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Waterfront, Great View, Private Beach & Dock, Sunsets

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6+)

60' of private frontage on Lower Herring Lake, sandy beach, gradual drop-off, private dock with access (parking pass) by boat or car to miles of beautiful, private beach on Lake Michigan. This is pristine, private, and undeveloped beach for miles, with dunes blending into forests. This is like Sleeping Bear without the park rangers or fees. Never a crowd and often never anybody. Miles of beach was saved from development by the Noble family through the Watervale Inn. We only rent by the week in July and August. We also have a house on the water 3 doors north, that sleeps 10-12.

We are 1/4 mile from the paved road, very quiet and peaceful. Cabin has a screened in porch, fireplace, full kitchen but no dishwasher, 3 bedrooms, 2 queens and twin bunkbeds. Original and refinished tongue and groove pine walls, big fireplace, amazing views. Satellite TV, Roku, Wifi, firewood, two kayaks and a canoe included plus a propane grill.

Watch postcard perfect sunsets over either lake. We are 6 miles south of Frankfort, 5 miles north of Arcadia.

Herring Lake connects to Lake Michigan via a shallow, sandy stream directly across the lake.

Amenities: All linens provided, canoe, 2 kayaks, life jackets, paddles, full kitchen, gas stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, satellite TV, Netflix WIFI, DVD/VCR player, beach chairs, water softener, firewood for beach fires on Lake Michigan, propane grill, 50 kid DVDs and grown up movies, games, deck table with 4 chairs.

Miles and miles of rails to trails bike paths in the area, running between Elberta, Frankfort, Beulah and Thompsonville. SUP, pontoon boat, speed boat and sailboat rental available right on the lake, delivered to your beach.

I'll send a detailed list of things to do, complete with golfing, fishing, shopping, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, pick-your-own strawberries and cherries, flying tours, Indian casino's, restaurants, sights, movies etc.

More Details

Joe Turner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Joe Turner

We live in Chapel Hill, NC, my Dad Joe Turner handles most of the bookings. Peter

Joe Turner purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Joe Turner chose Arcadia

The beauty of Lower Herring Lake and proximity to Lake Michigan are unparalleled.

What makes this cabin unique

Access to miles of private Lake Michigan beach (otherwise posted), which is owned by the Noble family through the Watervale Inn. Even during peak summer season on Lake Michigan, as far as you can see in both directions, there are few people.


Arcadia Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , On the lake
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , 2 Twins
    Sleeping Porch - 2 twin/ single , 2 roll-away twins on sleeping porch
  • Bedrooms are as follows, Queen, Queen, 2 twins bunkbeds, 2 roll-aways twin beds on porch. Sleeping 8 by using the twin roll away beds can get crowded if more than a few days.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
All linens provided, 2 kayaks and canoe come with the house. Satellite TV, fire ring, fire place, fire wood provided, plus all linens except beach towels. Many rentals involve bringing your own linens. Thanks


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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Waterfront, Great View, Private Beach & Dock, Sunsets
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Fantastic lake and sunset views

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a perfect week at The Cabin on Lower Herring Lake, loved using the kayaks and canoes, launching right from the beach. It's fun to kayak straight across the lake to the outlet and swim in Lake Michigan. Can't beat the views of the sunset from the huge cabin window. Our granddaughters loved the bunk beds, firepit and the dock.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks!
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Very Disappointed

  • 1 of 5

The exterior and interior condition was extremely disappointing, as there was cob webs everywhere, dirty windows and huge spiders.

The inside could of been a lot cleaner.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We spent $155 on a professional cleaning service several hours before guests arrived and routinely clean windows. 68 tenants over the last 4 years and never a complaint about cleanliness. 13 previous reviews, nine with 5 stars and four with 4. I wish guests had contacted me on day one and we could have cured whatever they were unhappy with in the moment or made this right.
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As advertised...

  • 4 of 5

Great location, very accomodating owners, the four stars was simply due to the musty cabin smell. But then again, it's basically what you'd expect in an older waterfront cabin :)

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and cozy

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week long stay very much. I was a little disappointed when we first arrived with a few of the house "quirks' but overall the cozy little cottage grew on me and the owners were very accommodating and easy to work with. The options of beaches to use was a huge plus, our favorite being the dune across the lake. The swimming out front of the cottage was not good this year due to high Great Lakes water levels and seaweed but we had many options including the outlet and Lake Michigan. Caught some nice fish, had a bonfire nearly every night, beautiful sunsets, cute cottage and right down the road from great bike trails and beautiful Frankfort.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Reached out to guest via email, the only quirk she mentioned was a slow shower drain that is now cleared. Lake Michigan and Lower Herring Lake are at 30 year peak high water levels and 20 feet of horizontal beach and much of our lawn is under water but it is still sandy. Best, Pete
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Great owners, great house!

  • 5 of 5

I have lots of questions in trying to find the perfect lake house our vacation. Joe was always prompt and patient answering all my questions through both email and over the phone. I highly recommend working with him.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fabulous location / Great owner

  • 5 of 5

My family has enjoyed this area of Michigan for over 50 years and our first time at this place. We loved the location having your own dock was relaxing. The Views were amazing. i will stay here again. Peter the owner is a great guy to deal with and goes out of his way to make sure you have everything you need and is open to ideas to improve his place. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here. make sure you visit the outlet....

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Frankfort Municipal
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Stormcloud Brewery in Frankfort
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Ludington, Michigan
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
8 courses within 30 min
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Stormcloud Brewery
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Right in front, or private Lake Michigan beach
Car: necessary

Rails to trails bike paths 10 min away in Elberta. Miles of private Lake Michigan beach is accessable via canoe, 10 min, or car, 2 min. Lake Michigan is ideal for kiteboarding, body surfing, sunsets, and stand up paddleboarding. The house is on Lower Herring Lake looking west towards the sunsets over preserved forests and dunes. There is very little boat traffic even during peak season. Crystal Mountain Ski and Golf Resort, 20 min away. I'll email a detailed list of hikes, bike trails, restaurants, libraries, theaters, historical museums, fishing spots etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120

Personal checks are best, thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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