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Enjoy Waterfront Living On All-sports Magician Lake With Beautiful Sunsets

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath With A Great Deck, Hot Tub, Shallow, Sandy-bottom Lakefront

Our beautiful lakefront home is a wonderful escape for families. Magician Lake is a 550 acre spring-fed lake that's great for waterskiing/wakeboarding, pontooning, kayaking/canoeing, swimming or fishing. The shallow, sandy-bottom lakefront is a wonderful place for kids to play.

Our house sleeps up to 10 with 3 bedrooms and a sleeping porch, plus 2 baths the modern, stainless steel kitchen with granite counter tops opens into an expansive living room with a wood-burning fireplace. The dining room table expands to seat 10-12 comfortably and there's a round table in the kitchen that seats 4-6. Our hot tub easily accomodates 6-8 and is perfect when the weather is less than cooperative.

The deck runs the length of the house, with 2 gas grills, and umbrelled tables that seat 12, its great for outdoor dining or watching sunsets, lake activity and an array of yellow finches, hummingbirds and the herrons that grace our lake. And if you are lucky you'll see Magician Lake's bald eagle. We also have a firepit for family gatherings after the sun sets.

Our rental includes 2 kayaks and a beautiful kevlar canoe. Pontoons are available to rent at the local marina. There's a public launch if you want to bring your own power boat or jet ski to tie up to our pier.

Linens are included, alongwith a washer and dryer. Cable TV, wifi, Wii and array of movies and board games are available. If you are a golfing enthusiast, southwest michigan sports an array of beautiful golf courses an easy drive from the lake, from harbor shores to indian lakes.

We are conveniently located 2+ hours from chicago, 50 minutes from south bend and 25 minutes from St. Joe. In addition to lake activities and relaxing, activities in the area include golfing, movies at the local drive-in or celebration cinema, apple picking, and taking the southwest michigan wine trail.

In the off season, activities include hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country and downhill skiing.

More Details

Property Manager
Michele Schmal
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Michele Schmal

Mark and I live in Oak Park, Il. We bought the house on Magician Lake in 1999 after a long time friend invited us to visit them across the lake. We fell in love with Magician Lake and began 'shopping' for a home of our own immediately (literally, right after our first ski run, we took a pontoon boat ride armed with coffee, binoculars, pencil and paper to right down the contact info for homes for sale on the lake. We've loved it ever since!

Michele Schmal purchased this house in 1999


Dowagiac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Large Guest room - 3 queen , Can sleep up to 6
    Master - 1 queen , Extends from front of the house to the back
    First Floor bedroom - 1 queen
  • In addition to the three bedrooms, there's a sun porch with a daybed and trundle bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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(4 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

So many things to do.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 stayed here in August 2017. Everything was beautiful. There are so many things to do, kayak, paddleboard, swim, hot tub, so many tubes and rafts, even life jackets for my dogs. It was wonderful we could bring our dogs. There were indoor and outdoor games available. The house had everything we needed for cooking. Plenty of areas to chill by yourself in the house or the outside. The deck was perfect for afternoon sun. There was a grill and plenty of room in the fridge. Neighbors were great as well. Very upkept neighborhood. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homer Glen, IL, a south suburb of Chicago

Had a great time with family. House right on lake was great

  • 5 of 5

Property was great especially for young grandkids. The shallow water at the shore was enjoyable for them. They had a great time. Our dogs also enjoyed the outside area. The home was also very nice.. Had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Judy. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking such good care of the house! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Michele
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Absolutely wonderful vacation! Wouldn't change a thing!

  • 5 of 5

This property was fabulous. The master bedroom was huge as was the guest bedroom upstairs that contains the 3 queen beds. All beds were very comfortable and the linens were pretty. The upstairs stayed cool during our 90 degree days with 2 quiet window air conditioners. The kitchen had ample space and all the necessary pots/pans/dishware needed.... everything worked without fail. The pictures online are true to the property. Having a bathroom upstairs and downstairs was very helpful for the five of us. This is a well-kept property with beautiful decor and awesome family pictures throughout that depict family fun on the lake.

The deck is huge with plenty seating for all, pretty finches each day at the feeders, and the west-facing view was indeed perfect for the colorful sunsets. We only used the hot tub once since it was very hot during our stay, and it, too, was very large and relaxing. The lake is quite shallow to the end of the pier, so if you have little ones, there is plenty of play area directly in front of the house. We rented a pontoon from Midway as recommended and could not have been happier with the boat or the ease of renting it. The kids had a blast on both the kayaks and the canoe, especially exploring the "jungle cruise" channel so close to the property. (The owners provide life vests in every size imaginable.) Magician is a beautiful lake with 3 really unique islands - I strongly recommend venturing out to enjoy it.

We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Michele's sister gave us a thorough tour, the neighbors/dog to the north could not have been kinder, and we finally were able to meet Mark and Michele on our last morning. They were more than accommodating. If you are looking for a fun, clean, classy place to stay on the lake, this is the one for you!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa for the wonderful review! We are so pleased you had a good stay! Sincerely, Michele
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  • 5 of 5

Staying in this place was like being the guest of your best friend..the hospitality was superb. Our host was easy to reach by phone when we had a question and she couldn't have been more welcoming and gracious. We had everything we needed and more. We used the canoe, kayaks and the water toys. There is a mile long channel nearby which makes the canoeing and kayaking especially fun. We rented a pontoon boat from Midway and the hot tub also got high usage.

My favorite memory will be sitting on the deck every evening with our extended family, having dinner, watching the sun set and the fireflies come to life. A fire in the portable fire pit also became part of our evening ritual. I highly recommend this lake and this house for your optimal lake experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Dowagiac for private planes
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Indian Lakes
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Amtrak in Dowagiac
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
I 94
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Woodfire -- nice Italian restaurant in Dowagiac
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Silver Beach on Lake Michigan
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $100

During the summer we rent for full weeks (Thursday to Thursday) and occasionally Sun-Friday. Check in is at 2 pm, check out is at 10 am Eastern Time Zone.

$500 plus signed contract needed to secure the dates. Balance of payment, plus $500 security deposit and $100 cleaning fee are due 30 days in advance of the commencement of the stay. Security deposit will be refunded within 30 days of departure once property has been inspected.

Manager'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.