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Riverfront lodge furnished with antiques, close to mountain lakes & Detroit Lake

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Quiet 3 acres on good trout river, former mill owner's home, recently restored

Come enjoy a quiet retreat beside a crystal clear river in the Cascades. This is an original 1941 mill owner's home, recently renovated and stocked with turn of the century antiques. It has three bedrooms upstairs, and a large room downstairs we've equipped with a unique triple bunk bed for kids. It's really too large to be called a cabin at about 2,600 sq. feet. We prefer family rentals of up to six but no more than eight people at a time. There is a formal sitting room with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, and sunroom in the back with a card table, futon and television. There is no phone or cable service.

The home is 3 miles upstream from Detroit Lake, and at the end of the road on a large 3 acre riverside lot. There is nobody immediately upstream or across the river, affording great solitude. The Santiam River is a perfect kayaking and fishing base. Many hunters also use the area. (I don't hunt) Rainbow trout are easily catchable by fly or spin casting in the backyard during the summer months. I keep my riverbank mostly clear of trees and there are several jetties that make very good, private fly fishing locations.

Detroit Lake has two marinas and a variety of fish species including trout, salmon, kokanee, a few steelhead, and catfish. Waterskiing and swimming is also popular in the clear, warmer lake water. There is a convenient public boat launch at Hoover Park just a couple miles away. Mongold Park offers good swimming access.

If you like heath spas, Breitenbush Hot Springs is a few miles away and offers scheduled massages, classes, and natural hot springs. It's been there since the 1920s in one form or another and you'll find a large lodge where refreshments may be served. Note that this is a popular nudist friendly establishment.

The main attraction is the wilderness. There are many, many lakes and hiking trails in the vicinity. Marion Lake is the largest hike-in lake in the state. Our favorite fishing lake is Daly Lake about 30 minutes away, and there is a restaurant in that direction called Marion Forks that offers scenic riverside dining. If you continue on to Sisters there are many shopping and dining options available in this quaint western-themed small town. Clear Lake (20 minutes) is interesting with flooded old growth trees standing on the bottom. A small lodge rents boats and serves meals. The McKenzie river is also in that area and has over 20 miles of trails.

Another really great hike is along the Metolious River, if you're heading to Sisters for dinner. I just don't know where to begin in describing the options! If you like the outdoors, and are interested in a quiet, eclectic home with great fishing on the premises, our place makes a wonderful base off the beaten path. Here's a recent article about the history of Detroit, OR:

Surprising historical discovery made at Ore. lake when it hit lowest level in 46 years.

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Mark Allen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Mark Allen

We think a good vacation home should be far enough away to feel away but close enough to reasonably get to and enjoy. Idanha is about 2 hours from Portland, where we live. There are many things to do in the Mt. Jefferson wilderness that we wouldn't get to on a day trip and that offer a variety of outdoor activities... hiking, fishing, fun on a mountain lake. We love the area and the people in Detroit Lake are really friendly and love tourists.

Mark Allen purchased this house in 2008

Why Mark Allen chose Oregon

We loved the location that features a remote, quiet location that is still on city water and services. The home is a rarity in its close proximity to a scenic river, and this was 'grandfathered in' from 1942. The Detroit lake properties view a drained reservoir most of the year, while our backyard river is always flowing beautifully.

What makes this house unique

Large, quiet home at the end of the road, on a river

Good rainbow trout fishing on the property

Kayaking access if you want to float to the lake downstream

Many high mountain lakes and hikes in the vicinity

Detroit Lake is three miles away, the most popular lake in Oregon

Clear Lake is about a 20 mile, beautiful drive

Hoodoo ski area is also about 40 miles

Sisters and Camp Sherman are about 45 miles

But many guests never leave the property because you can walk out back and sit by the river reading or drop a line and catch your dinner just about anytime in the summer.


Idanha House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please drive slowly on the gravel road. We share it with our neighbors.
  • It's a septic system, so NOTHING goes through a drain that hasn't been through you first. Thx
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , New half bath off the bunk room.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Recently remodeled, copper basin sink, antique washstand
  • Both bathrooms are newly built in the last couple years and clean. One has a basin sink on sideboard with shower tub, and the other is a small half bath in the bunk room. Both are on the first floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , upstairs far end toward river
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , upstairs, left of stairs
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , bunk beds downstairs in master bedroom. 1/2 bath, tv, games
  • Queen size Beds (1) In the middle bedroom. Pretty firm., Double Beds (1) In the end bedroom on the right., Twin or Single Beds (1) In the smallest end bedroom on the left., Bunk Beds (1) A one-on-a-kind triple bunk bed with TWO upper bunks and one lower. No need for fighting over the top bunk. It's L-shaped, not three stories tall. :)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Trout in the backyard. 45 minutes to skiing. 30 minutes to Breightenbush hot springs. 10 minutes to lake with boats and water skiing. Hiking & and mountain lakes. Snakes in the yard! Logging! (not really)


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Riverfront lodge furnished with antiques, close to mountain lakes & Detroit Lake
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

A Fun Space to Regroup Near the End of Our Camping/Backpacking Trip

  • 5 of 5

This property was just the way it was described and shown in the photos. The antique furnishings fit the house well and made exploring every room a walk back in time. It was obvious to us that someone really loved this house. It was tidy and well maintained. The very comfortable space was much more than the four of us needed, but the location was good for our purpose of accessing the trails we planned to hike. Mark was easy to work with and was very prompt in responding to our emails and refunding the security deposit. He was also very accommodating to a special request we made regarding parking. Our stay was short and it rained one of the days so we did not take advantage of all the wonderful outdoor amenities included with the property. This would make a great place for a family to spend an extended time. Thanks Mark!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're most welcome, and please do come back anytime. We're still discovering new hikes out there, like Triangulation Peak which is super close to the house. That hike offers great views of Mt Jefferson and a huge cave to discover.
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Great spot in a beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

The house was great and as expected - very spacious, good light, eclectic design, clean and well-maintained, and fantastic outdoor spaces. The deck is phenomenal and the yard and river area are great too. Only drawbacks to the house are that the upstairs can get very very hot (we were there on days that were 90+ though) and while there is fantastic hiking in the Detroit area, there is really no good walking directly from the house.

Overall, though a fantastic spot and we hope to visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We provide fans for all upstairs bedrooms and if you open the windows at night and turn on a fan it won't stay warm for long. Everything cools off quickly. There is a skylight upstairs too so you can open that to vent heat. There's really no reason to be in the upstairs bedrooms during the day when there are so many cool places to visit. If you walk across the Church street bridge you can hike straight up the road and onto some logging roads that lead to good views of Mount Adams. Otherwise, pick a nearby local trail and drive to it. There is a map on the wall in the kitchen. I like Sahalie and Koosah Falls and the Metolious by Sisters. There are many closer hikes, including around Detroit Lake 3 miles away from Hoover park.
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We found this home and grounds to be exactly as it had been described.

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed every bit of our stay here. The house is great.!!! The yard, the deck, the river....we used and enjoyed it all immensely. We had a wide age-range and everyone was comfortable. Access to the river was do-able, we played a lot in the yard, star-gazed at night on the deck. The owner gave outstanding service, answering my inquiries very quickly and with very thorough, honest information. We spent all of our time at the property, so cannot recommend any nearby attractions or restaurants. We loved our stay. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful spot right on the gorgeous river.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the house and the property around it.

The house was clean, comfortable and everything was working fine.

Most of our outdoor time was spent around the river bank behind the house, very private and no other houses in sight.

The river is clear and cold. We enjoyed jumping the rocks and wading though the river.

The kids caught some fish and we even put a few on them on the grill.

We rented a boat on Detroit Lake and had a blast on the beautiful lake.

The outdoor furniture at the river could use some updating. Some of the chairs and the table

were not in the best shape and since we spent most of our time at the river this was a small issue.

We give this rental property 5 stars and hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, that's true. We are bringing a couple more adirondack chairs out on Tuesday to place by the river. The ones there now have been dragged around by the fireside quite a bit and they become loose. The picnic table is also beyond reinforcement so we're on the hunt for a replacement. There are 8 iron chairs on the wood deck that are very stable and mobile so long as they find their way back to our porch. Come back soon.
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Great trip!

  • 5 of 5

I had a great experience throughout the whole process. It was super easy to book. I invited a few friends for a weekend and everyone was comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The stay was amazing.

  • 5 of 5

When we pulled up to the cabin we were very happy to see how secluded it was. It was also bigger than we expected. The inside had a wonderful feel to it. We felt right at home and able to relax. The cabin sits right on the river so the fresh air and view is to die for.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay and unplug for a few days.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
The Cedars
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 22
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Idanha Grill
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Detroit Lake

Idanha is a small town 3 miles east of Detroit lake, about halfway between Salem and Sisters. It is the last town before going over the Santiam Pass through the Cascade Mountains. Our location provides a quiet and private base from which to explore Detroit Lake, the most popular recreational lake in Oregon, or many other high mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity. Breittenbush Hot Springs offers massages, hot tubs, and therapy classes of a wide variety. Hoodoo Ski resort is about 40 minutes away for winter fun. Clear Lake is about 20 minutes away and also features a small lodge and boat rentals for exploring this natural wonder that has visible upright sunken old growth trees all over the bottom.

The Santiam River, which flows ice cold through our backyard above Detroit Lake, is a popular kayak river that is navigable from above and below our property. Rainbow trout are stocked weekly from Memorial to Labor Day weekend, and are easily caught fly fishing or by dangling a worm. This is a great place to practice your technique or teach a friend, as the fish are quite willing to play on most days. We keep an iron campfire grill and chairs on the bank for star gazing at night far from the city lights and noise. All you'll hear is the river and the stories friends tell around the fire.


Rates & Availability

Idanha House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300

No smoking in the house and never any pets, thanks. Six people maximum preferred, up to 8 for +$25/night. Trash must be taken with you when you leave because we have no pick up. Thanks!

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.
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