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Dena McMurray

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Beautiful, Crystal Clear Lake, Right on the Beach, Very Clean & Family Friendly!

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10 - right on the beach!

Newly purchased and totally updated lakefront home on gorgeous Lake Avalon with 95 feet of private frontage. Fishing, boating, winter and summer sports, or just kick back and relax. Clean white sandy bottom water frontage. Very gradual sloping in the lake - perfect for kids. Home has been completely updated with new wood/ceramic floors throughout. An amazing 2 tier deck with built in seating to enjoy your meals while taking in the beautiful views of the lake. Comfy, large areas to gather indoors with some nice a/c to cool down.

$2,000/week (summer) OR $400/night (3 night min.)

$400 refundable security deposit

Abundance of golf courses in the area; ThunderBay Golf Resort, Elk Ridge and Garland Golf Resort. In the winter months, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to view the elk at ThunderBay!

Lake Avalon is one of the most pristine, clearest and cleanest lakes in Michigan and the United States (according to National Geographic). It's a natural spring fed lake which is home to loons, small & large mouth bass, perch, blue gill and trout.

Lake Avalon is an all-sports lake, with a free boat launch.

Extra Amenities Included for free:

-12 foot aluminum fishing boat, trolling motor, oars, fishing net, fishing poles and tackle

-amazing, totally clear kayak by Blue Hawaii with paddles - seats 2

-14 foot canoe with paddles

-life preservers (all sizes)

-inflatable rafts, boats, rings and many other kids toys

-sand toys for the beach

Amenities Available for Rent:

Four Winns speed boat - available to rent for entire week only (sorry no partial weeks) $2000

Security deposit for boat $400

Included with rental: ski vests, o'brien skis, double tube, single tube(s), tow robes

More Details
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Dena McMurray (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Dena McMurray

We are the owners of this beautiful Lake Avalon home. Pictured are our 4 beautiful children ready to tube around the lake. We grew up in Hillman and I had the privilege of growing up on the other side of the lake. I have always loved this lake, but didn't realize how special and rare a lake like this was until we moved away from the area. We spent many years in Berkley, MI and currently reside in Clarkston, MI. On the weeks that we do not have the opportunity to use our lake home, we are renting it to others so they may too experience this amazing lake and create life-long memories at this truly special place!

Dena McMurray purchased this house in 2012


based on 8 traveler reviews

Beautiful, Crystal Clear Lake, Right on the Beach, Very Clean & Family Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Lake Avalon - Michigan's Best Kept Secret

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to our dear friends, Dena & Mark, we have had the repeated pleasure of staying at their beautiful beach house on Lake Avalon. Pictures do not do this house and lake justice. You MUST experience this place in person. The house strikes the perfect balance of beach decor, cleanliness and at-home feel. Newly remodeled, yet not over done, makes this an ideal vacation lake home for families. We eat most every meal on the deck to take full advantage lake views and the remote location of Hillman, MI. allows us to skip the crowds, enjoy quiet evenings, and produces jaw-dropping views of countless stars at night from the dock. Yet the true secret of this home is the quality of the water (lake) it sits on. Think Bahamas...but better! My self-proclaimed lake-snob friend, who grew up on lakes all over northern Michigan, could not get over the clarity, cleanliness and warmth of the Lake Avalon the first time he visited. The second time he visited (yes you'll want to return too) he bought a Go-Pro to get underwater shots/video. The combination of incomparable water, uncrowded all-sports lake, wonderful cottage home and great owners makes this the only choice in NE Michigan. Enjoy! We plan to be back as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Amazing home..amazing lake!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the home last summer and all I could say when I walked in was WOW! They literally have everything you need for fun: water toys, kayak, life jackets, ping pong, board games etc. It was amazingly clean and the décor was perfect (I want that design in my own home). The dock was sturdy and the lounge chairs were perfect. The best part of this home was the lake. It was sparkling and crystal clear and shallow enough for quite a distance which made my 5 year old very comfortable. The owners were gracious and quickly responded to my emails. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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It's a home away-from-home!

  • 5 of 5

We feel so at home at the cottage! It has everything one could possibly need for a great vacation. It is clean as can be and the view from the front is spectacular. This is the place to go to get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Perfect for a Family

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our families and kids. We did not need to bring a thing to keep the kids busy all week (ages 2-9). Plenty of toys, fishing gear, boats to enjoy the lake. The house was large, in great shape and very clean. The owners were great to work with. Lake Avalon was better than promised. The water is the clearest I have seen in Michigan. Great pace to get away with the family.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: We're so happy to hear you had a wonderful vacation. Thanks for the great review and we look forward to seeing you back at Lake Avalon in the future:)
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Nice lake house on a beautiful lake. We enjoyed a fall-color weekend in the Hillman area. The McMurrays (the owners) worked well with us. Recommend this house for a stay in any season.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Perfect Vacation Home with Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked through the door, we loved this home; it is exactly as shown in the pictures. The house was clean and well equipped, and the beds were comfortable. The owners thought of everything to make this home a perfect place for a family vacation. There is even a game / movie room for the kids. Paying through Homeaway was a breeze and the owner's made everything go smoothly. We loved kayaking the crystal-clear water of Lake Avalon, the bird watching, and the evening campfires. We would definitely recommend this home to friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Alpena General Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
ThunderBay Golf Resort
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
A-Frame Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
Home is directly on the beach of Lake Avalon
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Hillman House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $400

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with attached bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bonus Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull-out single bed with best view of lake!
  • Brand new mattresses in every room. Always protected with a sheet protector! Additional pull-out twin bed in the upstairs lake view bonus room. Pack and Play also available for use if needed stored in closet.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Free boat launch on the lake. Free use of rowboat with oars and life jackets, as well as our clear kayak and canoe. You may attach your own outboard motor to the rowboat . Mooring provided for guest's watercraft to dock right at the lake house. Great lakeside fire pit to gather around at night. Lots of rafts, water toys and sand toys also available to use.

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