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Belinda Mercado

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Michigan Fly Fishing & Fun For The Whole Family!

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Northern Michigan Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Custom Log Home Sleeps 6-8 Sits On The Manistee River..

Comes stay with us in the privacy of the northern michigan woods. This unique custom built log home sits on the bank of the Manistee River and it features custom touches including handmade furniture and beautiful birch kitchen. Also has all the amenities of a fully equipped modern log home. Easily sleep 8 features a private master suite with private bathroom. The manistee river is a popular spot for fly fishing, producing big browns and the occasion rainbow. Plenty of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and tubing as well.

Features full equipped home, simply bring your family and get ready to make wonderful memories in our lodge in the woods. Located just 25 minutes east of traverse city. In conjunction with the 'deer tracks ranch' summer visitors have the chance to upgrade their stay package and tour the ranch on motorized vehicles for wild life viewing including, bison, elk, deer and much more. Or maybe you would like to climb our restored fire tower, to view hundreds of miles of serene country side.

Hunters bird and deer paradise, hundreds of acres of state land nearby. Also close to atv trails, for winter fun on your snowmobiles. Call or text for details, kids under 10 stay FREE!***

4 bedroom 3 bath custom home with full kitchen, natural fire place, open floor plan, large dining area. Features out door fire pit, grills and large deck. Has view of the Manistee river from home. Private setting in the woods! **Please note if the lodge is booked be sure to ask about our Vertical Green Cabin, it may be available***

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Belinda Mercado (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Why Belinda Mercado chose Northern Michigan

Beautiful custom features throughout this log home. Wonderful details and modern conveniences all wrapped up on the bank of the Manistee River.

What makes this lodge unique

This is one of 2 homes available for rent, if you have a large party rent them both and get a discount. Total housing with both units can sleep up to 12 to 15 people. We also offer our lodge dining hall within the Ranch for weddings and special occasions, call for all the details.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Michigan Fly Fishing & Fun For The Whole Family!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A beautiful nature getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family composed of two 1-year olds, three couples in their 20s, and two grandparents in their 60s. ALL ten of us had an absolute blast. There is so much this house has to offer! It has so much character and warmth, but also has the rustic feel of a true log cabin (with all the amenities, of course).

We had bon fires, fished in the Manistee River, took advantage of the huge yard to play outdoor games, lazily floated down the river in tubes, hiked at nearby Sand Lakes Quiet Area, and did all sorts of activities in Traverse City and the surrounding area. The owners couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating.

Most of my family had not been to Michigan or ever been this "detached" from it all (there is usually no cell service at the cabin). But everyone loved the peaceful nature scenes all around them and quickly forgot about their cell phones. By the time we left everyone was in love with this part of the country.

My only caution would be how far off the beaten path the cabin is. It's about 30-minutes off I-75 and feels out there, but again, we loved how peaceful everything was.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Battle Creek, MI

Annual Camping Trip

  • 5 of 5

We host an annual camping trip every year with friends and finding a place big enough to house everyone is a challenge. However, this place was very roomy and plenty to do! The river is just a quick walk for tubing, an amazing fire pit and plenty of yard to play games. Lilly and Jamie were great hosts and answered all our questions about the area. We are definitely keeping this on our short list for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Battle Creek, MI

Annual Camping Trip

  • 5 of 5

Such a great place! Very private and fun time with a group of friends. Tubing in the river, laying out watching the stars at night, playing corn hole, or just hanging out around the fire pit. Lilly and Jamie were amazing and very helpful with answering our questions about the area. This is definitely on our short list for next years annual trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

Bon-fires, roasting marshmallows, walking in the river, rafting down the river, fishing, barbecuing, sight-seeing, touring the grounds on a golf cart, climbing to the top of a fire tower, seeing wild life up close, playing family card games, throwing the football and baseball around, playing croquet are all things we did on our 3 day getaway. The view of the river was spectacular, relaxing and peaceful. The house was amazing, the boys really liked the log cabin and the animals throughout the house (especially the Moose right above the bunk bed my 6 year old nephew wanted to sleep under each night). The dinner table was perfect for long meals and conversation, I can't remember the last time I spent so much time at dinner just talking and laughing. The location is a bit remote but we'll worth the drive.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fun for all ages, and yes private away from the city. Come stay with us again, glad you enjoyed your time up north!!!
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Down state, MI

Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was everything VRBO said it would be and then some. A truly beautiful cabin overlooking a beautiful river. The property manager made it easy to rent and made sure we had everything we needed. Right down to fire wood for the fire pit. Great place for a group of friend or a large family. I plan to stay there again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A wonderful custom log home, a place where folks of all ages would enjoy to stay. Beautiful river views, peaceful setting and as always pet friendly.
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Timber Wolf Golf Club
What To Do TC
Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel
Fife Lake Inn
"Beach, dinning, shopping, grocery store, gas station"
Country Lanes Bowling Lounge
Breakfast and Burger Express
Lalone's Restaurant
G's Pizzeria & Deli
"Pizza "
Fife Lake Inn
"Beach, dinning, shopping, grocery store, gas station"
Fife Lake Village Market
Northland Food & Family Center
Smithville Landing
Old AuSable Fly Shop
Jack's Sport Shop
Cherry Street Market
"Fresh fruit and veggies, home made breads and pies, YUM!"
National Cherry Festival
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cherry Capital
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Fife Lake Inn
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Timber Ridge
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Yankee Boy
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Manistee Lake

Make sure you make the trip to Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival in July. Many family fun activities, and the ever popular sweet red cherries. The festival features parades, sand castle building contests,food and spirits, movies by the bay, concerts, and fabulous fireworks display over the Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy a stroll down the historic streets of Traverse City which offer many boutiques and cozy restaurants. Also has several night clubs for an evening of fun! Or if you enjoy local wine, schedule a tour on the beautiful peninsula, wine tasting and tours just 35 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Fife Lake Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Spring Rates
Apr 1 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (up to 4) $150
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50

Pets are welcome for an additional pet fee of $50 per pet,
if pets are left alone, they must be put in a travel kennel.
make sure to let us know if you are planning on bringing your four legged friends!


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Northern Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , on suite private in master bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom bunk room 1 - 3 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 loft - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 Master Suite - 1 queen
  • there is enough beds for 12, but we only rent up to 3 couples max. or family's with kids of more then 6 ( total ) will be considered.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Our Deer Tracks Lodge is located just 25 minutes East of Traverse City which hosts many activities through out the year. Truly all seasons of fun! National cherry festival, locally the National Trout festival. Many more activities nearby! Golf, Fish, trail ride, explore and hunt! Dont forget to check out our 'Deer Tracks Ranch' for fabulous hunt opportunities. Bag a world class buck! Or take a ride to Turtle Creek Casino and try your luck on the poker table or slots! Great dining and comedy club, just 20 minutes from us! **For the nature lovers, we also offer a spring horn hunt*** You will enjoy a family stroll through the ranch where you have opportunities to find large Elk and white tail horns that you can take home as a token of your visit***

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