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Big Bear Lake Cottage & 150' Private Beach - Great Swimming, Boating & Fishing

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Lakefront Cottage - 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6-8, 150' Private Beach & Dock

Three bedrooms, 1 bathroom with combination shower/tub (bathroom was completely remodeled in April 2015), fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace, lakeside deck, covered back porch, picnic table and outdoor grill. 150 feet of sunny private beach, sandy bottom, safe swimming for children. Private dock, fire pit on beach, beautiful sunsets, 2 canoes and a 12' Starcraft aluminum row boat with accessories are included. You may bring your own motor (maximum 10 horsepower) for the 12' Starcraft, or rent our 14' Sea Nymph aluminum fishing boat with 8 hp outboard motor for $60/day or $300/week.

Most pets are welcome. Our daily pet fee is $25. For parties greater than 6 persons there is an additional charge of $25/night for each person over 6 in a party.

More Details

Gregg Kabacinski
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Gregg Kabacinski

We have owned our cottage on Big Bear Lake for 28 years. Our family has grown over the years, so we purchased the cottage next door for extra room for family reunions. We would be very pleased to host your family and friends in our lakefront guest cottage which has its own dock, beach, fire pit, and 150 feet of private lake frontage.

Gregg Kabacinski purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gregg Kabacinski chose Northern Michigan

Big Bear Lake has a real 'up north' feel, surrounded by woods and quiet. Our 435 acre lake is crystal clear with great swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. You will be amazed at the bald eagles and loons that frequent our lake. The loons often provide a serenade, along with the brilliance of the stars as you sit around a campfire on the beach. Oh, and don't get me going on the fishing (smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, muskie, northern pike and panfish - and I've got the pictures to prove it)!!

What makes this cottage unique

Our lakefront is the best, providing full sun on the beach and shade in the woods surrounding the cottage. Our location on the south side of the lake provides refreshing breezes and beautiful sunsets. We have 5 acres of private woods behind the cottage for children to explore. For our more adventurous guests there are thousands of acres of federal and state forests, and numerous rivers, within minutes of our cottage. The owner will provide maps and guidance upon request.


Johannesburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The bathroom was completely remodeled in April 2015.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Queen size hide-a-bed in living room. Cots are available (please ask owner).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We provide free firewood for the lakeside firepit and the living room fireplace.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Big Bear Lake Cottage & 150' Private Beach - Great Swimming, Boating & Fishing
average rating of 4.68 based on 25 reviews

A great vacation in northern Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to rent this cottage at Big Bear Lake after seeing the photos and reading the reviews on VRBO. I had not been to this area for a vacation since I was a teenager in the mid-1960's. We also brought along our oldest grandson, Brandon, who lives in New Jersey and turned 17 this summer. Brandon has been vacationing with us since he was 9. We arrived at the cottage on a sunny Sunday afternoon and fell in love with it instantly! It is everything we were looking for. This is a very comfy, quiet and well-laid-out cottage with good views of the lake. There were nice breezes day and night. The new gas stove, new refrigerator and Weber gas grill were wonderful. I used my 5-hp motor on the 12-foot fishing boat and we got around the lake with no problem. The boat is a StarCraft, in excellent condition, and is rated up to a 10-hp motor. Brandon and I caught bluegill, rock bass, large- and smallmouth bass, and walleye. We may have caught more perch and pan fish if I had taken some worms. There is a good map of the lake bottom in the cottage. We also took our kayaks with us, and they were fun to paddle, and occasionally fish, close to shore. The beach is mostly sand and small gravel, and drops off very gradually as you walk out into the water. This would make it nice for parents with small children who want to play in the lake. The dock has space for a pontoon if you were to rent one. Brandon spent quite a bit of time hiking and biking the drives and trails around the lake, and also rated his week as excellent.

Overall, this was one of our best rentals ever, and my wife and I have rented quite a few across the country. We owned our own cottage in Canada for 25 years, and this Big Bear Lake cottage is on par with that! Our thanks to Gregg for a wonderful week, and we look forward to coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing private getaway for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to be greeted by the kind owner who made sure we were well informed about the area and available opportunities during our stay. Our 4 adults and 2 dogs enjoyed the beautiful view of the clear Big Bear Lake while basking in the sun and enjoying the cool water daily. The cottage was very clean and stocked with more than expected to ensure our stay was care free. The private drive and secluded property allowed for peaceful days and nights as well as safety. We made great use of the row boat and canoe for great views of the lake with the whole family. Campfires on the beachfront were a perfect end to each night, with firewood supplied. We loved our stay and hope to return to this lovely cottage for more beautiful days!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy winter get-away🙂

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy to have chosen this cozy cottage to spend our Christmas get-away. Our 2 older children were home from college so our gift to ourselves was a short vacation. The cottage setting is beautiful. The snow that had fallen added to make our stay peaceful and serene. We read, played games and just relaxed! We were very comfortable. The cottage is very clean. We found the furnishings and beds to be comfy. The cottage stayed toasty warm. The first night we did enjoy a fire. We appreciated the clear directions in regards to using the wood stove. The owner, Gregg, coresponded very well and made our stay care free. Nice choice for a winter get-away!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a weekend in November. The weather changed from 68 and sunny on Friday to 28 and snowing on Saturday! However, the cottage stayed cozy and the views were still spectacular! We found the cottage to be inviting, very clean, comfortable and stocked well (would suggest a griddle for pancakes ...)! The host, Gregg, was extremely friendly and gracious! And, he was so very helpful...we are looking at purchasing a cottage/property in the area and he offered a vast amount of information and resources to us. We would definitely come back and stay again! Thanks Gregg for a wonderful experience!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Even better than last year!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had such a great time last year that we decided to stay for TWO weeks this year! Once again, our grandson Brandon (18) was with us, as well a daughter and grandson Preston (3). Improvements abound at Le 'Chet'eau Marian on Big Bear Lake! The floors are now all hardwood. A sliding glass door has been installed between the living room and deck (really SWEET). The steps to the lake have been improved, too. The fishing, hiking and bike riding was as good as last year, and I can now testify to value of having a beach that is friendly to a small child, his dog and his parents. By the end of the week, Preston was running down the dock, jumping into the lake to a waiting Brandon and then swimming to his mother. The cottage also has a new furnace and AIR CONDITIONER! While air conditioning at a cottage in northern Michigan seems almost blasphemous to me, there were two nights when we used it due to the humidity. Gregg told me that he was working on winterizing the cottage, too. How cool will THAT be?!? The thought of ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing out of Le 'Chet'eau is almost overwhelming! This Big Bear Lake property is about to become a year-round retreat for those who LOVE northern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect clean came complete with everything you would ever need and MORE.

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two daughters (14 & 12),a 2 year old lab, and myself enjoyed a one week getaway dream vacation at this cabin. We fished every morning and evening catching smallmouth bass and played in water by the dock all day😀򐀠The cabin is in such a beautiful private area that we enjoyed our evening strolls. My daughters enjoyed playing games and watching movies at night.

We will definitely be planning to revisit the cabin in the near future😀򐀊

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Johannesburg Cottage 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 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

The quoted rates are for groups of 6 or fewer.
There is an additional charge for each person over 6 people of $25 per person per night.
There is a pet fee of $25 per night.
A security deposit may be requested in some circumstances.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
J&B's Spot Bar in Vienna, Talley's in Lewiston
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Tree Tops, Garland, Elk Ridge, Michawaye, Otsego
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Lewiston Lodge, Redwood Steakhouse, Paul's Pub
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Treetops (15 miles), Boyne Mountain (40 miles)
Nearest Beach
Private beach is 150 feet from the front deck!!!

Our cottage is located on 435 acre Big Bear Lake in southeast Otsego County, providing great boating, swimming and fishing right out your front door. The nearest towns are Lewiston (7 miles), Gaylord (20 miles), and Grayling (33 miles). Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne Falls, Boyne City, East Jordan, Alden, Traverse City and Alpena are each about 1 hour away by scenic roads providing fun daytrips. Nearby historical sites include Hartwick Pines State Forest lumbering museum, Deward lumber town ruins, and Fort Michilimackinac. Our cottage is surrounded by state and federal forests which provide great opportunities for hunting, fishing, morel mushroom picking, wildlife viewing, hiking, ATVs, snowmobiling, and canoeing. Nearby trout streams within 1/2 hour drive include: AuSable River (mainstream, North Branch and South Branch), Pigeon River, Black River, Sturgeon River and upper Manistee River. This is golf paradise with Treetops, Garland, Elk Ridge, The Loon, The Lakes, Michawaye (The Pines), and Otsego Club all within a 1/2 hour drive! The owner provides guided trips for fishing, grouse and woodcock hunts with his two bird dogs (English Setter and Brittany), turkey hunts, and morel mushroom hunts.


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