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Lake Cabin great for large groups,families, reunions, close to Marquette, NMU,

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

A Perfect Getaway For Your Entire Group/family - Tons Of Room And So Much Fun!

This cabin is a wonderful place for families and friends to gather. We are about 25 minutes from Marquette and situated in Gwinn Michigan on a perfect inland lake. This is two story cottage with five bedrooms

Bedroom 1 (downstairs) two twin beds

Bedroom 2 - (upstairs) queen bed

Bedroom 3- (upstairs) two full beds

Bedroom 4 - (upstairs) full bed

Bedroom 5 - (upstairs) four twin beds (one is bunked)

Also one sleeper sofa in the downstairs living room.

We do have two rollaway beds available.

Enjoy complimentary use of our 14 foot aluminum fishing boat, two kayaks and lifejackets during the summer months.

We have a six person sauna as well as a fire pit with complimentary firewood in the yard for campfires.

Inside we have cribbage boards and cards, a wood burning fireplace, microwave and cable tv, wifi along with a variety of books and games for both adults and children.

This is a great winter or summer getaway and close enough to drive to area events and landmarks including the gorgeous Pictured Rocks National Park, Marquette's many amazing biking and hiking trails, we are close to NMU - Northern Michigan University and Marquette's beautiful Lake Superior.

In the winter - Access to snowmobile trails right from the cabin in the winter as well as downhill skiing at Marquette Mountain, sledding, cross country skiing nearby and ice fishing right on the lake. We can accommodate large snowmobile trailers.

Please notify of any pets traveling with you as there is an additional $20 per pet/per night fee (2 dogs = $40 extra per night or $280 per week)

More Details

Trista Houle
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Trista Houle

We have been enjoying our cottage four doors down for fifteen years now and put it on VRBO (#422453). We found that we missed being there and purchased this property. With our three children growing and involved in activities we do not always have time to get out to the cottage so we have decided to share this wonderful place with YOU! We promise you will be pleased with the location, space and amenities. You will create memories to last a lifetime!

Trista Houle purchased this cabin in 2012

Why Trista Houle chose Upper Peninsula Michigan

We are both from Marquette and have always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, watersports and winter sports. Gwinn offers all of the necessities you need while you are visiting, including a local grocery store, bait shop and the wonderful UP North Lodge restaurant. You can just 'show up' and get what you need while you are here.

What makes this cabin unique

We enjoy every aspect of this cottage from the beautiful sunrise, water fun, sauna, ice skating/pond hockey on the ice, snowmobiling, campfires, fireplace and so much space to have large gatherings.


Gwinn Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Max. adults: 20
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , second floor, lake view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , one bunk, two twin (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , second floor, lake view
  • 1 pull out couch in living room - queen size two roll away beds - one upstairs and one downstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Lake Cabin great for large groups,families, reunions, close to Marquette, NMU,
average rating of 4.5 based on 12 reviews

More than we imagined!

  • 5 of 5

Recently returned home from our family vacation to the UP! 15 of my husband's family stayed in the cabin. We had plenty of room and truly enjoyed our stay. Trista was more than accommodating and we all had a wonderful time. Gorgeous morning views, kayaking and playing in the water, enjoying campfires and the sauna at night were just a few of our favorite activities. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabin with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Family Gathering Space

  • 4 of 5

We booked the cabin to serve as a base of operations for family attending our granddaughter's wedding in Marquette. It was perfect for our needs. It was clean and well stocked and provided a place to meet, relax, and socialize which would have been cumbersome at a hotel. Unfortunately the days were cloudy with sprinkles of rain so we could not take full advantage of the many water activities but the view from the cabin was spectacular. The fire ring and ample supply of firewood was a definite plus as it provided the perfect place for unwinding at the end of the day. Many in our party also enjoyed the sauna.

We highly recommend the Up North Lodge for family dining and Rodney's Pizza was excellent.

There was one surprise, however, which we believe future guests would want to know. We originally estimated our party would be 13 and advised the owner we would call with a final number of guests as the day drew closer so the appropriate number of towels and bed linens would be available. The week before we submitted the final count of 19 and were surprised when we received an invoice for an additional $500. So be aware there is a $25 per person/per night charge for each guest over 15 which was not mentioned in the listing. We paid the $500 so as not to lose the reservation and since our number of guests fluctuated throughout our stay we contacted the owner with a revised count by night and were given a hassle-free refund for those nights when our count did not exceed 15. Thus our 4 star rating rather than 5.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marilyn, Thank you again for staying with us and thank you so much for the kind review. It is so nice to hear you had a good time with your family and friends at the cabin. The price for the cabin includes up to 15 people and the additional per person charges are included on my VRBO listing for your review at all times. I am sorry if you did not see that when you booked the property. It was not meant to be a surprise. Again it is included in the listing when you put the number of people in the reservation. I think it was something that neither of us anticipated. When you originally emailed me you said you may want to "add additional days" but did not mention anything about additional people thus I did not address the issue at that time. The week prior to your arrival when you emailed me that your "numbers have risen as your grandchildren had invited friends" and you wanted to make sure there were linens for both rollaway beds" is when I sent the additional charges. I just wanted to review the scenario so as not to paint a picture of my rates being misleading. The great news is that our property does allow and can accommodate so many people which is why it is so unique. We are happy to have large groups like yours so that you can enjoy such special times together. Thank you again for staying at our cabin. Kind Regards, Trista
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Had a great time, but..(

  • 2 of 5

We were planning to get married in Marquette and were looking for a place to stay for us and our family. I (wife) called and talked to Trista about the house and said we’d planned to stay 3 nights. We were still figuring out between 2 weekends and I said I’d get in touch with her in a couple of days. Tried calling her a couple of times, leaving a message that we were excited to stay at the house and ready to book and didn’t hear back. At this point, we really needed a place large enough for our families and this was the only option in the area, so I wasn’t ready to give up on this place. My husband called and got in touch with her. He didn’t mention I’d tried to call and she actually told him about me…saying “some gal” was interested in the house that weekend but was only going to stay 3 nights and she’d really prefer 5. (Something she never said to me.) We ended up getting the house through my husband for 5 days, her not ever knowing we were the same group and she never ended up calling me back. I was a little irritated by the whole thing and wasn’t sure I wanted to go through with it but like I said, we didn’t have another option and I just let it go.

The actual house was okay. A little more dumpy than it looks in the pictures. Duct tape holding one of the screen doors together, dirty carpet and what not. In the master bedroom there was a big telescope in the middle of the room looking out at the lake which had no eyepiece. Another thing is there was only enough toilet paper, paper towel, dishwasher detergent, etc. for maybe 2 days. We were quickly out of everything and had to go to the store to restock. Those were things I’d assume should be included and at least have more than enough to get you through your stay.

We cleaned the house really well before leaving because we had our dog with us and were hoping to get our security deposit back. The day after we left, my husband realized he forgot his camera charger there. He called and Trista said she hadn’t been there yet but would let him know after she checked and would mail it back. A couple weeks later, we hadn’t heard back about the camera charger or security deposit. Tried getting a hold of Trista, leaving a couple messages and she just never called back.

Despite all this, we had a great time and absolutely loved the property and location. But there were just too many strange/unprofessional situations when it came to dealing with Trista for me to give it more than 2 stars.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so very sorry that you were disappointed with your stay. The pictures are as is on the website. Dumpy? I don't think so. I shampooed the carpets myself so they certainly were not dirty. Regarding the 3 night vs 5 night stay. I do have a 5 night stay minimum, that is displayed on the website and has always been so. I am concerned that you may have misunderstood me contemplating a 3 night stay. I would not do that in August unless it somehow fell between other reservations. The telescope had an eye piece... I missed at the time that it was not there. I apologize and was not very happy that it was gone. Thank you for letting me know about needing more TP and such. It is hard to tell sometimes just how much people will use and so I will definitely take your comments into consideration. Some groups use a lot, some not. Thank you also for cleaning up so well. Your refund was returned in full. Your last email to me said you had a really great time and that you would be interested in staying again. Again, I am glad you had a good time despite being disappointed in me. Thank you for your review and thanks again for staying, Trista
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Great place for a group to stay

  • 4 of 5

Your place on Bass Lake was just perfect for our group. We were there to watch the sled dog races. Which was a lot of fun but left us with a lot of time to lounge and visit. The house was plenty big enough for everyone to be comfortable . The heat worked well keeping us warm even at -24 degrees! There was always enough hot water . The kitchen and bathrooms were very clean and functional . The only issues were the can opener has worn out and the dish washer is not cleaning the upper racks dishes very well. The sauna was wonderful with the super cold weather we had .We enjoyed the fire place but it was difficult to start the fire because of a shortage of matches and kindling . We would have packed this stuff had we known we needed to. The setting is beautiful. We were close to Marquette and a short drive to the Eben Ice caves. We had a great dinner at Up North Lodge which was just 15 min away. Everyone in our group just loved the house ! Thank you for sharing. Like others have said don't follow your GPS in the winter, use written directions as there are roads that are not plowed.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deb and group, Thank you so much for the nice review. I am so glad you all enjoyed yourselves and stayed warm despite the cold front that came through. Sounds like you were able to make the most of the few days you were in the area! What fun! I am very sorry about the dishwasher not cleaning well- I will certainly make sure to get it fixed and replace the can opener as well. As far as the kindling and matches, we do have a bin of newspaper in the hot water room and long bic lighters in the kitchen drawer by the window. I do not normally stock kindling but we usually have a few "fire starter" logs in the buffet in the dining room. Again, thank you so much for staying at the cabin and we sincerely appreciate your kind words and look forward to having you stay again in the future. Kind Regards, Trista
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house on east bass lake

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. Right on the lake and a big beautiful yard. Adults and children had a wonderful time. We swam and kayaker and fished.the kids loved the trampoline. We will be back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your time and reviewing the cabin. We are thrilled you all enjoyed yourselves at our property. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Kind Regards, Trista
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Gwinn cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great house, fun lake, great owner. We made the trip from Chicago and had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Sawyer International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Full Throttle
Nearest Golf
23 Miles
Greywalls, Heritage Marquette, Red Fox (KI Sawyer)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
M-35, M553
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
UP North Lodge, Rodneys Pizza
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Marquette Mountain Ski Hill
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
McCartys Cove Marquette
Car: necessary

Gwinn is perfectly situated in a small town with everything you need for your vacation including, a reasonable grocery store with beer and liquor, bait and tackle shop, gas station and even 'Brown's' a small convenience store with the best butcher in town - the fresh tenderloin are wonderful! The Full Throttle Bar and Grill is close as well as the UP North Lodge for a rack of unbelievable ribs and the best Bloody Mary's around.

We are located less than 1 hour from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Marquette is less than 1/2 hour where there are beautiful hiking and biking trails as well as pristine beaches and amazing scenery.


Rates & Availability

Gwinn Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jun 9 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $140
Refundable damage deposit $150
cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

1) Pet fee is $25 per pet, per day.
2) No access to the garage.
3) No RV parking available.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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