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Family Fun on the Water! Great getaway on Spider Lake with 300ft of frontage.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
6 nights


Forest Lakes Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bath Lakefront Cottage

This Cottage is on the lake at water level and a private setting, only minutes from Traverse City. Cozy comfort is what you will get with this knotty pine rustic feel cottage. There is a large deck to start your morning off with a warm cup of coffee. Enjoy the quiet, watch and listen to wildlife activities from a few feet away on the lakeside deck. Two bedrooms with Queen beds and the third bedroom has two single beds. 1 1/2 baths. Well stocked kitchen with full stove and oven. Sandy bottom waterfront, fire pit and plenty of chairs for relaxing in the sun. The dock is great for fishing off of or for tying up your boat. The lake has several bays and islands to explore with the 2 kayaks and a paddle boat provided for you. A DNR launch site is only a few miles away.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mike and Tami Pohl
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2016
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About Mike and Tami Pohl

During one of our vacations to Spider Lake, we had an opportunity that we did not expect. To purchase a cottage of our own. This is Pohl's Paradise and we would like to share a bit of that with you. This is truly a little bit of heaven. If you want to relax and enjoy a great family vacation this is the spot!

Mike and Tami Pohl purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mike and Tami Pohl chose Traverse City

Location / Size / Function / Feel: We walked into this property and and could not believe the setting. It is perfect for what we wanted to have on Spider Lake. When you walk in the door you know you are up north and the location is private and beautiful.

What makes this cottage unique

Quaint, Up North, Boating, Fishing, Traverse City, Wine, Casinos, Sleeping Bear can enjoy a quiet day alone or you can drive 15 minutes to Traverse City and enjoy all of the activities they have to offer. You really have the best of both worlds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Weather was hot, hot, hot! Loved floating in the lake and relaxing. Water was warm as bath water!
Jul 2013
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based on 10 traveler reviews

Family Fun on the Water! Great getaway on Spider Lake with 300ft of frontage.
average rating of 4.4 based on 14 reviews

Nice vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this cabin with basically 4 full size humans (2 teens) there was plenty of room. the over all accommodations were adequate for a vacation cabin - the beds were not the softest but not the worst. It has everything you need in the kitchen and lots of other nice little touches. Only catching point for us was one bedroom up stairs the air conditioning did not really cool off - but open the door add a fan and all was ok. The lake mornings were awesome loons calling fish jumping and a Bald Eagle landing in trees right across the little bay excellent place to sit and enjoy coffee. Cabin was clean and well maintained.

The lake is amazing - we caught 4lb bass right off the shore by the cabin and tons of pan fish. Rented the pontoon from the info at the cabin and it made the trip that much more fun. No wake before 10am and after 8pm made enjoyable sunset boat rides! Plus we caught a ton of nice fish just trolling Pike and big bass!

Would rent again if we go up that way... owners were awesome and easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you to the Pohls for a wonderful relaxing vacation. Wonderful cottage absolutely stocked with everything you could possibly need. Your personal touch to the decor and welcome gift was a first for us. We have been coming up to Spider Lake for ten years now and this was by far our most favorite place to stay! We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing week at your lovely cottage. Enjoyed swimming and kayaking. The location is private and quiet, but shopping and city life only a short drive away. Kitchen well stocked and all basic amenities provided. Media and wifi better than I have at home. Recommend highly for a peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, nice cottage, good times!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Pohl's cottage for six nights over the Father's Day weekend and had a great time. The property was as advertised and very comfortable. The location on the lake is perfect, it felt very private while also providing easy viewing of the lake. The boat launch was only a short drive away and with the dock at this cottage we were able to bring our boat and keep it right there. Fishing was very good, we caught quite a few nice bass and a couple of 30"+ pike. We also enjoyed the kayaks, BBQ and fire pit. I spoke with Tami on two separate occasions and she was very helpful, polite and accommodating. We would definitely recommend this property to others and are already considering booking again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Don! We are glad you enjoyed our little slice of Paradise. Mike and Tami
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Spider lake

  • 4 of 5

Our first time at Pohls' Spider Lake cottage. It was the perfect home base to start from to begin our annual wine tasting tour get together which included grandma (me), two daughters and two granddaughters. The panoramic views from the cottage were awesome...nature at its best! The pictures and amenities as shown on their website are truly as described. Hope we can return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A gem

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location on Spider Lake that also has frontage on a quiet cove. We loved getting up in the morning and kayaking before breakfast. Loons kept us company as we paddled across the lake. With level frontage, it's easy to build a camp fire, eat outside and get back and forth to the cabin. The whole place is what up north is all about. Mike and Tami have done a great job welcoming renters.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you could spend some time at the lake! Thank you for choosing our cottage!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Close to 131 and 37
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Car: recommended

Spider Lake is located in Grand Traverse County in Northwest Michigan. Some of the activities we would recommed are:

Brown Bridge Pond area with several miles of hiking - About 3 miles away from cottage with several parking areas.

Boardman River is locate 2-3 miles away with excellent trout fishing. Kayak and tubing rentals available.

Ranch Rudolph offers Horseback riding, ATV rentals, Snowmobile rentals and various other activities.

Downtown Traverse City - Please refer to Traverse City Visitors website for calendar of events - nearly guaranteed for an activity every weekend. Great restaurants and shopping.

Sleeping Bear Dunes - Terrific Day trip to see the most Beautiful place in America - Bring a camera and walking shoes.

State Theater in TC - Privately owned and operated by the community. Great atmosphere to see a movie.

Wine Tasting - Either Leelanau Peninsula or Old Mission Peninsula for great local wine tasting.

Casinos - Turtle Creek Casino on the East Side and Leelanau Sands Casino on the West Side.


Rates & Availability

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

4 day minimum applies. Cottage may be rented at reduced daily rates from Monday through Friday in the summer.

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Forest Lakes Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , No Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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