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Sandy Beach & Crystal Clear Water, Beautiful Sunrises and Quiet Tranquility

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


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Sleeps 10, 3 Bd, 1&1/2 Bath, Full Kitchen, Linens

Located on the Western shore of Black Lake in Northern Michigan and boasting over 10,000 acres of fun. The flat sandy lake bottom is great for small children, approximately 2' deep at the end of the 40' dock. Sunbathe on the all sand beach during the day and enjoy an evening bonfire. A large picnic table and charcoal grill are at your disposal. ATV trails are located a quarter mile from the house providing access to the State Forest. The fishing is fantastic, walleye, northern pike, perch, and panfish. The fly fishing is also worth exploring in the surrounding rivers. This family home is extremely clean and sits fifty feet off the water. The master bedroom has a new pillow top king bed, while the other bedrooms contain one double and four twins. Full kitchen with all the utensils, pots, range/oven, fridge, micro, coffee pot, toaster, washer and dryer. Bed linens and towels are included. The premier Black Lake Golf Course is 3 miles down the street.

Enjoy the all sand beach and lake bottom. A 40' private dock provides for easy access to your boat. Inside the home you will find everything you need to enjoy your stay. The home is fully furnished and includes all the kitchen accessories you will need. Gas stove, microwave, full size fridge and freezer ,washer, dryer, DVD player, Nintendo and TV. You can enjoy every evening at the campfire on the beach. A picnic table and charcoal barbecue grill are ready for sunny outdoor lunches or dinner overlooking the beach and lake.

Swimming, Power Boating, Water-skiing, Fishing, Canoeing, ORV Trails, Motor Speedway in Onaway, Hiking, Trout fishing at several nearby streams.

Black Lake is a four to five hour drive from Detroit, four hours from Lansing, and four hours from Gran Rapids. It is approximately 45 miles SE of Mackinaw City and the Bridge.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Bob Dunston
Member since: 2006
Speaks: spanish
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2016
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About Bob Dunston

This property was purchased by our great grandfather after they had camped in this location for several years.

Bob Dunston purchased this house in 1920

Why Bob Dunston chose Northern Michigan

The fifth generation of our family is enjoying the splendors of Black Lake and creating a lifetime of memories with family and close friends.

What makes this house unique

Small rural community, beautiful sunrises, quiet campfires, crystal clear skies, beautiful clear water with fantastic fishing, and plenty of great places to eat, and no lines of traffic or people anywhere!!!


based on 6 traveler reviews

Sandy Beach & Crystal Clear Water, Beautiful Sunrises and Quiet Tranquility
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Great place on a beautiful lake!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a great cottage on the sandy west side of Blake Lake. The cottage itself is larger than the pictures lead you to believe, and although a bit outdated it is clean and very confortable. We had a large party of 4 adults and 6 young children and this place accommodated us with no problem. The beds were comfortable and the place was packed full of everything you need for your stay with the exception of beach towels. The full bathroom was large and clean and the addition of another half bath that can be accessed without walking through the main living area is great when you are spending the day on the beach that is right out the front door. The beach was very clean and free of any grass, rocks or weeds which the kids had an awesome time playing on! The lake was warm and extremely clean. Very shallow waters extend very far into the lake and we had to walk out a long distance just to reach waist deep water. Perfect for the little ones! The water is extremely clean! We were also amazed on how few others seemed to be using this wonderful lake. Most days it felt like we were the only ones there! We were able to rent a pontoon from another person on the lake that the cottage owner Bob was able to put us in touch with. It was well worth the extra money to be able to get out to explore and enjoy this beautiful lake. We will recommend this place to our family and friends and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Clean Cottage, Sandy Kid-Friendly Beach...

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed at several cottages in the northern lower with two families (4 adults, 5 smaller children) over the past several years and would rank this one among our favorite for a few reasons. The cottage itself isn’t new, as most aren’t, but it was exceptionally clean and well cared for, and proved to be much larger than the pictures give it credit. The large bedroom had a newer queen and was very comfortable. Enough floor space to add a pack-n-play and a small air mattress to comfortably sleep Ma/Dad a 4 year old and a 2 month old without ever feeling cramped. The 2nd bedroom was also large enough to be comfortable, and the two small beds were easily pushed together to form a sudo-queen. I’m told the beds were acceptable, though not overly enjoyable. The kids seemed perfectly content in the 3rd bedroom with the bunk and single. Living, Dining, Baths, and Kitchen were again clean and large enough to be comfortable. Well enough stocked to have everything we needed without seeming cluttered.

Outside, the beach was nice, close, and exceptionally sandy. The water was shallow and sandy for a long ways out, which allowed the boys to venture waaaay out into the lake in their paddle boat or the provided canoe without the adults ever having to worry. The dock was a nice addition, though somewhat useless given the water depth… but the mooring bouy did provide a suitable tie-up for the ski boat. We grilled on the charcoal grill every night while enjoying a fire in the fireplace and a beautiful view of the lake.

Black Lake itself was warm, clean, and much quieter throughout the weekends and week itself than most others. The location of the cottage protected us from the prevailing west winds almost every day, offering calm waters and a nice balance of sun and shade. We ventured to many of the other sand bars ranging in depth from about a foot to 5-6 feet, which provided many great places to take the kids to swim and explore. We even cruised (slowly… no wake) up Black River a ways just to take a boat ride, which was a great way to spend a few hours.

Although we did not fish much ourselves, there was a nice weed bed out front (beyond swimming depths) that other fishermen would work their way through each morning and evening. I wasn’t paying much attention, but they kept coming back, so they had to know something….

The neighboring cottages are closer than we usually aim for, but they were primarily empty and the folks that were there were either qui

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Lovely quiet spot. Sandy shallow beach ideal for children. Enjoyed clean Black Lake and comfortBle c

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quiet spot. Sandy shallow beach ideal for children. Enjoyed clean Black Lake and comfortBle cozy cottage. Will return!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Cottage was very comfortable. Room for three teenage grand daughters, six adults and a small baby.

  • 5 of 5

Property was well kept, neat and clean. Black Lake was its normal great self for swimming and kayaking. Bon fire most nights made it very enjoyable. Weather cooperated to make it memorable.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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fun week on Black Lake

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this clean and relaxing cabin. It does not get anymore lakefront than this place. Literally out the door you will find clear, clean, sandy, and shallow Black Lake. If you have kids, this is the place to be. I did not have any worries with them in the water, as it was shallow for a long long way out. Our kids are 5 and 8. There was a fire pit that we used for cooking over the fire and s'mores. We also used the charcoal grill. The home was large enough for eight of us. The only issue we had was the bunk bed is extremely squeaky with even the smallest movement which disrupted all other sleepers in that room. We improvised and used the pull out couch in the living room.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

This place is much larger than it appears. Nice layout. The king bed was new and high end. The water is 1.7 feet deep at the end of the dock, but there is a mooring buoy where you can walk back to shore. There are a lot of fish in this lake, and the best spot (for us) was right out front. TV channels are limited. We may very well go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
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Manzana's Restaurant
Wood Winds Restaurant & Pizzeria
Lorenzo's Pizza Parlor
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Onaway Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Lorenzo's Bar & Resturaunt
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Black Lake UAW Resort
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Indian River @ I -75
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Lorenzo's Bar & Resturaunt

The home is located just over a half mile North of Lorenzo's Resturaunt on South Black River Rd.

Golf: The premier Black Lake UAW golf course is just three miles away.

Stoney Creek golf course is located 10 miles away in Onaway on M-68.


Rates & Availability

Onaway House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Spring
May 13 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 18 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Onaway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Pillowtop King Mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed & Twin Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Two Twin Beds
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper Sofa
  • The master bedroom is very large with a wonderful pillow top, King size mattress. Bedroom 2 has a bunk bed with double on the bottom twin on the top and a stand alone twin. Bedroom 3 has two twin beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Onaway State Park has a boat launch. The Black Lake State Park located on the south side has a boat launch for large boats. Small fishing boats and jet skis can be launched at the Corbat Rd public access located 1/2 mile south of the cottage.

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