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NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN GETAWAY (Manistique): Sandy beach, Pet-Friendly, Hunting

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, wi-fi, cable, directly on Lake Michigan in Manistique,


SLEEPS: 4, Max 6 (with 2 couches)

BEDROOMS: 1 traditional with a door  + 1 open master loft suite (so you can wake up to Lake Michigan)


*LAKEFRONT -400 ft. private beach (Lake Michigan)




*SANDY BEACH (the beach size fluctuates dramatically, from a sliver to a generous sandy space)

*FANS ONLY- NO Air Conditioning.

Welcome to our classic A-frame beach front home on Lake Michigan in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We have 1 main floor bedroom, an open master suite upstairs, 2 bathrooms, plus a main floor full kitchen.  Although there is not air conditioning at the cottage, opening the windows in the Upper Peninsula, normally provides the ideal breeze to keep the cottage at a comfortable temperature.  Plus, there are multiple fans at the cottage. We do have well water, so at times there is a sulfur smell that occurs. Normally, that dissipates once the water is run for a period of time. Ah, the joys of natural well water.  A propane grill will get your small family fired up for some great meals. If you bring your four-legged friend, there is a fenced in area behind the garage. The small, normally sandy beach is adjacent to the cottage. The land between the cottage and the beach can be weedy and muddy, depending on the weather. Cell phone service at the cottage is virtually nonexistent, but we have a landline for your use. 

During the summer, spring and fall enjoy 400 ft. of private beachfront (normally sandy, yet dependent on the current and weather) along Lake Michigan on 10 private acres. If you come during winter, the snowmobiling will not disappoint. There are many groomed trails in Manistique - along the Manistique River and through scenic forests. There are 2,000 miles of groomed trails winding through the U.P. Hike around on our 10 acres, or head out to some of the best hiking trails in the state. Indian Lake State Park, Fox River Pathway, Ashford Lake Pathway.

The Kewadin Casino will pick you up at the cabin and return your group (of at least 4) as well. Unique day trips are popular with all of our guests: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is 59 miles; Tahquamenon Falls State Park is 85 miles; Mackinac Bridge is under 2 hours.

Sleeping arrangements:   *Linens are provided*

                                            Bedroom #1 (upstairs in an open loft):  King size bed.

                                            Bedroom #2 (main floor,  adjacent to the kitchen): 2 twin size beds.


Big Springs "Kich-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit.  By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.

Indian Lake Golf Course:  A very popular, 18-hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 miles from the Cabin.

The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge. If you make reservations, they will pick you up at the cabin and return your group as well.

Historic Manistique Water Tower: The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public rest room facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.

Fayette State Park & Historic Town site: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.

Snowmobiling:  There are many groomed trails in Manistique for you to enjoy.  Here is a great link to trail maps, distances and other helpful information.

Mackinac Bridge- approximately 2 hours away.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 2 hours away.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park-  approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away.


More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

• Established in 2005

• 734-284-5677



If you are looking for a vacation rental, you have come to the right spot! We specialize in vacation rentals throughout Michigan. From your own private island to a lodge big enough to host your family reunion or a relaxing getaway on one of the Great Lakes. If you feel like a social vacation where you have neighbors to enjoy the evening fires together, to remote places where you won't see another soul, give us a call and we'll find the right place for you.

Our philosophy

We work hard so you don't have to. Our goal is for guests have a wonderful vacation experience and assist our owners in maximizing their investment. We started this business 10 years ago, with the purchase of Republic Island, and added the Rapid River Lodge. We have a unique perspective, as we are both owners and property managers. We love the business and are enjoying it as it grows.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Manistique

Privacy, simple private sandy beach (depending on the water levels) about 300 yards from the cottage.

What makes this cabin unique

Seeing Lake Michigan the moment you open your eyes as you sit up in the king-sized bed upstairs.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a wonderful weekend. We have family in the area and this was SO much better than staying in a hotel room. We took a walk on the beach this morning, enjoyed the eagles and spending time around the fireplace. The view is absolutely spectacular and we will definitely be back!
Nov 2015
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Manistique Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 twin size beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf ...
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
There is NO air conditioning at this cottage. Though rarely needed in the Upper Peninsula, it is ideal to leave the windows open at night to leave in a cool evening breeze. My favorite part of the cabin is waking up in the king sized bed and the first thing I see is Lake Michigan.


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NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN GETAWAY (Manistique): Sandy beach, Pet-Friendly, Hunting
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 26 reviews
Oshkosh, Wi

We loved this property from the moment we walked in the door!

  • 5 of 5

We drove 5 hours to "get out of town" and to enjoy some of the UP. We had never rented a property from these owners and did not know what to expect. I read all of the reviews and had a question on the last one I saw was written. Cara @ Freshwater vacation rentals addressed my questions within the hour and immediately my mind was at ease. We booked the property initially for 4 nights but ended up adding an additional we loved it so much. The location could not be beat. You will see the sunrise and the sunset here. Deer are in the yard multiple times per day and the squirrels are running about. There was total peace here. We did not even hear a vehicle drive down the road! Coming from the city, we were thoroughly impressed. We brought our fur baby, Rudy, along as well. The house inside was immaculate! I could not have cleaned it better myself. All the amenities were there that you could possibly need to feel like you were at your own home- in my case, there were MORE amenities than my home! It was the perfect retreat from our busy lives and I was able to get some beautiful photographs of the area and also do some Art while I was there. You will NOT be disappointed! We definitely will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Renee, We are so happy that you enjoyed the Northern Lake Michigan Getaway, and that we could expediently answer any questions that you had. We make every effort to make our guest's stay comfortable for you and your guests (even the furry ones!) We hope that you come back again as we have over 70 properties in Michigan to choose from. Best Claire Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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great location

  • 5 of 5

clean and well kept

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Anthony, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Northern Michigan is so beautiful and the Northern Lake Michigan Getaway is a fabulous property. We hope that you come back again.
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Beautiful view but needs some upkeep!

  • 3 of 5

Loved the view and watching the wildlife, deer were out front everyday, but there were several issues that definitely cut into our vacation time. Some things I felt should have been noticed and taken care before we arrived and some that broke while we were there. The furnace filter was so dirty the furnace was making a terrible racket and kept us up the first night until we figured out why it was so loud and changed it, mice in the kitchen so everything had to be washed each time before using it. Every night when we went to bed we could hear the mice chewing, finally figured out it was getting dog food out of our dogs dish and it would wake me up 5-6 am every morning as sounds REALLY echo through with the open loft design! Also the fireplace door was opening very hard at first and then fell right off and the oven quit working half way through cooking our dinner. I understand that sometimes things break and it's hard to know what needs done if your not living there but it was a lot to deal with when we were supposed to be relaxing on vacation. They were very polite and quick to respond when we informed them of issues and did try to resolve the problems, had caretaker come and clean up kitchen, fireplace repairman out to look at the door and offered to have a new stove delivered the next day and apologized for the inconvenience but I still felt like dealing with these issues and lack of sleep significantly cut into our vacation time and some sort of compensation should have been offered.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great fall trip

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. There was lots of things to do for days trips. Pictured Rocks, Bigs Springs, Fayette state park. It was so nice that we could bring our dog,she loved running on the beach. We enjoyed watching the sunrise, and just being able to watch how the weather affects the lake. We would go back .

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay! It truly is a great location! Please check out another one of our 66 Michigan properties for your next vacation! Hope to see you again soon!
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Beautiful, peaceful and a perfect cabin getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and relaxing, exactly what we were looking for. Our Labradors enjoyed swimming in the lake and playing on the beach. We loved sitting on the deck enjoying the peace of Lake Michigan and the secluded location. We cannot wait to return next year!!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melissa, we are so happy you had a quiet and relaxing vacation. And of course your Labrador, they sure do love the water. We would love to have next year! Freshwater Vacation Rentals Team
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back! My husband and I had a wonderful time staying here!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so excited that you loved your stay! Remember, we have 54 other properties to choose from in Michigan, just in case you are looking for another adventure! ~Freshwater Team
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Nearest Airport
60.8 Miles
Delta County Airport- Located in Escanaba
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Roys Place Bar located in Manistique
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Mackinac Island- Star Line, Sheplers or Arnold
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Stony Point Golf Course in Manistique,
Nearest Train
58 Miles
Amtrak Station located in Escanaba, Mi 49829
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U.S Highway 2
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Three Seasons Cafe located in Manistique
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Gladstone Ski Hill
Nearest Beach
Home is located on Lake Michigan
Car: necessary

Pictured Rocks is about a 60 minute drive northwest of the cottage.

Tahquamenon Falls is about a 60 minute drive northeast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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