Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Nature Lovers Dream House - Lake Views, Docks, & Trails!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,080 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom house. Open concept living and dining areas. 2 huge picture windows.

Each spacious, private bedroom has a new queen bed and full closet for your luggage. The biggest bedroom also includes a queen sized futon, couch style, suitable for a single person. The large bathroom features a walk-in shower that measures 40x60" for plenty of elbow room. The kitchen shines with stainless appliances and modern comforts. Plus we provide lots of extras to add to the fun of hanging out, such as a coffee pot (we provide the coffee), a waffle maker, a crockpot, and a blender - for berry smoothies or adult beverages. There is grilling available for outdoor meals. We provide either paper plates or classy dishes, depending on how you want to dine for each meal. A large attached porch is perfect for snowmobilers to unpack their gear and for bicyclers to safely store their bikes. Snowmobile trail #133 runs into our driveway. If 4-wheeling in your thing, there is plenty of room to keep trailers and gear on site. We are situated at the official trail head for the 4 wheel trails and for the snowmobile trails. The grounds at Dockside include fire pits, large and small. Fishing, swimming, and sun-bathing are encouraged.

On the grounds, we have a stage for hosting musical acts. Plus we have a cabana that is wired with a refrigerator and roasting ovens for serving food and drinks to larger groups. Let us know if you plan to have an event of your own while you are with us. Weddings, reunions, and picnics. If you have any questions about what is included please feel free to send an email.

More Details

Sherry Kauppi
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Sherry Kauppi

We are the third generation to live and work on the property outside of Gay. It began as a commercial fishing operation and now is a recreation area that caters to those who enjoy nature. One side has a small campsite for up to 7 hook-ups. The other side has the vacation homes. Only one house is completed at this time, but plans are in the works to renovate up to 5 others. We have worked, played, picked berries, swam, and rested on these docks and this land since our earliest memories. The boys in the family went fishing for lake trout and whitefish, on Lake Superior with Dad. The girls climbed on net reels and picked the berries. Bob, the host, lives on the site at this time and Sherry, the sister who is also a co-host, has a place in Hancock. The Kauppi family has been in the hospitality business for 3 generations as well. They own and operated the Pilot House Resort, and the Isle Royale Ferry Service and later they built and ran the King Copper Motel, all in Copper Harbor. When he was a boy, our Dad, Sully, used to live in Gay in the winter and in Copper Harbor in the summer. He had cross country skied from Gay to Copper Harbor at times when there was no grooming on a trail. He told us funny stories of how they brought their cow from Gay to Copper Harbor and back. So our roots on this peninsula run deep and we are happy to share our love for the place with each of you.

Why Sherry Kauppi chose Gay

The uniqueness of the land at Dockside is headlined by the view. You can look over Lake Superior and see the Huron Mountains on the other side of the Keweenaw Bay. The spot is somewhat protected from the west winds, so it is often extra friendly for boating and water sports. The shoreline is sandstone with sections of clean white sand. Plus toward the town of Gay, there are sections of black sand left over from the former mill and mining activities in the area. On the other hand, when the wind blows in a storm from the east, we can enjoy watching some fabulous waves crashing as the water pounds on the breakwalls. Our facebook page highlights some pictures from those times. Nature creates dramatic photo opps for us in all seasons and in all weather.

What makes this house unique

The house at Dockside is our newest addition. In its former life, it was housing for the Air Force personnel and their families at an air base near Gratiot Lake. The houses were moved to the site in Gay and are being renovated with love and care. They are great for couples and families who want to enjoy nature's rugged beauty. Lake Superior is in all her glory. If you also want modern comforts and all the amenities of a well maintained kitchen, for meal prep options, this is your place. We envision that the first house will be a favorite with our brides or the parents of the bride. We also hope that baby boomers will find it is the best of all worlds, a bit of luxury on the lake. Also we have had family reunion folks enjoy the house as couples from around the country came together to revisit their family stories.


Gay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom features a large walk in shower measuring about 40 x 60 inches. Towels are provided for guests. Plus Dockside offers beach towels for those who may have forgotten to pack for all the water activities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 bedrooms with a queen in each one. The largest bedroom also includes a couch/futon that can accommodate an extra person. Each bedroom has a full closet for clothes and a bench for suitcases.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
With a shore line of about 1,250 feet and with over 70 acres of land in total, we can provide a great deal of space for play time. Little ones can sled or ride their machines around the grounds safely. The bigger ones can store trailers while they take their machines on the great local trail systems. The ATV and snowmobile trails literally run right trough our property. So convenient! The views of the lake are awesome from the comforts of the house, from the cool double dock/marina, and from all points along the shore. Your vacation at Dockside will be comfortable, fun, and full of memories. If you have a special request, please mention it. We are truly happy to take extra steps to make your feel welcome.


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Nature Lovers Dream House - Lake Views, Docks, & Trails!
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great views if the lake, nice clean house!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing stay! Close to mt. Bohemia, close to cross country ski trails. Awesome how there was all the essentials for cooking (oils, milk, spices, coffee, butter, etc.) Bob was very helpful. I arrived when local fishing but was docking and got to see the catch for the day! Overall, would recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Benji. How nice to hear that you enjoyed the comforts inside the house and you mingled with the wonderful natural gems outside the house. Our docks are unique for boaters to launch or for folks who prefer to cast, or even folks like me who like to bake it and eat the catch after everyone else had their fun! You are welcome back any time! Best, Sherry
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

View Amazing, Everything updated and perfect for Snowmobiling.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you would need is provided. View of Lake Superior, deer each morning and very clean. Try it, I think you will love it!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Minneapolis Minnesota

Beautiful cabin on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Gay. The cabin was fantastic with many thoughtful touches, and the caretakers were welcoming and obliged all of our needs. We really enjoyed the views, wildlife, and the character of this charming place. Everyone in our group loved it. We’d like to stay again.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and appreciation for our little magical Resort. We love to share It. Now, looking forward to your next visit! Happy trails!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Snowmobilers Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. From waking up less than 100 feet from the breathtaking view of Lake Superior to having access to the entire property for the kids on their snowmobiles, it was amazing. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful and the local knowledge was worth the price alone. The owners really added the little touch when we opened cabinets and found them stocked with snacks for all to enjoy. The house was very clean, tidy and comfortable. I highly recommend this location.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Houghton County
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Gay Bar - with food and ATM
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Calumet Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
White House
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Mount Bohemia
Nearest Beach
Dockside has beaches

The Keewenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan is a wonderful destination spot for nature lovers. Our house is part of a resort sitting on the south shore near the middle of the peninsula. This makes it unique. The views are awesome, so in any season it is a thrill be to so close to the Lake. To explore the Keweenaw, you'll find history comes alive in museums, culture and art are celebrated in shops and galleries. Colored leaves on the trees can be a show in themselves in splendor in the Fall. Driving to any site on the peninsula from Dockside Resort is a pleasure. It takes a short drive to get to the theaters in Houghton in one direction, or to the Civil War Re-enactments at Fort Wilkins in Copper Harbor in the other direction. You are only 20 minutes to a charter boat for fishing or touring in LacLaBelle. We have room for small pleasure crafts, sailboats, and even a commercial fishing boat at the dock on our land. The dock was first built by Charles Kauppi in the 1920's. He was a commercial fisherman and who established the first ferry service to Isle Royale National Park. He was our grandfather. You can see a hand-carved wood statue of him near our upcoming convenience store. Willard "Sully" Kauppi, the father of our clan, also fished from this site from his childhood years to his retirement in the early 1970's. A wooden statue of Sully will be added to the site shortly.

The breakwalls have been built and rebuilt by the men in the family for three generations. Currently, the site is being tended to and expanded by Bob Kauppi. Sherry Kauppi, a sister, is also a co-host. We welcome you fish with a rod and reel right off the dock. Many visitors have caught their limit right here.

Weddings are popular on our one-of-a-kind dock. We are happy to help you make events special if we know about them in advance. We have a stage for live music and room for picnics, gatherings and receptions.

The town of Gay is dear to us. Grandpa Charles came from Finland in the late 1890's. He was on the wrestling team for the then Suomi College. He learned English while studying there. Sully Kauppi learned English as a boy attending the Gay School. The children and siblings attended the school where all 8 grades learned in the same room. The school closed around 1960 and it recently has become a great place to visit to for local history and artifacts. Gay played a significant role in the Copper Boom story of the Keweenaw. We invite you to check it out.

Live music is available in many venues all year long. From open festivals in the local parks in the summer and fall to the variety of local bars who provide stages for guests in the winter months, you can get your fill of dancing and toe tapping.

The bicycle trails on the Keweenaw Peninsula, especially near Copper Harbor, have become famous for their challenges and beauty. If that is your thing you will love exploring the forests and ridges while pedaling your bike. Highway 41 is designated a scenic touring route, and you'll find the smaller local roads are also designed to capture awesome views. Riding on motorcycles or in comfy cars is a popular past time. Drive to towns or other shores for a day ride, maybe catch a sunset on Brockway Mountain and then be back to Dockside in time for a bonfire.

As you can see there is much to do.

And if you came to relax and do very little, we will try to not disturb you so you can unplug during your stay in our lovely house. There is room to stretch out and relax on the new furniture. The upscale stainless appliances in the kitchen make it easy to prep a meal on-site. You will enjoy a leisurely quiet dinner, at home, looking at the gorgeous view from your own huge windows. We look forward to meeting and serving you.

Sincerely yours,

Your hosts, Bob and Sherry Kauppi




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

The rate shown is for use of the full house, the kitchen and all three bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen bed, a full closet and bench for luggage. The largest bedroom is so big we added a futon set up as a couch. We provide bed linens and extra large towels to go with the extra large walk in shower. The open concept great room is wonderful for groups or a couple to hang out. Stainless appliances and all new pots, pans, dishes and specialties will be fun for cooks. We also provide more food than most hosts, including pasta dinner fixings, frozen pizzas, hardy snacks, o.j., and lots of breakfast options and goodies. For January 2018 we set up a special rate and we I nvite you to visit our beautiful house and gorgeous land. Enjoy the whole place! Besides the lake view you will see lots of deer and wildlife so bring a camera!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.