat s'mores over the fire, fish, bring a book, and just have fun.
The East Lake Cottage is ideal for couples, or for a small family. It's definitely not a convenient place for 2 couples due to the fact that we only have 1 queen sized bed and 3 twin beds, all the in the wide open loft. Multi-generational travel can be challenging with the natural inclines heading to the entryway door and down to the lake.
Open loft upstairs- 1 queen-size bed and 3 twin-size beds.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Appliances: We have a microwave, coffee pot, toaster, full-sized refrigerator, full-sized electric stove/oven with the majority of your basic kitchen utensils, including basic dishes, pots and pans. I'm sorry to say that there is not a dishwasher at the East Lake Cabin.
Boat Launch: There is a public boat launch within a mile of the cabin. It is right off of MI-28 on East Lake.
Cell phone service: Cell phone service is generally unreliable in the Upper Peninsula when you travel outside of Marquette and Escanaba.
Dock: Yes, you have a private dock for your sole use when you stay at East Lake. There is a public, State of Michigan launch (approx. 1200 feet) near the cabin as well. The public launch is off of Mi-28.
Boats: We provide a basic rowboat.
Fishing: Yes, generally East Lake has good fishing. Guests have had a good experience with perch and various pan fish. Since trout tend to like fast-moving deep, cold water, there are not trout found on East Lake. Fishing poles are not provided. You can fish off the dock or the rowboat. Feel free to bring your own boat. The boat launch is about 1/2 mile down the road.
Firewood/Fire pit: You can pick up your own firewood at many different places throughout the U.P. There is a fire pit for your use as well.
Grill: There is a basic, charcoal grill at East Lake. You will need to bring your own charcoal.
Internet: Not yet. It's nice to enjoy the time away from technology.
Linens & Towels: Yes! We have basic bed linens, plus both kitchen and bath towel
Pets at East Lake: Yes, we do accept dogs. We charge a flat fee of $50 per pet.
Swimming: The area around the dock isn't deep, yet it is more muddy than sandy. The closest beach swimming is at Round Lake, next to the State Campground, about 5 miles southwest of the cabin.
TV: YES! We have 2 TVs with satellite Direct TV- one downstairs in the living room, and the other upstairs in the open bedroom loft area. We still a DVD player, so you can watch your own movies, plus have the convenience with Direct TV with local channels, plus DVDs. There is one TV in the living room, and another upstairs in the loft.
*Newberry (a 1-picture movie theater, grocery stores, ice cream, etc.) is 7 miles northeast.
*Oswald's Bear Ranch: 20 miles northeast.
*Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore (& boat tours): 1 hour 15 minutes away. (55.6 miles)
*Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 45 minutes away. (37 miles)
*Toonerville Trolley (Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Excursion) - 24 minutes (22 miles)
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Freshwater Vacation Rentals 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 Lake Michigan.
Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Lakefield
The East Lake Cottage is right in the heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The cottage is within a couple hours drive to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Park and Oswald's Bear Ranch.
What makes this Cabin unique
A great cottage at the right price. Simple, clean, and all the basics you need for a fun vacation connecting with your family or friends. I love the deck overlooking East Lake. The lake is great for boaters who are not comfortable in the bigger lakes. I also love that you have your own space, yet still a cottage-around-the-lake experience. There is an empty lot next door, so that makes it feel even more spacious.
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Loved the cottage!
The cottage was amazing, it was our 25th Anniversary, and they even got us a card and small cake, with flowers! The cottage was cozy beatuiful and well stock with everything except food. It was so peaceful and beautiful, but close enough to all the things we wanted to do. We hated to leave, but we have the most beautiful pictures and memories! Thank you!
Thank you for choosing Freshwater Vacation Rentals for your 25th Anniversary! Very happy you enjoyed the presents that were left for you, we wanted you to have an awesome anniversary! We would love to accommodate you in your future vacations, we manage over 45 properties throughout Michigan.
Your very welcome!
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Team
Pest problem not under control!
While the cabin has a very beautiful setting, it left much to be desired. I had read all of the reviews before choosing this property for my honeymoon. One specifically mentions a mouse problem and the owners responded that they had since taken care of the problem. Well, we had mice walk on the potatoes on the stove while we ate dinner! There were no traps provided, so we bought our own and caught two mice while we only stayed three nights- we went home a night early because this problem was out of hand! The owners way of resolving this issue was to put a pile of poison under the sink- having lived in the Upper Peninsula for 33 years myself, I know that we get mice inside sometimes. But never have I had any walk on the stove while I’m eating dinner. And I also can’t believe that poison would be used- it just means that I’m going to find dead mice in random places of the cabin. I did contact the owners about this and their response was that I should have contacted them before buying traps and offered me 10% my NEXT stay. Why they think I would ever come back is beyond me! The owners phone number is nowhere in the cabin- not sure how they thought I would reach them. And the only way they could make this better would be to refund me my missed night.
Congratulations on your wedding! Thank you for seeing the positive with the beautiful setting at East Lake.
Please accept my sincere apologies for your experience at the cabin. We routinely check for small animal/mice access points and caulk holes, as needed. There weren't traps at the cabin only because we haven't seen or had a mouse reported recently.
As you know, the mice are looking for a warm place each fall. They can get in at a moment's notice, through a tiny hole anywhere in the cabin, including an open door.
The only reason we were hoping you would have contacted us first was to save you the trouble of going out and buying the traps yourself. We would have sent our care-taker over with traps, and re-cleaned the cabin for you too. There should not have been any additional expense out of your pocket.
I'm sorry we didn't hear you clearly enough when you called. Our contact numbers including text, for 24/7 service, have always been posted on the refrigerator on a magnet hanging sign. Plus, our numbers are included in your booking paperwork, via email, and on our website.
We did not realize you left a night early because you were unhappy. Thank you for your feedback so that we can improve the experience of our cabin in this beautiful setting.
Gorgeous and cute
Property was very well taken care of and had everything you needed! Great location to access many of the UP's attractions.
Thank Kaitlyn for taking the time to share your thoughts! We hope to see you again in the future!
Thanks~Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Nice location and neighborhood on East Lake.
We had a nice stay at the cabin on East Lake. It is located centrally to the eastern UP sights that we wanted to visit. The neighborhood is peaceful and met some nice people there. The cabin was nice but could use a little TLC, I.E. towel racks in the bathroom, more lighting throughout the house, less clutter/mess in cabinets. The deck finish was pealing and dirty so we didn't use this for fear of tracking in stuff. Dock is not level and in need of repair. With a little attention this could be a great place.
Thank you very much for your feedback. I notified our cleaners to remove clutter in cabinets. In addition, maintenance is scheduled to powerwash and repaint the deck and to inspect the dock. We sincerely apologize that it was not every thing you imagined. We do agree that the eastern UP, which not many people visit is gorgeous. We hope that when you want to take your next Michigan adventure, you will book with Freshwater. We have 54 other properties to explore.
Great location, okay lakefront
The property was well maintained. This, however, is not a one bedroom. There is sleeping for 5 in an open loft upstairs: no door. The water smelled of strong sulphur the entire week, which was very unpleasant for washing dishes & showering, forget about trying to drink it. The pier was two crooked planks into a bed
On the bright side. The neighborhood is in a perfect location for seeing many U.P. Attractions. The small Bear Den store at the end of the neighborhood is very convenient and it's open 24 hours. All of the neighbors we encountered were friendly, which is typical of the U.P.
Thank you for your feedback. I've further clarified the sleeping arrangements on the website. I didn't have an option for 0 bedroom on the site.
We are working on improving the water smell. My apologies for the inconvenience.
I will look into the dock to see what has shifted. None of the planks should be crooked. Please accept our apologies.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the neighborhood and the location. We will work on making the improvements to make the overall guest experience more comfortable.
Great little cabin
This cabin had a great central location for our trip to the eastern UP! It was an hour to Munising and an hour to Sault Ste MarieMarie which made it a nice central location.
The kids loved the rowboat! The cabin was nice and peaceful.
The only thing that kept us from giving it 5 stars was that the water had a funny taste/smell.
The Freshwater Vacations folks were great to work with and I would recommend this cabin to anyone!
East Lake is 122 acres.