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5 Bedroom 2.5 Bath with Private beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom 2.5 BA Sleeps 13

Enjoy this well appointed 5 bedroom, 3 level, air conditioned lake house situated on Little Crooked Lake in the popular Sister Lakes of Southwest Michigan. Only 2 hours from Chicago and 3 hours from Detroit! The home sleeps 13 in beds with additional capacity in a full sized sofa bed. Four of the five bedrooms have stunning views of pristine Little Crooked Lake, an all sports lake. Enjoy two large decks, one of which is shaded with a custom awning. Your own private sandy beach is equipped with a pier, floating swimming raft and fire pit. The kitchen is located on the ground floor and walks out onto the decks that overlook the water. Plenty of space with a living room, a rec room and an extra large deck covered with a waterproof awning. Five cable connected TVs, Nintendo game system, karaoke machine and CDs and upright piano. Newly remodeled rec room and bathrooms. A paddle boat is included with your rental fee.

A second TV/living room area is located on the beach level adjacent to the beach front kitchen and has Cable TV, VCR/DVD, Game Cube and a Karaoke machine. The house rental also includes high speed wireless internet access.

A refreshing outdoor shower is located in the yard adjacent to the decks.

Rainy day? No problem! Our lake house is located close to the action in Sister Lakes. Walk to the Driftwood Summer Shop for ice cream (only 1/3 mile), take the kids to the old fashioned roller skating rink or take a short drive to the drive-in theatre (yes they still have ‘em!). the house is a short walk to Captain Jack's restaurant/pub, the Legacy Tavern and Rocky's Bowling Alley. We are also less than a mile to shopping, several restaurants and a couple of popular pubs. there is a quaint shopping district on the shores of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, MI only a 20 minute drive. Restaurants and pubs are also nearby in cute downtown Dowagiac - just 9 miles.

Description of the bedrooms:

Room 1: 1st floor Lakeview - 2 twin beds.

Room 2: 1st floor Lakeview - 2 twin beds.

Room 3: 2nd floor Streetside - 1 queen bed

Room 4 & 5: are a suite of rooms. You must pass through room 4 with 1 queen bed to enter room 5 which has 1 twin bed and a set of bunk beds for a total sleeping capacity of 3 (great for kids!). We call this the family suite.

Amenities: high speed wireless internet access, bed linens, pillows, beach chairs and flotation toys, washer and dryer, 12-cup coffee maker, dishwasher and detergent, toaster, five cable connected televisions (36in, 27in and 3, 19in), VCR and DVD players, game cube with many games, karaoke machine, local and long distance phone service, 6 burner stainless steel gas grill with cooking gas, CD player, gas range and refrigerator, microwave oven, pots/pans, dishes and kitchen utensils. The home is equipped with Central Air.

Bath towels and Bed linens are provided.

Activities: Swimming, boating, hiking, golfing, dining, shopping, roller skating, bowling, drive in theater.

Area: Less than 1 mile from bowling, roller skating, dining, pubs and shopping. Our house is adjacent to a boat ramp to launching your watercraft is a breeze.

More Details

Jeff or Kim Miller
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

About Jeff or Kim Miller

Contact me directly at jeff at jk-miller dot com or by phone Three One Two, Two Five Five, Seven Zero Four Six.

Jeff or Kim Miller purchased this house in 2005


Dowagiac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 9:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 100% refund for cancellations made before January of the rental year. After that, any money paid will not be refunded.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2nd Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Installed 2006.
    Bathroom 1st Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , Remodeled 2008
    Beach Level - toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • Outdoor shower refreshing to wash the sand from the beach!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Family Suite Room A - 1 queen
    Family Suite Room B - 3 twin/ single
    Green Room - 2 twin/ single
    Lavender Room - 2 twin/ single
    Living room 1st Floor - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out bed
    Rec Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out bed
  • 4 of the 5 bedrooms have a fantastic view of the lake.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Wyandotte, Michigan

Family vacation 2015

  • 5 of 5

Every other year our family of 11 goes on a vacation together. Our family consists of my husband, myself, our two daughters, two son in laws and 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 12. The little crooked lake house provided the best vacation we have ever had. It was perfect. Our every need was provided for. Our grandchildren got up every morning and went to the beach immediately and stayed there until they were forced to come in. Because of the set up we were able to sit on the deck and watch them play. The dock provided the perfect boundary for the little ones.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! Please come back any time.
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2 0
Atlanta, GA

Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had the Banick family reunion in this area b/c everyone is from there originally. Of the 40+ people staying at another rental home and with family & friends, all gathered at this house for dinners and playing throu the week. It was AWESOME! This house was so perfect for large family gatherings b/c there is so much to do. In is house stayed 14 people with toddlers to grandparents.

Thank you for having your home open for others to enjoy the beauty of Sister Lakes.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy our home met or exceeded your expectations and that you had such a nice time.
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4 0
Chicago, IL

Amazing vacation destination

  • 5 of 5

Little Crooked Lake House is a Michigan get away dream! The house is comfortable with all of the amenities you need plus extras! Plenty of room for even a few families to relax together without feeling crowded. The yard and beach areas are spacious; grassy play area inside the fencing, a small sandy area for the little ones and a large shallow area that is ringed by the dock. The swim out to the raft is perfect for exercise as well as play! The 2 leveled porch is perfect for all sorts of relaxation. A nice picnic table with an umbrella on the sunny deck and a spacious covered area with a table. The covered deck is especially perfect for waiting out the rainstorms or escaping the sun for a while! The house is an easy walk to Driftwood and the Roller Rink. Sister Lakes is also an easy starting point to travel to South Haven, St. Joseph and Saugatuck.

The property is clean and well maintained, full house air conditioning is a plus. In addition, all the windows open if you prefer the cool night breezes!

We highly recommend Little Crooked Lake House! We're hoping to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you and your family had a great vacation.
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4 0
Naperville, IL

Perfect Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This lake house is ideal for a summer vacation. We had 2 families, 5 children, and we had plenty of room and more! The house is set up perfectly for a get away and the updated bathrooms are a nice addition. The lake is clear and clean and makes for nice swimming and fishing! We also enjoyed walking, running and biking each morning from the house.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad that you had a nice time!
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5 0
Palos Park, IL

Great place to bring the family

  • 5 of 5

My extended family of 12 including 6 little ones ranging from 1 to 14 had a wonderful stay! The beach is sandy and clean and there is a nice shallow swimming area for the tots as well as a great swimming raft in deeper water for the bigger kids. We rented a pontoon boat from the marina up the street for the week and tied it to the pier and had nightly “booze cruises”. The kids also enjoyed using the paddle boat. The fire pit was wonderful and it was well stocked with firewood. The yard was kept clean and green and is fenced in (which was nice for Peaches the schnauzer). There’s an antique soda cooler on the deck that we used to store all of our beverages leaving the refrigerator for food. The deck is covered by a huge awning which allowed us to sit outside the one day it did rain. There’s a giant gas grill (six burners I think) which was nice for cooking large meals. Inside was fun at night as we sang karaoke on the karaoke machine and the kids used the Game Cube system. The bedrooms were comfortable and the A/C worked fine. The two full bathrooms are in excellent condition and it looks like the one on the first floor was recently remodeled with a lovely tiled walk in shower.

There’s a quaint little ice cream shop walking distance from the house that has arcade games and souvenirs as well as a roller skating rink and bowling alley. There’s a grocery store about a mile away as well.

It was a great vacation and we plan to rent again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Dowagiac, MI
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
I-94 and Napier Road
Car: recommended

Sister Lakes is a collection of several lakes adjacent to one another. The area comes alive during the summer with many summer vacationers, shopping fairs and other activities. Our rental is within walking distance to pubs, a roller rink, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a popular ice cream 'hang out' for kids and teens. Gold courses are nearby as is the quaint little towns of St. Joseph, MI (on Lake Michigan) and Dowagiac for even more restaurant and entertainment options.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160
Damage Deposit $500

Our standard rental starts Monday morning at 9am and continues through Sunday at 3pm (6 nights).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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