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Black Lake Sandy bottom, Great Fishing July 9-15 & August 19-Sept 1 Available

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 9 Family Friendly

The Retreat is a 3 bedroom light and airy, fresh and clean cottage on beautiful Black lake near the mouth of the Upper Black River. The "Retreat" is located down a half mile road with state forest on both sides of the road! Access to RV, trails are minutes away. Black Lake is the fifth largest inland lake in Michigan and it is surrounded by state forests.

The Retreat is sparkling and bright. It boasts oak woodwork lovingly created by the owner’s father a skilled Polish artisan. Many of the fine furnishings were crafted either by the owner’s father or the owner. "The Retreat’s" waterfront has a beautiful beach area for sunbathing, sandcastle making, as well as an area for your evening campfire. “The Retreat” has a dock, and a ladder to enter the very shallow sandy water, which is perfect for the little ones. The front deck has a table and chairs for outdoor dining, and a wood picnic table in the shady grass area. Enjoy the lake and its many visual treasures in the comfort of a swing. Cook your dinner on our gas grill! Enjoy a Corn Hole game with the family on "The Retreat’s" large grassy area. The Black River is one house away, and a canoe trip or float down that river are tops on the list of summer activities.

Wildlife abound at The Retreat! The Sun warms! Eagles Soar! Loons sing! Robins nest! Sturgeon and Muskie jump! If your quiet in the mornings you might see Eagles, Blue Heron, Swans & Ducks fishing. Along the seawall Otter or Mink might be seen enjoying their breakfast! In spring Sturgeon and Suckers can be seen at the edge of the Black River spawning.

Beautiful sunsets, and a campfire are awaiting for marshmallow s’mores, or other over the fire treats including the Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Perch, Crappie, or Sunfish you caught during the day right out in front of “The Retreat”!

During the winter months, snowmobile from the property, over hundreds of miles of trails, ice fish right out front, Walleye, Perch, Northern, and Sturgeon when in season! Bring your ski's and head off to Boyne Highlands or cross country ski on the lake or down the many trails close to “The Retreat” Its all here for your pleasure!

Guests continue to say what a great time they had and how rested they feel after a vacation at “The Retreat”! We think you will too! Check out our calendar above and email for more pictures and information. Remember DISCOUNTS for cash or check!







Sun Fish

Blue Gill

Rock Bass

The Retreat – Outside

Beach Area

Board walk

Ladder to Shallow Water


Grass Area & Corn Hole Game


Deck with Table and Chairs

Fire Pit with seating-

Some wood provided, more available

Picnic Table

Gas Grill- Propane provided

The Retreat – Inside

Living Room – Couch, Queen Futon, 4 chairs - TV - Dish - Games - DVD's - Books - Wifi available

Dining – Pine table, chair and bench seating

Kitchen – Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, Microwave - Artesian Well or Reverse Osmosis water, Dishes - Silverware - cookware - utensils - crock pot -mixer.

Bathrooms - 2

Master Bath has bathtub with shower

Half Bathroom has shower

Towels provided, for in home use. Please bring your own beach towels.

Sleeping Area's

3 Bedrooms & 1 Queen inner spring mattress Fouton in Living Room Area with sheets, pillows, and blankets provided.

Master Bedroom overlooks lake and river , - 1 full bed with Master Bath also

Second Bedroom with view of the Lake - 1 Queen Pillow Top bed

Third Bedroom with view of the lake - 1 Twin bunk bed set (= 2 twin beds) & 1 twin trundle that pulls out from under the bottom bunk.

Living Room Area - 1 Queen Futon with a real inner spring mattress!

Utility area - Washer & Dryer.

Close to “The Retreat”

Black Lake at the Front of the Property

Black River Upper Mouth – 1 house away

½ mile to FO5 Black River Road surrounded by state forests and miles of trails.

Mackinaw Bridge & Mackinaw Ferry to Island 45 minutes

Lake Michigan Sandy Shores 50 Minutes – Cross Village

2 ½ miles to Lorenzo’s famous Ribs

5 miles to UAW Golf Course & Restaurant

Oqueoc Falls 20 minutes

Onaway State park 10 Minutes

Cheboygan 20 minutes away - Walmart - KMart

Petoskey Gas Light District 45 minutes

Gaylord 60 minutes

Rogers City 30 miles


Onaway 10 miles - Toms

Cheboygan 15 -Family Fare - Walmart,

Rogers City 30 miles Plaths Meat Market (Fresh and Smoked)

Indian River 30 miles – Kens

Health Food – Petoskey 45 miles or Gaylord 60 miles

Favorite Eateries nearby

Lorenzo’s 2.5 miles

211 Bar & Grill 8 miles

Woodwinds- 10 miles Onaway

Manzano’s- 10 miles Onaway

The Dirty Duck Bar (Taco Tuesday)- 7-8 miles

The Pines - 8 miles

The Bluffs on Black Lake- 10 - 15 miles





ATV Trails




Sun Bathing



More Details

Jim Bertagnoli
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017


Onaway Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
Our Guests always say how refreshed they are after a visit to our home, 'The Retreat' We hope you will consider it for your next Northern Michigan Vacation


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Black Lake Sandy bottom, Great Fishing July 9-15 & August 19-Sept 1 Available
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Retreat is a great place to vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed the beach area, including the large, sandy, and shallow shoreline (there are no stones and few weeds), which extends out a long way. The house and front living room window are close to the lake. Not only does this add to the beauty of The Retreat, but it was also very helpful for keeping track of our two small children around the water. The lake is relatively quiet; there's not a lot of noisy boat traffic. Better yet, the lake is a great swimming AND fishing lake. The owners are very warm and so are the neighbors. It was helpful to have the boat launch very nearby. Because they are relatively close, we visited the Ocqueoc Falls, Cheboygan (where we heard a steel-drum band), the Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace, and Mackinac Island. The owners promptly returned our deposit. We recommend The Retreat!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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grand rapids mi

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family vacation at this property! Cindy and Jim were so welcoming and we loved the fresh veggies out of the garden! The lake was beautiful and the cottage was very clean and quaint. We enjoyed every minute! Thank you Jim and Jessica

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canton, MI

Great vacation spot once again!

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Cindy (the owners) are always very friendly and accommodating! This was the second year we vacationed here, and, as always the place was very clean with everything you need for a great vacation. The fishing was tremendous this year also. I have 2 labs that vacation with us along with my family and we all had a great time. Of course, the view is everything you need in the morning for you to start your day.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family could not have been happier with The Retreat!! Very CLEAN with all the conveniences of home!! Great location, 30 minute drive to Mackinaw, 15 minutes to Cheboygan. The lake is beautiful, very quiet, and beautiful sunsets!! Great fishing!!! We have 3 kids(ages 6,9, and 13). We spent our days on the lake fishing and tubing, our kids spent hours playing in the sand and shallow water in front of the cottage, and riding bikes. We even put tubes in at the bridge and floated the black river which comes out just down from the cottage! Would be a great place for kayaks or canoes. :) We spent our evenings enjoying time by the fire or playing boardgames. The owners were great!! They were quick to send back our deposit and even sent us back a wii game we left behind!! We definately recommend The Retreat. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable place to spend time with your family this is the place!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing "The Retreat" for your family vacation. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and made wonderful family memories that will bring you smiles and relaxation as you recall them over the years! We will continue to keep "The Retreat" Clean with new delights each year. We look forward to your choosing "The Retreat" for future vacations and expanding those heart warming happy memories. Jim & Cindy
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Canton, MI

A great vacation spot to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation coming here to Black Lake, hot weather and all! The owners were very accommodating and the home was very clean. My husband and I have 2 teenage boys and we all spent a great deal of time on the water kayaking, boating and fishing. They caught a lot of perch, walleye, pike and the rock bass are huge! Bonfires on the beach and a perfect spot to kick back and read my books! A very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. We would like to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The Retreat is located on Michigan's third largest inland lake (10,000 acres) The community of about 15 homes is surrounded by forest, and lake. During the summer enjoy beautiful sunrises, sunsets, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, off road trails, sight seeing in Mackinaw and on Mackinaw Island


Rates & Availability

Onaway Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 9-15
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 15 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Discounts for cash or check
Returning Guest Discounts
Holiday's have special rates please inquire about them.
1300 per week during summer peak season and Holidays. Discounts for cash or check
1000 per week September-October-May

$500.00 Deposit to hold your dates - includes $300 Security deposit plus $200 towards weekly rent.
Final payment due 5 weeks prior to your entry to “The Retreat”
No cleaning fee is charged if “The Retreat” is left clean .. We do linens . A charge will be made for Extra Cleaning, or Damages.

All online payments are final 30 days prior to booking date. No Refunds for online payments 30 days prior to booking date.

Customers continue to say what a great time they had and how rested
they feel after a vacation at “The Retreat”! We think you will
too! Check out our calendar above and email for more pictures and information.

Your security deposit is returned shortly after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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