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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 12 - right on the beach!

Spacious 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 and crystal-clear water! Very gradual sloping in the lake - perfect for kids. Home has been completely updated this year (2017). Professional kitchen with huge island looking out to the lake. Awesome views from nearly every room in the house! 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 central a/c to cool down.

Summer Rates:

$2,500/week OR $550 night

$400 refundable security deposit

Additional Housekeeping Fees for Larger Groups

Extra Occupancy Charge for parties larger than 12

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

-6 kayaks

-life preservers (all sizes)

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

-sand toys for the beach

- aluminum raft anchored out in the water for hours of fun

-paddle boat

Amenities Available for Rent:

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

Security deposit for boat $500 (only used if damage occurs)

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

More Details

Dena McMurray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

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


Hillman House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Additional Housekeeping Fee/Occupancy Fee for Larger Parties​
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with attached bathroom
    Bonus Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , pull-out single bed with best view of lake!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • 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
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • 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
  • 8 bicycles
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • 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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Beautiful, Crystal Clear Lake, Right on the Beach, Very Clean & Family Friendly!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The water was the clearest water we've ever seen. The house...immaculate! Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. We had 3 families staying at this wonderful cottage. The beach was wonderful, the water was clear and the sun was shining. The McMurray's provided tons of water toys, sports balls, inside games and children books. The house was immaculate and had all the comforts from home. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Battle Creek, MI

An amazing time.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. The house was clean and comfortable. And the amount of toys the kids had to use in the water was astonishing. My husband and I were able to relax and watch and enjoy our family. We are hoping to make this a family tradition for us. Already planning for next year. Thank you Dena and Mark for a wonderful vacation. The Dales.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had an amazing week! We thank you for your kind words and look forward to your return visit!
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Ada, MI

Great Avalon Lakehouse!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house comfortably accommodated our group of 8.

It was exactly as advertised.

We are very familiar with the lake, having once owned (a much) smaller cottage for years.

The house had everything we needed, from comfortable beds, a stocked kitchen, water toys, beach towels, wifi, etc...

We will definitely will return!

Lou & Char Quinn & family

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a nice stay and we look forward to your return in the future. Thank you!
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A little bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

I brought my family to Mark and Dena's property during the second week of July. We were 10 strong...ages 1.5 to 71.

Everyone had a wonderful time. The house was immaculate. The beach was superb for our kids ... ages 1.5 to 7 years old. Just shallow enough to be safe but deep enough to try new things. We didn't realize that the house would be so well stocked with everything we needed for a great week. grandchildren learned quickly how to maneuver these, canoes, paddle board, fishing boat, lots of floats and water toys. The kids were discovering new toys each day we were there. There is a sandy area that the kids used every day with enough sand toys to keep them busy all week. Every night we had a fire in the new fire pit that overlooks the lake. We brought our boat and tubed and swam every day. Had to push the boat out....It is a bit shallow for a ways out but we were there to get wet anyway! The lake was not busy at all...even on the weekends. A great place for poppa to try and ditch the kids off the tubes and into the water. We had many memorable moments!

The interior of the home was just perfect for our family. There was lots of space to do things together as well as have our quiet time. The washer and dryer came in handy! The kitchen was well stocked with pantry needs. Bathrooms had beach towels, hair products, etc. Dena did a wonderful job in making sure that our needs were anticipated. She stocked the cabinets with adult and kids games. There were also toys upstairs that the kids played with all week. There are DVDs style... To play in the 2 one wanted to leave.

There wasn't much around to go and do away from the property but we came to play in the water!

We are definitely coming back next a little bit of heaven!

Thank you Mark and Dena for allowing us to share your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: So happy you created so many wonderful memories! We look forward to your return:)
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Beautiful, clean, and relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful experience! The entire family had a blast and the owners replied immediately for the few questions we did have. The lake is just as gorgeous as I remember it being 30 years ago. We will be back for certain!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice comments. We are so glad you had a fabulous time and we look forward to your return.
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $175

There are no refunds for any reason. You are responsible for your entire rental amount once reservation/booking is accepted. There are no exceptions to this policy.

If using a credit card, the Pay Now feature offered by Homeaway, e-check, etc, fees associated with using these services will be your responsibility and will be deducted from security deposit unless paid in advance.

***Some weekly rentals may be increased in price for Holiday rentals: 4th of July and Labor Day, etc. Additional Occupancy $50 pp/pn

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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