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Historic 1850's Lake Superior Lighthouse

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Carefully restored 1850's lighthouse boasts 3000 sf of living space including gourmet kitchen, library, 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Interior opens onto 1200 sf of gorgeous deck and a four season sunroom. Easily move from indoor comfort to the beauty of the outdoors on Lake Superior's shore. Everything our guests need, from linens to top notch cooking equipment to a good read is waiting at the Eagle River Lighthouse.

Virginia and Edward Cole
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Virginia and Edward Cole

Bud and Jan Cole, a brother/sister team, hail from six generations of UP natives and lovers. Both share a passion for the history, pristine natural beauty and people of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Together, they work to restore historic properties to their full potential, incorporating old world charm with contemporary sensibility. Their appreciation of the area translates into a willingness to guide you to splendid trails and back country, historic venues full of fact and legend, and a easy place to enjoy a meal with friends and family at the end of the day.

Virginia and Edward Cole purchased this house in 2014

Why Virginia and Edward Cole chose Eagle River

The Cole family spent summer vacations on Eagle River's shores. Fond memories birthed a desire to invest in the community. Once owned by their great great aunt's daughter, the Eagle River Lighthouse offered a rare and special opportunity to preserve a vital part of Eagle River's history while providing a venue for new families and friends to create special memories.

What makes this house unique

The Eagle River Lighthouse is absolutely unique in its history and presentation. It was commissioned by the US Government to guide ships along Lake Superior's Keweenaw coast. Built in 1855 completely of red stone, it housed the light keeper and his family. The light was decommissioned in 1909 and the property sold into private ownership. The partners wanted to preserve the building's character and share its legacy as a beacon with others who treasure history and the splendor of lighthouses.


Eagle River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower with two shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk in shower with two shower heads
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located upstairs
  • Full baths offer large tiled showers, heated floors and custom vanities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom, located on the 1st floor, has french doors that open onto the wrap around deck. Eastern and northern exposures offer lovely views of town, Eagle River and Lake Superior. Two bedrooms upstairs, one has lake views, other looks over town
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Historic 1850's Lake Superior Lighthouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Amazing location and accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, beds and bedding were comfortable, plenty of space for everyone. The welcome basket was perfect and much appreciated and used during our stay. Kids loved exploring nearby. Easy drive to lots of additional places to explore including waterfalls (Eagle River Falls, hiked up next to Jacob's Falls, drove to visit Hungarian Falls), the lake side park along 5-mile Road, and Quincy Mine in Hancock. Enjoyed smores at the fire pit, lounging on the deck, gazing at the stars, and chatting with friends. We had two families and it was perfect! We will definitely keep this on our list of places to return to and recommend to others. Also definitely recommend making reservations at The Fitz for dinner. We had great food, great service and wonderful lake views.

Jan was extremely responsive and helpful before, during and after our stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Wonderful location, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

The location is close to the lake front. We could see the iron ore ships from our windows. The property is beautifully furnished and the gourmet kitchen lacks nothing. There is a great restaurant just a block away right on the shore. Need to call for reservations however! A visit to the Jampot in Eagle Harbor is required.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Ann Arbor

Even better than photos suggest.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the house is truly exceptional, from the beautiful views and comfortable sitting areas to the enormous fully stocked kitchen, luxury showers and most comfortable beds and bedding. You will not be disappointed! Even rainy days are delightful at this place, but outdoor beauty and adventure are abundant for newcomers to the keeeenaw. Walk to the Fitz! Jan and Bud are welcoming hosts. Hope to make it back someday!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Eagle River Lighthouse. The sunsets were exceptional. Using the gourmet kitchen, grill and large dining area for meals was fabulous. And, our hostess, Jan, was very responsive to questions and requests. Thanks for a memorable vacation. We hope to return again!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Simply stated….yet luxurious. Historic….yet modern. One of the best vacation spots ever….at least for my wife and I. I always hesitate to bang the drums too loudly when we discover a gem of a place. The mental dilemma of wanting the world to know just what a special place we have discovered….yet wanting to keep the secret to ourselves. The Eagle River Lighthouse is one of those places. The views are spectacular. The sunroom and deck have been designed to take full advantage of those views. The kitchen is very well appointed and large. The dining room adjoins the kitchen and those family/group type meals are easy to accomplish. The bedrooms are all large, the beds extremely comfortable and the linens are pure quality. The two full bathrooms feature showers that you’ll want in your own home someday. The home is large enough that you can have your own “space” if that is what you like and the solid construction offers great noise isolation. Yet, a very short walk can bring you right back to the activity center of the vacation home. Again, the best of two worlds!

The owners (Jan and Bud) are attentive to the details and very responsive to your questions and/or needs during your stay. We arrived to find coffee beans from a local business awaiting the coffee grinder….a very nice touch. The Northern Lights were out several nights during our stay, we received a text to inform us and to make sure we were watching nature’s light show.

The town of Eagle River, MI and its population of 40 people or so is not the vacation spot for everyone. But for those of us who appreciate the history and the quaint nature of this Northern location, it’s about as good as it gets. Thanks Jan and Bud for preserving a piece of history and creating a place where friends and family can gather and enjoy The Keweenaw.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Bloomington, Il

Memorable family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Eagle River Lighthouse was fabulous. The lighthouse was so clean and inviting. There were many rooms to sit, relax, read a book and entertain. The kitchen had everything you needed. Jan was so delightful and very helpful.

Our family enjoyed hiking to the falls, exploring nearby trails, skipping rocks, swimming in Lake Superior (BRR...) and many trips to the general store for ice-cream. Our kids barely used any electronics because they were too busy exploring, laughing and enjoying each other's company. Eagle River is a quaint little Michigan town! Thanks for sharing your beautiful historical lighthouse.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Houghton County Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Fitz/Eagle River Inn
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 41
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Fitz/Eagle River Inn
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Mt. Bohemia
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Eagle River Beach
Car: necessary

Eagle River is a tiny village rich in the Keweenaw's copper mining history. East and West Main Street remain true to their 1850's roots with former hotels, saloons and stores carefully restored into residences. The town sits on the sandy beaches of Lake Superior. The actual Eagle River bisects the town with grand waterfalls, rocky ledges and historic bridges converted into pedestrian walkways.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Please review contract carefully for full terms of stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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