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Jack or Sue Leishman

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Spider lake, Unforgetable Island Experience

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Cabin, 3 sleeping areas + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8+)

One of a Kind Unique Island Adventure, Spider Lake

The island provides some of the best sandy beach on Spider Lake and it will become your sole vacation site as no one else lives on the island. The only cabin is both rustic and modern with a large refrigerator and flat top electric stove. WI-FI wireless internet is on site. A large flat screen digital TV with local channels and DVD player is included. The cabin is completely furnished and will sleep 8, although privacy is limited due its open floor plan. A large front porch and deck, plus a lakeside deck are great for gatherings. The island features several picnic tables for dining. A canoe, kayak, row boat and paddle boat are included for your use. You are allowed use of a pontoon boat if a responsibility waiver is signed. Lots of water toys for the kids. Shower facilities are provided outside the main cabin and are clean and convenient. Parking is available for two cars at the owners home about 1/3 of a mile away. This is an island paradise from which you will not want to leave. It is wonderful for children and adults alike as everyone can find room to relax and explore. Horseshoe courts and several other games are on the island. The island also has many areas for tent camping or overflow sleeping and many little nooks for space to yourself. A brief description, such as this, can not adequately explain the island amenities. It will truly be a matchless experience. This, one of a kind, island is available because it helps the retired owners pay the island expenses. The East end of the island has a gate that must be opened which affords additional privacy from an occasional boater parking on the nearby sandbar. The island will be available for no more than 6 weeks during the months of June-August. We interlace our island time between guests so an exact calendar is hard to generate. A first come, first serve basis is used to reserve your vacation dates.

Rent is $2750.00 per week and is discounted for multiple weeks and returning guests. Check-in is at 3 PM and check out is 10 AM on Saturdays, unless otherwise arranged. A $500.00 reservation/booking fee must be paid to reserve your dates. Payment in full is required on arrival. Shorter stays may be allowed at the last moment, but generally the island is rented on a weekly basis.

As soon as the $500.00 booking fee is paid, your reservation will lock-in. The booking fee will become your refundable damage deposit. We would anticipate a full return upon your departure.

Spider Lake is an all sports lake 10 miles SE of Traverse City, conveniently located in the heart of vacation land. We hope you can make Treasure Island your summer getaway. The island is safe for children and pets, as there are no cars.

We understand how important it is to make your vacation perfect, so we will do everything in our power to insure your vacation is everything you would expect. Your vacation investment will not be taken lightly.

Since we spend much of our time on the island during non rental periods., we may be able to accommodate shorter or last minute reservations. We rent the island for only six prime time weeks.

Call us for further information.

Keywords: Island, Waterfront, Beach, Boat, Water ski, Camp, Very Unique Experience, family vacation with pets

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Jack or Sue Leishman (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jack or Sue Leishman

Sue and I are now retired and spend much our time on the island during the summer weeks. We reserve time for ourselves and family, therefore it is difficult to keep an accurate calendar. If you are planning a last minute vacation, possibly we can accommodate your time frame by moving family time around. Those that have reserved dates know what they are and we have them locked in on our on-line booking calendar.

Jack or Sue Leishman purchased this cabin in 1999

Why Jack or Sue Leishman chose Traverse City

The Traverse City area is a haven for tourists and offers many venues for fun. The island is our preferred residence and we believe you will love as much as we do. We have lived on Spider lake since 1974 and treasure the lake as much as our private island retreat. The morning solitude is is a favorite time for us. The island provides maximum privacy from neighbors. The island is directly across the lake from our house and this is your lakeside departure and parking location.

What makes this cabin unique

You will experience the full gamut of life on an island. Everywhere you look is water. The beach areas are safe for children, but youngsters will still require close supervision. Two swim rafts are provided. It is about a 5 minute ride by boat to your car. The island has been a longtime favorite summer destination for many. We do not to rent it for more than 6 prime time weeks per year. Pets are free to swim and roam. It is a wonderland for pets and children and comes without worry of cars or roads. The inclusion of your personal pontoon boat and the ability to bring your pets makes Treasure Island quite affordable. Read our feedback and rent with confidence. Water Trampolines, Jet Skis and Ski Boats are available on the lake as rentals by other parties.


based on 7 traveler reviews

Spider lake, Unforgetable Island Experience
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Special place

  • 5 of 5

My partner Tim and I had a wonderful week with our two dogs and friends on Treasure Island in the middle of Spider Lake. Tim had grown up vacationing at a now defunct resort on the end of the lake called L'DaRu and was thrilled to find various artefacts and references from his childhood as part of the decor of the cabin. Jack and Sue are among the leaders of the whole happy Spider Lake community and when the island isn't being rented, seem to welcome visitors by boat to enjoy the island's many amenities. But it felt like ours completely during our stay there. No one quite knows how the chimpmunky animals came to inhabit the island, but they're there and provided our pups with endless chasing fun.

Rent with confidence if you love water, boats, privacy, and rustic comfort.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Absolutely Amazingly Perfection

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough about this place. First of all the owners are more than accommodating and just wonderful people all around. We used their pontoon boat which was a wonderful add on. The cabin is clean, nice size and very well equipped with everything you need including cable tv, stereo and a computer with internet. The outdoor space is spectacular. You are literally on your own island with more privacy than you could ask for. Lots of space to sit, relax, enjoy. There are games to play and the little beach spots all around with several piers to fish off and just hang out. This space is good for small or large groups and our dogs were in heaven exploring the island. Thank you Jack an Sue, we cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A spectacular find on a beautiful lake

  • 5 of 5

Treasure Island really is one of a kind. Our party of 4 adults and 2 pups enjoyed a fabulous late-summer visit that turned out to be far beyond our expectations. First, Jack & Sue are gracious hosts, who took the time to give us a tour of their spectacular island and then let us be. Their generosity -- evident in numerous postings to their neighbors and friends to whom they've opened their home -- permeates the grounds. They're the kind of neighbors all of us hope to be.

Second, the island itself is spectacular, with quirky, interesting decor everywhere. Our seasoned city dogs frolicked like giddy puppies all over the grounds, exploring every corner and proving that, yes, they *are* water dogs. What a joy it was to watch them play with abandon and without tethers or collars or reprimands. They even behaved themselves on the pontoon, much to my surprise. (And Spider Lake was stunning, clean, swimmable, and full of interesting inlets that beckoned us on our pontoon outings.) The island includes numerous nooks and crannies, spaces for quiet reading, eating with friends, sunning and swimming, playing cards, or just listening to the pines, the loons, and the woodpeckers. There are chairs, swings, and picnic tables everywhere. At night, the grounds are well lit by the campfire and the overhead, ambient lights that illuminate the two horseshoe pits. It would be a fabulous place to gather with children, itching to explore and play games while the adults tend the fire, the s'mores, and the burgers (on one of 3 propane grills).

Finally, pictures cannot do justice to the home. There are curtains rather than doors to separate the 3 bedrooms, yet the bedrooms feel defined and roomy. The 2 queen beds were very comfortable, and I'll bet that the 2 bunk beds are a hit with kids. The living / dining room is spacious, but we spent little time inside. The bath house, deluxe "outhouse," and (inside the home) bathroom were all exceptionally clean and well equipped. And the kitchen was perhaps the biggest surprise, with room for multiple cooks and everything you'd need.

I can't recommend Treasure Island enthusiastically enough. We can't wait to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Place Ever

  • 5 of 5

We've done a yearly get together with guys from all across the country for 7 years now, and this just became the best thing that ever happened to that trip. The photos don't do it justice. Jack and Sue are amazing. We took taxis in to Traverse City every night to enjoy drinks without a problem. The boats were great. We didn't have a problem with bugs and we always felt safe, except for a huge curious snapping turtle. We caught fish, swam, grilled, had bonfires, played cornhole and enjoyed the outdoor speakers all day and night. Fabulous place.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Logan, WV


  • 5 of 5

This was a great vacation! If you like water sports then this could be your paradise too! Secluded but close to some great attractions. Traverse City is minutes away and Macinac Island is about an hour, but you never have to leave the island because it's just perfect all by itself. My kids loved the island, they're 15 and 12. The owners were great and very helpful. We also loved "our" chipmunk Sherman, my daughter named, that visited every day. A very good restaurant we would recommend is The Old Mission Tavern, on the peninsula in Traverse City. Beautiful sunrises awaken you and beautiful sunsets to finish your day. Relax and enjoy

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galena, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

Treasure Island was even better than expected. First - the owners are fantastic hosts. We booked the island at the last minute and they were so very accomodating. And, when we got there, it was like visiting family, or should I say family you like to visit.

Next, having an island completely to yourself was just amazing. I was very surprised on what the island had to offer: pontoon, kayak, raft, canoe, water toys, horse shoes, frisbees, 2 gas grills, 3 deck areas, sandy beaches, and more. We played on every part of that beach. Best of all - I have 2 dogs that could just run around and be dogs. When we first got there, we took off their collars and just let them run and run. Over an hour later they finally slowed down. They were excited and I was excited for them. Also, this island is not far from another island that we took the paddle boat and kayak to. The dogs swam.

We rented a wave runner and had the perfect launching point for knee boarding, skiing, and tubing.

The main cabin was nicer than I expected too. I have no idea where the decorations came from, but they're fun and interesting. The bedroom areas were clean, but not all to private - but very doable. The kitchen was very good compared to other cabins I've been too. The shower was in a separate building steps away from the cabin and was very nice. There is an outhouse, which scares most - but it was the nicest outhouse ever. And there is a toilet in the main cabin for nightly business.

If the idea of vacationing on an island appeals to you, but your a little nervous - don't be. Lastly, if you do go and you're trying to figure out where to buy groceries from - go to Oleson's Food Store. It's very close and has exceptional deli foods, meats, produce, etc.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Large food store with everything you will need to eat."
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Elmbrook or Grand Traverse Resort
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
US-31, US-131 and I-75 Interstate
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles

Island Adventure, Spider Lake in Traverse City

The island features rustic living with just the right touch of modern convenience. Several picnic tables are scattered around for privacy and dining. A canoe, 2 person kayak, rowboat and paddle boat are included for your use. Parking is available for two cars at the owners home about 1/3 of a mile across the lake. A pontoon is provided for those that do not own a boat, but you must sign a responsibility waiver for its usage. No one else lives on the island so it will become yours exclusively. Feel safe and protected as the island is great for children and pets, as there are no cars. Other water toys are available for rental from other parties.


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Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

We prefer to rent by the week or longer, but will consider shorter stays when time periods permit. Our normal rental is Saturday to Saturday, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekends are available if the following week is not already reserved. We prefer shortened stays be booked within a Saturday to Saturday time slot so as not to hinder the next full week rental. A discount is available for more than 1 week.

$2750.00/wk or the arranged payment in full at arrival. Please call for extended stay rates and payment terms. Your booking fee reverts to a damage fee and will be returned when you leave. So far, after 4 years of renting, we have never collected damages.

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Traverse City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 loft - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Single Bed (1) in bunk style, Queen Sleep Sofa (1), Also sleeping area on porch or tents. Many families also pitch tents which adds to fun. 2 outdoor hammocks.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Guests are on their own and allowed maximum privacy. Owners field questions and respond only to guest issues. Garbage pickup on Thursday or drop off at any time at the owners mainland location. 5 gallon water cooler is supplied. More drinking water is available upon request.

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