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

Idanha, OR, USA
  • House2700 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

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.

Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1YKWMMe


Mark Allen

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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 Idanha

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.


    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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. :)


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Recently remodeled, copper basin sink, antique washstand
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, New half bath off the bunk room.
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          There is a tiny beach down from the fire ring. Just big enough to wade in & soak your legs. Not beach enough for a towel-- and the river's cold, swift, and shallow for serious swimming.
        • Mountain View
          We are in the Cascades so there are mountains all around. From the house, you'll mostly see river valley hills shrouded in clouds in the winter and starlit from behind on summer nights.
        • Rural
          Several wild acres and riverfront on the North Santiam. Trees, grass, occasional wild animals along wild and scenic river
        • Water View
          There is a great old porch swing looking up river to a bridge on Church street and the mountains beyond. There is also a fire ring with cooking great and adirondack chairs for telling stories.
        • Waterfront
          Located on several acres along the wild and scenic Santiam River


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Mobile Phone
                      There is no reliable cell service at the property. There is a signal sometimes from the riverside, and a signal can be found at highway 22 at the top of the hill. (about a ten minute walk)
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Electric clothes drier.
                    • Garage
                      We have an open hanger of a garage barn into which you can drive a car. there is plenty of parking.
                    • Heating
                      Electric wall heaters in most rooms.
                    • Linens Provided
                      There are towels in the cabinet in the bathroom closets.
                    • Living Room
                      Two leather sofas and rocking chair in the living room by fireplace.
                    • Covered Parking
                      There is a large, open garage suitable for one car or three motorcycles. It is recently paved.
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      The street really ends before our driveway, which is gravel. So I guess it's all more or less off street. Drive SLOWLY on the gravel out of respect for our neighbors and your vehicle.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      We've created a large grassy knoll in the back with electrical, water, and septic hook-ups. We do not anticipate anybody will need to use this.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Clothes washer.
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      The living room has an original heatilator fireplace with two fans on either side built into the mantel. It's pretty neat to see work and does heat up the room. You'll have to buy/bring cut wood.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Automatic coffee/espresso maker. Bring your coffee.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Pans, pots, silverware, place settings for 8, knives, strainers, spatulas. There are marshmallow sticks and grilling utensils to go with the iron grate on the fire ring by the river. I think we've covered all the basics you'd need like corkscrews, bottle openers.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen has an antique apron sink. Hoosier cabinet, granite slab counters. There is a microwave and nice coffee maker. We try to stock condiments in small packets. There is a store up the hill.
                        • Microwave
                          You got it.
                        • Oven
                          Also electric
                        • Pantry Items
                          Usually salt, pepper, sugar, coffee filters and basic spices. No guarantees.
                        • Refrigerator
                          New normal-sized refrigerator.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Plain old toaster, nothing exciting here. :)


                            • Dining
                              We have a round table that might seat 6 in a friendly way, and outdoor seating for 8, where most prefer to be in the summer.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  fishing and outdoor, a few kids titles and novels.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD player in the living room and DVD TV game system in the bunk room for kids. There is NO CABLE or tv service
                                • Games
                                  Puzzles and a few games
                                • Music Library
                                  There is a disc changer in the sunroom with an iPod hook up hanging down. aux is the setting for your own mixes.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  There is a small tv in the bunk room with a game cube and a few titles. The sunroom has a bigger LCD tv and DVD player. NO tv service, just movies!
                                • Video Game Console
                                  Game cube and 4 controllers. The tv in the bunk room is small so you have to be willing to sit close as kids often do.
                                • Video Games
                                  Monkey Ball, Starfox, Timesplitter two, harvest moon, animal crossing
                                • Video Library
                                  There are a 100+ DVD movies. Fun! Newer flat screen tv installed. Again, NO tv or satellite service, only dvd movies


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      We just installed a new 16' x 20' deck with wrap around bench seating.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      People do kayak through our back yard river in the summer. I haven't personally done it, and I would suggest experience and safety gear. People do drown on the Santiam. It's very cold.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There is a huge two acre lawn area surrounding the home. We have a couple yard games and a child's archery set.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      We have an iron grate by the river for campfires, and a Weber charcoal kettle on the porch with a chimney starter. Bring your own charcoal if you want to use it.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      I keep a life jacket for children you want to protect by the river.


                                        • 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

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • 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)

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              37 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Amazing Eclipse viewing. Sitting in Adirondak chairs on beautiful river. Perfect viewing experience!

                                                              Ron S.

                                                              Beautiful setting, yard behind the house backs right up to the river. Very peaceful and relaxing. Enjoyed the house and BBQ on the back patio. House is comfortable, although the one bed up stairs is a level above firm, hard? Otherwise a pleasant stay.

                                                              This was our second time staying at this house for a Medicine Wheel Ceremony.

                                                              Carolyn W.Portland, Oregon, USA

                                                              This is the perfect place for a retreat. Secluded, magical and has a beautiful river to listen too and play in. We are 8 women and this is the second time we have stayed here and loved it.

                                                              Great property!

                                                              Meghan L.

                                                              We loved being by the river and having so much privacy! House was spacious and everything in working order. Hope to come back again!


                                                              A guest from Salem, ORSalem, OR

                                                              Lovely home in a lovely setting. Hope to go in fall when the aspens turn.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks. The fall is lovely, though we have no aspens but rather alder and cottonwood trees mixed in with cedars, fir, and a few imports we've hidden here and there.

                                                              Nice Property

                                                              Margo M.

                                                              We had a good stay and hiked the trails to Bachelor Mountain and Triangulation Peak. Fires down by the river were nice and we enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the hummingbirds and ospreys. It was too hot at night to sleep upstairs as we went to bed early so used the downstairs which ended up fine. Kitchen had all the amenities we needed and we enjoyed seeing all the historical photos, radios, trunks, and 'artifacts' that were around!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks Margo,

                                                              We keep numerous fans in the house that migrate from room to room with guests. Window fans, desktop fans, and a new ceiling fan in the end room. So my best advice during occasional summer hot spells is to run those window fans AFTER the sun sets, and the cool evening air will bring the upstairs bedroom temps down very nicely. Finally, there is a skylight over the stairs that can be opened and closed to further vent the upstairs. As you observed, the first floor stays pretty cool on it's own.

                                                              Thanks for visiting and best wishes.

                                                              Stayed June 7-9

                                                              Mike M.

                                                              Great location with easy access to forest amenities. Be sure to try the coffee at the store right on the highway nearby!


                                                              Idanha, OR, USA

                                                              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

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                                                              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!

                                                              37 Reviews
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