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Three Season Getaway On Portage Lake

Onekama, MI, USA
  • Cottage3200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights

4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

We purchased this home in the spring of 2013. It is large but comfortable and located on a beautiful piece of property overlooking Portage Lake. This 3,200 square foot ranch home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two large living areas. It can comfortably accommodate two families with kids, three or four couples or five singles privately. For entertainment the home has a puzzle table, tons of games, books & DVD's, a pool table, a ping pong table, large screen TV with Apple TV and WiFi.

Portage Lake is an all-sport lake that is connected to Lake Michigan through a channel. Portage lake is great for sailing, fishing, motorized and non-motorized boating, swimming and watching the sunset. We have a 5 person paddle boat, one two person kayak and 3 single kayaks that renters are welcome to use.

Home is located 5 miles North of the Little River Casino. In the winter it is about 45 minutes from Caberfae Peaks and 30 minutes from Crystal Mountain for skiing, close to snowmobile & cross country ski trails, on a great lake for ice fishing and close to many charming towns filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. In the summer is is close to many great Lake Michigan Beaches and within 30 minutes of many quaint waterfront towns & villages, wineries, antique shops, art galleries, hiking trails and museums. Less than 30 minutes from amazing golf courses, including Arcadia Bluffs (9 miles away), Manistee National (15 miles) and the Heathlands (less than 1/2 mile). About an hour drive to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore or Traverse City. There is so much to do in this area!

Towels, linens and basic paper products are provided. All bathrooms have basic toiletries for your convenience. Due to the old septic system guest must use toilet paper, dish soap and laundry detergent provided. Guests are welcome to use spices and condiments but please replace anything that you use all of. All mattresses and pillows are new and encased in a hypoallergenic covers.

Pets considered.


Angela & David

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Aug 08, 2017
About Angela & David

My husband and I live in the Grand Rapids area with our youngest daughter and Chocolate lab. We are both Michigan natives and love the state we live in!

Angela & David purchased this Cottage in 2013

Why Angela & David chose Onekama

When we were younger and newly married we rented a little tiny cabin located next the launch and park in town. We fell in love with the lake and the area and vowed that one day we would have a place of our own. In May of 2013 that dream came true and we purchased a home on the lake.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Bedroom has attached bathroom
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, There is a half bath in the hallway next to the room
      • Bedroom 3
        2 double, Room shares bath with twin bedroom
      • Bedroom 4
        5 twin/ single, Room shares bath with full sized bedroom
      • Office
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Full sized Futon
      • All mattresses are new and encased in hypoallergenic covers and all comforters have duvet covers. A max of 6 adults with kids or 8 adults without kids to be comfortable.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Connected to master bedroom and main living area
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Located in hallway across from office
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Located between the twin bed & full bedrooms
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, Bath is located in the hallway next to the Queen sized room
      • Toilet paper is provided. All bathrooms have shampoo/conditioner, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, etc. for your convenience.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
          You can see the lake from the front and back to the house as we are located on a peninsula.
        • Lakefront
          191 feet of lake frontage and 200 feet of channel frontage.
        • Village
          Onekama is a five minute car ride around the lake. Our favorites are The Glenwood (dinner), M-22 Grill (Breakfast), MacBeth & Co. (gifts) Papa J's (ice cream) & Linebacks (wine tasting & gifts).


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      There is also a clothes line, outside, to hang wet towels on. The dryer can take a long time to dry towels.
                    • Garage
                      There is a garage but it is locked off to renters.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Forced air gas furnace.
                    • Internet
                      Wifi password will be provided upon arrival.
                    • Fireplace
                      There is a gas log fireplace in the living room. The fireplace in the master bedroom and one wood burning stove in the game room are NOT operational at this time.
                    • Linens Provided
                      You are free to bring your own linens. If you do, $50 will be deducted from the cleaning fee.
                    • Living Room
                      There are two large living areas on separate sides of the home. One is more set up for quiet conversation and has a puzzle table. The other has the TV, shuffleboard, pool table, ping pong table.
                    • Parking
                      Double driveway and street parking available. Six cars can easily fit in the driveway.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and beach towels are provided. You will be charged $20, each, for any lost beach towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Laundry soap is provided. Due to the age of the septic system and being so close to the lake, we ask you use only the soap provided and do not do more than three loads of laundry per day.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Two Coffee makers for regular & decaf drinkers. We also have a coffee grinder.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Service for 12 or more is provided.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwashing soap provided.
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen is fully stocked with most everything you will need. It even has a circa 1970 Nutone center!
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Jenn-Aire Electric Conventional & Convection oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Renters are welcome to use all spices & condiments that are left in the home. Please just let us know or replace anything you use up.
                        • Refrigerator
                          You are free to use any condiments in refrigerator. Please just replace any that you use all up. No bait boxes in refrigerator.
                        • Stove
                          Jenn-Aire Electric stovetop
                        • Toaster
                          There is a four slice toaster and a toaster oven


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Main dining area can seat up to nine. On other side of the kitchen there is another dining table that seats four.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 9 people


                                • Books
                                  Bookshelves located throughout the house with a variety of books for all ages. Many Michigan themed books and guides.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blue-ray DVD player
                                • Game Room
                                  Game Room has pool table & ping pong.
                                • Games
                                  We have bingo, mini roulette game, tabletop craps, Chess, Giant Jenga, Bean Bag toss, yardzee and many of your standard board & card games. Most games are located in the closet outside the game room.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                • Stereo
                                  1970's Nutone system plays local radio stations and also has a pin to play your own ipod/iphone. Speakers are located throughout the house.
                                • Television
                                  We have a smart DVD and Apple TV connected to the TV allowing you to use your own Netflix, Apple or Hulu accounts to stream movies and network shows.
                                • Toys
                                  There is a closet full of games, crafts and a few toys.
                                • Video Library
                                  DVD's for all ages.


                                    • Boat
                                      The Onekama Marina and the Portage Point Inn both have boat rentals.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is a large picnic table and an outdoor dining table that seats 6.
                                    • Golf
                                      The Heathlands is right across the street. Arcadia Bluffs is 9 miles north and Manistee National is 16 miles south. Many other amazing golf courses are within 30 miles!
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      We have one double and two single Kayaks that are available for use. There is also a five person paddle boat.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large lawn is great for a variety of games. We have a Volleyball net, bean bag toss, yardzee, giant jenga and other fun outdoor games.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill is located on Patio outside of kitchen.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Crystal Mountain is 21 miles north and Caberfae Peaks is 38 miles west of the cottage.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Tennis Courts are located at the High School in town.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Papa J's (the ice cream shop in town) rents SUP's and Kayaks. There are also rental places in Manistee (Manistee Paddle Sports) and Frankfort (SurfNut).


                                        • limited accessibility
                                          The home is a ranch but there are steps, here and there, that would make it difficult but, not impossible, for a wheelchair to get around.


                                            • library
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • churches
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Cottage is located on two lots at the end of the street. There is about 200 feet of channel frontage and 194 feet of lake frontage which is all seawall. There is a ladder and dock to get down to the lake and boats can be cleated to the dock or to the seawall. We are a 5 minute walk from the Portage Lake Marina that offers daily, weekly or monthly dock rentals if you have a very large big lake boat . There are two public launch sites on the lake.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              7 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              One of the most comfortable and beautiful places I've stayed

                                                              Greg K.

                                                              Everything was simply perfect, in good order, and awesome hospitality. Great people to work with.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you, you and your family are welcome back anytime! You are ideal renters.

                                                              Better than expected.

                                                              jeremy e.

                                                              Very happy with our weekend at your cabin.

                                                              PERFECT for a family getaway!

                                                              Laurie R.

                                                              Thank you Angela & David for sharing your outstanding home!

                                                              The house was very clean and well maintained. The amount of space for our blended family of 7 was ideal. The beautiful yard with tons of room also allowed for us to entertain family that we were visiting in the area. During "down time" when we were not on the water, there were plenty of places to retreat & relax, play games (pool & ping pong included), watch a movie or even taken an undisturbed nap.

                                                              Location is perfect. Jump in the boat or vehicle and we were right into town.

                                                              Owners have thought of every detail in making your stay comfortable and memorable.

                                                              Hope to come back again with our family next year!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay in our favorite place on earth! We hope that you will visit our home again.

                                                              Perfect house!

                                                              Jennifer R.

                                                              Angela and Dave-thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful home. It was very clean and tastefully decorated. We really enjoyed the rec room and your amazing yard. It was such a great vacation. We hope to get back there again and I will definitely recommend it to friends and family.

                                                              Thanks- Jen and Joe

                                                              Something for Everyone!

                                                              Very nice place with a great deal of space / ammenities. Water access on an in-land lake with direct connection to Lake Michigan is a huge plus. Pool table, ping pong and a spacious floor plan enabled everyone to relax, play games, read, etc.

                                                              Close proximity to Arcadia Bluffs and other top-notch golf facilities as well as several towns for dining, shopping, groceries, etc. was very convenient.

                                                              Big yard allowed the kids to play many games right outside the house which was very convenient as well.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home. We hope you visit us again!

                                                              Very Spacious! Conveniently located!!

                                                              Tracey E.

                                                              This house has so much room! We had 3 families that comprised of 5 adults, three teenagers and 3 little kids. The kitchen is fully equipt so making meals was a breeze when we didn't want to go out. The bedrooms are spaced throughout the home which made it nice for sleeping (didn't have to hear snoring from another room, etc). What I loved the best is that in the living room off the kitchen area was a lovely quiet spot to do jigsaw puzzles, the kitchen and dining area were great gathering spots for playing cards or general socializing and the big rec room was attractive to the kids and was far enough away from the previously mentioned other two areas to allow the kids to play ping pong, board games, laser tag and such without the adults having to hear the ruckus! The channel right out of the back door was great for watching birds and swans as well as docking the jet skiis that were launched at a nearby public launch. The dunes and beaches were beautiful and fun and the restaurants were tasty and close! The owners were very helpful in guiding us where to go for dinners and fun. It was a fabulous vacation and we will surely stay again!!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will consider renting from us again!


                                                              Onekama, MI, USA

                                                              Home is located just off M-22 and less than an hour from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lake Shore. There are so many lake Michigan beaches and cute small towns to explore! There is a binder inside the cottage that has many ideas of places to explore in Mason, Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse Counties.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              $25 - $50
                                                              Damage Insurance
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Pets are allowed if kenneled when not in the house and a $200 refundable deposit is required. $350 cleaning fee is due for all rentals. Linens, towels, basic toiletries, spices and condiments are provided. The cottage is a work in progress.

                                                              7 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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