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Historic 'River Cabin' On The 'Holy Waters' Of The Ausable River

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 4

Built in the 1940's by famed fly fishing guide Jim Wakeley, our 'River Cabin' is located at the historic Wakeley Bridge. 'Uncle Jim' purchased the property during World War II and began developing the property one building at a time. As a second generation fly fishing guide, my family and I are working to keep the memory of Jim Wakeley alive and share our love of the river. The cabin is nestled along the world famous 'Holy Waters', a 'fly's only', 'catch and release' section on the AuSable. The cabin is just a short drive to the North and South Branches of the river.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available on site for rental; along with the opportunity to hire Capt. Dave to take you on a memorable fly fishing float on the beautiful AuSable.

For the golf enthusiast we are only a short drive away from both, Forest Dunes Golf Club and Garland Golf Resort. For the hikers, bikers and bird watchers the cabin is three miles from Wakeley Lake, a beautiful part of the Huron-Mainistee National Forest area with miles of trails with loon and eagle sightings on a regular basis.

The quiet and cozy cabin offers two bedrooms with a full size bed in each, full kitchen with living area including a couch, for additional sleeping. Dishes and linens are supplied along with a charcoal grill. There is a riverside fire pit for enjoying the summer evenings.

Whether you are fly-fishing, canoeing or simply relaxing our cabin provides it all.

More Details

Colleen Wyss
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2017

About Colleen Wyss

Second generation fly fishing guide taught by the famed Jim Wakeley. My wife and I bought the property in 1978 raised our three children here and continue to enjoy having our four grandchildren enjoy it also.

Colleen Wyss purchased this cabin in 1978

Why Colleen Wyss chose Northern Michigan

Our Aunt wanted the property to stay in the family so after the sudden death of our Uncle Jim we bought it from her to continue the traditions that they started.

What makes this cabin unique

We love the River and cannot imagine ever not being here. The view of the River is spectacular and fishing is

great. So nice to be able to walk out and be right at the riverfront.


Grayling Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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(3 traveler reviews)

Historic 'River Cabin' On The 'Holy Waters' Of The Ausable River
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

So beautiful

  • 5 of 5

What a great cabin !! Had s fantastic time ! Beautiful river . Colleen and Dave were great !! Definitely want to go back

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is wonderfully furnished, super clean and very comfortable in every way. You can not get closer to the river and they even rent kayaks and canoes right on the property. For trout anglers looking for a place to rest their fly fishing and wading tired bodies you can not beat this cabin.

With all that said a couple amenities would be nice to have.

1.) Outside Wader Hangers

2.) A hose to clean waders and boots

3.) A little larger water heater

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed a few days this past week and thoroughly enjoyed the cabin, grounds, proximity to the river, and general serenity of the entire atmosphere. The cabin is very efficient and very clean. Thanks again for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Please keep us in mind for your future stay on the beautiful AuSable.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport Traverse City Michigan
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Forest Dunes Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
East M-72
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Guided fly-fishing trip with Capt. Dave available on property.

Canoe and Kayaks available for rent on property


Rates & Availability

Grayling Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Holiday Stays: 3 night minimum stay, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.
Non-smoking cabin, smoking allowed outdoors.
Check in time is 3 p.m. Check out time is 11 a.m.
Pets are allowed if special arrangements are made with owner. Pet fees may apply.
Renters must be a minimum of 25 years of age

Cash or Check only Paid upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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