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CAPTAIN FRAN'S on Huffman Lake: Summer dates OPEN! Sleeps 6-wifi, cable"

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms charming cottage on Huffman Lake-minutes from Gaylord


SLEEPS: 6 (10 max)

BEDROOMS: 3 (one standard, 1 upstairs loft + 1 bottom floor with a pull-out couch (Coming in Summer 2018)

BATHROOMS: 1 full bath (shower, toilet, sink)+ 2- 1/2 bathrooms (toilet and sink only)

*LAKEFRONT (Huffman Lake)


*SWIMMING ON PROPERTY (sandy bottom beach)

This charming cottage on the inland Huffman Lake is perfect for a family looking for the classic cottage experience in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Located halfway between Gaylord and Boyne Mountain, enjoy 75 feet of lakefront with a small sandy area on Huffman Lake. Great for swimming! Don't worry, we also provide beach chairs. This cottage has an open- concept kitchen and living room, ideal for entertaining. In addition, enjoy the main floor bedroom and bathroom. You can get to the upstairs loft bedroom and bathroom either via the lovely spiral staircase inside or the outside standard stairway. Plus, upstairs hosts its own 1/2 bathroom with a toilet and sink. Enjoy the beautiful wrap-around deck, with a spectacular view of Huffman Lake, a beautiful 99 acre peaceful, clean, slow-pace lake. Bass- both large & small, pike, pan fish, walleye are often caught here. The cottage comes with 1 rowboat for you to enjoy during your stay.

Sleeping arrangements:

Main floor:

Bedroom #1: 1 Queen Bed

Additional sleeping: There is a pull out couch (Queen) on the main floor as well.


Bedroom #2: 1 Queen Bed

2 Twin Beds

Walk-out Ground floor:

Bedroom #3: 1 pull out couch (Queen) with a 1/2 bath (toilet/sink) + breakfast area (microwave and coffee pot)


Air Conditioning/Heat: There is no air conditioning, there are fans provided and there is a wood burning stove for heat.

Animals: Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around in Northern Michigan. While you don't see most of them, you have to be someone who is comfortable in that true outdoorsy environment. Guests have reported seeing and hearing, both a mouse and squirrels at times. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin. We do not use Decon within the cabin due to children being part of our family of guests. Fall is the biggest challenge as the little critters, including mice, are looking for a warm place to stay the winter months. We are vigilant about keeping critters at bay, and are always open to suggestions.

Beach: 75 feet of lakefront with a small sandy area on Hoffman Lake. We also provide beach chairs. The beach area starts off shallow, then progressively drops off about 10-15 feet off the shoreline.

Boats: 1 aluminum rowboat for you to enjoy! We do have some life jackets there-but it's always best to bring your own. There is NOT a dock in front of Captain Fran's.

Books/Board Games/Radio: We have all three of these for your enjoyment and entertainment!

Cell phone coverage: To the best of our knowledge, only Verizon customers seem to get connection. AT&T service does not seem to work at all at Captain Fran's.

Deck: There is a deck, along with a patio set and beach chairs.

Fire pit/Firewood: We have firewood provided at the cottage for your use. There is a fire pit near the water's edge. There are lawn chairs underneath the cottage for you to pull out and use as you'd like around the fire. It's always helpful when the chairs are returned upon use. Thank you!

Fishing: Bass- both large & small, pike, pan fish, walleye are often caught here. Minnows, crayfish and frogs are regularly spotted near the shore.

Grill: Yes-there is a propane grill.

Landline: There is no landline phone, so we recommend bringing a cell phone. Verizon is the service provider that works best at Captain Fran's. AT&T is virtually nonexistent.

Pets: Sorry, we can not accept pets at this time.

Towels/Linens: Yes, basic linens and towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.

TV/standard DVD player: We have Direct TV. There is a TV with a standard DVD player and a VHS player for you to use in the living room. Also, there is another TV upstairs that will play DVD's and has two local channels.

Septic: Please be advised that the septic system works well with 6 people or less at the cottage. If you have guests, you will need to be extra conservative with the septic, this rural system can get clogged with more than 6 people using it regularly. Please be conservative.

Swimming: The swimming has been reported to be very good at the cottage.

Washer and Dryer: Sorry, there is no washer and dryer.

Wi-Fi: Yes!

Local Attractions

Northern Michigan Speedway-- right down the street from the cottage

Up North Blueberry Farm: U-pick blueberries! Located in Gaylord, approximately 10 miles from the cottage.

Call of the Wild Museum & Gift Shop:

Gaylord's City Elk Park: The city of Gaylord maintains an elk herd and provides viewing areas for the public to stop and watch the impressive herd. Under the city's care the roughly 70 elk can be viewed from near the Elk's Lodge off Grandview at Elk View Park.The herd is contained on 108 acres. City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk 14 years ago, when a local nature center closed.Currently, a few of the bulls weigh well over 800 pounds and stand roughly 6' tall. The bulls will don their massive horns during the fall and winter, dropping them in the spring.

* 15 minutes from Gaylord

* 20 minutes from Boyne

* 25 minutes from Petoskey

* 40 minutes from Charlevoix

* 1 hr. from the Mackinac Bridge

* 4 hrs. from Detroit

More Details

Property Manager
Freshwater Vacation Rentals
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Freshwater Vacation Rentals


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 Lake Michigan.

Why Freshwater Vacation Rentals chose Elmira

A classic cottage with the feel of being up north and enjoying a quiet lake, yet close to a city that has everything-Gaylord has great restaurants, stores, gas stations, golf courses, putt-putt and much more!

What makes this cottage unique

I love the spiral staircase and the wide wrap around deck! It's an ideal cottage.


Elmira Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional ...
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , full bath with a toilet, tub and sink (access from the
    Upstairs - toilet
    Coming in 2018- - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 Queen Bed 2 Twin Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the lower level, walking directly out to the beach, we
  • Additional pull out couch (Queen) is in the living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Located just outside of Gaylord. Halfway between Gaylord and Boyne Mountain. So lots of restaurants and fun things to do in Gaylord! Great fishing here on Huffman Lake. The Northern Michigan Speedway is right down the street. Check their website for the schedule.


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CAPTAIN FRAN'S on Huffman Lake: Summer dates OPEN! Sleeps 6-wifi, cable
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great family get away!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time! We had plenty to do at the cabin and we were close enough to hiking trails, big water, Petosky and Mackinaw to get out and explore! We will definitely be back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: YEAH! COOL! We are happy your family enjoyed their vacation. Lots of things to do in that area, we agree! Make sure you contact us for your 2018 dates. We are already starting to book for a few of the properties. We will lock you in. Give us a ring!
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Captain Frans

  • 5 of 5

Love this Cottage!!! I have been here many times and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil location. We always like riding bikes the 3 miles around the lake and sitting on deck reading a great book. Great location, close to Boyne City, Harbor Springs, "The tunnel of trees" Petoskey and Mackinaw Island. I hope to be back in the fall for long weekend. Thank You , The SAVAGES

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you've continued to enjoy your time at Captain Fran's! It's such a great place to be. We look forward to having you back again in the future. Sincerely, Cara
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Very quite, lots of fun!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a long weekend here with some friends. The cabin is well maintained and clean. I will be booking this again in the future!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the serenity, the lake and the party!

  • 5 of 5

It was clean and well Maintained.

Had a Great time swimming, fishing, boating and tubing.

Enjoyed the Camp fires!

Beautiful Lake!

We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience at Captain Fran's ! Huffman Lake is the perfect lake to enjoy lots of water activities! So glad you were able to have a fun getaway this summer! Thanks again for sharing! We hope to see you again! Best Regards! Janelle-Freshwater Vacation Rentals
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Boyne Mountain Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Railside Bar & Grill- in Elmira
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Mackinac Island- St. Ignace
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Treetops Resort in Gaylord
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Amtrack Train-Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Cafe 32
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Boyne Resorts
Nearest Beach
outside your back door
Car: necessary




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